Spending time with the boys in March 2019.

I had the boys for an extended weekend so Natalia could be with her godparents

Video of Walter at gymnastics drop in


Walter, Henry, and Gracie to the Science Centre


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This is one of Walter's favourite stops, the air columns at the Science Centre. We also picked up Gracie so that she could
join the boys at the Science Centre.

Gracie and Henry making a dress together



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They were playing with the cameras and the 'funny glasses'.


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"Daddy make it fill up with water!" This exhibit fills the water column with as much water as you have in
your body (done by weight), but you can override it so I kept telling the program that the kids
were 500 lbs and they thought it was hilarious.


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Having a popcorn twist break.


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Playing with the pipeline builder.

Walter dancing with Gracie and the piezo-electric floor



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Gracie brought Walter and Henry each a wagon wheel, which was a big hit.


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Walter playing with the water table.


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Gracie wanted help spelling her name on the lit letter table.


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Playing in the little kids' space.


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Henry and Gracie on the mini teeter-totter.


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Playing in the mirrored triangles.


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Riding down the little slides.

Allison and Paul come to visit


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Our wonderful Portland friends Paul and Allison took a road trip to show off their new baby, Quinley.
What a little sweetheart!


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The kids loved playing outside in the yard and with the snow. Here Tamaya is checking out the damage she
did to her dad by throwing an ice ball at his face. Yes, Tamaya, you cut his lip.

Playing with the kids 1


Playing with the kids 2



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The kids loving ice cream.


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The kids showing clean hands after ice cream.


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Better photo with smiling Elly.


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Walter got right down on the ground to look at baby Quinley.


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Allison, Paul, and I and baby Quinley.

Quick Saskatoon trip to pay our respects to my Grandma and godmother Grandma Banda


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We stopped in Hanna enroute to Saskatoon and found this playground to let the kids run it out.


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Walter loves the WDM, and we got to spend some time with Rick and Janet while we were there.


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This is pretty neat actually - a vintage homemade 'holiday trailer' for touring PA National Park.


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The boys loving the tractor riding.


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Riding on the tractor with Janet and Walter driving.


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Grace and Henry walking into Grandma Banda's funeral together.


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Being happy kids. To their credit, they managed to be pretty under control for about the first full hour.
After that, the wheels kind of fell off.


More chilling in Cochrane


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My favourite fortune from our local Chinese..

The boys having a screaming party in the basement



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Henry and his friend Rhys at Forest School. These jackets used to be blue.


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The boys decided they wanted to watch TV sitting in laundry baskets.


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Then walk around with the baskets on them.


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Painting in the tub is a pretty fun pastime.


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Once the snow goes, it's then a gravelly mess, which both boys love. Here's Henry sweeping up the gravel
into piles so that he can throw it around and make a bigger mess.


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Sitting in a big car at Toys 'R Us while we're looking for bike helmets.


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The boys playing in a tunnel at the kids' play area at Market Mall.

Walter working on his slapshot in the basement



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Henry and Walter met up with their cousin Nieve at the zoo. Here's Walter and Nieve riding the cars.


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Henry and Walter on the buggy.


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At a playground.


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Playing follow-the-leader at a little playground at the zoo.


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Walter sitting on the goat statue.


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How happy is this little man with his hockey stick? 'Haw Haw' he sees for hockey right now.


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A happy little man with his hockey helmet and his PJs on.

Running around the basement with his helmet on



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More funny helmet pictures.


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Walter really liked this Elmo balloon that Natalia bought.

Back to the Science Centre with Gracie


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These are from an earlier trip I think (Natalia's phone). Playing with a funny instrument.


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Wearing funny hats.


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Playing on the climbing wall.


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Playing in the water table.


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and the popcorn table.


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Sometimes when the crazy evening screaming is too much, we'll fill the two sinks with bubbly water and
let the boys play with kitchen utensils. Hey, you do what you need to in order to make it to bedtime.


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Playing in the sink. Why do you need goggles?? Why not!


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Yes, Walter loves his hockey!


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Two happy boys with MacKay's ice cream in Cochrane.


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Henry wanted to play with his bike pedals without being on the bike. Walter just likes to watch Henry.


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Walter working on his slapshot.


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Henry, after completing his Can-Skate pre-skate course. He loved it and learned a LOT more than he
would have with me teaching him. They teach through play (what a concept?), something that I'm just not
that competent at.


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Walter is guarding his smoothie.


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My friend Reem and I out for dinner at a tapas place while we were both in Boston.

Louis and I out for short rip


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Both Louis and I were getting a bit restless since the ski season has been kind of poor and it wasn't
quite ready for spring. So, we decided to go for a short hike up the shoulder on Yamnuska. We had a little
bit more snow than expected, but nothing that we couldn't handle.


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Louis lent me his 'rubber strap-ons'. Yeah, that's right.


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Coming up through the chimney is actually a bit easier with a bit of snow filling it in.


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It's still winter on the backside of Yam.


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Lou and I having a bite to eat.


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Yamnuska shrouded with cloud as we make our way back to the car.

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