A whole bunch of different photos from visiting the cousins in Red Deer, visiting my
Grandma Banda for her 94th birthday, and just hanging out and having our boys grow up.

First, Walter and Henry photos and videos - since that's why people check out my site


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I thought this was funny as it was Walter's first attempt at using two spoons for yogurt at the same time.


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Sometimes when the crazy level gets too high, playing in a sink full of bubbly water can calm down the
nut cases at our house.


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This is the sort of activity that absolutely explodes my head, but Natalia has the patience of a saint,
and so she can handle finger painting with toddlers.


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Walter finger painting.


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One of Henry's favourite colours is 'sparkles'.


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Walter LOVES this hard hat for some reason. It makes me laugh anyway.

Video of Walter with the hard hat


Video of Walter with the hard hat and dancing


Visiting with cousins in Red Deer


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We went up to Red Deer to deliver wool to my sister for our friends Fred and Anne in Saskatoon. Yes, wool. The cousins got
to hang out and be crazy, which they generally love. This is all of my Mom's grandkids minus Luc on my sister Renee's couch.
I think what's funny about these kind of photos is that it's near impossible to get them all looking, let alone smiling.


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I absolutely love Landon's smile in this picture. His hair, on the other hand, could use a lawnmower.


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Henry and I built up the globe that Aunty Sarah got for him. He thought the maps were pretty cool.


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Henry and Walter at Toys R Us, loving the ride-on vehicles. Note that Walter LOVES this helmet
so he pretty much needs to get a helmet for his birthday now.


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Walter is so in love with hockey that often it's hard to get the hockey stick out of his hands. Here he
is in the tub playing with a die and a hockey stick.


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My friend Graham gave the boys ski goggles, which they LOVE! Here's Henry with his.


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And Walter rocking his out too.


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Henry struggles a little with what season it is sometimes. He's trying to ride the plasma car in the snow.


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As if they don't LOVE their goggles though!


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I took Henry to one of his Can-skate lessons and the shark on the Zamboni is a HUGE hit for Henry
and his friend Rhys.


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'Someone' added Hawaiian garb to Crazy Carl's sasquatch. I think it's awesome and I hope it stays. The
coconut bra is a nice touch.


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Henry and Crazy Carl's sasquatch.


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My friend Graham suggested a great kid trick for 'snow slurpees'. Henry LOVED the snow slurpee with iced tea mix.


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Walter with a winning smile at the Parent Link Centre in Cochrane.


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Henry and Walter riding a teeter-totter.


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And going down a slide together (kind of).


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They almost look like they like each other here.


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When Mom's away, Dad makes bad decisions. I wound up having to throw 90% of this popsicle out when
Walter wasn't looking, but man, he thought he won the lottery when I got him his own popsicle.


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Henry is a popsicle monster too.


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The results of the crazy chicken noodle soup mess.

Video of the chicken noodle soup mess



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The boys having a car party with Daddy. I just gave up and let Walter take his hockey stick and helmet
with him in the car.


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Henry ready to go to public skating at the Spray Lakes rec centre.

Video of the boys skating at Spray Lakes



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Walter and Henry on the ice together.

Video of Henry cross-country skiing at West Bragg (no Mommy on this trip)



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Henry skiing on the trail. He thought the bridge was really cool.


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It took about an hour for Henry to discover that he could hold onto the handle on the Chariot and then
he AND Walter were getting pulled along by Daddy. It was quite the 'trick'.


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The boys having ski treats in the new warm-up hut at West Bragg. Thanks Aunty Maria for an amazing
renovation to this site!


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Henry pulling his brother in the Chariot with the attachment.


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Henry and I had a Lego party while Walter napped. It was quite epic.

Gracie and Henry to the Science Centre with Daddy


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We also took Gracie with us to the Telus Spark science centre with just Daddy. While it was a push,
they had a blast. Here they are walking into the Science Centre holding hands.


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Walter playing with gears.


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Walter playing with the water table.


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Henry and Gracie both giving me attitude at the water table.


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Now Walter can reach the handle on the valve, it's OVER!


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Gracie 'painting' on the slate.


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Working the pumps at the water centre.


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Henry and Walter making letters at the lit tables.


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Gracie having fun too. Note that I had to run out to the parking lot with Walter and close the open door
I left on the car - stay hot Perrault.


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Gracie and Henry playing with electronics parts.

Video of Gracie explaining her dress design



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Gracie sizing up her dress.


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Gracie teaching Henry how to design a dress.


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If Gracie ever becomes a subatomic physicist, this picture will be funny.


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This was shortly before the world ended as Gracie got really afraid at the Imax and we had to leave, which prompted
Henry to have a meltdown because he didn't want to leave. And of course, Mr Empathy Walter had to cry since the
other two were crying too. Time to leave!


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...and then it ended. Best moment of the day!


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When the snow starts to melt, the world gets pretty fun for little boys in the puddles.


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Henry decided he wanted to up the ante and move to my ski pole to break apart the snow.

Some videos of little boys in puddles

Video of Henry and Walter in the puddles


Henry and Walter in more puddles


More Henry jumping in puddles


Escalating to the red car next into the puddles


Now it's time for the bike


Playing on the red car


Henry pushing Walter on the red car and Walter LOVING it!


Walter trying out the Stryder



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The boys in the tub bare bum.


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Walter rocking out the turtle in the bouncers without his brother to harass him.


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Walter loving more popsicles - yes Daddy is a bad man.


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Walter rocking his hard hat while eating oatmeal. Safety first!

Grandma Banda'a 94th birthday


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I was lucky enough to be able to zip into Saskatoon for my Grandma Banda's 94th birthday. Big kudos
to my Mom for putting on not just a ham, but a turkey too, and hosting 18 people for a wonderful event
for my grandma.


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A nicer photo of my Grandma Banda


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Grandma Banda and I on her 94th birthday.


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My mom and her siblings who were able to attend the event.


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Grandma had recently had a fall and so she had a bit of a shiner. I told her to smile and 'show off her eye'
and this is what we got.


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Natalia's sister Lulu got her hair cut so I took a photo for posterity. This young lady is now a
certified teacher and ready to change lives!

Happy 40th birthday to the old man EO



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Erik and I re-used Mom's decorations for Grandma's birthday for Erik. I like the Post-it note on his chest for 40 too.
Nice touch.


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In addition to a photo book, Erik also received a full-size propeller for his birthday. Seriously. I thought it was awesome.
This is him trying to fit it into his trunk.

Random work photos


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Crazy Carl and our colleague Perry having a 'drink' at a hot pot restaurant in Richmond.


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I had the opportunity to travel into the Bay for work so I got to see my friend Alex along with his
son Noe. This is at a Vietnamese restaurant in the Noe Valley.


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My buddy Victor just after a San Jose Barracudas game.


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My friends the Sabans hosted me for dinner and popcorn at their palace in Los Gatos. This is Jen
and Kirk's mom hanging out and having fun.


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Victor is the champion race car driver at go karting!


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My friend Gab racing HARD, and getting thrown off the track with a black flag!


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I'm one sexy bitch with my helmet on.


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My friend Graham convinced me to redo my crevasse rescue training through Yamnuska in Canmore. On this day
it was something like -38 deg C when we arrived to Canmore, so it was good that the sun came out! We're
practicing roped travel and pulling someone out of a crevasse on a frozen pond by the dog park.


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My friend Harsha and Ross at Cypress Mountain. This was Harsha's first time seeing a ski hill.


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Carl and Mike having hot pot in Vancouver.


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This is our town Cochrane from an A321.

Some photos from Hockey Day in Canada in Swifty


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Denis and the Stanley Cup


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Denis and Ron McLean at Hockey Day. They both give the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Denis and Ron.


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Denis and Don Cherry dropping the puck. Why does it take 7 guys to do this??

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