So last week, my family and I traveled up to Calgary Alberta for a special week of fun and celebration!!! My Mother lived in Calgary from the time she was a little girl until she was married. Most of her family still lives in Calgary and we used to visit Calgary when I was young every summer. Sadly, it has been 11 years since a visit so it was high time ;) Along with my family, my little sister, my older sister, and their families as well as my parents were able to make it for the week. And my oh my, did we have a good time!!!!
We spent our first day at Banff and hiked Johnston Canyon. This is not a hike for the faint of heart. Not that the hike is hard, the kids all did it, but the heights can get to you ;) We were constantly walking along these catwalks that were just sticking out the side of the cliff with this gorgeous river running below it. Of course it didn't phase the kids at all, but I got a wee nervous a few times, and my poor sister who is afraid of heights . . . well, this was a huge accomplishment for her!!
The scenery in Banff was absolutely gorgeous. I lost track of how many waterfalls we went by. Just breathtaking!!!
And here is my little troop of hikers ;) I was so proud of them, even the little ones hiked 5 miles that day. And they sang Disney songs the whole way at the top of their lungs. Ya, we got a few strange looks but we sure had fun ;)
The next day we spent at the Calgary Zoo. The kids especially loved the dinosaur park and luckily, we went there first, because my camera battery died about 15 minutes into the zoo. Way to go mom ;) The following day we spent at the Calgary Wave Pool, but I didn't want to take the camera there, so no pics. (that, and I avoid pictures in my swimsuit, tee hee hee ;)
And finally, we get to the purpose of our trip. My Grandmother is turning 85 this month and all of her posterity got together to celebrate her!!!! My grandmother is the one in the center in the fun hot pink blazer. She is amazing and still such a firecracker at 85!!!
We held a wonderful reception for all of my Grandmother's family and friends. My mom had these old snapshots blown up of my Grandparents from their earlier years. Yup, My Grandma and Grandpa were quite the cute couple!!!
During the reception we had a little program and I was able to present my Grandmother with a little gift. Remember that All In A Row Quilt that I made for a Moda Bake Shop Tutorial a few months ago, well, this was the purpose of it. My Grandmother grew up in England so Ambleside was the perfect fabric for it. She absolutely loved it ;)
And ya, I might have gotten a little emotional. I love my Grandmother so much and I am so very grateful that I can use this fabulous love of quilting to share that love with her.
After dinner and the program, we ended up the night with a dance. And boy, did we get down. Oh so much fun, and the kids so got into it. It was an evening full of love and laughter.
And when it was all said and done, we were all tuckered out but oh so incredibly happy!!
I am so grateful we were able to make this trip and spend so much wonderful time together as a family!!! Thank Canada!!!