Sunday, 13 January 2008

29/12/2007 - 12/01/2008 Kaleden, Apex, Big White

Yet again it's been a while since I've been able to get to the Laptop with all the people in the house, so I'm not going to try and recall everything and try to write everything in date order.

The Elford kids and co all went to Whistler on the 28 Dec until 5 January - they tell us they all had a fantastic time and from the photos it sure looks like they had a great night life. I have heard that a number of lift passes were not used - I don't even think Ashley got onto the slopes at all, but I did hear that she made one Gondola trip for sightseeing.

The Eames's didn't end up making the trip to Banff as Tony had to get root canal surgery, so their friends from Calgary (2 Adults and 3 children - one a Korean exchange student) came to Kaleden and stayed with us for 3 nights.

I must admit the Eames's have certainly made a great snowman and a great snow woman since they've been here - even though Dave and I think that by adding water to the snow it's cheating, but they are claiming victory in the snowman competition.

We have had plenty of snow over the last week with one day receiving up 30cm. Lisa and myself were the only two to take advantage of the fresh powder. (The rest of the crew were too sick, too tired, too hung over.........dhh,dhh,dhh...) The fresh powder is certainly what we came to Canada for. Lots of snow also means that we have plenty of snow to shovel off the driveway. (The price you have to pay for good skiing....)

Tony and Dave both had a go at skiing for a day. For Tony it looked like he had never been off them and he had a great time - so great that he was even looking at buying a set of skis. I wish I could say the same about Dave. The Big Fella looked like a complete Gumby - which I found hilarious as he used to be such a great skier, his comment was once I can't Snow Board anymore I'll be playing golf.

09/01/2008 - 11/01/2008 - We all headed up to Big White for 2 nights all 13 of us (9 adults and 4 children) all with snowboards or skis and luggage in two cars, so as you could imagine there was no spare room anywhere. Big White looks just like all the postcards and was true to form - the first day of skiing / snowboarding you could hardly see two feet in front of you and there was powder everywhere. The Elford's all did a mountain tour with a volunteer host on the first day. He decided to show us a lot of the runs that went through the trees and that had powder up to my chest - so if you fell over it was quite a huge effort to get back up (okay not for all of us).

The 2nd night we were there, Tony, Luke, Dom, Matt, Simmy and I all headed out to Sams Pub. They had these races where you had to ride a tricycle to a barrel and skull a pot of beer, well Matt got us off to a great start, I somehow managed to out skull my opponent (so we are in front)and then it was Luke's turn - well Luke was a bit eager and rode his tricycle into the barrel spilling half his beer the other half seemed to end up down his shirt rather than his mouth, Dom took over and we finished the race in first place - but we were disqualified. We left the tricycle race in disgust and went and played some pool. The stories you hear about Big White having more Australians there than Canadians is true, the first night the boys went out they didn't meet one Canadian. We all had a fantastic time at Big White and it was a shame to have to leave.

12/01/2008 - Today Dave, Luke, Dom and Matt all went up to Apex, whilst the rest of us stayed home and caught up on a few things that we needed to do - yep mine was the Blog Site - it's now 10:45pm and I'm still going on the Blog. Dave's nephew Jono and his girlfriend Jill arrived today they are just staying the one night. So all 15 of us headed off to the Ice Hockey to watch the Vees beat the Westside Warriors. We dropped Louise, Matt, Dom, Luke, Jono and Jill all off to the casino - yes few of you will find it hard to believe that I came home, but it's true.
It's been really great to have all the family here with us, unfortunately the majority will be heading home on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will miss them all. Louise and Matt are here for another 4 weeks.

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