Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Just In

FEBRUARY FIFTH IS PANCAKE DAY We Love Pancakes You may not have been aware of this, but be informed. We most definitely will be celebrating (Brent LOVES pancakes). I like pancakes too (though not as much as Brent) and much much much prefer the kind that are featured in the Pancake Day video, known as crepes to some, but also favoured by the Dutch, Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and Icelandics (anyone else want to chime in on other ethnic groups liking "skinny pancakes"?). If you would like to join in the wonderful experience some might call pancake day, next Tuesday, we could have a united pancake moment! And if you would like to send us pictures, I would love to do a follow-up blog of the world-wide pancaking, with pictures and recipes included. If you need a recipe, I've got several. England readers? Vancouverites? Trev and Rach? Edmontonians are you going to allow we Calgarians to outpancake you??? What about you loyal-reader Central Albertans? I hereby call to order the first pancake challenge of amblingramblings. EDITED TO ADD: 1) If you're a facebooker, check out how many facebook groups there are dedicated to pancakes. Amazing. 2) I forgot about extending the pancake challenge to several major sly amblingrambling readers. Chefs De Andrade, if there's anyone who can outpancake us, it's you. We expect great things. :) Hamilton, Moncton and Toronto, what say you?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Now For Something Completely Different

In my opinion this does seem like a very odd pair, Barry White and Luciano Pavarotti!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Birthday Breakfast

Last Sunday morning we went out on the town with Eric and Becky to celebrate Eric's recent 26th Birthday. We went to a small diner down on 17th ave, Nellies. Served a good variety of diner food, and was quite good in our opinion. Afterwards we walked up and 17th ave trying to work off our breakfast and stopped into some stores since we've never been down there.

Started off with Megatunes, a music shop with a very good selection of not so popular music, right in line with our CKUA interests!

From there we moved farther down the street to a neat little store that sold antiques, all of which were salvaged from overseas in China, Tibet, Nepal, or India. Very neat pieces for a house or office someday perhaps. After a couple more stores, we grabbed a coffee and took Kiera to the dog park to wear off some of her pent up energy.

After walking the dog we headed home to grab a movie and walked by a brand new playground so had to play on that for a bit.

The evening ended off with watching The Godfather. It has been our list of movies to watch for months and we finally got around to seeing it. So finally after months of trying we were able to have our breakfast and shopping, thanks Eric and Becky!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

I'm in. Are you? Why not?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Josh Ritter: Indie Folk Rock Poet

If you haven't already heard of Josh Ritter, perhaps you should hear of him. He's coming to Calgary in February.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to Eukadine

Today is Eukadine's birthday. Happy Birthday Eric!

Friday, January 04, 2008

To Ontario and back

The six days spent in Ontario were possibly the most carefree fun I've had in a long time. It was such a JOY to build relationships with our cousins there. Here are some pictures.

The airport in Calgary. Who knew it would be so busy at six in the morning?

Supper after arrived. How many cousins can fit on a bench? There were fourteen Siebengas and Bouwsemas in the house, ten cousins and four parents, a lot of work to feed and do dishes for!

Every home should have the farming game. We brought them the game and it was well-broken in by the time we left.

Ontario barns are so neat! This is Uncle Stan's. He's in the process of building a milking parlour off the right side.

We built a fort!

Beautiful tall Maple trees.

Nothing beats the heat of a woodstove. We all appreciated its warmth. If only we could install one here.
Brent and Lydia and Josiah at Tim Hortons. The girls have grown up so much since our wedding two and a half years ago (Maria and Lydia were our flower maids).

Skating on the home-made ice rink.

The fence around the farm.

New Year's Party!

So many brick buildings in Ontario.

Sleepy back-seat riders on the way to Uncle Cecil's.

More brick.

And more!

Uncle Cecil's barn.

And the man himself, with month-old knees, no less.

There's so much more that took place that we didn't get pictures of, including the infamous truck sledding adventures with Uncle Stan, the family reunion in Toronto, and the family meal with Uncle Cecil and Aunt Sylvia and Reuben and Liisa.

At any rate, it was a wonderful trip. Still, when the pilot of our homeward bound flight said "Welcome to Calgary and for all of you who like us call Calgary home, welcome home", I almost burst into tears. Welcome home indeed! We like Calgary.

Christmas and New Year's '07

First we went west, then we came home, then we went west!

We have had a very busy past two weeks. Busy but fun and full of gaining and building relationships with family.

On the 23rd, we packed up to go to Lacombe and dropped off a Christmas card at Coffee & S'Cream. They gave us our lattes for free along with two ginger cookies. We are so thankful for our coffee friends!

Brent made an apple-coffee cake which we took with us over to Grandpa and Grandma B for the Bfamily get-together. We both really enjoyed visiting with all the family there--it was the first time I had really talked to any of the cousins!

That evening we drove up to Lacombe, accompanied the whole way by Handel's Messiah playing on CKUA. We, of course, sang along as best we could.

Christmas Eve we had the big turkey dinner with Brent's family and a couple of guests and then went to CrossRoads Church in Red Deer. Back for present opening and the traditional late-night Christmas eve movie-watching with brother Kevin. This year's feature was Brothers Grimm. Me and scary movies are not on very good terms and I was on the edge of the couch most of the movie, digging finger holes in Brent's arm. Kevin, on the other hand, fell asleep. ;)

Christmas morning we opened stocking with the B family and then headed to S's. Present opening was limited as our BIG present was our flights to Ontario (more on this later). However, fun was had by all.

Boxing Day morning Mum, Theo, Brent and I went for a long walk through the fields and then we came back and I made aebleskiver, which are kind of like pan-cooked donuts invented by the Danes. Yum!