LOMAH - Land of Milk and Honey

Just living life here in the Promised Land, Southern Alberta. Where the Mountains meet the prairie in a stunning sunset, surrounded in fields of gold

Kayking - S Bend

An old picture, surfing the S Bend on the Red Deer River with Denali keeping a watchful eye. It was a perfect day, surrounded by perfect friends.

Family in Waterton

A summer hike with the family and Grandparents. It was a typical Waterton day with some wind and sun. Logan hiked the whole way in to Bertha Falls

Loves of my Life

The first two loves of my life together in one picture. I remember when they came into my life, making me whole.

Me in the Broken Group

I think this is my favourite picture from last year. We did a sea kayaking trip to the Broken Group and had 4 glorious days of sun. It was a capped off with the company of great friends.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Well this is a wow of a different sort, "Words Of Wisdom". When was the last time you backed up your computer? More specifically, when did you back up your photos last?

We all have our little treasures. Moments in time, events that changed us, things we want to forget but love to be reminded of. Often these treasures are captured on film or nowadays, captured on bytes of information.

As you might have guess from my intro, I had "computer problems". After recovering from a cold sweat, a pounding heart and a onslaught of profanity, I realized that I had lost the last 2 months of pictures, or basically since Logan had been born!
Gasp! What have I done to offend the Gods! Curse digital! Curse computers! Curse any small rodent that crossed my path! I was ready to drown in my misery of self defeat.

Luckily I was married! How often do you hear people refer to their marriage as a way out of their misery of self defeat? And I'm not just saying that because dora reads this, although I'm always in need of extra brownie points!

As it turned out, Dora had given a copy of Logan's pictures to her dad, so in the end all was saved! Imagine losing such classics as;

Babies Version 2.0 - classic child with new upgrade version


Manzier - Man trying to be a Woman

As you can see these classics will hopefully live forever on the hard drives of others. Or perhaps these few photos on the Internet will live forever too?
Regardless, my challenge to you is to find your classics, put them on a CD or DVD and give them to a friend or family member. In case of emergency, be it computer failure, flood, hail, fire or some strange disaster that involved whipping cream and chopsticks (again little treasures we want to forget but love to be reminded of) all will not be lost!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Another Day

Here I am at a PD Day! Wicked!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Big, big day!!

Sorry no photos available at this time. Logan is down for a nap - finally, and I'm not risking the stress of a half loaded blog. Maybe I can add them later...

Anyway, back to the news...yesterday was a big day! It started pretty badly for me with numerous late night/early morning feedings and I was rather a bitchy zombie by 6:30. Thankfully my knight in fat pants and fleece rescued me from my little terror (though he's pretty darn cute) and let me sleep. Then Wonderboy came back after 3 hrs with dad for some chow. Now, normally a good feed lasts from 7-15 minutes a side depending on the mood of the consumer. The little monkey ate for 30 minutes (one side) which was awesome, because it unplugged what was stuck and I was pain free. Good news #1.

Marko took wonderboy for a change and a burp and I got to eat breakfast sitting down! Good news #2. Then I showered and thought I'd tempt fate by trying on a pair of pre-fat pants. Oh my good god, they "fit". Now it wasn't pretty, the skin hangs over a bit, but I could do them up! It's so depressing to have to wear maternity clothes when you are not pregnant. All of a sudden I could take on the world! Good news #3

I needed to take advantage of all that positive energy. The wind was down and the sun was shining so Wonderboy and I went for a walk with Auntie Dawn. He lasted for over an hour in the snugglie and I got a good walk filled with adult conversation. Good news #4

The last one piece of good news is the one that I am most excited about and a little sad about at the same time. We capped off the day with the Grey Cup at my folks. In the 3rd quarter, Logan woke up hungry and instead of me feeding him, Marko did. Yup, we tried Logan on a bottle and he took it no problem. Good news #5. Now I am so proud of him and so glad that he can take a bottle because now I am not tied to him with a 2-4 hour leash. But the sad thing is, that I'm not as tied to him. Other people can feed him - as long as I supply the milk. It's a weird feeling. But the bottle is going to come in very handy later this week when friends are in town and it's ladies night out.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Off on a Tangent

Well as it has been well documented, I am a gearhead. True, true as far as addictions go it could be worse. Here is a frivilous piece of gear that I have this strange yearning to own. It comes from a company called "civilian labs". With a name so scientific, how could I not want one!
I'm sure every boy has dreamed of being part of some elite tactical force... or a Ninja. This would involve the quick access to gear and equipment. As their website states "it promotes the ergonomic cross-body reach for items in confined spaces such as vehicles" and "Content-specific modules and harness configure in 6 ways which you choose to suit the task or situation". Perfect for an urban tactical dad!
With so many content-specific modules it would seem that it would be near impossible to choose one! However, with much wasteful use of time and Internet, I decided on the tech-recon model. I consider this one of those guilty pleasures that I dream of but will probably never own. Feel free to contribute to the marko polo urban explorer fund.

Friday, November 17, 2006

A quick analysis of the Oilers

After the crushing hit to Ryan Smyth, it was questionable how the Oilers would do against St. Louis. With the close race between Edmonton and Calgary in the overall standing, the upcoming game would be critical. When asked, Logan gave a look of surprise and quickly stated that Ryan would be quick to recover and told critics to watch as St. Louis was to reap the whirlwind.

Logan was quick to relax after this swift reply as he relaxed into the arms of grandma.
"I'm confident that players like Smyth and Pisani will step it up!", Logan cooes. With conviction like this, it came as no surprise as he watched the victory tonight.

As predicted by Logan the truthsayer, Smyth opened up with the first of two goals in the opening period. With Reasoner providing an additonal goal, the Oilers jump to a 3-0 lead. The onslaught continued throughout the night, finishing with a crushing score 6-2. "I'll never take this shirt off!" Wailed Logan as the game concluded, which was a bold statement for a boy who in only 5 weeks old.

As it turns out, he was wrong, for only minutes later he soiled his outfit. But Oilers fans abound, do not fear! The outfit will be clean and ready for the game Tuesday between the Oilers and Flames.

Go Oilers Go!

Disclaimer - we are not responsible for c0mments made by Logan with regards to hockey, as we are not fans. Logan's comments are subject to "swag" that is sent his way. You too can influence the voice of Logan and his attire!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hell-o-ween Pt.2

Well, as mentioned in the previous post, we've been pretty busy this last week. With it being Halloween and me having to deal with a fussy baby AND get dora a present, I was having a bit of trouble.

As it turns out, I had been pretty swift as to start the birthday hunt early in August. I actually commisioned a pottery piece from the velvet antler pottery in Field, BC. They were producing some ceramic coffee cups in a beautiful red, which apparently is a hard colour to do. We had a quick little talk and I asked if they could make a rectangular plate it the same colour. The owner Ryan said that larger stuff was hard to do, because of the drying time and that it would take 2 to 3 months. Lucky me, I didn't need it right away. However, now that it's done, how do we go to look that them and pick one out?!?!
So now we'll have to wait till we're more mobile to pick it up. Oh well, it's the thought that counts right?

As for the actual day, we headed out to the grandfolks place to visit and avoid the ghosts and goblins that would ring the bell at our house. OF COURSE there was a costume for Logan there! I guess we can call him Santa's little Helper! It's a bit big, but we can try again at christmas.

To finish things off, I had a conference in Kananaskis the next week. Rather than leave Dora at home, we decided to try life on the road. Logan's first trip! Pretty cush though, no tent, no stove, just a hotel room and room service. Things actually went pretty well, although I'm not sure the people on either side of us would agree! Other than the fact that the weather was kind of bunk, it was a good 3 days. The weather cleared as we headed home, so we stopped for a quick feed at Barrier Lake and enjoyed the mountains. It was a bit windy and Logan was fussy, so we didn't go outside for a family picture.

But hey, ya gotta start somewhere!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hell-o-ween Pt.1

Yeah, it's been like 10 days since my last entry. Well guess what....

Actually I've got nothing. This last week has been a difficult one. Fussy baby, busy at work, no sleep, no life. Funny thing is the last one on my list of complaints is the least of my concern. It's funny how life changes week to week, day to day. It's a paradox of changes that seem to occur daily while time seems to have stopped. I feel like a zombie that just walks through life nodding at people. Perhaps it's more like Peanuts and I'm Peppermint Patty. Just clueless, and half the time I don't even really hear what people are saying.

Well enough about me, can you imagine poor Dora? That girls a trooper!

Logan? Oh yes, he's probably why your here. Well its been a great week as far as cool stuff happening. We had real bath time! First week we did the sponge bath thing and the second week we just did some quick rinses, but this week he got the full on bath! Soap and such. Logans got some pretty sweet hair already!

I also believe that that towel had to be washed rather quickly as the prince of cleanliness soiled himself.

Also, we had a couple of friends come down from Calgary to visit. It's nice that they came down, because we had no idea when we would get up there to visit with them. They drove down on the Saturday morning and left later that afternoon.

One of the sweet things that happened is that we went to Streatside Eatery for Lunch and Logan lasted the whole meal without freaking out! That was such a momentous occasion! We can actually go back out in public without pissing everyone else around us off!

They got Logan this sweet little tummy time blanket with a dog on it. As you can see, they're either becoming best of friends or Logan is eating him. Either way it should provide hours of entertainment for Logan and his parents!