CASA Family Ride!

August 20, 2014

Don and I are doing the CASA (Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health) ride again this year in conjunction with the Tour of Alberta! Last year was an absolute blast, with the choice of doing a mini, medium, or slightly longer ride. We did the whole thing with hill and all - No Problem. I think the best part of all was seeing how many parents and kids were out riding in support of a great organization that specializes in helping families who struggle with mental health issues. Not stuff people generally like to talk about, but it's something that effects far more of us than we might think. 

It's on September 7th, 2014 and starts in Churchill Square, just hours before the professional cyclists cross their finish line here in our downtown!

Don and I have registered as "Team Chiveson" and are accepting pledges here

Even though you see Don featured here with a fast bike and jersey, you'll see me at the ride on the Mixte in my normal shoes and clothes. 

Come and ride as you are!

Wedding via Subway

August 19, 2014

One of my bestest friends in the whole wide world got married last month on my birthday! Leanne and Dan got hitched at city hall in NYC, and the obvious best way for them to get there was via subway. 

Public transit. Facilitates love. 


Summer Time Flies...

August 17, 2014

The summer is flying by! I can't believe I'll be back in the studio teaching in 2ish weeks, but until then, I'll continue having the maximum fun. 

Like riding to dinner. 

And enjoying a board meet at Cory Christopher's.

Went to Arcade Fire.

My kids are growing up so quickly! Look at Alice here, obsessed with making fart noises with the door stopper thingy. 

Also, the mosquitoes are out. So far the summer has been pretty good with respect to the biters, but a big rain a few weeks ago and… mosquitoes. Lots of them. They love me, I get bitten despite my precautions, and I swell. 

Look at my bitten hand versus non bitten hand!

Then, my wonderful friend Rosie came to town with her baby, Theo!

 We all took the train to the market. 3 adults to 3 children was delightful.

And here are the two Chiveson ladies. 

We got the kids some waffles.

Alice is really into playing "mommy" these days.

 And my neighbours ordered an epic slip and slide for the kids to enjoy. It was so sweet, the older kids were very caring for the smaller babies. Tallulah and Zoe initiated Alice into the Belgravia girls club with some slide coaching - Love this photo!

 In the 'hood, out and about...

 A summer of pedalling and coasting!

Summer Traditions

August 11, 2014

Have been at the lake! Though I'm sad to say these excursions will be winding down due to increasing work in the coming weeks. It's been good while it's been good! Wearing lots of denim and hanging out in the trailer. 

Plus, floating around in the boat with our new friend whom Dexter has named, Greenbeard.

Alice has been rocking her own casual wear and pigtails. 

 Then, we've been participating in other traditional summer activities - Like biking down to the folk festival!

Despite the heat, intense construction (pushing and carrying bikes off road), and my chain falling off TWICE - Shelby and I made it down and back up the hill again. We mastered napping in the shade while listening to music. 

On the final day of the festival Don and I brought the kids! Dexter came and enjoyed a Jake Shimabukuro concert while Alice...

Drank tons of water in the beer tent.

 Folk Fest - There is something for everyone!

We've got a hot week ahead, with friends visiting and the Fringe Festival launching. Looking forward to sharing soon!

Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

August 6, 2014

Last night I wrote a beautiful ode to Glasgow and detailed some of my past week there with the Edmonton bid team (we're vying for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be in Edmonton). 

Then I pressed "publish" and things went funky and the whole thing was deleted! 


Instead, you will get the abbreviated version. Which is basically a bunch of photos. 

{Unplanned meeting of Prince William and Kate - In short, they are awesome}

So awesome, that I went to go sit down and digest the experience, when I totally missed prince Harry coming down the queue. Luckily, Don was still up and about, and had the change to have a nice exchange. 

Spent lots of time at their city council chambers.

Bought a commemorative Glasgow Commonwealth Games Tam. 

Rode on their tiny subway. 

Saw a castle on a hill (in Edinburgh)

Don and Reg Milley (our chair bid) were interviewed by the BBC!

This is Clyde, the games mascot (I believe there was a design competition amongst their primary schools)

It was also fantastic to see Canada win medals on many occasions!

Fingers and toes crossed that Edmonton is successful with the bid, but we won't know until fall of 2015. Long road between now and then!

Flashback Friday!

August 3, 2014

It's late! More time at the lake a few weeks ago, and more gorgeous moments on the water with sunshine and friends. 

Due to busy schedules and our children being small, we haven't generally taken many airplane vacations. Instead, our summertime is spent with a few nights here and there at the lake. So far, so good!

 On one of these occasions we were out sailing with Ryan and Kirby.

Turns out she actually has some accreditation when it comes to sailing boats - Woman knows how to catch the wind.

Then later that week I was at the opening of a new installation at Latitude 53. Featured artists were Hailley Honcharik and Robert Iveson (my father in law).

Beautiful work. Fun stuff!

In the midst of preparing my adventures abroad, I had a Cory Christopher arrangement made for my friend's Mary Antoinette theme party, which I was going to be missing.

And finally, on July 25th, two of our best friends went to city hall in NYC and got hitched! We weren't there to see it, but are thrilled from afar. That evening we decided to toast them from their home town - Congratulations Dan & Leanne!

Then there was epic cleaning, organizing, and laundry in preparation for taking in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

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