Sunday, July 31, 2011

My favorite shot from the past few days..

Hi everyone!!  Again, the week has gone by fast for me!  I have enjoyed reading a bit of everyone else's posts, so thought  before I call it a day I would try to get some blogging done!

We got Ben off to Sweden on Thursday.  This is a big step for him!!  He travelled alone for starters!!  Had to transfer planes in Amsterdam and landed in Gothenburg Sweden where he was greeted by a complete stranger and taken to Roonang where he will be helping with Hockey Ministries International.  He will be a counsellor, on ice helper,,,wherever needed with helping at 2 hockey camps in Sweden.  He has sent a few messages on facebook, and he is a little bit homesick.  I am praying that with camp starting today, he was able to get busy, keep his mind off of things and have a good day.  Oh,,this will be a stretch for him, but I am super proud of him for venturing 1/2 way across the world!!  He will be meeting up with Darrell and Grandpa Florian in Zurich on Aug 13th. and then the 3 of them will do some more travelling in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  Miss you bud!!

A quick shot of Ben with all his stuff!  He was nervous and didn't want me taking his picture!
How can you tell....

Well, after we said goodbye to Ben, Darrell and I thought we would try a last minute, spontaneous "stop at a ticket counter"and see where we could fly last minute!!  Darrell was in line at Air Canada and I was in line at WestJet.  Victoria, Portland, Seattle,,,,,,,all wayyy to expensive last minute for us and the August long week end didn't help either.    I guess next time we will plan to book in on a seat sale!!

So,,, we headed west to the Rocky Mountains!

Entering Banff National Park

And decided to stay a couple of days in the town of Banff.

I will end my post today with a couple of shots from a guided tour we took of some of the early homes in Banff.  The pictures below are from the Moore cabin.  More info to follow on our museum tour...
I really like the "Hudson Bay" curtains and the true mountain cabin feeling in this home.  

Favorite two shots below.

 Of course, we were restricted a bit where we could go in the cabin and it was a little dark.
As soon as I saw the light streaming in the window though, I knew I could probably get a nice
shot and with some editing it would turn out like I had hoped.

Posting to Mosaic Monday:

Have a great week everyone!!
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A Garden of Threads said...

It has been years since I stayed in Banff, still looks beautiful. Ben is growing in a wonderful young man, you must be so proud. Take care, Jen.

Pondside said...

I haven't been to Banff in years, but it is one of my all-time favorite places to visit. Great shots of the light through the red-curtained windo!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It looks like we were both away at a mountain retreat. Banff and Whistler are two of my favorite Canadian places. Great photos!

Shirley said...

I live so close, a few hours away, and haven't been to Banff for years! What a pity. I truly miss those mountains.

Come for a visit when you have a moment The Gardening Life.

Gina said...

I'm sure your son is homesick because of the down time. Once the camp is in full swing, he'll probably be too busy to even think of being homesick.

I guess the good thing is that we live in these technological times. He's just a facebook post or a tweet away. Imagine even 25 years ago how much harder it was to stay in touch halfway across the world?

As an American, I've never heard of Banff, but it sure looks beautiful! Glad you got to enjoy a vacation even though it wasn't what you originally had in mind.

Kerry Rossow said...

I have two boys also- 10 and 12. It seems like it is zipping by at light
speed! These shots are awesome!
Thank you for popping by my place!
Kerry at

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Awww...that is such a sweet pic of your son. Banff looks amazing as is your photos. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party. Mom of two boys can totally relate.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Dawna, I love the Rocky Mountains and glad you stopped there to share such beautiful photos! I would love for you to link up to "It's a Party" on Thursday!

Lizzi said...

Oh it looks like such a fun, spontaneous excursion! The light you captured is wonderful!

I adore your kitchen pic on your sidebar. I'm kinda jealous you have a pot filler. My husband's a plumber and I'm hoping one day he'll put one in for us!

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful!! I love the last 2 window shots very much!

A Rosy Note said...

Banff looks so beautiful...very picturesque and charming. What a nice getaway! Ohhh, I hope your son has fun on his excursion. A trip to Europe sounds amazing :)

Chris said...

Hi Dawna, greetings from Northern Ontario. What a beautiful place Banff is. My brother came to visit from the U.K. and he and his family vacationed there before they came to visit me. Thanks for sharing. Sorry to be late in commenting but I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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