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On Sunday afternoon (July 29th), we celebrated Davison’s 6th birthday. Grandma & Grandpa Huber attended. Cam & Coralie and their family were also able to attend. A fun time was had by all.

Part of the party fun was the breaking of the piñata, by means of blindfolded kids whacking it with a stick. Davison got to go first, and everyone had a chance to hit it before it broke on Davison’s second turn.
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Brock on the other hand got to hit it without a blindfold.

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On Friday night, we went to the Il Divo concert at the Saddledome, here in Calgary. I was able to get the 12 booth tickets and parking passes to the Olympic Seismic corporate box. So, Ben, Lori, Danaya, Daelynn, Mikaela, Heidi, and five friends attended the concert. The box is up pretty high, but the view is still pretty good, albeit not as good as the $125.00 tickets with the really good view. But, free is free, and we really enjoyed the concert (especially the orchestra which really was excellent), although Heidi was pretty much asleep by the time it wound up by 11:00 pm. So, here’s a couple of cell phone pictures, sorry about the quality, but if you want to see pictures of the Il Divo guys, they are out there somewhere on the Internet.

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I’ll wind up the series of ‘Discovery Hut’ pictures with this post (as Lori, Layne, and Danaya got home from Oregon at 3:45 this morning, and besides I have a new mini-series of pictures ‘boys driving lawn tractors at the hardware store’).

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I promised (or threatened depending on your viewpoint) to post more of the pictures that we took at the Discovery Hut.  Lest you think we were free-loaders, trying on all sorts of stuff, taking pictures, and then leaving – let me assure you that we did actually purchase some things there (although nothing that we tried on and took pictures of).

Those of you unable to recognize the handsome gent and lovely lass in the picture, they are myself (Ben) and Daelynn.

Yesterday, Auntie Marta, Danaya and I picked lavender at a lavender u-pick farm…

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…$5 for as much as you can hold in your hand.

Today we went to another u-pick farm and picked…

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…berries…$0.99/lb. We picked three full buckets of raspberries, marionberries, and blackberries. We froze some, made raspberry sauce…and ate many of them raw, as you can imagine.

Yum. Nothing else quite compares. It was, of course, berry good.

One big dog facing right.
One little dog facing left.

Now, it is night.
It is not a time for play.
Now is the time for all dogs to go to sleep.

Sleep, dogs, sleep.
It is night, now.

Two dogs,
in a small apartment,
At night,
Asleep.

(Thanks, Dr. Seuss, for all the wonderful stories.)

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Auntie Marta and Bailey, her dog, arrived yesterday. Oliver, Mom’s dog, could hardly contain his excitement in his quivering little body.

When Marta headed back out to the car to haul in more stuff, the two dogs watched anxiously, presumably making sure she didn’t suddenly decide to leave without them:

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I wanted to capture the moment on camera.

Monday, July 16, Layne, Danaya and I talked about driving together down to Oregon to visit my mom (Grandma Dana), my sister (Auntie Marta), my dad (Grandpa Ron), and friends.

Tuesday we:

*got a strut replaced on the Traverse
*made lots of meals for the freezer with Daelynn for the family to eat at home for the week
*Danaya baked squares and muffins for all
*Did loads of laundry for those at home and those on the road
*…and packed.

Wednesday morning, the three of us headed off.

Driving through the foothills of the majestic Canadian Rockies with the sun shining and the music of an Italian group Layne had on his iPad was, for me, breathtaking.

I took pictures while driving, as Layne and Danaya were both resting, but the results were decidedly underwhelming compared to the actual scenery.

Here is a sample:

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We made good time, since we didn’t have little ones to stop for as often as we usually do. We arrived at Mom’s place in Newberg a little before 10PM.

Woo hoo! Success.

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It’s time for our next crazy hat post!  This time it is Mikaela and Daelynn donning the noggin apparel.  I don’t know about you, but to me these hats seem like they would be very inconvenient and not so useful.

By the way, I know Lori was working on getting a post or two together, so we’ll patiently wait for that.  I have a couple of more of these Discovery Hut pictures to post, anyway.