Sunday, May 29, 2011

Victoria Wrap up

We had so much fun on our short trip to Victoria a couple of weeks ago.  I still had a few pictures left so I thought I would do a wrap up. 

Yummy fish and chips
oyster shooters for Holly and Ricky
A view from our balcony
A water taxi
the beautiful houseboats
A beautiful sunset
Me and my co-workers.  We had a wonderful time at lunch while we were there.  I get to talk to these ladies all the time but it was nice to get to see them face to face.  Jas (the one standing next to me has become a dear friend of mine) and I had the pleasure of meeting Aislyn for the first time. 

Going home
The beauty was breathtaking. 

We had such a good time in Victoria but since we have been home we have been enjoying life with our family.  We are so excited for some upcoming events which I will be blogging about within the next couple of weeks.  We have been blessed with good health, jobs, a wonderful Church, family and friends. 


Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Snapshot of my heart

A snapshot of my heart.  I love what those words say.  I heard those words yesterday morning on the way to work on the radio station KLOVE (my favorite Christian radio station) 

When  I got up yesterday morning I found a copy of  "Our daily bread"  opened that Marvin had left on the counter for me to read.    Here is what it said

I’ve been amazed at the impact that my wife, Martie, has had on the lives of our kids. Very few roles demand the kind of unconditional, self-sacrificing perseverance and commitment as that of motherhood. I know for certain that my character and faith have been shaped and molded by my mom, Corabelle. Let’s face it, where would we be without our wives and mothers?
It reminds me of one of my favorite memories in sports history. Phil Mickelson walked up the 18th fairway at the Masters Golf Tournament in 2010 after his final putt to clinch one of golf’s most coveted prizes for the third time. But it wasn’t his victory leap on the green that had an impact on me. It was when he made a beeline through the crowd to his wife, who was battling life-threatening cancer. They embraced, and the camera caught a tear running down Phil’s cheek as he held his wife close for a long time.
Our wives need to experience the kind of sacrificial, selfless love that has been shown to us by the Lover of our souls. As Paul put it, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25). Prizes come and go, but it’s the people you love—and who love you—that matter most.

A man who finds a godly wife
Is blest beyond compare;
She is his greatest prize in life—
A treasure rich and rare. —D. De Haan
Life is not about the prizes we win, but the people we love.

Now you can imagine that it made me cry.  I reread it  and was overjoyed of it message.  I just knew it was going to be a great day.   Well you know how Satan likes to interfere with your plans.   I got to work and said my morning work prayers and started my day.  I was going good for about 30 minutes until my computer went crazy.   I had a virus.  I was lucky that our MIS department was able to get in my computer and clean it up.  Yesterday was a deadline day and I was in quite a panic.  However I was determined not to let this ruin my day.   In the end I made sure I had a great day!

Now for my thankfuls

1.  I am thankful that because of all the hype last week about judgement day I was able to talk about Jesus and what the bible said about the no one knowing the end except for God.  I think that some people were really scared and this may have led several people to the bible and back to Church again.

2.  I am thankful that my daughter Jennifer headaches went away.  She believes that she was drinking to much of a drink that contained artificial sweetener.  Once she stopped drinking it her headaches went away.

3.  I am thankful that the storms were not any worse than they have been in the Midwest.  What terrible destruction.  My heart goes out to those who have experienced so much loss.  I pray that God gives them the strength to continue on and rebuild their lives.  I am so scared of storms and coming from Nebraska I know what it feels like to take cover and pray.

4.  I am thankful for my family.  I just can't say enough.  I really enjoy any time I can talk to or spend time with my family.  I have been so blessed. 

I am going to end there since this post is getting to long,

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Victoria Part 5-More at the Butterfly farm

There was so much more at the butterfly farm that we got to see.  First this bird.
you see how it is sleeping just minding his own business.  Well Holly told Marvin to put his foot up up see what would happen.
 Of course this bird was not going to be happy.  So he started pecking away.  You notice that he is still on one foot (the bird) the poor thing just wanted a nap.  (that sounds like me)

Next were the beautiful flamingo's.  I don't think I have ever seen one before but I thought this one was going to come out of the water after me. 
Aren't they beautiful?  I got a better picture when I walked around to the other side.  They were being really loud.
Now for the turtles.  There were a couple of big turtles.  We just happened to be there at feeding time. This turtle was my favorite.
He loved his lettuce.
While we were watching another employee came over and told the feeder to mix the lettuce and the hay together otherwise the turtle would not want to eat the hay which is fiber in his diet. 

You can see here how he completely turned around trying to get to the lettuce.  I then walked off and the rest of the group stayed and watched.  They told me that he walked over and ate all his roommates food.  LOL.....That is why he is so big.  I wish I would have been there so I could have taken a picture of his roommate.  They are the same age but he is a lot bigger (and now you know why)

I still have more Victoria pictures to post.  But I am stopping for now.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Victoria Part 4-The Butterfly Farm

The butterfly farm was high on my list of to dos when we were in Victoria.  It was actually raining that morning so it was a good time to go.  
Upon entering the gardens it was very humid since they were trying to replicate a rain forest. 
This exhibit shows the cocoons stages of the butterflies.  You notice that some are almost ready to fly.
Holly called me over to take a picture of this butterfly sitting on a rock.  I could not see it because it looked like a fish. 
Below is one of the moths that this sign is talking about.
It is so beautiful.  A lot of these butterflies and moths are flown in from other countries.
They had flowers and plants all over to feed the butterflies.

Those are just a few pictures.  Next post will be about the Flamingo's, fish, a bird that like Marvin and the naughty turtle.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Part 3 -A night walk in Victoria

Victoria is such a walking city.  At night there are several building that are lite up.  Holly and Ricky took a night walk every night and persuaded us to go one too.  The only hesitation was we had already walked 6 plus miles during the day.  I am so glad that we did go one night.

Our son-in-law Ricky just could not get enough of the glass elevator that was lite up.  He wanted to just stand there and watch it.  Me I was ready to move on....LOL

The Parliament building is beautiful in the daylight but was romantic in the evening.  I love this first picture how the light bounced off it and it looked light a star.
It was a chilly beautiful night walk in Victoria

Have a Blessed weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Victoria Part 2 Copper Jane

Imagine a beautiful day around 70 degrees the birds are chirping, families are walking and laughing, the water on the harbour is sparkling, the smell of food is in the air and then you see this
It was really interesting and I was not for sure what was going on because there was a lot of people standing around and watching this statue.  And then I figured it out.  She moved.  After googling her later I found out that she is well known.  Anyway it was funny to watch her.  Holly suggested that Marvin and I have a picture taken with her so here is the first pose
and then Holly wanted to get another angle
and then I was startled as she pushed me away so she could have my man all to herself.
Look at how her expression changed.  I was laughing so hard.  She entertained us for a while longer.  This was another one of my favorites in Victoria.

Have a great Friday!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A video of the seal in Victoria

My camera has an option to video as well so when we went down to see the seals again I thought I would tape us feeding the seals some fish. . The one seal was turning in circles per Holly's command.  Earlier we were watching some other people feed the seals and the birds stole the fish right out of their hands because they waited so long.  When Marvin was feeding them I was worried that was going to happen so you can hear me telling him to hurry in the tape.  (I hate that part)  They were so adorable I am glad I taped them.

I hope this works for everyone.  Let me know if any of you have trouble.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Victoria-Part 2

This picture was of the beautiful sunset overlooking the harbor the first night we stayed. 

Sunday morning we had a slight change of plans since there were 15,000 people in town for a 10 K race.  Since they ran right by our condo we could not get our car out to go to the Gardens so we took off on foot. 

We went down to the docks where the houseboats are.  We even were able even to go on a tour.  the one that we went through was on the very end.    It was so interesting.  It had 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.  The upper level had the kitchen, living room and deck.  It was so beautiful. 

While we were down on docks there were the most precious seals that came it close.  We bought some fish so we could feed them  It was one of the highlights of my trip. 

Soon we were off for a long walk to the park.  On the way we saw this black squirrel.  We had never see one that color so I snapped a photo.  Isn't he a cute little fellow?
Soon we were at the Beacon Hill Park.   Well not so soon because we walked and walked.

This park so so beautiful and full of flowers.  Of course my foot started cramping so we were able to sit and enjoy the peacefulness of the park while Holly and Ricky moved on.
There was a part of this park that had peacocks and turkeys running around on the grounds. 
the turtles also caught our attention
There was a small place where you could pay to go in to see the animals but we were able to enjoy them through the fence.  The peacocks were so funny.  They sounded like a loud cat when they talked.   They are the most beautiful and so vibrant with color.   
The flowers were so pretty too and it was so a beautiful day to be out walking.

The day wasn't even over yet but I am going to stop here for now.  I have so many pictures to share.