Yearly Archiv: 2007

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It is Sunday today.  We awoke to a few inches of snow on the ground and watched as the flakes continued to fall.  As we headed out for our drive to church in Barrie I thought…”I wonder if we should be doing this?”  As we poked along the 400 we noticed that the cars were all slowing down.  I thought for sure there had been an accident.  I must say God was watching out for us, for the delay was caused by snowplows clearing our way.  We arrived at church about 30 minutes late, but in one piece.  We surprised some folks.  They couldn’t believe we drove all of the way from Bradford to Barrie on a snowy day such as we had today.  Anyway, after church we headed home in a raging blizzard!  Many times along the way there were whiteouts.  I was so glad Philip was driving!  I hate the stress of not being able to see the road.  As it was, the wipers were streaking across Philip’s side of the windshield.

Once at home we settled in and  took our rest.  Around 4:00 Philip and the kids headed out to shovel the driveway.  Philip estimates that we had about 8-10 inches covering, although I think after shovel full #439 it felt like 20 inches.   Pulling the car back into the driveway was yet another adventure.  The tires got stuck and the car bottomed out.  I am so thankful for good neighbours (Thanks Kevin and David!!!)  It will be interesting to see what turn of events will present themselves to us tomorrow.

Two Updates

I just noticed that it has been quite a while since we wrote anything. So we have a couple of things to tell you.

300th GeocacheFirst of all we got our 300th geocache! Cindy found an ingeniously hidden cache in Innisfil. DrMoo is a husband and wife team that take a lot of pride in hiding caches in plain sight that are hard to find. Cindy was thrilled that a DrMoo cache was our 300th. We were also really glad to get a chance to talk to them when we attended a geocachers’ get-together. It was really interesting to meet people we had only seen “online”. It was also interesting that since we only knew each other through our online names, we continued to use them in person.

We also recently made another trek down to Ithaca. Of course we geocached. We also got to have US Thanksgiving. It was good seeing family again. Ken and Sue and the boys met us there so the whole family was together. Check out the photo album for a few pictures.

There's a Mouse in my House!!!

Well actually not a mouse…a shrew!!!  Here’s the story.  I was tidying up the downstairs coat closet, hanging up Javen’s snowpants that had fallen off of the hook.  I stepped back and felt something under my foot.  I stepped again in that  freaked out manner and felt something again under my foot.  Then I saw it!!!!  We had just recently caught a mouse and so I thought it was his buddy.  There huddling near the boots was a little dark furred critter.  I called to Philip and asked him to bring me a container to trap the critter.  Right away I knew it wasn’t a mouse.  The fur was too dark and the tail too short.  To make a long story short, I caught the shrew, we woke up the kids to show them, and Michelle from next door and I took it to Scanlon Creek to set it free.

Kids Day in Toronto

Trip to TorontoFriday, September 26 was a PA Day for the kids, so I took the day off and we explored Toronto.

It all started off by Cindy dropping us off at the Bradford GO station. The kids had wanted to ride the train for years, so this was our day. This was perhaps the highlight of the day, as both Kendra and Javen got a tremendous kick out of watching a fellow passenger try to sleep.  He kept falling asleep and banging his head and the kids thought that was really funny.

Once we got to Toronto, we wandered around for a little while. That was fun since the kids got a chance to ride on baby elephants.

Then it was time for Dad’s time, so we went to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Kendra and Javen pretended to be TSN personnel. Phil played a broadcaster. Javen tried out the Goalie machine.  He put on the equipment and had Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky fire pucks at him. Javen was the smallest kid to try it, but he stopped all 5 shots! Good going, Jav.

Then we had lunch at an underground McDonald’s and headed out for some geocaching. We picked up 2 of them including 1 by the Rogers Centre.

Cindy joined us for a bit of shopping at the Eaton’s Centre and then we rode the subway back up to the Yorkdale Mall.

Everbody had a good time and be sure to check out our Photo Album for the Pictures.

Good Kids

Last night was Parent – Teacher night at Javen and Kendra’s school.

Kendra’s teacher, Mr. Newbatt, said that he “wished he could have a class full of Kendra’s.  She is learning well and is very quiet.  I have no negatives to give you.”

Javen’s teacher, Mrs. Lee, noted that “Javen was  reading ahead of the provincial standard and is good in class.”

Both of them are doing really well and we’re really proud of them.  We celebrated by going to the China Garden for supper afterwards.

YC Newfoundland 2007

Signal HillI travelled to St. John’s, NL (that’s Newfoundland and Labrador for those of you outside Canada) to represent Tyndale at YC Newfoundland.  It was  a tremendous experience.

There were around 3500 kids there from all over the province.  They were all really interested in education and specifically Tyndale.  We got a ton of great exposure and had some really great conversations.  Siobhan, an Admissions Counselor did a terrific job connecting with people and telling them about our school.

I got a little sight-seeing in.  Mostly through geocaching, but we also did get a chance to run up to Signal Hill, thanks to Gary (an admissions counselor for a rival university).  Make sure you check out the Photo Album.

There was a lot of great music including Sonicflood, Manafest, Krystal Meyers, Geoff Moore, Salvador and others.  We got to ride on the same plane with Manafest on the way out and we came back with speaker David Nassar.

Server Upgrade

For those of you that frequent my websites, I have finally upgraded my server.  That will make viewing the photos faster and a better overall experience.

For those interested, I used to run a Pentium II 450 with 1 GB of ram.  It was a great server, but had been retired by Tyndale several years ago due to lack of processing power.  It has served me well, but recent software upgrades have started to show that it maybe a newer server would operate faster.

The new server is an AMD 64-bit dual core machine with 2 GB of ram.  Its really nice.  Another side benefit is that this new machine is a LOT smaller, quieter and generates a LOT less heat and uses a LOT less power.  So its wins all around.

200th Find

It was a dark and stormy night. Oops, that’s the start of my other novel. Actually it was a very pleasant evening. The five of us set out…five you say? Yes, five…now quite interrupting….I’m writing. Amy, Kendra’s friend made our fifth…there… is your curiosity satisfied?

Actually I need to start this whole story about 4 days ago. It was Sunday. We had to get 15 finds to reach our goal of 200. Philip has said that he wants to reach 200 by December. I’m the psycho geocacher now and said…let’s try to do it before October. That would mean 15 finds in one day!!! We started our adventure later than usual setting out after second service. We stopped for lunch and then started running. We Geocached for 7 hours…walked close to 4000 metres….and found 13 caches. I tried to get our 14th but it was just too dark and it was a micro! We got back in the car and decided that we had done quite enough. We wouldn’t reach the goal, but we sure gave our best. With two caches short of 200 we headed home.

Back to “The five of us.” Kendra had Amy over for a visit. We wanted to reach 200 as a family. Philip gets home pretty late from work and by the time we have dinner there isn’t much daylight left to cache. Knowing this, I stopped and picked up a cache in Barrie. Now we would only have to find one. After mac-n-cheese and hotdogs we headed south on the 400. There at Hwy 9 and 400 Kendra pulled the 200th cache from it’s hiding spot. We took pictures. It’s so nice having an activity both Philip and I and the kids enjoy doing. Family time, the challenge, technology, exercise, and the great outdoors!

Austin, Texas

This past weekend I attended the Annual Conference for College Admissions Counselors in Austin, Texas. I learned a lot including how big a business College Admissions is in the US. There are companies that prepare high schoolers to take tests. How to apply to College. There are independent consultants that parents hire in order to get their kids into the ‘right school’. A lot of money was represented at this conference. There were nearly 5500 registrants.

On a fun note, both Andy Smith and I were able to get and pick up a few geocaches during our downtime. You can see the pictures in the photo album. There were also quite a few that we didn’t find. But urban geocaching can be like that. They are really clever at hiding them so that the muggles don’t mess with the caches. Andy has some more pictures of Austin and geocaching in his flickr. I just remembered one more picture that Andy took.

My first GeoCache Hide!

On Saturday after Javen’s birthday party, I hid my first geocache. It is a pretty simple, drive up cache so people will like me because its not too hard and it doesn’t require a lot of walking.

It is really interesting to see who and when people find the cache. I get an email every time someone logs that they found it on the website.