Thursday, February 25, 2010


We have been lucky enough to take part in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games...and we have had a FANTASTIC time!  Tony and Joey were able to make it to a hockey game...Germany vs. Belarus...Belarus won.  It was such a great night...they went into the city on their own to watch Grossi sing with the Vancouver Swiss Chior...They went to the Swiss House, but it was too busy for them to get in.
I sent along the camera and got 3 pictures in return.  Not too bad! :)

We also went into Vancouver for a day just to enjoy the hype of it all.  We were going to go in another day, but poor Ryan ended up in emergency with his pneumonia again, but we were still glad we made it in the time before!  Here we came across these sled dogs from Canada's North...they were beautiful and friendly.  Nicki could not get enough of them.

We went into the COKE pavillion, and a few of these pictures are for my friend, Lupe.  She will know why! :)  here is a coke display of new and old olympic coke cans and bottles.

Various Torches from over the years... ice cold COCA COLA!  MMMMM....Good! 
We each were handed  one upon entering the pavillion.
Here are the Coke people...they said they were handing out
Happiness when they gave us our cokes.  :)
They were in a polar bear swim here...

Here we are at the YaleTown Pavillion...a huge stage and screens on both sides.  I realized when I was going through my can't tell because the picture is so small...but on the stage, the guy to the farthest left with the cowboy hat Corb Lund...Google him...he is GREAT!! :)  Listen to his song "Truck Got Stuck" on YouTube. 
I guess he was performing later that night, and we just so happened to be
there while they were setting up.
Nicki and Kaycee taking in the skiing on the big screen!
Another sled dog...Nicki is loving life!
Joe was on cloud nine finding HOCKEY everywhere in the city!  He wanted pictures with everything HOCKEY! :)
Well, and batman too! :)
Here is where they had a zipline in Robson Square.  It went from a building to the covered platform you see below.  I was going to do it...but the line was too long.
OK...maybe I wouldn't do it in a million years...but it would make for an interesting blog post!!  "Woman Screams Bloody Murder and Never Gets Off of  Zipline Platform!"
Here is where they have an outdoor ice skating arena.  The mascots...Sumi, Quatchi, and Miga were ice skating but the pictures turned out pretty dark. 
Next you will find out what Joe's most favorite part of the Olympics were!  Wayne Gretzkys Jersey!  Woohoo!
The Stanley Cup!  He just about cried when he heard he could touch and get a picture taken with the cup...He was a happy boy.  Although he didn't appreciate the little joke I played on him after standing in line for about 40 min, and I said, "Oh look!  It looks like they are taking the cup away over there!  We missed it!"  Then the girl in front of us just about broke her neck trying to see where the cup was going.  I had to stop my joke and tell her and Joey that everything was ok!  They would still get to see the Stanley Cup!

Nicki was a little unsure if the Mountie was going to pick her up or not like he did with Ryan!
We were on our way home, and got lost, as usual...we were just talking about how we missed the Cauldron and wanted to see it the next time we came in.  Finally we had to ask for directions and when we pulled over...look what we saw!
I had to post this because there weren't too many of Kaycee and it was just too stinkin' cute!  She is listening to the Olympics Live on those headphones!!

AS you can tell, we had a FUN FUN FUN time in Vancouver.  I hope we have made some great memories for the kids.  I know I fully enjoyed it!! 
Now I am off to California for a few will be checking in when i get home...

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This week is the letter F...
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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Is In TOWN!!

The Olympic Torch was in our town on it's way to Vancouver...we couldn't miss this opportunity!  So, I loaded up 3 of the 4 kids, and drove up the road to see it come into town.  Here we are waiting...
There was quite a caravan...
This is where Ryan broke out into a chant..."Go Canada Go!!  Go Canada Go!!"  (Although, I must heart still chants..."Go USA GO!!  Go USA GO!!"  But I am certain I will teach my kids patriatism, of BOTH countries! :)
This truck had music blaring...
Black Eyed Peas..."I Got A Feeling"...

This is the COKE truck...they were handing out bottles of Coke along the route.  I didn't know it until that guy in the front there with the red vest and black hat came up to me and handed me one...THANKS GUY IN THE RED VEST AND BLACK HAT!
These busses and motorhomes were filled with unidentified people...I think the Russian Figure Skaters and Japanese Speed Skaters were in some of them...and various torch runners.  Different people handed out different things...the kids got flags, and stickers, and some fun memorabilia that were passed out.   They were so excited!
Nicki is worried her brother is going to get run over here....Not really...she yanked him by the arm because she spotted the torch...
There he is!
At this point the runner came over and high fived Joey, but then the officers that were running with him told him not to high five anymore...but Joe was stoked!  Notice the red maple leaf gloves...everyone in Canada is wearing them.  Everyone except my kids...I am a bad mom...I didn't spend the $10...
Here is the Coke Zero bottle...we also got some red regular Coke bottles.  They say:  "Designed Exclusively For The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay"
After watching the runner, we headed into town.  We had a celebration site in town, so we went there to watch the torch come to light the cauldron.  We heard various reports of how many people were there...from 15,000 to 25, not sure how many.  But we do know that there were so many people we could not get a good view of it coming in nor or the stage.  The atmosphere was on fire they still had a great time.  We took a ton of pictures...surprise...:)
With ultra zoom and holding my camera in the air...luck helped me catch this shot...the torch has come and is lighting the cauldron...
This is the official cauldron...we took a picture after everyone left, although they already put out the fire.
Here are a couple of the torch carriers...they let the kids hold their torch.
Definately a GREAT experience that none of us will soon forget!