Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Tuesday…

The three year old (Mack) takes photos of his one year old sister (Cali)….

“Ok Mack; don’t put your finger on the lens.  Hold it like this.”

“Ok ‘Amma!!!”

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“Mack…can you see your sister? Can you see Cali??”  I guess he could!!!

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Playing with Duplo…I think this was a planned shot.  Maybe??

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Mack, the three year old super photographer!!!

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Making cookies for Daddy.  (Cali knows how to say cheese!!!)

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There was some cookie dough left to bake as well.  Daddy got cookies for his lunch today!!!

Tuesdays and Fridays are sooo much fun around here.  So looking forward to training in California for March and April but boy am I gonna miss my Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Ughhhhh…computers…

In anticipation of our cruise and then our temporary move to Del Mar, I have been researching a new laptop/tablet.

A tablet would be so convenient for travel; light,  small, and easy to whip out whenever I got a moment to work on the blog.  Large enough to Skype effectively to all my family still at home.  Soooo IPad?  Small laptop?  Hey the Lenovo Yoga!!!!  Acts like a laptop, swing the screen around and voila….a tablet!   Sounds like a fit!!!

I ordered the Yoga, it didn’t arrive till the day we left for the cruise, no problem, I’ll still have a great tablet for the trip to California.

So I thought….

Greg spent the day yesterday transferring files and setting up the Yoga so I’d have a seamless transfer to the new device. ( And he wouldn’t be getting the desperate long distance call from his mom “Greg how do I fix……????  Greg I can’t get this thing to do…….!!!!!)  So it really was self preservation that he was doing such a great job in getting the Yoga travel ready.

We took a pizza break, came back home to put the finishing touches on the tablet….guess what!!!!  the new Windows 8RT will not install Outlook (it comes with Office!!!!) so no email.  It won’t install ITunes, so no updates on my phone while away???  (for me, that’s essentially my new Audible books…needed for the treadmill, walks on the beach…)  And several other bits of software that I use daily.  It will only support “Microsoft” apps.  I didn’t even want to find out if I could access the blog.

This is totally my fault in the research.  I thought as it was a laptop first, the OS would have been Windows 8 not Windows 8RT.  Ughhh….computers….

My Lenovo Yoga is a great tablet/laptop…just not for me!!!!

Off to find the Yoga a new job…

V

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Home!!!

We’re home and in full swing at work and with the kids…yeah!!!

The horses all look fabulous; good work Lindsey!!!!

We have this time, in the month of February, for the big push for work, to be ready to head to San Diego and train with Shannon Peters at Arroyo Del Mar.  It’s going to be a busy month!!  All three of our horses will be working in their stretch zones!!!  Show season is starting soon!!!

Off to start my day…

V

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Grand Turk

We had an amazing day kayaking in an inner waterway in Grand Turk. The guide was not a biologist by any stretch but he was a young man that knew his island home and loved explaining it to tourists. Held a mangrove jellyfish, several different types of sea urchins, a sea cucumber and many, many conch. A wonderful way to end this amazing 2 week  Caribbean experience!!

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Mangrove jellies

 

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All sorts of sea urchins…green, black and spiney ones!  Sea cucumbers and conch.

 

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“Hey!!! If you’re taking photos, who’s paddling around here???!!!  Stroke man, stroke!!!!”

 

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Back to the ship for our planned sail away at 5pm.

 

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Pulling away from the dock, next stop Miami.

 

Today is another “at sea” day.  Pilates class this am, a golf lecture in the morning and afternoon, dinner, then packing.  They pick up our luggage this evening and we’ll see it again tomorrow as we head to the airport.  It’ll require some organization to get out the door in the morning (some things are packed and some are not) and then we head to the airport.  Miami/Toronto/Edmonton and we’re home tomorrow night!!!  Amazing really.

V

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Yesterday “at sea”

Yesterday was a total kickback relax day. Pilates in the am for me and Ivars had a spin class in the fitness centre. We both have good books started on our IPods so spent the day “reading” (listening) to our books and enjoying the sun and sea breezes.

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Off the stern on our deck, deck 9

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The view from the bow. This hot tub hasn’t been opened all trip (probably don’t want any “Titanic” re-enactments!!!)

Today we are in Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). A sea kayak/eco walk trip is planned. Sounds wet and but very warm!!!

Tonight we have a special dinner booked. The chef prepares dinner and the head sommelier pairs special wines to each dish. Ivars will be totally hitting the adventure button on his side of the travel memories for this trip tonight!!!

Off for a leisurely breakfast and a look at Grand Turk.

V

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12M America’s Cup Racing!!!!!

OMG…we had a blast!!! We didn’t win, but raced as hard as we were able!!! (We needed a tactician aboard, I think!!)

3 12M sailboats here, Stars and Stripes, True North (Canadian) and Canada II (Canadian). We were on Canada II. We had a great start, seconds ahead of the other two boats, were well ahead but lost the lead on the third leg. Again…needed a tactician??? But what an amazing way to spend our day on the ocean!!! What a well run, exciting excursion. They accommodated all levels of sailing and everyone had a blast!!!

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Our skipper, Christopher

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We’re on Canada II, True North just ahead, Stars and Stripes in the lead

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Ivars and I were on the Main Winch, winching in the boom for the mainsail. It’s a good thing we know how to paddle together…pulling together on the winch one of the most important things!!!

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Saying goodbye to Canada II. Thank you everyone involved for such a great day!!!

After yesterday’s race…I really could fly home…weeeell maybe a couple more days in the warm sun and breezes??? Yup!

Today is an “at sea” day on our way to Grand Turk. Pilates this morning along with 2 golf lectures (putting, woods and drivers) then yoga this afternoon. Tonight we have reservations at Nobu Silk Road restaurant.

Off to my Pilates Reformer class…

V

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Friday was ATV day at St Barth’s!!!

Mack and Cali…these photos are definitely for you!!!

We had the greatest tour of this wonderful island, St Barth’s, by ATV. Lots of people get to and fro on this island by quad. An easy way to commute and with narrow roads and short distances, a perfect mode of transport.

This is a beautiful island. Very French, very pretty. We’ll be back.

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Friday’s sunrise

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On to the tender, transport to the island

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Helmet on, mount up

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A view of the harbour, our cruise ship in the background

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St Barth’s harbour

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Traveling along the beach at St Barth’s

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“My goodness, this a good way to spend the morning!!!”

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This is the most dangerous airport in the world. I think if we re-visit St Barth’s, we take the ferry over.

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Heading back to drop off the quads.

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In a bay filled with the most amazing cruising boats, this was the most stunning, unique boat around. The crew launched the smaller boats and took everything for a test drive over the day. The launches were all of very interesting designs as well.

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The end of another wonderful day.

Today is the excursion that made us choose this cruise. We are in St Maartin. We will board retired America’s Cup sailboats this morning and sail in a (I’m sure!!) well supervised “race” in the warm Caribbean waters!!! Photo ops galore…the sun is shining, the winds are up!!

I’m sooo excited!!!

V and I

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