Choo choo

During family scripture study this morning, we each took turns reading a verse. When it was Quillan’s turn, someone would read a word aloud, and he would repeat it. His verse was John 20:28.

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

When the person reading said, “Thomas”, however, Quillan said “choo coo” instead.

My convocation

I started my university education in 1997. 15 years later (almost 16 if you count the last six months, when I wasn’t taking classes), I finally finished my classes. I convocated last week at the University of Lethbridge, receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree. I majored in drama and minored in French.

Here are some photos:

Waiting to pick up regalia

Number 248

Guess who's ready to graduate?

Candy

The hallway’s filling up.

It’s official. Kim Siever, B.A.

I wish more people understood this concept.

Member of the club now.

Just in case no one believed me

Convocation

Convocation

Convocation

Next step, getting through graduate school, then getting Mary her bachelor’s degree.

2013: a year of milestones

We were talking recently about events next year, and we realized it will be a year of milestones. Everyone in the family will be celebrating some milestone.

  • Mary: starting her university degree
  • Kim: convocating with his bachelor’s and starting his master’s
  • Sinéad: Becoming a Mia-Maid and getting her learner’s licence
  • Regan: Becoming a deacon and getting the Aaronic Priesthood
  • Aisling: Getting baptized
  • Aoibheann: Entering Primary
  • Quillan: celebrating his very first birthday

Calgary temple open house

We went to the Calgary Alberta Temple open house tonight. It was actually the last day of the nearly-one-month-long open house. We arrived into Calgary early because we wanted to stop off at Peters’ Drive-In for supper. It was the very first time we had been there, and many people we know kept raving about it.

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The food was okay. The temple was pretty cool. It is really nice inside, but it sure feels small.

Camping near Bob Creek in the Bob Creek Wildland Park

Regan and I went backcountry camping this weekend. This was Regan’s first time backcountry camping, and it was my first time without having someone with me who had been there before. Even so, I spent weeks researching where we were going to go, which was tough because there were no photos or reports on camping in the area where I wanted to go; most of the reports were for hiking.

Here we are at the camping area. We started on the trail on the left, going up the hill. We took it because of what we saw on the sign, which seemed to indicate following the sign would lead to the Bob Creek Wildland Park.

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After about a half-hour hike, and once we reached the first summit, we ran into a Public Lands Administration employee, and he showed us the direction we needed to go, which was in the middle ground of the photo below, and off to the left of the photo.

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We hiked down to the parking area, and got on the right trail, crossing Bob Creek.

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Shortly after the creek, we came across this forest, and the trail took us right through it.

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The trail eventually forked, and the left fork led us to this gate, which I assume is the boundary between Black Creek Ranchlands, where we cannot camp, and Bob Creek Wildland.

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We went through the gate, hiked over a small hill, crossed Bob Creek twice, and up in a meadow, where we decided to set up camp.

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Here is a view of the campsite from the latrine:

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Here is the creek where we got our drinking water and where we cooled off from the hot afternoon sun:

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We built a small cooking fire around supper time by digging a pit, then using only small diameter wood.

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Regan having supper. We brought dehydrated food for supper and breakfast. All we had to do was add hot water.

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After the fire burned down and we doused it, we went to bed. We played games (Backgammon, Connect Four, Tic Tac Toe, Checkers, etc) for about an hour or so.

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We had a pretty uneventful sleep, but around daybreak, I hear coyotes barking in the distance, and I thought I heard a bear grunting near our campsite. I did see a deer shortly after we arrived at camp. We go up around 6:30 and watched the sun come over the hill to the east of our site. Once it started drying our tent, we started a breakfast fire and rehydrated some breakfast.

We broke camp and left shortly after 10:00. Here are a couple of shots of Regan hiking back to the van.

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We came across this frog on the way back.

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We saw a coyote cross the road shortly after we drove away from the parking area, and saw a badge cross the road a few minutes later. I can’t wait to take Sinéad next year.