22nd Annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival – Huntsville, Lake of Bays

The family all went up North, for family day this year. A few towns over in Dorset we heard they were having there 22nd Annual Dorset Snowball Carnival we had to see what it was all about. The events were awesome. Here are some of the things the kids that day:

– Sterling & Eva took part in the Dorset Snowball parade
– Face painting
– Horse-drawn wagon rides
– Two-man (Sterling & Eva) cross-cut sawing competition
– Hot Air Balloon Rides – FREE
– Mini Snowmobile Rides – Sterling was Awesome!
– Awesome Food from many different vendors
– Snowmobilers riding on water! Yeah you read that right!
Here’s a short film capturing that weekend. The kids had a blast!


Clearly, we had a super time at Tasso Lake and area over Family Day weekend.
Special thanks to our good friends, Peter & Bev!!

John & Kate’s Wedding – London, Ontario

We had the honour of attending and photographing my brother-in-law, John’s wedding to the lovely Kathleen.

Here is a slideshow of their special day.

The complete online album of the wedding is available for private viewing. Please contact me for more details.

Coookiee, Mmmmmmm Fresh!

Claire has found a new favourite word: Coo-kie!

Since the poor sweetheart is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, it’s not a simple case of pulling a box from the grocery store shelf. Melissa couldn’t make little Claire wait any longer for her cookies! These photos show how much the whole family enjoyed these fresh homemade chocolate chip goodies. (Notice Pierce’s shirt – Cookie Monster! How a propos!)

Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia

Driving home to Ontario from Florida, we took a rest in Atlanta, Georgia and spent the morning wandering the Georgia Aquarium before sticking the kids in the car for another 12-hour drive.

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, at Pemberton Place, is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8.5-million-US-gallon of marine and fresh water housing more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species. The aquarium’s notable specimens include four young whale sharks, four beluga whales, eleven Bottlenose dolphins, three Great hammerhead sharks, and four manta rays.


World of Coca-Cola, right across from the aquarium. We didn’t go in. Kids were too tired. Here are some facts:

– Taste over 60 different beverages from around the globe
– A fully-functioning bottling line, and take home a FREE 8-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola
– The world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia in Milestones of Refreshment

More from inside the aquarium, courtesy of Google Images. . . As you can see, some of the tanks are enormous!

This photo shows a whale shark from below.This is another view of a whale shark.

We stayed at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta Hotel, 42nd floor. It was awesome. The kids had a blast, other than the scary elevator ride which the twins didn’t really enjoy. It seemed to take about 5 seconds to reach the 42nd floor. I coule even feel my ears pop. The toddlers didn’t know what to do other than hold onto their parents for dear life !

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a Marriott hotel and the 14th tallest skyscraper in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Designed by Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is probably one of the most recognized buildings in the city. Construction was completed on the building in 1985, and because of its bulging base, it is often referred to as the “Pregnant Building”. One of the defining features of the Marriott Marquis is its large atrium. It was the largest in the world upon its completion in 1985, at 470 feet (143 m) high. The atrium spans the entire height of the building and consists of two vertical chambers divided by elevator shafts and bridges. The record was later broken by the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai. The 42nd floor features a concierge lounge that is only open to guests staying on the 42nd to 47th floors.