Adventures of the Three Musketeers

Adventures of the Three Musketeers

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A few Sunday's ago we drove toward Kinistino, into the sunrise.

 Lillia, Abigail and I

Lillia, Abigail and I

We went to church and after service we got to say "hello" to some family and friends, who had flown in for a youth banquet over the weekend. 

 Kyra and Jo

Kyra and Jo

Then later that afternoon we had the opportunity to try Virtual Reality. It was quite the experience and Brother Paul used it as a faith building lesson. To make it more real to us, that even if you can't see the results immediately for your prayer (and everything you can see seems to prove the opposite of healing or deliverance) to still hold faith for the manifestation of your prayer. 

 Even when you know that what you are seeing and hearing isn't actually there, it's still so realistic! 

Even when you know that what you are seeing and hearing isn't actually there, it's still so realistic! 

That night we took two weary travellers home with us.

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My sister Abigail was one of them ^ and the other one was our cousin Joanna.

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Over the next few days we let them rest, fed them well and caught up on all the latest and greatest.

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YUMMY

As always crepes were on the menu :)  Along with an after dinner snack of pistachios, to fuel the puzzlers. 

During the daytime we did touristy things, like window shopping and sipping caffeinated drinks. 

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On the fourth day of visiting we drove to Edmonton to pick up another traveller. 

 First there were two...

First there were two...

Then we visited a cold castle made of ice, aptly named an Ice Castle. Because what is a trip to Canada without getting frostbit at least once? Just kidding.

  and then there were three musketeers!

 and then there were three musketeers!

Our new guest was also named Joanna.. and that is how the nickname game started.

 Meet Jaybird and Jos-a-fine 

Meet Jaybird and Jos-a-fine 

The next day found us building our own castle (with blankets) and playing the Bean Game.

Then Luke surprised us all, by getting a half day and we headed into town to do some exploring! 

Our first stop was the Science and Cultural Center. 

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Where we learned all about Canola. Canola Oil comes from a flower surprisingly called the Canola Flower. Canola Oil is an ingredient in many items, from Burts Bees Chapstick to Goldfish!

 Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of Canola oil.

Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of Canola oil.

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After we educated ourselves on Canola, we moved on to the artwork section. Large paintings, quilts and walls of poems and photographs. 

 This was a favourite poem 

This was a favourite poem 

Then we walked through a set of doors, down a long hallway and entered a room full of animal mounts. 

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This Joanna ^ got to cross seeing a moose off her bucket-list!

 and I got to cross seeing a family of skunks off of my bucket-list....oh wait, that was never on it ;)

and I got to cross seeing a family of skunks off of my bucket-list....oh wait, that was never on it ;)

There were a few mounts that we found questionable and a little disturbing. Even without including the reptiles in jars (which I couldn't even look at), the family dog (seriously?!) or the white rabbits dressed up and drinking tea. 

Let's see if you can guess which ones I'm talking about.

 Poky Porcupine Fish

Poky Porcupine Fish

 OH deer me...what is that smell?!

OH deer me...what is that smell?!

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 That moment when you're working out and find out you're missing a muscle you thought you had...

That moment when you're working out and find out you're missing a muscle you thought you had...

 Last but not least... meet this coyote 

Last but not least... meet this coyote 

Moving on after that impressive/interesting display of taxidermy, the next exhibit was all about OIL.

Where it comes from, how we get it, the refining process and a bit about its different uses.

Since that was the last exhibit there, we left and went to do some more exploring. 

 A unique door we saw downtown ^

A unique door we saw downtown ^

We ended up at this cute little cupcake bakery and gift shop. After picking out our cupcake, we went on the "traditional" Timmies run and then headed back home to do some more puzzling.

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That evening we went and played some games of volleyball with our friends and afterward drove around for awhile trying to spot some Northern Lights (but without success).

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The next morning we hopped into the truck and after the "traditional" and much needed Timmies run, we headed off for Edmonton. 

 Trying to get them addicted ;)

Trying to get them addicted ;)

 Joanna and Joanna-Joanna 

Joanna and Joanna-Joanna 

When we finally arrived in Edmonton, we stopped by the Blue Plate Diner to have a bite. 

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After lunch we went on a little drive to see if we could find a good view of Edmonton city. We ended up with more then we had bargained for and got a view of the city, plus a sledding hill!

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We just happened to have magic carpets in the back of the truck...and so you can imagine what happened next! 

 You guessed it!

You guessed it!

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It went from "let's do it a few times" to a "few more times".

To "we have to do it at least one more time"...

 Luke can be very persuasive ;)

Luke can be very persuasive ;)

 There they go!

There they go!

On a side note, I did see a dog at the park that reminded me of the "coyote" we saw at the Science and Culture Center.... 

 and that's how I ended up being a creeper and taking a photo of a completely random stranger and his dog. 

and that's how I ended up being a creeper and taking a photo of a completely random stranger and his dog. 

After the little adventure on the hill, they shook the snow off and turned up the heat for the drive to the mall.

West Edmonton Mall or WEM is the largest mall in North America and the 10th largest mall in the world. It covers 5.3 million square feet, which is about the size of a small city. 

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We walked the mall.. and browsed through the stores, drank Bubble Tea (of course), judged people ice-skating, looked at cute little puppies in the pet store, ate sushi and somehow only got one photo of Luke and I, posing by (of all things) a sock. 

Way to soon, it was time to drop the girls off at the airport.

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The old saying that "time flies when you are having fun" was proved true once again with this trip. We honestly had such a fun time with Abigail, Jo and Joanna-Joanna. We hope that they will come back to visit us soon! 

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