I was lucky enough to get this past weekend off, so we decided to take a quick road trip to southern Alberta! I had to work until 9 p.m. on Friday night, so Keaton picked me up and we went home quickly to grab all of our stuff, got gas in the car and we got on our way. We downloaded The Other Guys form Netflix and watched that, I dozed off for a bit so Keaton put music on for himself. We arrived at Grandma and Grandpa Gibb's in Calgary around 1 a.m. and got settled to sleep around 1:30 a.m.
Saturday morning, we packed up again and had breakfast. We got to see the grandparents before they left for their own trip to Taber. We left shortly after them to head down to Cardston. During that, we listened to a talk and LDS music.
We got to the Cardston Temple around 10 so we could attend the session. When it was done, we went down the cafeteria to have lunch and we got to see a couple more sections of the temple. It was so big and so beautiful! I loved it all!
We made our way outside for a couple pictures then went to the Cardston Book store in town. We got an Al Carraway pillow that says "Laugh a lot and Follow God", I got Sheri Dew's book called "Worth the Wrestle" and Keaton got an keychain oil vial.
We made our way to great aunt Carol and great uncle Ray's house in Mountain View, about 20 minutes away. We changed clothes and went on their back deck to shoot the gun at some targets. It was my first time shooting a gun so that was interesting! They took us for a drive to see if we could find any gophers to shoot, but we had no luck. When we got back, I took a short nap while Keaton watched TV with Ray, and Carol made dinner. We had dinner and then dessert, and it was all good! Keaton then called a woman named Deb who we know from New Brunswick since it was her birthday, and they had a good chat. We then ventured outside since Carol told us one of their cats had kittens but she couldn't find them! We checked around a barn and some old farm equipment, and saw a couple cats but no kittens. We went back to the house and Ray asked Keaton to move our car to a different spot in the driveway. As he was doing that, he and Ray saw the momma cat and decided to follow her. I got a text from him saying they found the babies! Carol and I went out with a flashlight to find the momma cat with her 4 or 5 babies!
(By the way, Alberta is really pretty)
We went back inside to let the momma be with her kittens and we played a round of Oh Heck and had some treats. We chatted for a bit and started to head to bed around 11.
I woke up before Keaton on a Sunday so I could do my hair and then he got up. Ray had to leave early for a meeting and when we we came up for breakfast, Carol left shortly after to pick someone up. Before heading out, we checked the kittens again.
Sacrament meeting at church was good. There was one speaker is who about to leave on his mission, so that was good to hear!
We left after that to go to Waterton. We arrived at the Bear's Hump hike parking lot and changed in the washrooms of the visitors centre. Luckily it's only a 1.2 KM up and the same back down! The view was great at the top! We stopped at the Prince of Wales hotel to see the view again. We drove around the town, went down near the beach to feel the water and drove by a car show, and saw Cameron Falls.
Cameron Falls behind us
We got a text from Carol saying Keaton had left his toiletry bag, so we filled up the car with gas and left Waterton to go back to get it. Carol also provided us some snacks for our drive home. We had "Surfs Up" playing on Keaton's phone, but I started to doze off, so he put music on instead.
When we arrived in Calgary, we got permission from Theo and Kenzie to go into their house (since they weren't home) to fill up our water bottles. This is pretty embarrassing but our car doesn't have air conditioning, so it was an oven driving up from the south! And we needed that water!!
Driving back home to Edmonton, there was some traffic on the highway from an accident. We were lucky to pass it pretty quickly, but the people heading southbound were pretty backed up! We finished watching Surfs Up then started watching Hook, but we paused it before as we got back into the city. When we got home,we unpacked and showered (we wre so sweaty from the car!) Then made smoothies and finished watching Hook.
It was such a good weekend to spend together, with family and good scenery and of course, the temple!
Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa + Ray and Carol for all the hospitality!