There are two fun Christmas events happening in Fernie this weekend for the kids.
1. Fernie Heritage Library Christmas Party
492 3rd Avenue
From 2-4pm bring the kids down for some caroling, storytelling, crafts, treats and hot cider.
2. Family Dance And Potluck
Holy Family Center – beside the Catholic Church on 4th Avenue
From 4-6 come out with your kids for a potluck and some dancing with DJ Jeff. I hear Santa will be there.
If there are any more events this weekend, comment on this post with the details. Thanks!
I heard of the idea of Tradesies (I made that name up) where you just exchange your time for some free time. So, you babysit someone’s kid(s) for a couple hours and they’ll do the same back. The exchange is brilliant for a few reasons. Let me tell you what they are:
1. A good number of families in Fernie do not have extended family support. Meaning, we don’t have any family around. I don’t. Our families are in Ontario and it would be quite expensive for Grandma to come out for a couple hours so Rod and I could get some sushi at Yamagoya. This means you rely a lot on your friends.
2. Your friends will say to you “I can babysit any time.” and they mean it but they’re not always available (obviously) and when you use one person frequently you start to feel a bit of guilt. I do. I can make them dinner but I still just feel like a burden sometimes.
3. It’s free, other than your time and, quite honestly, I could spend a few less hours in front of the TV and more time drawing. Plus, staying at home with the kids doesn’t pay much so being able to contribute to date night feels nice.
4. Tradesies is guilt free. It’s a perfect situation of exchanged time for some free time and Rod and I love going out for dinner. I can taste the yam rolls already.
My little three year old is learning to ski. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m so excited for her (I don’t ski. Not yet.) and I think it’s a fantastic activity she can do with her father. Today I went up with them because I wanted to see her ski and she really wanted to show me how good she was. She was so confident, she wanted to go down the hill without her father, without knowing anything about turning or stopping, but those skills are important and in no time she will be our little independent skier – just not today.
Rod was looking into a bunch of different techniques for teaching kids to ski and he came up with this method: The Camelbak and Dog Leash Method. Now, it worked alright but he was saying she was leaning back too much when it’s important to learn to lean forward. He might try something new next time.
The Fernie Curling Club was rented out for the night for our friend Tiecrab but I’m a little shy with taking pictures of people with the intentions of putting them on the internet so I end up with these awesome shots and not a single one of Tiecrab. I’m going to have to get more comfortable with it. One day.
The whole idea of renting out the curling club was amazing and not too expensive when you have a big enough group. There was even a guy there helping us, novice curlers, figure out what we’re supposed to be doing. Flo had a full night of one-on-one coaching! Not too shabby.
Possibly the highlight of the night (don’t tell Tiecrab), was during Rod and I’s quick game of darts during intermission. I’ll set this up for you…It was a tied game and Rod had already thrown his bulls-eye and gloated. I was slightly discouraged but tried to focus and breathe. After two failed attempts at getting closer to the middle of the board (that was our goal – for only one point), my last dart hit the red bulls-eye at the same distance as Rod’s!! I screamed “Did anyone see that?” but, of course, no one had but they all heard my scream. And then Rod and I hugged because it was a magical moment.
While perusing The Free Press yesterday I noticed this little announcement in the City Of Sparwood section. It was titled Pickle-ball. What?! I mean, I don’t really like pickles, unless it’s on a hamburger, but balls, I kind of like balls. So, I read further. “Looking for something new and different to try? Pickle-ball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.” And I thought to myself “I love badminton, tennis and ping pong!” So, I read further. “Pickle-ball is played with two or four players using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.”
I looked further in to this fusion sport and I found an official Pickle-ball website. On the website I found some information.
Pickle-ball® is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.
Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickle-ball® can be played with singles or doubles.
Apparently, Pickle Ball equipment is now available at the front desk to be used in racquet ball courts at the Sparwood Leisure Centre.