Thursday, July 31, 2008

Good times - Good GK reunions

I have to many good memories to list them all here - but just a few
1. The horseback ride from Leavitt to Beazer - 12 horses and 12 grandkids - all going in different directions.
2. The haunted house and sometimes sleeping dorm across the street .
3. The T shirt game where we each received one of Grandpa's T shirts in a sack (no peeking) and then sang a song and each time we heard a certain word we had to pass the sack to the left or right - at the end of the song we won (?) the shirt we were holding
4. The wind blowing down our tent in Waterton and all of us crowding into our little travel trailer for the night.
5. The "older" grandkids talking Grandpa into taking a young Samwise to see "Independence Day" I set close to Sam and put my hand over his eyes whenever the weird alien appeared.
6. The play about going to the Red Rooster - with Randy playing Mr. Schow - the owner. And the fake beards!
7. Transporting kids from place to place using the back of my pickup truck (it had a topper).
8. All the fun "horsing around" that happened. We had a time schedule posted with weird times like 2:17 - 3:24 - Arts and crafts, which everyone would check ten times a day. Especially the meal times.
9. Addy and Adriana as the happy princesses in one play - and they looked anything but happy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Reunion Reunion

Amy's Right - the Reunion is a week away. So to get everyone excited, why don't we use this blog to share our favorite memories from Cottle Reunions in the past. What do you remember about our past outings? I'd have to say that one of my favorite Cottle Family Reunion traditions were the amazing theater productions that were performed at the grandkids reunions. I mean, who can forget David's immortal words from the blockbuster play, The House on Cottle Hill: "Hey everybody - I'm a Witch."

So give us some of you favorite times, either in the comments section or as a new post.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Hey look @ the posted picture along the top. this will be us in less than a week (minus Jeff of course)! Can't wait. I'll be getting on again shortly (probably before any of you get to read this post) to post a couple of my July pictures! I'm super excited to see everyone!!
PS> Grandpa I'm almost ready for the golf course - I can now hit between the 125 - 150 @ the driving range. Getting slowly better each time I go (not to ginx anything)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What I found today...

Since I am so enthusiastic about Astronomy, my home page when I open my "internet browser" is a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. Every day I look at the picture, read the description and learn more about space. Most of the pictures are so cool I have to save them. But not all of them are of some nebula or star cluster. What was on there today made me smile and I wanted to share it with you. It would be so cool to go around and do this.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Click play and then stop so it can load, then it won't hesitate while you watch it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just wanted to let everyone know that after a brief hiatus (looks like since May 1st....) I'm back to posting things on my blog. You can check them out at:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma!!

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday Grandma. Hope you have a wonderful day and you get anything you want!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th!

I just wanted to wish all you living in the states as well as those who wish they were, a Happy Independance Day!
Sorry, I just couldn't pick one picture.

Also if I'm not mistaken I believe it is also Kristin's birthday, So Happy Birthday to you as well.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sooooooooooooo bummed!!!

I have to regretfully write, that as of now, I will not be able to attend the Reunion. I have a little complication called placenta previa. If you don't know what that is google it.  My doctors are just concerned with the traveling and not being close to a hospital during my travels. I may be able to fly, which is a little better because it is faster than in the car, but is expensive, and there is still a risk. The reason they are so concerned is that at any time I could start bleeding and probably nothing will happen, but then there is the what if. I am sooooooooooooooooooo bummed that we can not come, and was looking so forward to it. I am having another Ultra sound on the 23 of July  and If by some miracle and a lot of fasting it has moved a little bit, I may be able to come. So, keep your fingers crossed and I will let you know. So save us a spot just in case grandpa and grandma=). If we don't see you this summer,  I hope you all have a fun time and hope to see you soon. Take care. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Second Annual Canada Day Quiz!

Here it is – what you have all been waiting for: the second annual “Randal and Theresa Canada Day Quiz!” The game is simple – answer the questions. And we all know you could just look up the answers on the Internet, but because this is a Canada-themed quiz, I trust you will all be polite and honest, and play the game without cheating. The answers will be posted in the comments, so take the quiz, check your answers, and post your score in the comments section (remember – we’re using the honor system). When everyone has participated, we’ll name the winners in two categories: Canadian and Non-Canadian. Prizes will follow…

1. Which of these cities is furthest north?
A. Halifax
B. Ottawa
C. Vancouver
D. Winnipeg

2. Which Canadian Province is the setting of “Anne of Green Gables?”

3. Which Canadian Cities have or will in the near future host the Olympic games?

4. Which Canadian City was named the most livable city in the world by The Economist in 2008?

5. The Parliament in which of these Canadian Capitals is pictured here?

A. Edmonton, AB
B. Regina, SK
C. Victoria, BC
D. Whitehorse, YT

History and Politics
6. What is the term for people descended from Canadian aboriginals and European settlers?

7. Which of these reasons was most influential in the building of Canada’s first transcontinental Railway?
A. To assist in the war effort during the war of 1812
B. To beat the United States in a race to build the first transcontinental railway
C. To persuade the people of Brittish Columbia to join the Canadian Confederacy
D. To transport Chinese workers to the east

8. Which of the following is NOT a registered political party in Canada?
A. The Animal Alliance Party
B. The Democracy In Action Party
C. The Christian Heritage Party
D. The Marijuana Party
E. The Work Less Party

9. During the Conscription Crisis of 1917, what group of Canadians refused to go to war?

10. Which Canadian aboriginal tribe famously dwelt in structures like the one pictured?

A. Cree
B. Inuit
C. Iroquois
D. Kwakwaka'wakw

Sports and Entertainment
11. What Canadian chanteuse won the most Juno awards (i.e. the Canadian Grammy) in 2008 (1 bonus point for naming all of the categories)?

12. What are Canada’s two national sports?

13. What is the main focus of CBC radio 3?

14. What Canadian Author penned the popular Book, “The Life of Pi?”

15. Which Canadian Hockey team made it the furthest in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

16. Which Canadian company produces the BlackBerry communications device (1 bonus point for naming where it is based)?

17. According to the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, which is the best Canadian University?

18. For what is the Bay of Fundy famous?

19. This is the mascot for what (1 bonus point for giving his name)?

20. As you might expect, the top two countries of origin for Canadian Immigrants are China and India. Name one of the other birth countries of Canadian immigrants that round out the top 5 (1 bonus point for naming all three).

21. Which of these figures is closest to Canada’s population (the other three are the populations of Tokyo, New York State, and the UK)?
A. 18.9 million
B. 33.3 million
C. 34.4 million
D. 60.6 million

22. Who is on the Canadian $50 bill?

23. Which Canadian author was born and raised on St. Urbain Street in the Mile End area of Montreal, Quebec, and wrote The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz?
A. Margaret Atwood
B. Stephen Leacock
C. Saul Bellow
D. Mordecai Richler

24. In what year was Quebec City founded?

25. Which Canadian-born architect built this?

July Banner

I made up this banner from a photo of the Great Glacier Maze so that everyone will get excited for the Great Cottle Family Reunion coming up in a month!