Monday, February 22, 2010

Kind of a "poopy" weekend! :)

Well, you will get the meaning of the title as you read this weeks blog!

Ben and I weren't sure what our weekend was going to entail but when I got my new passport in the mail on Friday afternoon we knew we were heading to Vancouver to check out the Olympics. We had heard so much and seen so much we knew we had to check them out being only 40 miles from them. So Saturday morning I packed some treats, since we figured we could be in the car for awhile at the border, and off we went. We were pretty excited.
We started driving and saw that the border wait was 100 minutes...YIKES! It actually ended up going pretty fast. There were some pretty views along the way! There was a national park called Peace Arch Park. It started in Blaine, WA which is right on the border and it goes past the border into British Columbia.

So now our first task of getting across the border was complete. Our next task was finding the hotel where we were going to park and figuring out how to get on the sky rail. We found the hotel pretty easily and headed right to the parking garage...we then found ourselves driving around for almost 45 minutes in a garage with no open stalls left. Now, In MN there would have been a sign outside saying the garage was full, but in Canada they must not do that. :) Ben, was a little irritated to say the least! :) We ended up parking on the road...not even sure if it was legal. We were just hoping our car would still be there when we got back that night. Once we were parked we knew we had to find a bathroom since we had, by then, been in the car for 3 hours. After that we found the sky rail and packed onto a car like sardeans. At this point we saw there were about 4 different places we could get off. We had no clue where to get off, so we got off at Yaletown which was the street with a lot of vendors and entertainment. We had no idea that our first step off the train was our first step into total chaos!

We, again, really had no clue where we were going and things were not labeled well at all. To make it even a little more difficult the streets were so packed with people you could barely move. Ben told me to tell him if I saw anywhere I wanted to stop, but we couldn't even see anything because people were everywhere. We just started walking. That walking took us absolutely nowhere. We did see some pretty scenery!

This was the clock used for the countdown until the opening ceremonies. Now they are using it to countdown to the closing ceremonies.

This is the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The side of the gallery was beautiful!

After about an hour and a half of just walking, in the much colder weather than expected, we decided to head back to the street we had started on to look for a map...or something. To no avail, Ben finally asked a worker where the flame was. He pointed us in the direction and we were off walking...again. By this time we were tired, crabby and hungry. And we really weren't talking to each other much because it was so loud and crammed there wasn't much to say! The closer we got to the torch the crazier it became. We saw a few neat things along the way.

There was a zip line in one of the main areas that people were waiting 6 hours to ride on for 6 seconds...crazy! There were long lines everywhere we turned.
We finally got to the torch...WOW...not really Ben and I thought! It was so crowded and there was a huge fence around it so you couldn't get very close.

As you can tell we were a little cranky by now. We decided we saw what we wanted to see, now we were outta there. I was a little bummed because I wanted to see the Olympic rings, but we had no clue where there were. I felt like I didn't get many pictures that even looked like we were at the Olympics.
Our next adventure was to find our way back to the train, oh boy!We found a train station and went to buy a ticket. We knew this wasn't the right place but we figured somehow it would get us where we needed to go. Thankfully a young guy asked us if we were lost :) We said yes and he led us in the right direction. We got to our destination and waited in line...again! We finally got on our train and it was unbelievable how they packed us on there. Ben and I couldn't believe it. We were literally on top of eachother and then other people were RIGHT on our back. After what seemed to be a very long train ride, we made it back to our car. I don't think I was ever so excited to get back to Bellingham! :)
Sorry this seems like such a bummer day, but we really didn't have much fun. I know, I know...we were so fortunate to even experience that, right?? Hmmm, we aren't sure! :)
At least we can say we went!

On Sunday, I had my first day of helping in the 3 year old room at church! It was great! They were so cute and I was able to meet some really neat people. Then we went to church and had lunch with some friends. It was another beautiful day so we went for a run and then Ben got to hit some golf balls! He loved doing that! Now here is where the rest of the "poopy" weekend comes in...I went #2 and somehow clogged the toilet...oops! :) Ben gets so annoyed, even though he is always laughing about it! So I went to get the plunger while Ben was in the shower and I couldn't find it. Ben said he would look when he got out. Now remember, we live in a 700 ft. sq. apartment so there really aren't too many places too look. Ben started looking and couldn't find it either. So for the next hour we tore apart closets looking for that goofy plunger. We were so frustrated! And sorry folks this story desn't have a happy ending...we never found it, even though we know we have used it since we have lived here. So, now we have the case of the missing plunger!

And that was our "poopy" weekend! :)

Hope that didn't gross anyone out! We love you and miss you all! Thanks for reading this downer of a blog! Even though it was a crazy weekend...we still enjoyed eachother and can laugh about it all!

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Whitefish, Montana

Happy Tuesday to you all! Ben and I got back yesterday around 6:00 from a road trip to Whitefish, Montana to see our friend Brett and meet his sweet girlfriend Katie. We left Friday morning and headed to Seattle to pick up Kris Pulford...lucky him...he got to ride with Ben and I for one long day in the car! The drive was much longer than expected, it rained almost the entire day which didn't help when we were driving through the different passes. We were so excited once we finally got there, the last 3 hours of the drive seemed to take forever. We got there just in time for the ending of the Opening Ceremonies!

We got up on Saturday morning and Brett had breakfast all ready, he really took care of us! He didn't have very much counter space, so he had to be a chef working on the floor for some of the food! :)

The boys headed towards Big Mountain for a day of skiing and Katie was nice enough to take me snowshoeing up the mountain, since I am NOT a skier as most of you know! :) This was my first time snowshoeing so I was a little nervous but really excited.

Our plan was to head up to the summit of the mountain to eat lunch with the boys, we weren't sure if we were going to make it or not but we were determined.
Katie was such a trooper and let me stop about every 10 minutes for a photo op. :)

I loved how beautiful the trees looked.

I had so much fun snowshoeing with Katie! We made it to the lodge on the summit in one hour and 45 min. The boys made it a few minutes later. I think Ben was a ready for a little break...he took a few tumbles to start his skiing day! But, I know they were still skiing maniacs the rest of the day.

Katie and I got back from snowshoeing before the boys were done. She took me downtown to walk around all the cute little shops. It definitely looked like a Mountain town, I loved it!

On Sunday morning Brett took us sight seeing. It was really cloudy and foggy on Saturday so we were really excited to see the clear skies Sunday morning. We first went to Hungry Horse Dam. It was really neat and of course beautiful (as everything was around there).

Then we headed to Glacier National Park.

This was unbelievably beautiful! We saw gorgeous scenery!

After our day of amazing views, we went to Katie's house for a yummy dinner. The boys enjoyed Elk burgers, while the ladies stuck with regular hamburgers! :)

This is probably getting a little long so I will start ending our weekend for you! We had so much fun! We felt so blessed to spend time with great friends. Brett and Katie were such wonderful hosts and really took care of us! The drive home seemed to go a little faster then the way there. And now it is back to at home, with Ben at work catching up! Thanks again for staying in touch. We miss you and love you all!

"This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." 1 John 3:11

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Little Vacation

Hello all!! We are in Whitefish, MT right now, heading back to Bellingham tomorrow morning. It will be about an 8 hour drive, hopefully a FAST 8 hour drive! We are visiting our friend Brett! I am so excited to show you all of our pictures, it is beautiful here! We hope you all had a great weekend! Please check back on Tuesday! We love you and miss you all so much!

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

Sunday, February 7, 2010

We had another great weekend! We spent time relaxing, hiking, eating and watching football. I'm sure most of you did the last 2 as well!

Saturday was a beautiful day here, it was almost 60 degrees and sunny. Although, I heard it wasn't so bad in MN either...not 60 degrees, but good enough! We spent our day outside. We started at Lake Whatcom and walked towards Whatcom Falls which is just a few miles from our house.

There is an old bridge to cross the water, it is so neat!

Then we started driving around to find a trail some friends told us about. Yes, I said friends! A couple from our small group informed us of an "easy" trail to get to a beautiful view. With it being so wet it is kind of nice to head up an easy trail because everything is so muddy during this time of the year. I wasn't super confident that we would find it, but low and behold after 20 minutes of driving around Ben led us right to the trail head of Sehome trail. I have been very impressed with Ben's directional skills since we moved here and he didn't let me down this time either!

Once we got to the top you climbed up to the top of this "tree house" looking thing for one amazing view of Bellingham and beyond.

You can see the mountains that will be used for the Olympics...Vancouver! In Ben's words, "The mountains you see are north of Vancouver in Whistler." He wanted me to point that out! :)

That is Bellingham Bay aka OCEAN!!! :)

On our way down the trail, Ben had to hold up this falling rock from rolling right over us! :)

Oofda, I'm thinking! We made it!

Not much else at the Wetzell house this weekend! As usual, thanks for reading about our not so adventurous adventures! We love you and miss you all!

"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3