Pancakes! HEEE HAW!!!

An awesome job, Stampede Caravan!

Douglas Square Breakfast

Free pancakes, live entertainment, pony rides and more for adults and kids.

When: 9 to 11 am
Where: Douglas Square — 11540 24th Street SE
Price: Free

This event was so much fun!  YAHOO!  A great one for children!  Lots of activities going on, including pony rides, Butterfield Acres petting zoo, rope making, sheep roping, the walk through of the Marine and Navy bus and so much more.  We were entertained by live music, marching band and Indigenous dancers including explanations for the grand entry, male fancy, female jingle and female fancy.  Excellent times and a great breakfast.  I didn’t get a snap of our food plates today because my eyes were on Steven who had his mouth dropping open most of the time, for all of the excitement.  Such an excellent morning!

No touch piggy.

Sitting in the driver’s seat…Marine and Navy recruitment bus.

Watching the big screen…navy ice breaker!


What a great morning.  The food, again, was excellent, this time including those lovely circular shaped sausages, juice boxes and yummy pancakes.  Scrambled eggs were also served.

Departing the site, Steven spotted a forklift, so we spent some time also perusing that. Great times with the Grandson!


It took this experience to understand that when friends or acquaintances are doing their eight to twelve weeks in a cast for whatever reason, they need a hand and they need connection.  It’s been fifteen days and I still often feel this claustrophobic panic spill over me on a regular basis.  At those moments, I let the air out of my cast and pull it apart and gasp for breath.

I’m not writing about this experience because I am soliciting comfort, support, pity or even empathy…I’m writing because I find it all so surprising.  I also think that the notion of “walking in the other person’s shoes” comes truly to mind.  I’m being hard on myself for not always responding, with empathy and in a concrete way, to those who have endured the drawn out period of healing a fractured bone.

Stampede came to town…and Stampede left.  I wouldn’t have known it as it seemed I was cloistered in my family room, to the point of even sleeping on this same level.  It was a very hot spell for Calgary weather and so, to be honest, it was physically uncomfortable at night.

It was an absolute joy when first, my daughter, and then my friend, offered to take me out for pancakes at two of our pancake breakfasts.

I remembered bringing my children to these and even hosting my own over the years and so the experience brought up a lot of positive memories and let’s face it, everyone seems pretty happy at a Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast.  I feel gratitude about these two experiences and while I was a true ‘hop-along’ and still had that sense of walking in a brick of dried cement, I also felt gratitude and I felt free.


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Live music, line dancers and free thinking ladies.

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The line moved along quickly.

Oakridge Co-Op was the first…and next, Greengate Garden Center.

Pancake Breakfast

I Hope You Dance!

I’m just heading out tonight to the Blue’s Can where a collective of dancers will be performing a piece titled, The Watering Hole.

It brings to mind just how much my girls dance!  Not only that, but my son is an amazing musician so he, as well, feels the beats continually!  All three children competed through their high school years and beyond in marching bands and Stampede just seems to bring the entire experience of music, dance and rhythm back for our entire family.  In fact, once upon a time, my son played his tenor drums on the Scotiabank Saddledome stage with Keith Urban, in drumline.  It was spectacular! (the link I’ve given you is with the University of Tennessee Drumline, but you will get the idea :0)

Just recently, Cayley choreographed a piece for the build up of Feist and the Sled Island festival.  She was filled with enthusiasm about the joy of her dancers, ordinary people who celebrated dance as a vehicle for community and fun!  Music seems to be so close to our souls, doesn’t it??

Erin has been performing down at the Calgary Stampede grand stand show for multiple performances of the flash mob even, I Dance, Therefore I AM.  I think that she’s had a great time doing it and I don’t think anyone can imagine the sort of preparation and planning that goes into making one of these FUNtastic events happen!  Kudos go out to Michelle Newfeldt who made this event happen.

Photo borrowed from facebook page, “I Dance, Therefore I Am”

Just this past weekend, my Cayley danced for the Alberta Dance Feats in Edmonton.  She sits on the chair in the very first dance of Part II.  This piece moves me.  I respond deeply to the narrative behind it.

Feats: Alberta Dance Festival 2012

A long time ago, at her Junior High Farewell in grade nine, I gave my daughter this song as a gift…I hope all of my children DANCE and don’t ever choose to sit on the sidelines!  I hope YOU dance…no matter the trials…move.