Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Canada Day Weekend…in photos!

Prepare for the photo dump, folks!

Wow. What a weekend.  Setting up and getting ready for the big day with my fellow Quyon Canada Day Committee members, a family reunion, and then all the Canada Day shenanigans on Sunday = Jill is STILL TIRED.

You know it’s been a good weekend when you wish you had another weekend to recover…

But before we get to all that good stuff.  Remember last week when I told you guys about my Godson Cowan graduating from high school?  Here’s a picture of him & I from that night.

Cowan's Grad 2013 I think we looked pretty snazzy, and couldn’t resist sharing this photo!  So proud of my boy :)

Okay.  On to the weekend.  Starting with the Bretzlaff Family Reunion. 

My great-grandmother on my mom’s side of the family was a Bretzlaff, and thus, every ten years we take part in the Bretzlaff Family Reunion.  I have to say, this was the first Bretzlaff Reunion I’ve been around for that I actually learned some family history (it’s kind of amazing the stories you hear!!), and I really took an interest in them.  I found out that there were six Bretzlaff siblings who came to settle in the area from Prussia, and that I am a descendant of Frederick Bretzlaff.  My mother’s grandmother was his daughter.

But I have to admit… the best part was seeing my aunts, uncles, and cousins who had all made their way to Ladysmith for the big event. :)

Bretzlaff Reunion 2013 My cousin David’s son Dillon just loooved the miniature ponies!

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Here’s my Aunt Linda, holding her grand-daughter Ryla, and her great-niece Neve.  Ryla and Neve share a birthday, born one year apart! :)

Bretzlaff Reunion 2013 3 7th Generation descendants of Frederick Bretzlaff – and some of the cutest kids I know! ;)  Dillon, Danica, Grace, Caden, Neve & Ryla

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We thought it was pretty cute that they all held hands and ran up and down the hall together during the dinner

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My cousin Chad had the winning bid in the silent auction for this butterscotch pie!  (I hope it was good, ‘cause it cost him $20! haha!)

Despite the cool, dreary weather that day, we had a great time visiting and learning more about our German heritage.  I’m already looking forward to the next one!

And that brings us to Sunday.  June 30th.  One of my FAVOURITE days of the year! 

In my small town, we celebrate Canada Day a little early, and in pretty epic fashion if I do say so myself!  We kicked things off Sunday afternoon with a Community BBQ, followed by an awesome parade, the flag raising ceremony, Little Ray’s Reptiles in the park for the kids, and of course the LEGENDARY fireworks display at dusk.  It was so awesome to hear the crowd’s reaction to what I thought was one of the best fireworks displays we’ve ever had.  And then we partied all night long in the Lions Hall, with a live band rocking on stage and drinks just a flowin’!

Canada Day 2013 3 Caden gearing up for the parade

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Danica in her adorable Minnie Mouse Canada Day dress

Canada Day 2013 2 Miss Neve’s very first Canada Day parade!!

Canada Day 2013 5 Ryan was looking pretty slick, getting limbered up for the walk down main street carrying the huge flag

Canada Day 2013 1 One of my favourite parts of the day – raising that massive Maple Leaf!

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Always a proud moment for our Commitee :)

Canada Day 2013 Linds had  her camera on hand post-ceremony and we FINALLY got a pic of our committee all together!  Mitchell, Curtis, Mayor Eddie, Ryan, Mark, Brenda, Wayne, Ricky, myself, Luke, Linsday, Sue, and Chelsea

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With my cousin Jim

Canada Day 2013 9 Lindsay serving up some “Beaver Bombs”!!

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“Look, guys!  We’re out of Sour Puss!!”

Canada Day 2013 13 Committee members working the bar

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Susie and I, just hanging out with the Peace Tower.

Canada Day 2013 10 Another successful Canada Day in the books for this crew! :)

It was an awesome Canada Day!  Everything went off without a hitch, and people are still talking about what a great time it was, and how amazing the fireworks were.  It’s one of those days that makes me very proud of our little town for showing so much spirit!  We may not be big, but we can sure show ‘em how it’s done! ;)

So that’s a wrap on the Canada Day Weekend in my world!  I hope you all had a great weekend too, and for my American friends who are gearing up for the 4th of July… I hope your parties are as awesome as ours was!!

And now… in closing… just because they’re so darned cute…

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Happy Wednesday, friends :)


VandyJ said...

Looks like an epic celebration.

Our town has a huge party in the main park, but we will be mountain bound and playing in a river for the Fourth. Much more fun in my opinion.

Mandy said...


Jason, Abby and I had a great time, we will def. be making Quyon our new place for Canada Day, EVERY year!!! Amazing job from all of you and hte fireworks were AWESOME!!! Already looking forward to next year :)

Emmy said...

Yea!! So glad it was such a great day! How fun to be part of the committee putting it all together too. That flag is huge!
So fun to have a big family reunion like that too

Nicole said...

Looks like a success! And isn't it great when you're older to learn the heritage of family. And seriously, Ryan's pants are awesome!

Em @ And Nothing Else Matters said...

It looks like an awesome celebration! You all did a great job.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a fun post, Jill! I love all the photos of your family, friends, and godson. We're sitting here watching it pour rain and storm on the Fourth, so our Independence Day isn't going to be as nice as your Canada Day! *sadface*

Have a great weekend!


Nancy said...

It was pretty epic, Jillian, we had a blast!

Stacie said...

Love small town celebrations, they really get it right!