Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Ford Explorer- More Features To Love

*Power Fold Third Row Seat- I'm not even going to try to hide how much i loved this feature. While i would likely keep these seats hidden most of the time, when i did want them up it was very easy to do- even one handed.  There is absolutely no reason you should not have this feature.  Gone are the days where you might have stored this extra third row in your garage. It isn't a huge seating space, but does get the job done in a pinch.

Operation- 3rd Row Seat

*Heated & Cooled Seats- I also really like heated seats.  Nothing is better than having a heated seat in the middle of winter (and we have a lot of winter around here!).  This 2011 Ford Explorer had an option i have not yet encountered:  the 'Cooled' seat. I cannot see how much use i would have for this feature, mostly because ol' Alberta isn't exactly rockin' the hot-humid temps i might really enjoy a cooled seat in.  But living almost anywhere else, this is definitely a fantastic feature on a hot summer day!

*Park Assist- I will not lie...  I did not use this feature.  I meant to, i really did.  But, in my defense it only serves purpose for those wishing to parallel park.  I rarely find a need to parallel park these days.  I meant to find a spot and try it out... but was having so much fun DRIVING the Explorer that i forgot.  I am pretty sure it would be a useful feature, if you had to do the parallel more often in a busy city.

*Rear Inflate Seatbelts- Debuting on the 2011 Ford Explorer, Ford's newest safety technology is winning high acclaim. Ford’s inflatable rear seat belts spread crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belt. The seatbelts are designed to provide additional protection for rear seat occupants, who are often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries.  Compatible with child carseats.

Want to read more of our review?

To read Part 1- The Meeting click HERE.

To read Part 2- Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System click HERE.

To read Part 4- My Final Thoughts click HERE.

*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a 2011 Ford Explorer by @Ford Canada for the purpose of this review. As always, the opinions expressed are our own.*

Miracles Do Happen: Part 2


They're here, they're finally here!

June 22, 2011
@ 10:26pm & 10:31pm

Tara was our Guest Blogger in April for Infertility Awareness Month.

Click HERE to read her story.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Carseats and all.

They were so proud to get to go off-roading with DaddyO!

PS- We're reviewing the 2011 Ford Explorer on Peek Thru Our Window this week! Look for the Explorer in the sidebar and start reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2011 Ford Explorer : Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System


Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System:

Equipped with this 4WD System, you'll feel confident that traction control will not be an issue in the 2011 Ford Explorer. Intelligent 4WD is fully automatic and engages when wheel slip is detected. The Terrain Management System allows the driver to specify their conditions from one of 4 choices: Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Snow.

In the 'Normal' setting, the torque is geared towards the front wheels and provides power as necessary to the back wheels. The 'Mud/Ruts' setting, holds longer lower gears to prevent shifting, while maintaining its momentum through the terrain. The 'Sand' setting enables the vehicle an aggressive throttle to maximize the wheel torque. The traction control is also turned off in the sand setting to allow the wheels to spin. In the 'Snow' setting on the other hand, the traction control works to prevent wheel spin and to keep you slip free on icy, snowy roads. Also included in this 4WD package is the 'Hill Descent Control', designed to lower vehicle speeds on low-speed descents off-roading.   All located right by the shifter in the console, your terrain needs are close by and easy to use.

While it makes me happy that there has been no snow recently,  i was saddened to not even have the chance to try to get the Explorer stuck in a snowbank.  I think the Explorer would do fairly well in our Canadian winter.  Since our test drive week was scheduled mid-monsoon season in these parts, we did manage to get the Explorer dirty and test out her 'mud-rutting' skills!

On our property we have a hill that DaddyO likes to tear up often in his 1987 Jeep Wrangler YJ. Days of rain in, it only seemed appropriate that we try to take the Explorer UP the hill.


The Explorer enjoyed being dirty; it looked good on her too!


The 4WD package on the 2011 Ford Explorer
is perfect for most Canadian needs.

Overall Impression 4WD: The 2011 Ford Explorer 4WD package has taken the guesswork out of off-road driving, by allowing the driver to customize their 4-wheel needs to keep exploring! 

Want to read more of our review?

To read,

#1- The Meeting
#3- Features
#4- Final Thoughts

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*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a 2011 Ford Explorer by @Ford Canada for the purpose of this review. As always, the opinions expressed are our own.*

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Canuck Party Too Good To Miss!

Want to meet more Canucks in the blogosphere?
Want to meet more Canucks in Twitterland and on Facebook?

Then Join the Party!

Lots of these Canucks will have giveaways on the go....
you won't want to miss out!

Come meet your fellow Canucks and celebrate CANADA DAY! There are 5 fabulous hosts for this event, so make sure to pop in and do the rounds! It isn't a requirement that you follow everyone, so there is no pressure.  Just say hi!

If you're a new arrival to Peek Thru Our Window, we talk about anything and everything here. I occasionally have a giveaway to entice you with, and currently have some Disney and Ford Canada topics on the go. I hope you'll stick around to see what the heck we get ourselves into and that you'll want to learn more about our neck of the woods, somewhere just outside Cowtown.

The Great Canadian Blog Bash 2011!

2011 Ford Explorer- The Meeting

Going to pickup a vehicle is always an exciting prospect. On a sunny Sunday morning, we were off to meet the 2011 Ford Explorer. I have to admit, when i first looked at the dash of the New 2011 Ford Explorer i was a little- um, speechless? It was pleasing to the eye and things seemed easy to read and had nice flow;  the cup holders were also positioned nicely in the console (one of my key criteria)... but this touch screen and push-button start was odd to me and would take some getting used to. While DaddyO and the kids whipped through the Tim Horton's drive-thru (in our Dodge Ram), i sat getting aquainted with these four wheels.   I mean, the Explorers radio was not turned on at switchover and i certainly did not know how it worked? Driving with no kids in the car meant LOUD blaring music in the car--


Navigating the touch screen wasn't as difficult as i had first perceived. Most of the selections were self explanatory and did indeed do what was expected. (Though i'm still working on how i managed to freeze myself out entirely when messing with the climate controls mid-drive?) I did not have the 'My Ford Touch' lady talk to me yet, so phew... i must have been doing okay on my first drive?

First Impressions: Yes, this car is comfortable. Overly spacious, no.  The interior is sleek and laid out well. The Explorer rides nicely, accelerates well and has 4 levels of 4 x 4 capability. But- there is still plenty more to explore!

Want to read more of our review??

To read,

#2- 4WD
#3- Features
#4- Final Thoughts

*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a 2011 Ford Explorer by @Ford Canada for the purpose of this review. As always, the opinions expressed are our own.*

Friday, June 24, 2011

CARS 2- Out in Theatres Today!

Out in Theatres Today!!

I sent DaddyO and the kids to see a preview showing of CARS 2 on Wednesday night (MommyO was double-booked! It's been a long time since that has happened!), and they all agreed-- it was a super fun movie! If you were a fan of the original CARS you'll be sure to love the sequel.

DaddyO said he loved the three races that take place because the sound and effects were awesome! Pretty sure you're kiddos won't be liking it for the same... Beebo's favourite part is when the cars had a close call in  'Big Ben' (as in the famous London, UK clock)  and Xman, he just loved Lightening McQueen!

Get thee to a theatre to enjoy the newest Disney Pixar 3D family favourite!

To watch the trailer, click HERE .

*Peek Thru Our Window was invited to the advance screening of Cars 2 by Walt Disney Studios Motions Pictures Canada in order to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.*

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Milk?

So--- milk. It's been on my mind lately.

I have noticed that when i go to buy milk at the grocery store,  no one else ever seems to have as much milk as i do in their carts. That is not to say that they do not drink (nor buy) milk, but remembering that i live 'in the country', i tend to stock up a little more than the average consumer.

But then i think, we actually use up all that milk! In 7 days no less. Milk is the one thing i have to buy every week, as i usually cannot find dates far enough away.

The Numbers:

4 cartons of milk- 2 litres a piece. Total- 8 litres. (2.11 gallons.)

4 cartons at $3.09+ .25 dep - $13.36

I know we could save a tiny bit of money by purchasing the BIG 4 litres jugs of milk; however, none of us seem to like the taste of the 'bottom of the jug'.

$13.36 for one week of milk. Times four weeks in the month and that is $53.44 .


That seems like A LOT of milk ($) to me!

DaddyO likely (probably) drinks none of the milk, saved for coffee. I'll down a few glasses myself; Beebo has it with dinner usually and Xman LOVES his milk (Baking may use 1-2cups). --- If he's drinking 6 of those 8 litres himself, i'd think that is too much! (He's a good eater too and is not filling up on the milk instead. )    Is it? What do you think?


How much milk is too much milk?

How much milk does your family go through in a week?

(I think i need to buy a cow!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~ Nine


The number of years that DaddyO and i have been married.
(Today is the day!)

Shoes- unrelated. But aren't they pretty??

Happy Anniversary Dear Hubby!
While you may have ditched me on Facebook,
you at least still read my blog. ;)

Winner- Baby Gourmet Father's Day Giveaway

The winning entry for Baby Gourmet's
 "Daddy Looked After the Kids One Time..."
 giveaway, was submitted by Realm of Fieldings!

"So, I don't have a specific story but a bit of ongoing winter dad and son amazingness. Our family of four (me, my hubby, the Little Man and our new baby girl, The Bean) live in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. That's in Sub-Arctic Canada. The temperatures in winter here are regularly between -30 and -45 Celsius (that's -22 and -49 Farhenheit for you Americans). Winter is a bit chilly to say the least...
Last winter my son decided that would be his time to learn to ride his bike, and ride his bike he did! In the house, around the furniture, around the kitchen, up and down the hall, in the bedrooms, laundry room, bathroom. Anywhere there was floor space he was riding. One afternoon when it was about -30 Celsius, my hubby decided to offer the Little Man and opportunity to ride outside. Little Man was more than excited to get a chance to bundle up and ride in a space that has more room than our little house! He and Dad bundled up: sweater, long johns under thick pants, fleece snowsuit under the full snowsuit, thin liner socks, heavy wool socks, big boots, toque, two layers of mittens and of course his helmet (which had to be adjusted to fit over his toque). Dad bundled up as well and off they went.
TWO HOURS later they come home! Little Man is as excited as ever and telling all of the great stories about riding his bike out on the ice road and on frozen Great Slave Lake and over the snowbanks and on the sidewalks and how people were honking their support of this little guy out there trucking along on his blue and silver bike. Now, I should let you in on the secret to our Little Man's bike riding in winter! The Little Man's bicycle isn't a bike with pedals. For his first bike, we got him one of those run bikes with no pedals so he could learn how to balance and fall with no pedals to get in the way.
Boy oh boy, was this a blessing for winter riding. And boy oh boy, was this a recipe for Dad having to RUN to keep up with this kid who can zip along at speeds you wouldn't imagine... Little Man came home super excited about his foray into the cold winter on his little bike and Dad came home from it cold and out of breath. It's pretty hard on your lungs to run when it's -30 out there! For the rest of the winter, Dad and Little Man were outside running and riding six days out of seven no matter the temperature! Dad's lungs have somewhat adjusted to the cold burn and Little Man only gets faster and faster at his biking skills! We've now upgraded his bike to a larger run bike and he can go even faster so watch out Dad, you're in for more running this winter! To me, this is a great example of the simple dedication a father has to his little boy! "

Thanks Dads for all that you do!
(And congrats once again to Realm of Fieldings!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Honey Bunny

At the grocer, i've discovered that Alberta makes a lot of honey. Seems our stocks aren't only of the bovine nature; clover and alfalfa growin' a plenty keep our bees a buzzin' too!

This brand in particular has made life a little easier at our house. "Honey Bunny" is 100% Organic, Creamed Clover Peace River Honey! (Guy, Alberta to be more specific.)


We love the packaging- efficient, clean and easy for the kids to use too! I found Honey Bunny at Safeway, but have seen it in other grocers. (Approximately $4 Cdn.)


"Squeeze your Honey Bunny today!"

*A Reminder-Peek Thru Our Window was not compensated for this post. I (SamiJoe), just like telling you about what i like!  Honey Bunny is a fantastic Alberta find!*

Monday, June 20, 2011

He Left Me!

Well no...not really.  But sorta- you see, my hubby took a Facebook sabbatical and now the 'Event' (Our 9th Anniversary) appears like this on my FB home page. At first it made me giggle...but now i'm getting a little sad seeing no name there!

I miss him.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

"Heineken Baby"

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Kris would love to hear what you have to say!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Remember the Kissing Couple?

photo Rich Lam- National Post, June 16

If you read my post about the 'Kissing Canadians' yesterday,
here is their follow-up story:

CARS 2- Speeding Into A Theatre Near You June 24th!

"Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.

John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”). The film hits the track on June 24, 2011, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D in select theaters."

My kids can hardly wait for this new racing adventure!
Heck, i'm pretty excited too!
(DaddyO is playing it cool.)

June 24th, 2011

Disney Pixar's 12th Feature length animated film.


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#CARS2 Speeding Into a Theatre Near You! #trailer #Canada @Disney @MixtressSamiJoe June 24th!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A 1000 Words Indeed!

*Thanks to Ian of the BeerGeeks for naming this blog post i was cooking up.*

I am sure many of you have heard how our Canadian city of Vancouver, hosts to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, (and later losers of the cup), raged in the streets after the game. Rioting, fires, vandalism etc- showed our outrage at losing. Sheesh!! Sorry about that folks, *most* Vancouverites do NOT act like that -- most lose in style with grace.

Anyways, all over the newspapers today are pictures of the horribleness. Vandals posing proud in Canucks jerseys; calling themselves fans. And then there was this picture:

photo Rich Lam- National Post, June 16

What to say about this picture? Hmm... WHAT is their story? Did they JUST meet and figured hey, let's get it on?? Or, are they already a couple and just couldn't take the action somewhere else?? I have all these questions about these two people!

If anything, all i do know about them, is that what they were doing was WAY BETTER than what others in that street were doing. At least they'll be remembered for this odd picture and for being LOVERS, instead of HATERS.

If you wish to see how seriously stupid ( < insert > some appropriately ridiculous word for their actions) some fans were last night after the game, check out this link HERE.

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins!
Well played!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Practice


Today i got a 'Thank You' card in the mail.  That isn't the surprising thing though...  Last week, i did business with a 'local' business for the first time.  That's it!  The owner sent me a thank you card  to say, "thanks for choosing them to do business with!"


THAT is great business practice-- heck, it is great etiquette!  But in today's world, we are rarely sent a 'thank you' card in the mail saying just that from a business.  I'll go back again for sure.  She obviously respects the community she lives in and is willing to extend graciousness beyond the doors of her store.

Now, i think i'll go pay-it-forward.... You should too!

Have you said 'Thank You' to someone lately??

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (Ok, a word or two!)


Some signs that were posted at a local petting farm.

EXACTLY why we won't be having pet rabbits.

Daddy Watched The Kids One Time...

Okay, so remember that first time you went out and had to leave Daddy alone with the baby to fend for themselves??  How did that go?? 

Dads do things differently than us Moms -- that doesn't make their way wrong, just sometimes a little laugh-worthy.  LOL.  The most important thing after all is to return home to a happy, healthy and safe matter the means used to get there.  But...

Baby Gourmet wants you to dish!

What is the most fantastic story you have
about 'Dad' looking after the kids??

"It was my first night alone with the new baby, our first. I placed the bottle in the microwave to heat it up but I forgot to loosen the lid. I blew the door right off of the microwave."

"I remember my mother telling the story of my father taking care of my brother when he was a baby one summer. When my brother pooped his pants, he took him to the backyard and sprayed him with the hose to get him clean. He said he didn’t know how to change a diaper."

No, those stories do not belong to me and was not our DaddyO!  DaddyO has generally been up to the task and has far exceeded any expectations i may have had.  He does not deal with vomit as well as i and i don't seem to have a 'POOP' story,  so I'll have to relay his 'PROPS' worthy ideas instead.  Here is one of my fondest memories of DaddyO being a Dad:

One afternoon, MommyO wanted to go do some shopping with her Mom and Sister-in-law. So we left my brother and DaddyO to mind all 4 kids. I mean, it was a glorious afternoon after all-- with a blow up pool, sunshine and popsicles--- EASY PEASY kid watching in my opinion. However, once the Mommies left, apparently the kids did not want to do any of these things. YIKES!

Enter in-- DUCT tape.

Yep, i did not stutter.  I really did say DUCT TAPE.

DaddyO pulled out a big roll of Duct-tape and cleverly told the kids it was "Speed Tape".

"What's Speed tape?" they asked.

"Well, you take a piece (ripping a piece off the roll of duct tape)... and you put it onto your shoe like this. Then when you want to run, you will be much faster than ever before! There you go- give it a try!"

Boy did those kids run. With their 'Speed Tape' in place, all four kids ran for hours. Non-stop. They were good and tired when we returned home from shopping and my brother (witness to the event), had a new handy-dandy kid exhauster technique in hand from DaddyO.

Giveaway & Rules:
To celebrate Father's Day, Baby Gourmet will award the winner of the BEST "Daddy Watching The Kids" memory with a basket of Baby Gourmet goodies! Simply leave a comment on this post, telling us all about your DaddyO's! The winner, chosen by Peek Thru Our Window, will have their memory posted on Baby Gourmet's Facebook page--- where an ultimate winner will be chosen to receive a one-year supply of Baby Gourmet products!

Giveaway Ends on Father's Day, Sunday June 19th at 9pm MST.  Open to all Canadian and USA residents.

I can't wait to hear your stories!

*Baby Gourmet- a delicious, organic, tasty way to introduce your child to foods!*

*Peek Thru Our Window received no compensation for bringing you this giveaway. We are happy to promote this wholesome Canadian company and to spread the word!*

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The NEW 2011 Ford Explorer- Our Upcoming Review!

We can hardly wait to pick up the new 2011 Ford Explorer for our week long roadtest review next week! I plan on giving this vehicle the true 'MommyO' test (that means, this review won't be about why DaddyO likes or dislikes the Explorer).  It's all about me! Mowahahahaha!

If this vehicle is one of interest to you, please feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments section of this post. I'll do my best to answer your queries.  The New 2011 Ford Explorer has so many great and exciting features, it is creating quite the buzz!  Check out the "MyFord Touch" feature, in this video clip with Brett Michaels.

We haven't driven a Ford lately, but certainly do look forward to our chance to. Get to a dealership near you to check out why this NEW Explorer is being talked about!

Wordless Wednesday


Well, almost wordless.

"Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale"

This craft beer, made by The Howe Sound Brewing Company in Squamish, British Columbia sure was YUMMY!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Music Monday!

Did you know i am a fan of Miss Olivia?? 

Fact: She was my first concert, at age 4 years old. 
I may also know all the words to her songs.  All.of.them!

Who do you like musically,
that people might find surprising?
(Due to age or tastes.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday In My City ~ The Missing Mom

I am the picture taker. Like many of you, MommyO is generally the photog of life and does not appear in the photos. We are there, circling, hovering, watching life and tykes and things- taking in glimpses and pauses and smells. We were certainly present, but are only recorded in non-tangible memories.

In some ways, i totally envy all those ladies/Moms who take the time to stop and snap away shots of themselves. Seems slightly vain... but who am i to judge? I take oodles of pictures of things. Multiple shots of the same thing, each one slightly tweaked in lens. And the kids, they are easy targets of wonderfulness to capture. But myself...






As you can see, i am clearly not very good at taking pictures of myself. My attempts to seem 'cool' prove sillier than when first conceived. I've been exposed for the true geek i am and now understand why i probably do not stand around posing for and taking pictures of moi. Your hand all crooked out there, sometimes all double-jointed like... to take a picture of yourself?

Unknown Mami

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*I bring you this blog entry from the out of doors-- fine day near #yyc.*