The Schmidlap Story


You see, it all started when Ma Schmidlap, Pa Schmidlap, Grandma Schmidlapp, Sister Anne and Brother Earl decided to travel to Ottawa in July of 1997 to see Daughter Schmidlap, who was employed there as an Oversized Nutcracker. As they were travelling under the aliases Polly Mitchell (now Grotzki), J.T. Mitchell, Natalie Ivey, Anne Ward, and Earl Grotzki, reservations were made at Greyhound Air (one of the 5 or so flights that actually got off the ground) under these names. Ma Schmidlap phoned Greyhound Air to confirm the reservations and gave her reservation number to the charming young man on the other end of the phone line. We are CERTAIN he wanted to say "Of course, Mrs. [insert name here], we have your reservation right here!". Instead, he got a reservation that looked something like this:

Mitchell, P
Grotzki, E
Ivey, N
Mitchell, JT
Ward, A

Following this, there was a pregnant pause, after which he said triumphantly, "This must be the Schmidlap family...". Great Schmidlaps!! We'd been discovered!!!

Well, after that, there was no hiding it. Upon arrival in Ottawa, the Schmidlaps successfully met up with Daughter Schmidlap, who was cavorting around Ottawa under the alias Musician Mitchell. Due to her work commitments, she was not able to join the family on their escapades around Ottawa, however, the Schmidlaps did successfully meet up with Cousin Don (now located in Calgary) and Cousin Ryan (still located in Ontario), and also some of the long-lost Schmidlap-Jacklin Cousins - Sue, Eric and Keith (also located in Ontario). (Take note there are now 10, yes, 10, Schmidlaps traveling around Ottawa as a group.) The adventure continued....

The Schmidlaps took in many of the sights and sounds of Ottawa in August, including the Royal Canadian Mint. Prices for the Mint range from a student/senior price, adult price, and family price. Pa Schmidlap arrived first at the ticket window to cajole our way in. There was no hassle whatsoever! The lovely lady at the counter simply asked, "Are you a family?", to which Pa Schmidlap responded, "Yes!".

There have been several other Schmidlap adventures since then. In August of 2001 Daughter Schmidlap experienced a camping weekend with Cousin Don & Cousin Ryan, involving Adventures With The Schmidlap Children, and some various encounters with the locals - squirrels and raccoons.

Daughter Schmidlap and Cousin Ben are often mistaken for brother and sister, and frequently make vain attempts to take over Edmonton's nightlife ( Schmidlap Children At Play), although Cousin Ben's real sister is Cousin Courtney.

Cousin Bill has not yet tamed the Schmidlaps sufficiently to appease his two holy terrors, cats Calamity & Tab Terrific. Perhaps someday!

A Schmidlap family dinner usually occurs two to three times a year - give or take - at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter (The Royal Schmidlaps). Dinners usually involve a good deal of cooking on either (or both) Ma Schmidlap's, and Sister Anne's part and some potluck from everyone else. Wine flows freely, and by the end of the night, Pa Schmidlap and Cousin Bill are all but throwing buns at each other. Be sure to learn How To Make Schmidlap Coffee, a fine result of a Schmidlap family dinner!

And, of course, no Schmidlap dinner would be complete without a visit from the Royal Schmidlap Harem....

During this past year, many events have happened in the life of many Schmidlaps! Daughter Schimdlap has returned to Edmonton after a failed attempt to convert the population of Atlanta to Schmidlap standards. A short visit to Ottawa and Montreal involved an afternoon of poutine & beer with the Schmidlap-Jacklin Cousins (Eric & Keith), who are currently at large in Ottawa, Ontario.

Cousin Courtney got married in September 2004, adding another member to the Schmidlap family (did he have any idea what he was getting into??). Welcome, Cousin Tye!

Cousin James became tired of constantly repairing his crumbling house, and proceeded to level it and built a new one. Details on the beginning demolition stages can be found at the Schmidlap National Sport page! Cousin Ben has moved out of the basement he was holed up in, and is planning a small Schmidlap invasion of Ireland sometime in the next year.

In mid-April 2005, Ma Schmidlap celebrated her [age classified] birthday! A suitable celebration was held in true Schmidlap fashion, and, to top off the evening, Ma Schmidlap announced the arrival of a gift from a long lost family member! Long-lost Brother Chris (picture unavailable) emerges as the Not-So-Grand Poobah...read his Epistle!

Daughter Schmidlap has returned to Edmonton and has relocated from the apartment to a house with a yard and a garage, and Cousin Ben has acquired a new job, but is remaining in Edmonton for the time being. Cousin James has moved into his brand new house, but has yet to conduct a Schmidlap tour of his new digs.

**NEW** The Meaning of Schmidlap

Brother Earl did a little searching, and somehow, somewhere, in the great abyss of the World Wide Where-the-heck-did-you-find-that? , managed to locate a theory on the name Schmidlap. The theory states that Schmidlap/Schmidlapp is, in rumour, an amalgamation of names. Who would have thought?

The Schmidlaps are primarily based in Edmonton, Alberta, with a small contingent in Southern Ontario. We are sorry to announce that Grandma Schmidlapp is no longer with us, but we feel certain that she is watching over our every move to ensure every Schmidlap family event goes according to Schmidlap standard! You will notice the spelling of her name is different. You see, Grandma Schmidlapp was from the Old Country, and when the New Generation was born, the second 'p' was dropped from our last name...

Meanwhile, the Schmidlaps continue on in true Schmidlap fashion....updates will happen whenever the webmaster has time!