Sunday, March 22, 2015

Our Top Cop Reader

One of our local RCMP members got our grade 1/2 class on board with the Top Cop Reading Program.  It is a national program that encourages youth to read for half an hour every day and as those minutes add up, students advance through the ranks of the RCMP with the goal of becoming the Commissioner with 900 minutes of reading.

We were on vacation for 10 days of this challenge, but it was still easy to find time for Hunter to read for 30 minutes.  He loves books and is always sneaking books to bed with him and waiting for us to close his door so he can read more.  He hit his 900 minutes and was pretty proud of his name at the top of the chart in his classroom!

Our local member went into the school at the end of the challenge and set up an obstacle course for the kids to run through.  They all received prizes and had a lot of fun.  Then the award for the students who made the top cop level was a drive to school by our RCMP who were dressed in full serge!

When the program was first introduced to Hunter, he thought the final prize was that the RCMP would be on his beck and call to drive him whenever he wanted! He was a little disappointed to when he found out it was only one drive!

Thank you to Constable Drapeau  for running this program in our school and thank you to Corporal Hack for driving Hunter to school!

How Canadian kids get to school!  HA! 

On his way!

Outside our school

Our Top Cops!

Thanking the members for putting on the program.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Outside time, all the time!

I don't mind winter.  Heck, I wouldn't be in the Yukon if winter wasn't my thing.  Sure, I get a little stir-crazy when we have long stints of cold, but a bit more vitamin D, our sunlamp, and we get through it!

I think what makes winter bearable is that we get outside in most every temperature.  It definitely gets easier this time of the year and we are outside as much as possible.  The boys and I have walked to school almost every single morning since the middle of February (I think we have missed 3 days of walking in that time).  We have had a pretty mild winter and the coldest it has been since that time has been the mid minus twenties.  But even when it is colder, we find any reason to get outside.  Fresh air feels like it fixes most everything.  I don't miss those years when the boys were babies and toddlers and getting outside in the deep cold was near impossible!

Having this pup has also given us extra reason to get outside.  I am walking her about 7km a day and loving it!

Frosty walk in the -30's.

We finally got skidoos after selling ours when we left Nunavut.  Two new-to-us machines are now in our yard.

Romps with the puppy are always fun!

It got so warm the kids and their friends made a snowman out of the sticky snow!

Out at the lake with friends.

Warming up by the fire after hours outside.

Nice long walks tire out the kids and the dog!

This is the sign of a good day in our house!  All of the gear and a dog drying out by the fire.

Leap!

So pretty in her pink sweater!
Sunny March weather is bringing out my freckles already!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Perfect Family House for Sale in Faro, Yukon

Nope, not ours!  We aren't moving anywhere.

But Faro is losing a really fantastic family.  They are moving to Haines Junction to start a new adventure after spending 12 years in Faro.  Their gorgeous house is up for sale and we would love to see another family move to town.

I have said it repeatedly over the last seven years that we have lived here and I will keep saying it- Faro is amazing!  Here is what the seller says about Faro and I have to agree:

Why would you want to live in Faro? Families can buy an awesome home here without being a slave to your mortgage! One parent can stay home with kids so you can escape paying those daycare bills. Faro has all the amenities you need, with an incredible K-12 school, affordable and varied recreation, and world class hunting, hiking, fishing and outdoor opportunities. Faro has a strong, safe community with many young growing families choosing to raise their kids here because of the high quality of lifestyle. Live in a place where your kids can dirt bike to school, where the cops are your hockey coaches, and where you can put your groceries on a tab at the store because your forgot your wallet at home. 

See!  Why would you want to live anywhere else?  Sure, you can move to Whitehorse and pay over $400 000 for a house not near as nice, but who wants to do that?  Move to Faro and buy this house for $210 000 instead!

This town is the perfect place to live if a parent works away in a mine or oil patch too.  Leave your family in a safe, caring community while you are on your two weeks away at work!

Their house has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and has been renovated and updated throughout.  There is both a wood stove and a propane stove so your heating bills can be minimal.  And the kitchen.  My god, it is stunning!  There is so much living space in this place!  Check out these photos:

Cedar siding, new windows, big yard!

Gorgeous hardwood flooring and a propane stove upstairs.

More hardwood flooring and a woos stove downstairs.  No huge fuel bills for you!

And who wouldn't want a hot tub?

Everyone in Faro has kitchen envy.  There is even a pantry off the kitchen!
Check out their Kijiji ad for a better description and more photos.  Make an offer!

Oh, and if you do buy the house, I get full access to the rhubarb patch.  Yep.  Just part of the deal.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Everything was AWESOME!

We got back from our trip to San Diego and hit the ground running and I hadn't had a chance to update the blog!

The trip was an absolute blast.  Not relaxing in the least, but the boys had quite the experience. 

We spent three nights right at the Legoland hotel and two full days in the park itself.  I found it overwhelming and this was the slow season!  It was actually slow enough that the line ups were pretty much non-existent.  If we had to wait 10 minutes for a ride, that was a long one.  There were lego building sites at every ride so kids could build while the parents waited in line.  Genius!  Our boys were the perfect age for the park; only a few of the rides were too old for them.  The park and hotel staff were incredibly friendly.

From the set of the Lego Movie!  I could have looked at the set for hours.  It was huge and so detailed.

Of course the Lego Star Wars exhibit was their favorite.

A Lego pirate in the lobby!

Bunk beds!

Giant Lego Chewy!

Everything is awesome!

This is part of the hotel lobby!


The boys had quite the stash of cash to spend at the Legoland store, and they spent it right to the last dollar.  Three suitcases later....
So much building.....  We are still going at in.
The next five nights we stayed just in a regular hotel.  Nothing special, but it did have bunkbeds again for the boys.  We spent a day at an amusement park on the beach, a day at the Midway Naval Museum, a day at SeaWorld, and a day at the zoo.  One hot day we tried to have a beach/park day, but it was just too hot for the boys at +27C, so we just hung out pool side at our hotel.  There were no huge crowds at any of our other destinations.  We saw so much without feeling too overwhelmed.  I would have loved another day back at the zoo or SeaWorld, but there just wasn't enough time on this trip.

You can climb right into so many aircrafts aboard the Midway.

The Boss and Mini Boss looking out over the flight deck.

He answered an entire book of questions to earn those wings.

MONKEYS!

Gondola ride over the zoo.

Giant spider in there!

The baby gorilla was my favorite!
The pet show!  This was the best show at SeaWorld!  Even cats and pigs were doing tricks!

Beluga!

There were some huge sharks in here.
And fun was had by all!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dumpster Diving to San Diego

A little break from the cold can be much appreciated when you live in the north.  Last winter I was planning well in advance by looking up warm destinations and checking my aeroplan points to see where we could go.  We opted to book a trip down to San Diego with the main goal of taking the boys to Legoland since they are obsessed with LEGO. 

But I wanted my kids to work for this trip.  To earn it.  So we told the boys that we paid for the plane tickets to get us to Legoland, but that they had to save up enough money to pay for our hotels for the eight nights.  Our boys had collected cans/bottles the summer before and earned some cash, so we told them they had to scavenge from spring to fall to earn enough. 

And did they ever scavenge.

Garbage day in Faro is on Thursdays and our dump is a scavenger's delight.  Every Thursday or Friday, Matt would take the boys to the dump to look for cans.  We had to buy them these grabbers though so that they wouldn't be digging through the trash with their hands since they seem to have no grossness limit. 

There are garbage cans around the golf course in Faro and they went to them once a week to look for cans.

Every dumpster at every campground we camped at this summer was looked in a few times a day for cans.  They even got brave enough and started asking other people camping in the campground for their cans and bottles and people happily gave them over to the boys.

We did family walks in the ditches along the highways fillings bags with cans.

Some neighbours saw the boys in action and were extremely generous and would call the boys over to give them their recycling.

The cans and bottles really added up.  Every time we had enough for a full truck load, the boys would load them up and off we would go to our recycling center in Faro.  The boys stashed their money away in a peanut butter container.

It has added up to enough to cover our hotels for the entire eight nights.  That total is over $1500.  It has taught our boys an awful lot about saving, working hard, and goals.  We leave for San Diego in three days and we are really proud of their accomplishment.

Hunter would now like to start saving can money to buy an X-Wing Star Fighter that he can fly around in.  Yeah.  He might be saving for the next 50 years.  Cavan says he would now like to save up to buy a chocolate bar.  HA!   I am thinking another hot vacation partially paid for in cash sounds just right.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Is Our Get Along Shirt

Today is one of those days when I truly understand why some animals eat their young.

Bedtime cannot come soon enough.

The kids are fighting non-stop with each other, Hunter got in trouble at school, Matt has been away for over a week, it is cold and my car won't start, and I am just tired as hell.  Oh, and I just broke a bowl from my brand new set.  Damn it. 

So it was either I completely lose my shit, or I make them entertain me.  Losing my shit is miserable, so I went for the latter option.

Here is the result:


Then they had to do chores and eat supper like that.  It was pretty entertaining for me.
Tidying up.

Putting away dog toys.

Reading together.

Supper.

Unloading the dishwasher.
Then they also had to sit down and write apology notes to make up for some problems they caused today and they have lost some privileges.  They don't get off easy, but there was no point in me getting upset.



Now, any secrets to share on how to get brothers to actually get along?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Newest Member Of Our Family

This has been our conversation for the last eleven and a half years:

Me:  Matt, can I have a puppy?
Matt:  No.

Me:  Matt, can I have a puppy?
Matt:  No.

Me:  Matt, can I have a puppy?
Matt:  No.

Repeat times a thousand.

Then I got the puppy fever rather hard this winter.  A number of friends got puppies, wickedly cute puppies.  And I decided that my husband really does know me well enough to know that eventually I would just go out and get one.  Thankfully I was right and he didn't kick me out to live in the camper as he had threatened.  He has turned into quite the suckhole puppy parent even though he doesn't really want to admit it.

So welcome, Emma!  I know.  Odd name for a household that has cats named Tweakers, Battleship, and Pumpkin Cat.  She is a sweet little girl pup that is now 10 weeks old and has been getting to know us for the last two weeks.  Her mother was a border collie cross and the dad... who knows, but people are guessing yellow lab.  We got her from a rescue kennel in Tagish.

She is sweet, smart, and very energetic.  She is also very attached to me and is always at my feet.  The boys are in love with her and cannot wait until she plays fetch a bit better.  I think she is going to be a great fit for our family.


My new baby!

She is a bit of a wuss.

She loves being outside!

Matt is a total suck.

I am a total suck too.
We have three family members though that are no too happy about this new addition.