Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sewing Hobby No More

My sewing room is rather bare and I am a little sad.

I have had no time to dedicate to my sewing hobby over the last year.  Doing craft fairs and custom orders was taking up a lot of time, and time seems to be in short supply now. 

I was really proud of my hobby.  It has gotten to where I was able to make enough money from my hobby to cover my costs, my time, buy more supplies, and give me a few bucks to buy random fun things (usually just more sewing supplies).  But then there was my reconstructive skin surgery and the long recovery.  Then there was gardening/camping/hunting/holidays.  Now there is my schooling, the kids' schooling, coordinating our youth hockey team, exercise, other volunteer commitments, and then just all the stuff that goes along with taking care of my family.

So last week I sold the majority of my supplies.  I kept a few things so I can still sew for just our family and of course my patterns stayed with me. 

Thank you to everyone who supported my little business over the last seven years.  It was definitely a lot of fun!

From this

To this
So I could have more time for this.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dream Kitchen

While we were out touring around Nova Scotia, our kitchen was undergoing a complete overhaul. 

It is my dream kitchen.  The space now seems huge and it is incredibly functional.

I am in love.

It looks okay in the photo, but the hinges were falling out, electrical was a nightmare, and there was no room to do anything in here.

View from the living room.


Drawers, and counter space, and a pot rack!  Oh My!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Missing Nova Scotia

We spent three weeks of October hanging out in Nova Scotia and we loved every minute of it.  Matt's parents were over the moon to have so much time with their grandsons and the boys were spoilt absolutely rotten.

We did some things we have never done before too.  One day we got lost in a corn maze; I wanted to cry.  There was apple picking day.  The boys swan in the Atlantic Ocean.  We ate the best donairs I have ever had in my life.  Watched people paddle pumpkins across a lake.

Then there were the visits with friends.  I got to meet up with a blogger and her husband that I have been talking to for years and years.  They happened to be visiting family in Cape Breton (they live in the Netherlands) and we were happy to meet them in person and realize they don't suck!  ahahhaha 

There was the weekend where another blogger friend and her husband (we have met them in person before) came up to hang out with us at our property in Cape Breton.  Another fantastic weekend with fantastic people.  They brought along one of their sons who is eight and all the boys played hard all weekend.

And there were five nights spent down in Lunenburg with great friends of ours who had just moved away from Faro back to Nova Scotia.  The kids were happy to see their friends again and we all got to play tourist in one of the most beautiful towns I have seen. 

Matt and I were also able to leave the kids with their grandparents twice to go the movies.  I love movie theatres!  And I read so many books while the kids were entertained by their Nanny and Poppy!

The whole trip was relaxing and perfect.  Three weeks is a long time to be away though.  We were all pretty happy to get back to the Yukon and get back to our routines.  Nova Scotia is nice, but the Yukon is definitely home.

Nanny and Poppy were happy to see their boys!

We spent a lot of time out at the cabin!

The gang was back together!

Corn maze.  Not as fun as we make it look here.


Michelle and I try out a pumpkin.

Ninja's at Peggy's Cove.

Cavan, Joe, and Hunter checking out the fish I caught out the creek with a net.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Awesome Air Canada

I know, normally you would never see the words "awesome" and "Air Canada" together in the same sentence.  Rarely do I ever hear anyone say good words about the airline, but I have to express how enjoyable our travel was with them.

It started with my boys waving madly through the dark Whitehorse morning from our gate through the window to the plane that would take us to Vancouver.  The boys were just really excited to get the trip underway and they could see the pilots in there getting ready.  When we boarded the flight, the pilot came out of the cockpit with a huge grin and told the boys he had seem them waving and invited them in for a tour.  He really went above and beyond explaining the workings of the plane to the boys.

Once seated on that flight, we realized the check-in clerk had given us fantastic seats!  When we had checked in, she had noticed that our seats had been all over the plane (I really wouldn't have minded seating my kids away from us) but she got us all back together.  We ended up with the preferred seating (not business class, but the seating close to that with more leg room) for every flight we had that day. 

The flight attendants on every plane were kind and helpful.  The check-in staff and gate agents all made a point of chatting to our boys.  Our luggage arrived in Cape Breton and back in the Yukon with no problems.

On one of the flights home, the boys were once again invited into the cockpit by the pilots.  My boys were ecstatic to check it out again and wear the pilot's hat!

Thank you to all of the Air Canada staff for the exceptional service on our trip!  It really made the haul from the Yukon to Cape Breton and back quite pleasant.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

See ya later, snow!

The boys were so excited to see the snow fly today that they asked if we really have to leave tomorrow to head to Nova Scotia.  I am pretty sure their Grandparents would lose their minds if we didn't show up.  So see ya later, snow!  We are off for a three week adventure to Nova Scotia.

We haven't been out to Cape Breton in three years and Matt's folks are missing their grandkids something fierce.  This trip will be a good once since we can easily ditch the boys with their Nan and Pops and we can get some adult time. 

I am sure the three weeks will go by much too quickly and we have a lot of fun plans in the works.

We have a weekend planned with friends up at our property (where Matt's folks have built a great little house that we get to use), meeting a blogger friend who is from Cape Breton but lives in the Netherlands with her husband, museum visits, movie theatre trips, park visits (the boys remember chasing ducks the last time we were there and they think they can catch one this time), and a trip down to Lunenburg to see great friends of ours who moved back to Nova Scotia after five years in the Yukon.

And exciting things will be happening in our house while we are away.  We have demolished our kitchen and a local contractor is busy custom building new cabinets.  I will be getting an entirely new kitchen!  A wall is being taken out, appliances all moved about, new paint- the works!!  I cannot wait to come home to a brand new kitchen.

So have a lovely October, everyone!  See ya soon, Nova Scotia!

Demolition experts! 

It isn't a Went Family Activity until someone bleeds.  Matt got 3 stitches!

New kitchen coming soon!

Well hello, winter!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quadding on the Dena Cho

We took the boys on a great quadding trip a couple of weekends ago.  There is a trail that connects Faro and Ross River called the Dena Cho Trail.  To go the entire trail is nearly 70km, but we only went in just over 30km.  The trail is not in the best condition.  It has been largely neglected other than a few locals who take time to clear it out on their own time.  But the views on this trail make it completely worth the trouble of hauling along a chain saw.

The weather was perfect for the weekend and it was great to explore a trail we have never been down.  There are warming cabins along the trail and we slept in a different one each of our two nights out.  Cramped quarters, but perfect for just the four of us.

We spent a lot of time clearing the trail, tidying up the cabins, clearing the area around the cabins, and splitting and stacking wood.  So the first 30km and the first two cabins are ready to go!  There was a great high bush cranberry patch at the second cabin that I happily pillaged.  The boys ran wild all weekend with sticks and rocks and their imaginations. 

Matt and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary while we were out there.  Pretty great way to celebrate!  I even managed to get a bottle of beer out there without it breaking to surprise him.  

The boys are already asking when we can head down the trail again.

Matt and his assistants.

Huge cottonwood we had to cut through.

Forced to sit nice by their mama.

One of the warming cabins.

Inside.  Wood stove and table.

Benches.  Plexi windows that open.

Snug in their sleeping bags for the night.

Very sketchy bridge.

The views!

Happy to be out exploring.

The Went family on the banks of the Pelly River.

Always fun when there are rocks and water.

Washed out bridge at the second cabin.

Me and my guys.

So stunning!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Entertaining Painting

Cavan loves to paint and when we were digging through a bag of goodies that were given out last spring at the school, he found a tray of water paints (well, not sure what you call them- the ones that are dry and you dip your brush in water and wet them).  He has been going through paper like a lunatic and the paint tray is nearly empty as well.

I wouldn't say we have much talent in this department, but we definitely have fun.  All of our creations are always taped up around the house for everyone admire/giggle at. 

Here are our creations from this afternoon:

Today's creations.

I asked Cavan which two paintings he was most proud of and these were his choices:
A monster with a shark head.

A dirtbike.
Cavan asked me to paint a cat in a tree.  Yeah....  I guess it is a cat?  ahaah