Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This year my kids will be doing a little off planet trick or treating.

These are 'genuine' NASA issue shuttle attire. We picked them up at the Kennedy Space Center when we were there in February. I've been so excited to have them wear them. I only wish I had one in my size.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


We had this Home Depot tool bench brought up on our sealift this year and was originally going to be Oliver's christmas gift. We have since decided to spend the holidays down south and were not going to drag it down there just to bring it back. We set it up the other night and it's been a huge hit. They've both been playing with it non stop.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Prose

It was mid October and my hopes came to fruition,
Pumpkins!  but the price would cut in to the kids future tuition.
I spent 18 dollars and could have spent more
but knew if I did I might be put out the door.
I waited and waited till just the right day
so the pumpkin would last till the thirty first day
but I shouldn't have waited, the perfect timing forgotten
when I took it down from the shelf to find it was rotten
But we carved it and lit it in spite of it's lean
To everyone, Have a Happy Halloween!

Ok, so I'm no Shakespear... or Dr. Seusse.

I was so excited about carving our pumpkin this year because I thought Oliver was old enough to really get in to it. Not only was the pumpkin rotten but I couldn't get O to touch anything but the stem. He's a boy! I thought he'd love to get his hands dirty but he wasn't having anything to do with it. I went ahead and carved it anyway so the kids could see it and had to prop it up because it was rotting from the bottom. That meant it was leaning forward on it's one good side so you couldn't see the face. Then I lit it, took a couple of photos and immediately dumped it in the garbage.

I hate that might as well have thrown the $18 in the garbage but I'm sure glad I didn't pay $29 dollars for one with two good sides!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A glimps at the future?

Oliver came out of his room today while I was making lunch.

Oliver: Mommy? Can you please come to my bedroom with me?

Me: I can't right now O, I'm making your lunch.

Oliver: Come on Mommy... There's toys... there's lots of books.... there's ALL SORTS of fun things.


Quite the pitch. Maybe he'll be a salesman someday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Outside / Inside

Friday night there was a big hockey game being played out behind my house.

Saturday night there was a not so big game being played in our hallway.

Not that I'm rushing them but I look forward to the day when they are old enough to join that big game out back.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Parkas

The last few weeks I've been working on new parkas for the boys and they are finally done. Blue Jays themed of course.

They are also sporting their new mohawk hats from Fun and Funky Kids Hats. Northern bloggers out there will know her better as Lindsay from No Invitation Required. Lindsay makes a wide variety of hand made hats for kids, and adults too if you have a sense of fun. Her prices are great and she ships anywhere. Check out her site here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A little of everything

I've been a bad blogger lately. From the looks of my sidebar, I'm not alone. It seems the northern community is on a major slow down so I don't feel so bad. Maybe it's contagious... which one of you bloggers started it??

So in the interest of just getting something out there, here is a mish mash of stuff for you.

1. The days are getting shorter and we are rapidly heading in to the darkness. The sun barely comes up over the mountain now and you can really see the difference in what a sunny day looks like now compared to just a few weeks ago. The official sunset is 4:52 today and as we loose about 8 minutes a day, it won't be long before I can get out the glow sticks I've had stashed away for some fun in the dark afternoons.

2. Yesterday was a very sad day for me. I've decided that it's time to retire my amauti because Isaac is just to heavy. I realise some woman here carry their kids well past 2 and have heavier babies than mine but I just can't do it anymore. It's fine for a quick trip to the store but after a very short time by shoulders are aching and I'm constantly tugging on the front to pull him up. So, I put it up for sale.

I'd been having an internal tug of war on whether to keep it or not and I've decided that selling it is the right thing to do. Part of me wants to keep it as a souvenir of our time here and the joy I had carrying the boys in it. The other part of me knows that it will just end up in a box in the basement. I'll take it out, reminisce about how much I loved using it and it would go back in the box for another year or two. So, the practical part of me won out. I have lots of pictures of the boys in it and they will serve the same purpose for conjuring memories. I posted it on the Pangnirtung Swap and Sell site and to date I haven't had any bites. Being that I'm twice the size of the average Inuk lady it may be a hard sell. I may still get that box full of amauti after all.

3. I mentioned a while back that our cat Izzy was missing. She still hasn't been found and we're pretty sure she's not coming back. Over the first couple of weeks we heard about a few sightings that seemed pretty reliable but when we went to search we came up empty. We put out a reward for anyone who could return her and we searched several times day and night without any luck. We miss her alot and feel bad that it happened but we've moved on. My overly optimistic side hopes that someone has found her and has taken her in and she's living a nice warm life with another family.

4. As of Friday I reached my 5% weight loss goal. I've been having a relatively easy time keeping to my plan and am feeling good about my accomplishment. My one regret is that I could have reached the goal a couple of weeks sooner. My parents visit and Thanksgiving apple pie derailed me temporarily but I chose to jump off the wagon so I deserve the delay. I also deserve to enjoy a good feed of my mom's chicken balls and schnitzel and my favorite apple pie every once and a while. As long as I get back to it in a timely fashion I try not to feel too guilty about a delay on getting to my goal. Anyway, I've now set another 5% goal and am moving forward. Thank to everyone to the support I've received from my readers.

Well, I think that gets you all up to date on my life. Until next time.....

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Isaac has been getting a little shaggy so I thought this morning was a good day to get out the clippers and take care of it. Apparently a #1 guard was not the way to go....

As any good big brother would, O wanted his done to match. We then went and looked in the mirror. His comment?... I'm all Daddied!

Nick shaves his head too.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Who needs a back seat when you have a tailgate?

Isaac has taken to climbing up on the back while Oliver drives him around the house.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shedding the negatives...

I've been feeling negative lately about pretty much everything. Just a bit of the blues I'm sure. I thought since it IS thanksgiving maybe thinking about all I am thankful for will pull me out of my mini funk.

I'm thankful for:
My kids- They keep me laughing.
My husband- He's tought me about love, compromise and cooking with taste.
My Mom- She's instilled the value of always having a bit of wimsy in your life.
My Dad- He's taught me to be organized and thorough.
My Grandparents- not many 37 year olds still have 3 out of 4 left. Miss you Grandpa.
My health- I should be thinner and eat better but so far I've been healthy.
My In-Laws- I couldn't have asked for better people to have welcomed me into their family.
My truest friends- No matter how long we're away, we pick up where we left off.
My time in the north- I've learned about a new culture, got to see what many people don't.
My past travels- Horizons are expanded when you see other parts of the world.
My easy going personality- I don't get worked up about the little things cause stress isn't fun.
My perpetual to do list- Our life would be in shambles without it.
My sewing machine-
My computer-
My TV- All things that keep me sane in my spare time. Shallow, but hey, I like things. At least I appreciate them....
Chocolate- Need I say more?

I could go on but wow... I'm already starting to feel better. Think about what you're thankful for and the negatives seem a little less daunting.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Up the Pang Pass

To finish off our weekend of exploring what Pang has to offer we took a boat trip up to the entrance of Auyuittuq National Park. Here are a few highlights....

I call this my sausage costume. Not my best look but I was sure glad I had it on. It was a chilly day.

Our fearless leader, Peter.

There was already ice up the pass. Hopefully that means that the fiord will ice over before January this year.

A bunch of harp seals showed themselves on our way up.

I can't ever say it enough, it never gets old.

Thanks very much to Sarah for watching the kids for us so we could go out and enjoy the day with my parents. And a huge thank you to Peter Kilabuk at PEO Services for a fantastic experience. I highly recommend using him if you are ever in Pang and want an enjoyable and informative trip.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A view from the top

When I got off the plane here in Pang for the first time I saw Mount Duval and said, "that’s my dad’s mountain". I said it because I could just picture him arriving here and saying that he wanted to climb it. He’s just that kind of guy. So when Mom and Dad arrived on Friday evening the first thing we had planned was to do just that.

It took us about 3 hours to reach the top which I’m pretty happy with. Considering we (my father excluded) are not in the best physical shape I wasn’t sure a successful climb would be possible. It was a tough climb with deep snow as we got closer to the top but still easier than I expected. Seeing the view of town and the Pang Pass from the top made it all worth while.

Taking a break.

Town from the top.

The tundra was very beautiful. So many different colors and textures and very spongy.

The Pang Pass in the background.

To see many more pictures of our day check out Sarah's photo's here.