Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I am famous!

Check out the fantastic photo of me at the Great Northern Arts Festival on the CBC website!

Heading out camping now for the long weekend here in BC and then some more visiting next week. Next Thursday we will start the trek back up to Faro.

Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Festival So Far

I have been having a lovely time up here in Inuvik! So far I have given one bootie making workshop and I will be teaching another on Saturday night. There were two workshops that I had the opportunity to participate in as well- feather earring making and sewing with an elder to make myself a parka cover. The elder that I got to sew with was so much fun and definitely a master seamstress. It was a real treat to be able to spend that much time with her.

There were a few professional development classes that I was looking forward to taking. One has been postponed until tomorrow and the other.... well sometimes things in the north just don't come together. The person who was supposed to present didn't bother to show up. Ah well! More sewing time for me.

This festival is a real treat. I have nothing to do but sew and visit! I don't have to cook or clean and there is no one hanging off of my clothing yelling MOM! MUM! MUMMY! A perfect vacation for a crafter and a mother in dire need of a rest.

I have sold a number of items so far and have received a lot of compliments on my work. I have learned a few new tricks and am coming home with sewing ideas out the wazoo. My only complaint is that the time is passing much too quickly.

The boys don't even seem to miss me and so far I am not falling apart without them. Each time I call to talk to them I get, "Hi Mom. Me miss you. Here is Grandma." So yeah, they are fine and being spoiled rotten.

And now... back to sewing!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On My Way to the Great Northern Arts Festival!

It is all coming together!! On Sunday I will be flying to Inuvik to be a participant, for the first time, in the Great Northern Arts Festival. I am so excited I can barely sleep!

My three rubbermaids of stuff for sale has already been shipped north. This evening we start the drive down to Liard Hotsprings. My mom is meeting us there so the boys can have a week with Grandma and Poppa! Then we drive back up to Whitehorse to put me on the plane for Sunday morning and Matt comes back to Faro to work for a week.

I will be in Inuvik for a week. After that, I fly down to Grande Prairie. Matt just has to work in Faro for a week and then he is driving down south as well. We have two weeks of visiting and camping planned with my family during that time.

If you happen to be at the festival, please introduce yourself!

Have a great few weeks everyone. Enjoy the summer!

A number of items will be for sale at the festival including this seal fur and leather handbag!

You will also find my newest creations- headbands embellished with fur and other nifty items:

Northern glam!

Pretty in pink:

And of course all of my regular items will be for sale as well- hats, mittens and mukluks!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Remembering Constable Potvin

One year ago today, Constable Michael Potvin tragically drown in the Stewart River. He left behind his lovely wife Allison who was expecting their first child. Michael was just 26.

Allison is back in the Yukon this month. Today her and her young son, Jack, are in Mayo for a special memorial service for Michael.

We wish we could be there today with you, Allison. In the short time that we had to get to know Mike we knew he was a great man. We hope today is full of beautiful tributes to him.

Monday, July 11, 2011

More Back Yard Progress

There is never a lack of work to do around our place this year. The backyard is looking fantastic and our hard work is definitely showing.

My beautiful grass! Just a couple of bags of seed and a bit of fertilizer:

It is still a bit patchy, but once I get back from vacation I will add more seed:

Matt has been busy every evening making the planter boxes to go around each level. They will serve dual purpose- a place for me to put lovely flowers and perhaps some veggies and to also keep the kids from falling over the edge! They are looking amazing:

First planter box has been placed! There are actually two out there now, one more needs to be moved back and by tonight there should be another three built.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bug Adventure Park

My mother sent Hunter a Fisher Price Lil Adventures Bug Park for his birthday. Bugs are captured and dropped into the park, complete with a slide, ferris wheel, teeter-totter and swing. On the outside of the container is a wheel that can be turned to make the ferris wheel, teeter-totter and swing move. So basically it is a bug torture chamber and we love it!

Yesterday we captured four spiders, two ants and a beetle. We had a blast trying to capture them and recovered from an escape attempt (Hunter dropped the container and an ant made a run for it). The boys spent a lot of time yelling at the bugs to go on the moving parts. The bugs had very little interest in taking in the fun aspects of the adventure park and preferred to just run in circles hoping for escape.

All bugs were let free in the end, however the boys did try to convince me that they wanted the bugs as pets. I didn't fall for it.
Inspecting the collection:


Brothers enjoying the bug torture together:

Now if only they would get along this well the rest of the day:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Alaska and More

Life has been busy! BUSY!

With our truck accident in early June, everything had been put off for a month. It also didn't help that Matt had to spend two weeks working in Ross River. We finally had a weekend off and our new truck was here so we took off to do some "sploring" as the boys would say. Over 2000km of sploring in just a few days!

Here is a day by day of the chaos:

Wednesday: The boys and I caught a ride to town with a friend from Ross River and her two kids. I had a dental appointment that was supposed to be for a crown and instead was a root canal. Joy. We did the Copper Belt Railway (need to find a different camera cord and I will get those photos up) and supper out with our friends. We stayed at a hotel in WH.

Thursday: Spend the morning with my friend from Ross and her two kids, walking around downtown WH since her vehicle had to go in for repairs. Matt got to town about 1pm, but our truck had to be outfitted with camper bars so we could load the camper. After a number of delays in picking up the camper and finding a place to camp for the night we finally get some sleep at an RV park in WH.

Friday: Drive to Haines, AK! We hit Haines Junction right as the Canada Day Parade started. We had our flags ready and the boys were pelted with candy. Stopped at Million Dollar Falls and loved the trails and playground there. Enjoyed driving through the mountains, but did not like the crappy weather through that part. Had wicked fish and chips, explored a bit of the town and found an unbelievable playground!

Saturday: Woke up to rain. Miserable cold wet rain. Not much to do with two busy boys in crappy weather, so we decide to drive to Skagway, Alaska to take the boys on the train. Stopped in WH to do a bit of shopping and got into Skagway about 8pm and went right to sleep! Or at least we tried too. There were a bunch of partiers from Whitehorse in the camp spot across from ours and they were up until 3am drinking, yelling, etc. I thought about slicing their tires the next morning, but Matt held me back.

Sunday: Took the boys on the early train and had a blast! Well other than a pissy American who sat across from us and wasn't too impressed at the exuberance our boys had about the train. However, the tour guides and other train staff thought our boys were awesome! Then we drove back to WH, got groceries and headed for home.... stopping every 20 minutes because Cavan insisted on peeing. It took forever to get home!!

It was a great few days. Just busy and exhausting. And I really realized that our family has no clue what to do with itself when we are in town- any town. We have so much more fun when we are out in the bush. We don't like to shop, don't really like walking around towns and get bored easily unless there is a playground nearby. Thank goodness for the playgrounds!

Hunter and I goofing off before the parade started:

Yahhh Canada!

Gotta love the Mounties all dressed up!
Inspecting Million Dollar Falls:

Check out that impressive ride:

A family photo in the wee-bit of sun that we saw in Haines, Alaska:

The most outstanding playground I have ever seen!
And there is Cavan levitating again:

Where's my fish and chips!
I love his beaver tattoo:

Hitting up the park in Whitehorse inbetween rain showers:

Nothing makes boys happier than a ride on the train!

Being goofy again:

Cavan fell asleep while looking out the window.
I am pretty sure this is the cutest picture I have of him to-date: