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.


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.