Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Camping Season 2015!

The month of May has been incredibly hot with most days hitting ten degrees hotter than average.  We have already taken advantage of this weather by heading out to the lake for two weekends of camping. 

With Matt being on call an awful lot, I have gotten good at just packing up and heading out without him.  He enjoys having a weekend to work on his own projects and there is no way I am staying home just because he can't come!  The boys are old enough that camping with them isn't hard and it can be fun having some mom and boy time at the lake too.

Our first weekend out we went with a slew of friends for two nights just to the closest campground- Drury Creek which is on Little Salmon Lake.  The kids were brave and went wading in the water- there was still ice on!  We discovered that Emma loves the water and will even hop into the kayak for rides. 

Our second weekend, I pulled the boys from school for two days and we went to Frenchman Lake for four nights.  Matt was able to join us for three of those nights!  We did more kayaking and a lot of relaxing.  I read three books that weekend!

This is our eighth summer with our camper and yes, it is getting a bit squishy in there with two growing boys.  But we still squeeze in there.  The plan as they get older is to kick one out to sleep in the back seat of the truck, and then eventually, both boys can just sleep in a tent.  The camper might be small, but it is in perfect working order and paid for!

I am looking forward to another fantastic camping season around the Yukon!

Swimming Emma!

Setting up at Little Salmon

Puzzle time!

Army men and books at Frenchman Lake.

What a view!

My happy family.

A little chilly after a swim.

Hunter and a friend having a sleepover in the tent.

Kayaking with the Flea Biscuit!

Kid cuddles.

The boys are happy to be kayaking again!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Look at what is growing around here!

Spring is here and I haven't been inside much at all, except the time I spend on my school work each morning.  I have been spending my time walking (a lot- 30 000 steps a day which is over 20km), prepping the garden/greenhouse, more walking, reading on my back deck, prepping for the camping season, and really, anything I can think of that has me outside.

Check out what has been growing around here lately:

The Dog.
She is six months old a bit of a brat right now.  She loves to destroy toilet paper and can find anything dead in a 5km radius.  I am teaching her to ride on my quad with me and I love having my little Emma for my walks.

The Plants.
The greenhouse pots are all mixed up with new compost and manure.  A kiddie pool is perfect for dumping and mixing pots!  Another few weeks and the plants will be moving in.  The raised beds need more work and I will get them prepped this week and will plant seeds after next weekend.  Indoors I have tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, and pumpkins that are slowly but surely taking over the dining room.

The C-Boy.
Cavan turned six last month.  When did my baby get to be six?  He had friends over for games outside like tug of war and egg balancing.  We got him stilts for his birthday since Santa didn't bring them as he request for Christmas and he is already up to 330 steps without stopping and totally unassisted.  I am planning on selling him to the circus once I have him trained up a bit better.

The H-Boy.
Hunter is taking right after his mama.  He has always loved books, but his addiction to reading is really growing!  And check out the title on this book.  Zombies!  Yah!  I am raising him right.  

This is summer number eight for us here in the Yukon.  And number twelve for north of 60.  Time passes so fast and thankfully, we are still very content with our lives here.

First crocus of the year.... which Emma ate right after this picture was taken.

My growing boys!