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Thursday, July 17, 2014

summertime













We just returned from a lovely long weekend in Atlin, BC, for the Atlin Music Fest. The weekend included great music, art, hanging with friends, seeing old familiar Whitehorse friends  and dancing. It also included not much sleep and loud all night parties next to our tent, but that's okay, it was afterall a music festival. And probably, the best part of all, was that Grampa came from Ottawa and joined us. He is now here in Beaver Creek with us for just under two weeks, and we are all very happy to have him here (especially Noah and Katia).
But since returning home, feel like we are really off of our daily balance and rhythm. The children have been fighting and having multiple temper tantrums everyday. It's been exhausting and just not them. N has been acting out, being rude and making constant fart/bum/poop jokes- ewwww. K has multiple freak outs when she doesn't like what she is wearing. It's been tiring.
To their defense, summer has been hard on our daily routines. Late bed times, long days (with lots of sunlight), unscheduled meal times .... I'm feeling like we need to move back towards some type of "normal". But isn't that for the Fall and Winter seasons? Isn't Summertime supposed to be full of adventure, and outdoor time, and playing hard? I'm confused.
I find myself secretly looking forward to the next few months, seasons and even fast forward to a year from now. In that time, we will be moving onto our next posting, I can't help but daydream about where and what that place will be like.
I'm feeling like my mind is elsewhere these days. Wanting our days and lives to be more peaceful. Wanting our home to be less cluttered and more simplified. Wanting more moments of calm.
Hoping that you are finding peace and balance during this summer season. 
xox

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

happy things











... little boys learning to ride their bikes ... dads who teach their little boys to ride their bike ... a warm breeze, hot sun, the sweet scent of grass,  and recent rainfall ... a walk with just Ryder and myself ... planters bursting with colour ...

... more homemade iced tea (lemon and honey) ... wearing dresses in the summer ... rainy lazy days ... purging of stuff  (at least 8 bags so far this summer!) ... wild strawberry picking ... searching for mushrooms on our walks (aka. fairy and gnome homes) ... Noah saying, "Ryder is my best freind" ...

... a morning made of a walk to the park with snacks at the picnic table ...
summer reading for the kids ... thunder showers ... a games night with neighbours ...
... hot chocolate as a treat after swimming lessons ... naps in the afternoon ...

more simple and happy things
xox


I love how Ryder stretches out his legs like this

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

summertime simple things

















... summer days ... small town parades ... face painting ... homemade iced tea with lemon and honey ...
soft velvet puppy ears ... swimming lessons for little ones ... 100 Canada Day cupcakes ... flowers planted in my flower pots ... thinking a fairy home would be nice ...

... windy days at the beach ... Sunny and Noah, who've known each other since they were 1 years old ... little bathing suits on little bodies ... the steady thumping of my sewing machine, making summer skirts for my girl ...

... fresh produce from the garden box ... walks on the path with a happy puppy bounding along ... old favourite chocolate cake recipes ... talking to a friend who is about to be a mama to twins! ... hide and go seek with excited little ones ... getting motivated for homeschooling next fall ...

Enjoying the simple things.
xox

Monday, June 30, 2014

canada day 2014

We are gearing up for a sweet, small town Canada Day here in Beaver Creek.
Long are the days of squeezing onto the Hill, cramming to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister and joining 100's of thousands of other party goers. There won't be fancy fireworks (it doesn't get dark here), there won't be any big name musicians playing on the Hill at night time.
Nowadays, we enjoy the simple life. The parade, the face painting, and cupcakes ... with sweet little Canada flags.
This year I will help my kids bike along in the parade, while hubby marches on in the front (wearing his red serge). I will paint faces for the kids, and help the decorate their bicycles with red and white.
It will be simple, quiet, easy and just what we like.
Most of all it will be quintessentially Canadian. Up in the far North, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery our beautiful country has to offer, and my Mountie, marching in the parade.
Make no mistake, I am one fiercely proud Canadian
Happy Canada Day friends!
xox


here's 50 of the 100 cupcakes that I am making for our Canada Day bbq!

Friday, June 27, 2014

two roads project :: make



:: make 

Sarah (left): I spent the afternoon carefully arranging the layers of my sister's birthday cake. She is turning 20, entering into the decade most spend "figuring it out," and "finding" themselves. I am so excited for her, and for myself. I will get to witness her growth, and be here cheering her on, with her nieces. When it came to celebrating her big day, I decided to go decadent. I made this Better Than You-Know-What cake, that I pinned from here. I cooked the caramel sauce from scratch, broke the Skor bars in a bag with a hammer, and added confetti sprinkles on the top to make it a real birthday treat. The house smelled amazing while cake cooled, and everyone asked me repeatedly when we could eat it. We ate it around my grandma's dining table, digging in with our forks (and hands, in some cases), licking our lips and leaving hardly a piece for the birthday girl to take home afterwards. 

Johanna (right): This week has been about making summer memories. 
Feeling restless and bored, I decided to come into Whitehorse for a few days, to stay with Leanne and for the kids to have some fun. 
On the way into town, we pulled over by beautiful Kluane Lake. We had never been down to the shore and while it added a bit of extra time to the trip, it was worth it to me. Ice cream was had in Haines Junction. We never get to go out for ice cream. The kids were over the moon.
Once in Whitehorse, we did a little road trip to Carcross, went to see a movie (HTTYD2), had a picnic while listening to live music at Art in the Park, went to the Farmer's Market (and had cupcakes) and more. More than once, I heard Noah say, " this is a very special day, isn't it Mommy?". 

Yes, it has been special. There may have been a bit of spoiling, but we don't usually get to do these things and I wanted the kids just to feel like it was a special time. Making summer memories is so worth it to me. 

The well-known poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken ends, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Two women, who became friends via the magic of the Internet, were both living life on roads less traveled by. Circumstance had them both live in Whitehorse for a short time, where they became best friends. Life's map has them currently in differing geographic locations, but their connection and camaraderie continue as they continue on paths of motherhood, friendship, creativity and discovery. The Two Roads Project is our effort to reconnect with each other and our inner artists on a weekly basis, each Friday. (Or thereabouts. We don't always know which day of the week it is).
Sarah writes here.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

two roads project :: afternoon


afternoon

Johanna (left): Afternoons are all about striking a balance. 
With school out for the summer, I find that I am trying to meet both Noah and Katia's needs, and right now we are sort of out of a rhythm. 
While Katia is used to napping in the afternoon, Noah is used to going to school. She craves a quiet, restful time, while Noah needs to be entertained and engaged. 
We've been spending time in the afternoon doing both. 
We swim for an hour every afternoon, and often take a walk with Ryder. Sometimes naps happen early in the afternoon, sometimes later. It is summer after all, so I am trying to let go of the idea of a schedule, and instead, just let the kids tell me what they need and want. 

Sarah (right): I'd like to say that when 1:00 rolls around, I put my feet up, open a book and chilllllll out. What really happens during the girls' nap time, is I capitalize on the time I have to get things done around the house without my little helpers at my side. I get house chores done, fix what needs fixing, and prepare dinner. Making dinner at 4:00 with a bunch of hungry little ladies crying, whining, flailing at my feet is not a fun way to cook. So, I make their supper while they take their siestas, taking my time. This way, we get to eat home-cooked whole foods and avoid the frantic hour before suppertime. I usually listen to a podcast, letting the recipe develop with new additions, substitutions, a lot of experimenting. Today, I prepared a tomato sauce for tomorrow's pizza: onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, fresh basil from the garden, salt, pepper and a little brown sugar. I simmered it, and then pureed it, (because I absolutely cannot leave any chunks of anything or risk facing the mutiny of the five-year-old). It's a good batch, this one. 

The well-known poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken ends, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Two women, who became friends via the magic of the Internet, were both living life on roads less traveled by. Circumstance had them both live in Whitehorse for a short time, where they became best friends. Life's map has them currently in differing geographic locations, but their connection and camaraderie continue as they continue on paths of motherhood, friendship, creativity and discovery. The Two Roads Project is our effort to reconnect with each other and our inner artists on a weekly basis, each Friday. (Or thereabouts. We don't always know which day of the week it is).
Sarah writes here.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

how does your garden grow?












We've been so fortunate this summer to be able to use the community greenhouse and garden here in Beaver Creek. It is a space where everyone is welcome, and they have one employee who has been helping to make the space beautiful, accessible and welcoming.
On Mother's Day, we went in and planted out little seedlings. Almost one month later, we have a huge box bursting with green plants and good smells (the basil is so fragrant!).
The greenhouse holds special memories for me and  as I have said before provides me with a quiet place to be when I need it. It is where we met Ryder, and is also a very family friendly place for the kids to go to.
Steve, the young man who works there, invited myself and the kids to come over and do some planting. He had started some seedlings inside the greenhouse and wanted to transplant them outside into the garden beds. Noah and Katia enjoyed doing their work and had lots of questions for Steve about spiders, blankets over the garden beds and different veggies.
This evening we enjoyed a few peas and radishes from our box. Fresh peas right off of the vine are the best. It wasn't a lot ( I am most excited for the zucchinis and basil) but it was still exciting.
It just feels like summer when we are growing our own food, and I really wanted the kids to get excited about the idea of growing and eating our own food. I wanted that connection made for them.
xox




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