Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The end of March is here...

& as we bid it a fond farewell, it's time to welcome Spring to the Canadian North! And what a welcome it is!!!

At long last, we are outdoors enjoying the feel on the sun on our faces, light vests & splash pants are the choice of the day while the girls investigate fresh moose tracks at the foot of the driveway

Our neighbouring moose has been homesteading beside our cabin for weeks now. Here, she made her way into the brush leaving her impressive tracks through the deep snow for us to enjoy!!

And Sarah finds that one of the moose tracks on the snowbank's edge makes a perfect princess throne!

Spring must be here...this is the last of the fuel for this season! Heck, we've been letting the stove go cold during the daytime...Hitting +10'c during the afternoon has been simply awesome!!

And the snow fleas are everywhere!! If you'd told me, a mere 6 years ago, that little black jumping bugs would make me this happy I'd have thought your were crazy!! Yuppers....Here I stand....lovin' those little buggies!! The girls, on the other hand, aren't so convinced that snow fleas are cute ;)

New willow buds are everywhere too... or at least, where the moose haven't browsed!

Spruce cones are abundant... no, not a sign of the changing season but, they are pretty in the sunshine aren't they?

The Spring clean up has started too...Finally, at long last, the Christmas Trees are dragged to the burn pile!! The best part of it all is, this Spring, we have helping hands!

And Wellington happily drags the girls down the Horse Trail!

While the bikes that we haven't seen in months...

finally melt out of the snow, much to the delight of Adelalide & Sarah!
What once was ice, has turned to puddles just big enough for two!

and the puddles are proving to be irresistible!

And the reclaimed water pails are a necessity...

And with rubber boots replacing the warmer winter versions, I know Spring has truly arrived :)


And for the record...if there was a photo of me in this post you'd see the spring tan that I'm sporting right now! Oh photo this time around'll just have to trust me I'm LOVING the return of the SUN & PLUS temperatures!

Friendly note to all bitting bugs:

You are NOT invited to my party so go elsewhere to feast & breed!!

This is MY neck of the woods!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Who ever thought
practical could be so stylish?
Well, thanks to everyone else
Sean & I have little ones that
are not only cozy warm, but also
the Best Dressed Girls in the North!
Just take a look at them...
On the Magic Trail

Adelaide has Teddy tucked in safe & sound

Sarah has such an awesome smile :)
These beautiful sweaters arrived about a week a go!
Betty has been knitting for Adelaide & Sarah
since they were born!
Not a day goes by that the girls aren't in something that
she has lovingly made with her own hands!
People use to ask,
"Oh my, did YOU make those beautiful sweaters?"
They now exclaim,
"Oh my, Betty has been knitting again!"
These sweaters have been admired by the entire community
but no more than by my own family!

Sarah's curls NEVER cease to amaze me!
Another parcel arrived some time ago :)
Joanne & Liz sent up these awesome & very cheerful
Alpaca sweaters! They are not only beautiful, and FUN,
they are also WARM!!!
Hummm...the winter vests that will be a staple this spring
were also from these much loved women!
many more photos to come as spring allows us to get out more more!!

Adelaide consentrates on a craft at the library
An oldie but a goodie ;)
This sweater has lived through years of use!
Adelaide's cousins wore this more years ago than
Aunt Karen probably wants to admit to!
Kept in mint condition,
it has been passed down to us & we love it...
not only because it is practical & purple BUT,
it is from family...
Guess I'm still a bit of a sentimental gal ;)

"Marble Cheese"
For everyday use...I can't help but pull these two gems out!
Grandee & Grandad picked these two Alpaca pullovers
up at the Royal Winter Fair!
They are Northern to a tee ;)
If only I could get a set of these for
every growth spurt the girls have!
With a black turtleneck, their blond locks standout &
their faces are are perfectly framed...
I can't help but be in complete awe over the beauty
of my two girls...But then again
they DO come by it honestly...
you should see their Grand Mothers...
Now THERE are two incredibly stunning women!!
(oddly though...dark haired beauties!)
My two favourite faces :)
Hey Zia 'Leen...
Notice the jewellery??
Thanks to Aunt 'Reen...I'm being brave now-a-days
and letting the girls were there treasures ;)
Kisses are the best XOXO
So yes,
they are warm, cozy & beautiful....
but what warms MY heart is
the fact that they are
best friends!
Even Mousie braves the Yukon winter
in her cozy sweater of white fur!!

Yukon Winter Snippets...

Hockey on Kathleen Lake

Daddy & Sarah making a puck out of dog booties

Cutting & loading the all important firewood

Daddy, taking time out from wood cutting, to play
"Ring Around The Rosie"

Adelaide, hanging out with Wellington,
in a special outfit selected by her very own independent self...

and Wellington,
who is always making the perfect pillow for his beloved Adelaide,
sleeps peacefully in the warmth of our cabin :)
A magpie takes flight outside our picture window

Daddy hits the trails for a much needed break
from his long hours of work!

Sarah Dog looks as beautiful as always...
Now, THIS one I couldn't resist....
While Packing for Whitehorse,
Wellington made it abundantly clear that
he was feeling left out!
Did he honestly think I'd not notice
a big furry Springer in my suitcase?
There is something endearing about those
droopy eyes, isn't there?