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Month: October 2017

Meal Plan Monday [Update]

Meal Plan Monday [Update]

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Good morning! I hope you all had Dear Ms. Morrison,a great week last week! We finally got out and joined the Canada Games Centre which is a big sports complex. Swimming, ice skating, gym, indoor playground, indoor running track, etc. We are pretty excited to try it out for a month.

So how did you all do with your meal plans this past week? I am happy (and a little surprised) to say that I actually stuck to the plan! We did go out to eat on Friday instead of the beef stroganoff but that was according to the improvised plan. Shane finished a long day of classes and studying and wanted to go out so we did that instead. We went to a pizzeria down the street from us that had gluten free pizza. It was very exciting. And very tasty.

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Meal Plan Monday + Free Meal Plan Bullet Journal Page

Meal Plan Monday + Free Meal Plan Bullet Journal Page

We have now been in Whitehorse for a full month. If you didn’t catch when we moved, you can find some details here. Since we have been here we have really enjoyed experiencing so many new things. Simple things like McDonalds, Walmart, and Tim Hortons have been real treats for us.

In all of the fun and excitement I am noticing a little (big) habit forming that we have never had before. Where eating out used to be a once every couple months thing in Inuvik it is turning into -at least- once a week now. 

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25+ Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

25+ Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

I really love homemade gifts. (after use, please put it backin its proper place)I love the planning…choosing supplies, colors, patterns, etc. As I make the gift I am thinking of that person the whole time. From start to finish that gift is made with love and specifically for that person. I am not saying a gift can’t be bought out of love, but I just really love home made gifts.

Christmas may seem far away, but really we are 66 days from Christmas! Depending on what you are thinking about making, that’s not a lot of time!

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5 Reasons Why I Love My Camera

5 Reasons Why I Love My Camera

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Just like every other mom I love5 Reasons i love my taking pictures of my kids. Combine that with the fact that I lived in the beautiful Arctic and I felt so limited with my point and shoot camera. Don’t get me wrong, it was functional and recorded a lot of memories. But the more tutorials I read the more I wanted a SLR camera.

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Happy Thanksgiving! +free printable

Happy Thanksgiving! +free printable

Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, potato salad, corn on the cob, apple pie, pumpkin pie…do I need to go on?

There are many benefits to having both a Canadian and American Thanksgiving.

Today I can’t help but think back through the last year. So much has happened since last Thanksgiving! I am sure you can say the same thing.

Some good, some bad, but all to my benefit (in my opinion). Every thing happens for a reason and we can learn from every thing that happens to us. I certainly have a lot to learn from and a lot to be thankful for.

I am thankful for friendships that have been made stronger over the last year.

I am thankful for new adventures and opportunities.

I am thankful for challenges that have shaped who I am.

I am thankful for family and the time I spend with them.

What are you thankful for? You may not be serving a turkey dinner today but you can still take part and share your thanks in the comments below!

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Where Have I Been?

Where Have I Been?

Everywhere.

Well, not literally everywhere, but in a sense I have been everywhere the past 2 months.

I started August with a trip to Edmonton, Alberta with my husband (ever been?).

We got back and immediately started decluttering, yard saling, and packing. This summer I did at least 6 yard sales. I would be perfectly happy if I never did a yard sale again.

By mid August Shane packed up the van and a friend’s truck and headed down the Dempster Highway to our new home in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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He applied to the school there and classes started the first week of September. I, on the other hand, was staying behind for a couple reasons.

First, I had to finish packing up the house and selling things. Shane took all the essentials but I still had so much to do. I spent the next 10 days selling the remainder of things, packing up the things that still needed to go and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! If it weren’t for the two friends that were there everyday helping I wouldn’t have gotten it all done in time!

Second, my kids’ American passports were expired and needed renewed. If you know anything about living abroad you know nothing like this is an easy process. Because my kids are under 16 I had to bring them to the US Embassy in Calgary.

21765760_10155589736812165_4210813431066124375_oThis would cost us at least $8,000 in travel. I emailed the embassy and told them I could not afford the trip and they informed me they were planning an outreach trip to Inuvik. What are the chances! Not likely! God definitely did that for me. Now I could get my kids’ passports renewed without spending all that money. The only thing is that I had to stay in Inuvik until they came which would be mid September.

So I moved out of my house and into my in laws’ house September 4. The next day we started homeschooling (along with all the paperwork for the kids’ passports…which is way more than just the application). Needless to say those first few weeks of September were just as busy as the last weeks of August.

Finally I had my appointment with the embassy and we were ready to start our own journey down the Dempster but the road was closed! Such is life in the North. You never know if the only road south will be open or closed. After waiting 4 days we decided it was better to just get some plane tickets. By this time we had been away from Shane for 1 month.

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So I finally am in Whitehorse, excited to get back to blogging. I turn on my computer and- it’s broken. Well, not completely broken. But my mouse and my keyboard won’t work. This makes it impossible to be active on the blog, of course. So disappointing.

I tried for three weeks to try to fix it but nothing is working. Today I am able to use my husband’s computer but him being a full time student it won’t be something available to me often. So until I can get a new computer please bear with me! I have so many exciting stories to tell and places to show you! Stick around, come by every now and then. Join the newsletter as that’s where I will be sharing most of the stories and pictures of the Yukon as well as my free printables.

Okay, I think that is all the update I will give for now. Let me know what you have been up to in the comments below!

 

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