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Monday, November 10, 2014

refocus











As everyone I'm sure faces, I have had a few rough days as of late. 
It hasn't been one big thing, but a number of little things, all piling up, and leaving me to feel ... well.. down, I guess. 
Without going into the nitty gritty, what it comes down to, is that I am searching for things that I simply cannot find here in this little community. There are things I just simply don't have here (a spiritual community, close friends ect). I am isolated right now, and with that come challenges and difficulties. The good news is that this is not forever, and soon, a new chapter will be unfolding for us. 
I don't want to dwell on the difficulties of this life, instead, I want to focus on how I want to be as a person. Focus on what is important to me. Focus on how to be better. Focus on peace and balance.
Right now I am looking for happiness, and it's through the little choices I make, that I will find that happiness. I may have unfulfilled desires at the moment, but I also have many blessings... the blessings far outweigh the desires. 
And so, to find happiness, we do little things, like go out for a family walk in the snow, hook Ryder up to the sled and have him pull the kids, or just be together and cozy up for the winter. Already, just by writing this, I feel a sense of peace... my family brings me so much peace. 
I'm going to focus on what I can do to make myself feel happier and at peace  and also, I'm going to challenge myself to speak and do more peaceful and kind acts. It's starts with ourselves, doesn't it?
xox


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

lately












 Looking tired after a long day of activities. I picked him up at the community club and pulled him home on the sled. 

Halloween came and went. The children had so much fun dressing up, getting their face's painted , seeing their friends and of course, eating candy. We all enjoyed dressing up for the school party and watching the kids get so into it.
This year, the Community Club (have I ever mentioned that I am on the board?), hosted a big pizza lunch. One of the mothers and I stayed up till 10pm the night before, making 12 homemade pizzas! It was a great turn out and we really enjoyed seeing everyone come out for it.
Now that Halloween is over with, I am excitedly moving forward and onwards.
I am feeling a sense of calm and readiness for this up coming winter, and I think it has to do with a number of things.
First off, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I am excited for what is to come down the road. We know that this will be our last winter in Beaver Creek, so I feel that I can truly slow down and enjoy it, knowing that we won't have this quiet, simple, if not isolated life, much longer.
Another reason that I am enjoying this season in our lives is that I have found a nice rhythm to our days. Our days often include homeschooling in the morning, a family focused community activity of some sort in the morning, a quiet afternoon. We enjoy winter walks, playing at the park (fully bundled up in snowsuits), doing crafts, and watching movies. It's good to remember the things that I do like about winter. It is a cozy season.
Homeschooling is coming along nicely around here. At the beginning of the year, I sat down and made a running list of units that I would like to cover with Noah and Katia. This helped me when it came time to order our books, and to look for ideas online. We purchased a brand new printer at the beginning of the year, which has been amazing. I love being able to pull things off the web, or make things up myself and have it ready that same day. I've also really enjoyed buying lots of books online for our library. It's been so much fun to be able to go on book binges!
And so there we are. Life is trundling along, winter is here, and we are doing just fine.
xox



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the here and now














We came home from our trip to find winter and snow. I wasn't surprised by it, but still needed to have a pep talk to assure myself that we can do this and that we can get through the coming months, all in one piece. 
Day 3 of being back home and we are still trying to catch our breaths from the busy trip that we just had. It was again one of our crazy trips home, where we try to see and do everything possible in such a short time, but this time around, it went quite smoothly and it was enjoyable because Winslow was there with us. 
Now at home, we are settling into the cold temps (it was -25 this morning) and trying to find a rhythm once again, which can be hard after being away from home for 3 weeks. 
Our days consist of dark chilly mornings and coffee on hand. Healthy food to get us going, smoothies, eggs, peanut butter and toast. Homeschooling is back on again (we took a little break while away), and we are moving forward with new ideas, new found inspiration and enthusiasm. 
Our afternoons are balanced out with Noah going to school and Katia staying home. I've noticed that she is ready for more, and I wish we had a preschool program for her to attend. I have dreams and hopes for next year, when she will be able to join a dance class or music, but for now, I will focus on enjoying our time together. I know that our time together is special. 
Our evenings are quiet and sleep has been coming easily to us all. Maybe we are exhausted from the trip or maybe it's the darkness from winter slowly creeping in. Whatever it may be, I enjoy the quiet slow evenings that seem to wind us down. 
It's not easy coming and going from our life here. I sometimes wonder, where do we really belong and what is next for my little family. The transition from our trips home often leave me missing my family and my people, and asking myself all kinds of life questions. It's easy to feel the pull of our next posting, and in all honesty, it is what get's me through the tougher days in this isolated community, but I know that it is not healthy to live in the past or in the future, it is the present that I need to enjoy and put my energy into. 
So here we are, moving onwards into the winter months, but just to contradict myself,  I will leave off with some of my last photos from PEI and Ottawa. I love looking back on those beautiful Autumn shots. 
xox


Thursday, October 16, 2014

ottawa and pei (heavy in the autumn and pumpkin pictures)



























There have been colourful maples and pumpkin pies. There have been walks, coffee dates, shopping trips and visits with friends. There have been crazy road trips, walks on the beach, and rare time spent with my mom. There was even a date night with hubby! 
This trip is going by quickly, but I am getting through my bucket list as best as I can. 
Katia and I both got quite sick for a few days, so that threw a bit of a wrench in our plans, but we are feeling better and are making up for lost time. 
It's been refreshing to do normal people things like meet up with friends, buy fresh produce, or go grab a coffee. To watch the kids spend time with family, to see them experience things that Northern kids don't get to (farms, markets, and an extended Autumn season). It's been special and much needed. 
I am full of thanks at this moment. Thankful for time with my mother. Thankful for time with family. Thankful for cousins playing together. Thankful for time outdoors. Thankful that I can enjoy my most favourite season of the year- Autumn. 
We are back to the Yukon on October 24th. It will be nice to return home, to settle down, to hunker down for the long winter ahead. 
xox