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Merry Christmas

May Peace be your gift at Christmas

& your blessing all year through!

Photos by Ryan Bealer

Wishing all my family and friends a very Happy Christmas,

Mum's Christmas Tree 2011...(photo from my iPhone 3G)

Sending you heaps of love from my house to yours!

Photo by Ryan Bealer

Merry Christmas!

Luv, Sarah

Santa comes to Pangnirtung!

I love parades!  Growing up my family had a tradition to go over to friends of the family.  There we would gather around the TV and watch the Santa Claus parade from Toronto.  At some point the paper and pens would come out and we’d all write our letters to Santa Claus. Even when I lived in Toronto (for about 5 years)…I never went to the parade to see it live, but would watch the TV broadcast from my house, baking cookies and write my letter to Santa! I think at some point I need to go to the Toronto Parade in Person!

Northern parades are even more special… often there is more people IN the parade than standing around WATCHING the parade!  Everyone climbs in their vehicles and take part!  I remember being in the Canada Day Parade in 2009! In 2009 I also watched the Santa Claus Parade in Iqaluit… (I was there for my Birthday Weekend Getaway!)

This morning I HEARD the parade start in Downtown…then go to UPTOWN, and finally CROSS the bridge to my part of town!  The inner kid in me was SO excited… I couldn’t wait, to get a glimpse of Santa…even though it was so cold!

Some of the vehicles decorated their cars…. Most people in the cars had Santa hats on and were excited to wave to myself and my neighbours! There were firetrucks, RCMP trucks, Hamlet vehicles, cars, trucks, ATVs and Snowmobiles that were all part of this parade!  

When the RCMP vehicle came close… Oliver’s voice boomed out, “Merry Christmas Sarah!” too cute!!! I’m sure he was helping with the lights and sirens…. 

In Pang, Santa leads the parade… but I decided to put his photo at the end of my post!   Santa was throwing out ‘goodie’ bags of candies… and had some awesome tunes… I might have just done a little dance!  My one regret this Christmas is that I won’t be able to go to one of the Inuktitut Dances…and practice up on my scottish reels and fancy footwork! 

I’m so glad I got to see the Pang Parade… Now that I finished the last-week-of-work-before-my-holidays AND now that I’m officially on holidays, it makes Christmas seem that much closer!

>Merry Christmas…


Sending you heaps of love from my house to yours!!!
photo by Ryan Bealer

photo by Ryan Bealer

photo by Ryan Bealer

photo by Ryan Bealer
May Beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with joy this Christmas!!
luv, Sarah



It’s the day before Christmas… and outside of my mum’s house!
Two little boys and an Auntie… went hunting for tracks…
Here are some photos from that delightful romp…
(as Samuel had asked for just 6 more minutes–and indeed he got them)!
There was some shoveling of the deck… clearing off the ice chunks…

“Aunt Sarah, I’m very busy… we have lots of work to do!” exclaimed Samuel!

 I’m not sure Benjamin could see much out of his hat… I seem to remember taking shots of him at his first birthday with his summer hat.. and it had the same issues.. perhaps that’s just the way he likes to wear them!

 “Look at me… zoom so fast!” said Benjamin…

 I had had been outside only with my barefeet in sandals… but then Samuel came to the door… and who could say no to a face like that!  (I did put on my snow pants, socks, coats etc… and then the story continued!!)

 My mum got these awesome shovels… and the boys really love them!

 ..see he does have eyes!! 😉

I’m going to get you….. (yes, Aunt Sarah sometimes might be a tickle monster!)


Our first discovery… the pumpkin… (left for the deer to eat…) but we decided to bury it with more snow…

 A quick shot of all three of us… but the adventure must go on!

 I’m not sure if Benjamin knew at this moment that Samuel was about to dump a shovel full of snow on his head!!!

 He turned and said, “No, not on Ben-man!” and Samuel listened…

 Near the river that goes into the lake.. we found tracks… after some discussion we decided to follow the ones going back towards the house.. because it’s not safe to go onto the river, or lake. 

 Benjamin kept getting ‘stuck’… this involved him sitting down in the snow… declaring himself stuck, then Samuel coming to ‘shovel’ him out…. quite a fun and exciting game they have created for themselves…

 Snow on the face is CHILLY!!!

 At the end of the adventure….

It was a fun and exciting afternoon… with more to come as the day progresses…
with a caroling service… snacks and fun games! 
Hope you and yours have a delightful evening…
Because you know who comes tonight,
after we are all snug in our beds… with visions of MacBook Pros, 60′ LCD TVs, iPhone 4’s (not all mine… some are my families)…dancing in our heads!!
Don’t be alarmed when you hear that clatter on your roof… its just that jolly old Saint Nick…
“Merry Christmas to you!”

>Christmas Concerts…and Haliburton Life..


Today was Samuel’s Christmas Concert… This was one of those ‘first’ things.. and I was lucky to be here for it!! Because you know Kindergarten Christmas Concerts are really important!! All three of the kindergarten classes joined, and sang to the proud parents, grandparents and other family members! 
Their songs were: Away in a Manger, S-A-N-T-A is His Name Oh! (think of the song B-I-N-G-O with the dog), We Wish you a Merry Christmas…and then Jingle Bells as they left the stage!
I wasn’t sure if he actually saw me, or his mum, or dad, or grandparents… but he did SING to all the songs!  Samuel you sure have grown up a lot since the summer!!!

Samuel, I was so excited to be there today!! Great job singing…you made your Aunt Sarah smile with pride!!

I have been enjoying being at my mum’s house…. with a view like this… who wouldn’t be happy!?

Icicles dripping off the roof…. makes me want to go out and break one off and chew on it…

I totally am not on the prairies anymore… I’m soaking up this time here… because I’m afraid it might go too fast!!!