Category Archives: holidays

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I arrived back in Yellowknife in time to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with my friend Daisy.  Thank you mum for sending the boa and tattoos!  My tattoo said “I’m Irish” (well I have the last name that qualifies…) and I gave Daisy a tattoo that said “Irish 4 the Day!”

It was fun to catch up with Daisy and James before heading out to the Gold Range…as Daisy calls it the “Strange” Range!  It was a fun night… first time dancing to a live country band! (not so much on the irish music).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I decided to make some Valentine’s Day Cookies for friends and coworkers to help celebrate ‘luv day’!
..in the process of making these sugar cookies got my kitchen a wee bit messy. It’s been awhile since I have made sugar cookies-I think it might have been with my Gramma when I was a kid!  I did a double take when my cookbook told me to put the dough into the fridge to harden-but then it was like a rock, and it wouldn’t roll out! Well I conquered that problem and then had the final crazy question… how was I going to ‘ice’ these awesome hearts…and with a bit of support from my friend Kara in the Yukon it turned out OK!  (hence my laptop logged onto FaceBook for the cry for help!) I think I need to work on making the final product LOOK like something that an adult made not a 3 year old child…but let me tell you–they TASTE amazing, and that’s what counts right?!

So here’s a Valentine’s Day Card for you…in the words of Pooh Bear*

I want to take the a moment to say Happy Valentine’s Day to all my family, friends and readers.

I hope you have an amazing day today, with the knowledge that  you are loved, today..

and more importantly all the other 364 days of the year!

Take time today to reach out and share that love…

luv, Sarah

*…because we all know how much I LOVE Pooh and Tigger and the whole gang! (In all truth I do still have a soft spot for Tigger, but in all honesty that phase ended in my early to mid 20s.  Even though I live with quite a few Pooh and Tigger related items on a daily basis…)

Holiday Hangover…

Today I arrived back home in Pang… I had a night in Iqaluit, as the weather was bad yesterday in Pang so my flight was cancelled.  It was great to catch up with friends… and enjoy one last meal at a restaurant!  I also met my friend’s new puppy..he’s so adorable and had a spunky little personality!

Because everyone loves a cute puppy…here’s some more photos.  In my friend’s own words…this puppy is an “Iqaluit Special” it’s got a bit of husky in him, and probably a mix of something else! But I have to say he’s 100% cute… 

I ended my vacation like it started… the first and last legs of my crazy travel was done on an Air Nunavut plane! (Canadian North’s regular plane had a mechanical issue..so Air Nunavut was contracted  to do their scheduled flight.)  Here’s a shot of the plane after we landed in Pang…

Air Nunavut has a MUCH smaller plane..that doesn’t have a barrier between the pilots and people… so both flights I ended up sitting directly behind them.  This time the sun was starting to shine (my flight to Iqaluit in December it was pitch BLACK the entire flight…doesn’t help for taking a photo).  This morning the sun was starting to shine…so I took a few photos before I decided I wanted to sleep for a bit. I woke up just in time to watch the landing, and it was pretty cool to see the approach out the front windows of the plane! 

After getting to my house, I quickly put my frozen food from my cooler into the freezer…grabbed a snack, my travel coffee mug and water bottle and went into to work! It was a great day…so awesome to catch up with coworkers and share holiday stories.

Tonight, as I cooked supper I started to shift through my mail from the last month.  I LOVED coming home to a PILE of mail… a copy of the Manitoba Child Care Association’s publication ‘Bridges’ and was excited to find the article I had written inside!  In the photo you will see a stack of Christmas Cards in the middle–that was an AWESOME surprise!  So many photos of friends, and family… Then there was the manitory junk mail–a “Walmart” flyer–but the nearest Walmart is in Ottawa, so not really sure why Walmart makes ‘in-store’ only flyers available to us here in Pang? Then there were the bills, and regular statements…and only ONE of the Christmas Cards that I sent out was returned to sender….(sorry Aunt Anne and Uncle Andrew–I’ll re-mail you one as soon as possible!)

Then there is my other suitcase that I need to unpack… I’m a bit of a procrastinator in packing and in un-packing!  But think I might sort this suitcase out before I end up getting the next 3.  (There wasn’t room on the plane for all 5 of my pieces, so had to decide which 2 I wanted to travel with–but the other 3 would follow as soon as possible. I picked the cooler full of frozen meat and my black suitcase because it had my toiletry bag in it!)

As the title of this blog says… I feel the ‘holiday hangover’ but it’s so great to be home!

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

A week in the Sun…

It was a fun filled week in the sun spent with some great friends… over the week I took a pile of photos and this post will show some of them-so bare with me..

I flew on my Birthday to Toronto, was met at the airport by Kat and my mum.  When I got back to Kat and John’s place… I was surprised with a HUGE platter of sushi, and birthday cake.  It was such a fabulous surprise, I’m so blessed with such a thoughtful family.

I was surprised with BALLOONS on my bed to help celebrate my birthday…Thanks to Katie!  It was another great surprise to walk in and see my bed covered with balloons.

It was fabulous to walk on the beach, with the smell of the ocean and sand under my feet! 

I stayed at the El Cozumeleno Beach Resort  it was fabulous, the people who worked there are amazing!  It was a fun family friendly resort…the poolside was so nice.  The beach wasn’t a ‘sandy’ so you can walk in (but if you went on the other side of the pier you could easily walk in).  But once you got over the rock/coral at the shore.. it had FABULOUS snorkeling right in front of the resort!

Collecting shells was a fun thing to do…

On Dec 15th…we headed into town to do some shopping and sight seeing.  Katie made friends with these parrots!

It was such a fun filled afternoon…stoping by Carlos’n Charlies for a bite to eat…and some more birthday celebrations!  There was a few cruise ship groups there and the party was in full swing when we came! A few of us in the group got some henna tattoos that last about 2 weeks–on Facebook you probably saw mine.

Walking around the streets…there were tons of spots for photo ops!

When we came home from the afternoon in town… after a brief siesta…we went for dinner, and the Mexican Cultural night!  Awesome music, and dancing performances–I can’t believe that those ladies danced with bottles, trays filled with glasses and bottles and candles that were burning on their HEADS! 

The sunsets were amazing…every night different colours were painted on the horizon, as the sun went down!  

On December 17th… Jason and Kim took us to the “other side” of the island..where there is no cell reception or power!  On our way there we stopped for a tour at this Tequila Place.  I learned lots of facts about Tequila-it’s history, how it was made…and of course had a few samples!  Casper our guide…was so knowledgeable and provided tons of information!

You never know what fun you’ll get into after a tequila tasting…. 

Leaving the Tequila Tour we saw this SIGN… have to love Mexico, and their fun signs… glad to know I could have had a “Free Pee-Pee Station”, if I needed! 

Our next stop of the day was Coconuts for some refreshment and lunch… it was a fun vibe being there… filled with shirts, and other paraphernalia that people have left behind.  Totally reminded me of some of the bars I had been while travelling in Australia…while travelling up to the Alice Springs from Adelaide.

One drink was all I needed…and some water!Mmmm shrimp tacos…they were so good!  The view looking over the cliff was pretty awesome too…

I got to watch a server feed the Chameleon… then he offered me a grasshopper to feed it myself!  (that’s the bottom photo…MY hand feeding that guy!) Such a long tongue… 

We went a bit further down the road to find a beach to chill out at… The surf was really high–and red flags were out… so we only played in the surf as it came up and splashed at our ankles.  We were warned by the lifeguards on duty…

Beaches are something I love.. the surf, the salt smell…the random crabs running around!

So in this photo of me you can see my “tattoo”…3 foot prints-that look more like paw prints… Fun for a holiday, but not for all time!  I will get my ‘real’ tattoo at some point…but it won’t be paw prints and it won’t be on that location on my body! 

All dressed up… ready to head to Senor Frogs 10th Anniversary, another fun night ended by tacos by the “biker” bar… A beautiful sunset, dinner at a local steak place, coco-cola in a glass bottle with a straw and street performers in the square!  Great memories of a wonderful Sunday night.

This is an amazing artist… working at the corner of the square…to watch him create a beautiful works of art out of spray paint and paper!  My one regret is not getting one of his paintings…next time! These shots were of him creating a piece of art for Dorothy.

On Monday December 19th… we went on a snorkelling tour with Fury Catamarans! It was a fun afternoon… walking out to the catamaran.  

Raising the sails takes all hands…  

On our way to our first of two stops to snorkel.  I couldn’t believe how HUGE cruise ships are… 

I don’t know about you…but you need to be “always prepared to snorkel!”  The Captain of the boat… steered like this all the way… I kind of liked his style! 

After stopping at our two different reefs to do some snorkelling (which made me wish I was actually diving, not just floating on the surface!)… and remember–“follow the big Buoy” heaven forbid if we could snorkel outside of the ‘pack’!

We headed to the “Beach Party spot” for a cheese burger, salads and more drinks… there were fun water blow-up things to play with…but I just watched!

My only complaint of the day was it seemed so rushed… I remember going on a similar ‘cruise/trip’ while in Cuba..but it was a FULL day not a 1/2 a day!  I suppose that this was the difference… 

Back on the boat and heading home… the ‘dance-floor’ opened up… and we had a blast, dancing while the boat cruised over the waves.

My last full day in Cozumel was filled with fun in the sun (when it wasn’t behind the clouds), Pina Colodas (made with real coconut), dancing and laughter! Laughter with new friends and old ones too…

Dorothy thanks for being an awesome roommate… it was great meeting you, and all the best as you go on your next adventure in Alberta!

I had such a great week… it almost seemed too short!  There were many laughs with old friends and new… I enjoyed Cozumel and totally would return.  The resort had excellent service–and people working there were so friendly and helpful.  Thanks Kim for inviting me and letting me be part of your holiday in the sun!  We should do this again… 

Looking out the window as I left Cozumel, Mexico…. in the distance you can see the towers of the resort I stayed at!  What a fabulous vacation in the sun…it was everything I needed and even more!