Trip to Whitehorse

We like to take a trip to Whitehorse around the time of my birthday each year. This year, mom and dad weren’t here to be with us. We went camping at the Robert Service Campground on the far side of WH with a borrowed tent.

 

It was quite warm for the whole trip, with the wind being flat calm. It was so warm in fact that the car had overheating problems going up Marinka’s Hill just on the inside of the Canadian Border: turns out the radiator fan fuses were both blown, so I swapped them out with some new ones. The boys quickly got hot and fell asleep in their chairs.

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I know this is a bad safety picture, with their seat belts all loose and floppy or missing, but the photo does capture the general feel of the trip, both directions for the boys. Oh, and remind me, if I ever get another car, get one with cruise control if at all possible.

We went to all our favorite places, the water park, the Canadian Super Store, Wal-Mart, the Fireweed Bookstore, the campground, Pizza Hut, the playground by the river, the music store.

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We were bummed out that the weather was so dry that there was an area-wide burn-ban in effect so we couldn’t have a campfire—we decided to have one when we got home instead. Another bummer is that the US dollar and the Canadian dollar where on par when we were there, so there was really not much of a discount on any of the items we saw in the stores—so we didn’t end up buying much at all. The book store was a disappointment too, if you’ve noticed any of the Canadian prices on books, you know what I mean.

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I did get new floaty suits for the two younger boys and a body suit for mark, that you can see in the photo above.

Overall, it was a very relaxing trip and a nice little getaway with the family.

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First day of Kindergarten!

Today was the big day! Margaret came over to take a few shots of us as we headed off to school on 8/30/2010. It’s about 1.25 miles to school from our little cabin.

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Luke was all excited, “At school, I think I will learn many neat tricks! I will learn a lot of things. At recess, I will stay on the swing the whole time!”

It’s interesting what kids think about school. Luke is pretty sure he knows all about kindergarten, and how to find just about anything in the classroom, as he spent quite a few days there when Mark was in Kindergarten.

First day of School!

Today was the first day of school for grades 1-12. Kindergarten starts next week. Every year I try to take a photo on the first day of school. This year, I missed the walk to school, so I had to take a picture at the playground where the boys were playing.

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Here is the first picture I took. The boys waned to flex and show off their guns, but when I told them that I wasn’t going to take a picture like that right now, John Caleb started to melt into tears.

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This is the picture the boys wanted to be have taken.

I told them I’d take a ‘muscles’ photo after we shot the regular photo, and John Caleb cheered right up.

JC just learned to take off his shirt, so he’s always looking for a chance to take off the shirt, so whenever he gets the slightest bit warm, he smiles really big and says, “I’m getting hot!” to warn us that he’s his shirt is coming off!

I suppose we’re all like that when we learn a new skill, we want to show off.