Thursday, 7 July 2011

Catching Up: Yellowknife Pt. 2

Once we returned from Fort Smith, we had three weeks remaining in Yellowknife.  The weather took a cold turn and, in the first week of June, it snowed for the first few days!  We were feeling quite northerly until we learned that – unlike in Yellowknife, where the snow melted when it hit the ground – some of the northern parts of NWT and Nunavut got as much as 15 inches of snow in one night.

Despite the weather, Lawful took it upon herself to finally learn to ride a two-wheeler bike with no training wheels.  It had been something she planned on learning last summer, but we were all a little busy last summer with newborn babies.  She and Pawful took a borrowed bike out the afternoon following Waffle and Felafel’s weekend birthday party and, within an hour, she was a bike-riding fiend!

with help...

with sort-of-help...


From then on, she went practically everywhere on two wheels. She braved the expected knee scrapes and bruises (and even got a black eye) and got right back up again each time and kept riding.

We quickly settled into a pattern with Maw-full was spending as much time on call as possible while the rest of the family spent their time fulfilling domestic responsibilities, having adventures on foot (and pedal) exploring Yellowknife, and hanging out in home-for-now #3.  The weather had improved greatly by the second week of June and we were having nicer weather even than our friends to the south.

the barbershop trailer





After the second week of June, Maw-full was finished her placement and we had one week to explore Yellowknife all together as a family.  We walked from our place in the Northlands all the way to Old Town one afternoon and saw many fun and exciting things.

we came across a race of aliens with large, bulbous, yellow heads and pencil necks.  they were friendly.

the new lawful


people hang dead animal parts from the sides of their houses here.

lawful climbed the sheer face of this carved cliff wall.

rotting car on ragged ass road

paw-full and waffle

the old one-room schoolhouse

maw-full took a turn on lawful's bike

The day after Maw-full’s placement ended, we were invited to her preceptor’s home for dinner and we were taken on a ride around Yellowknife Bay in their motorboat.  It was the kids’ first ride in a motorboat and Lawful, especially, was very excited.

The next day, Maw-full’s parents arrived for a visit.  We had a great time showing them around Yellowknife for a few days.  

talking rocks

at bullock's
They left two days before we did, which was just enough time for us to pack up, say goodbye to our friends one last time and celebrate National Aboriginal Day (which is a statutory holiday in NWT) and the solstice with a hike to Cameron Falls and some fun with friends.

who says style and hiking don't go together?

At midnight on June 21/22, Maw-full and Paw-full woke Lawful and we took a photo on the lawn of our home-for-now with the midnight sun shining on the longest day of the year.

And then, as though hardly any time had passed, we were on to the next stage of our adventure.  We had had a wonderful time in NWT and we look forward to going back some day.  Until then... we’re on the road again...

NEXT UP: The road to Smithers, including a hang with Nan and family. 

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Happy Birthday!

What we failed to mention in our last post is that our travel day just happened to be the first of June, or, as it is known to the Awefull family: Waffle and Felafel’s birthday.

Our trip from Fort Smith to Yellowknife was much the same as our trip from Yellowknife to Fort Smith. Only backwards. Other than direction, though, the main differences were that this time we stopped to take pictures of the strange line of stuffed friends who played audience to our passing where last time we just shared confused glances and drove on, and that this time we stopped for a celebratory birthday lunch at The Boardroom (for Goodtimes) where last time we stopped at an equally strange but entirely different chinese restraunt in the same town.

The sign says it all, really.
Lunch Music: straws and table top
'Hap-py Birth-day to me...'

Though our plan was to hold a proper party for our now one-year-olds the following weekend, we arrived early enough to stop for some awful (rather than awefull) cake from the grocery store on our way past which allowed us to have a birthday party on the actual anniversary of their arrival...

Cake Fight!! well as a Birthday Party a few days later in the company of some new-found friends. And more cake (this time properly Awefull).

Waffle sporting a smash-cake goatee
Felafel enjoying his cake head first

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Our first year as a family of five has been many things, but above all it has truly been one of awe. Awe at meer fact that there are two babies (!!!), awe at the amazing relationship that has developed between Felafel, Waffle, and their fabulous big sister, awe at how extraordinarily lucky we are. Thank you, little ones, for joining us on our adventure.