Canada’s Best Roadside Attractions

So this post in obviously delayed, but I had so much fun collecting the pictures that I couldn’t leave it out. Do you remember the post about how far we drove last summer? Well we also made it our mission to stop at as many large road side attractions as we could. As a general rule, we tried not to take more than a 30 minute detour. Honestly, the prairie towns LOVE their roadside attractions. If Hansenville ever became a place…my first order as mayor would be to commission something giant! (Largest crocheted _you decide__)

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These photos are in a slide show, but you are welcome to make it a game. Whoever can name the most towns wins, or, you can work together to get them all!

I Lied!

Remember yesterday when I said I was swamped with school so I have just been working so hard? Yeah…that’s only half true. Monday to Friday have been rigorous, but the weekends…well did you know the weather is nice? Ya! Time for fun outside. Treat yourself to this little collage of physical activity!

We have played in 4 Ultimate tournaments this winter (Frisbee). It has been incredibly fun. In fact, I’m sitting on the couch right now resting from the our latest, and last tournament (big time sad face). P.S. It even rained (spitted really) at the tournament last weekend.

I also squeezed in one dragon boat weekend. (Sometimes the tournaments and festivals landed on the same weekend.) The dragon boat tournament turned into a super weekend getaway in Dubai. We stayed at a swanky-ish hotel and went to our favorite restaurant, The Cocktail Kitchen! If you are visiting Dubai, we highly recommend it! It has great character.

Hello Again!

Yet again I’ve been caught in a neglecting blog phase.

I want to say it is because I have been swamped. At school the Christmas to Spring Break run is coined THE DEATH MARCH. I know..teachers have it great! It’s not that bad. But it is a solid 12ish 5-day weeks. No long weekends. No holidays. No nothing. March on! And don’t give me that Alberta! I see you shaking your head! You have Family Day long weekend!

Not only is it a solid run, but it is busy. It is some of the best learning time, but thanks to this winter weather, it is also some of the best play time.

  • Sports Day
    • For the record, the Kidergarten Sports Day got cancelled…due to rain! haha
  • Terry Fox Run (I out ran almost all of my students!)
  • Spirit Week (That means 5 dress up days in a row)
  • Field Trip
  • Report Cards
  • Matt coached Basketball
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 100th day (aka the best day of the year)
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    Since I am not a fan of posting pictures of the students, you will have to settle with this:) Thursday was the 100th day of school!! Woop Woop! In celebration, I had a bundle of things planned. My favorite: Will 100 popcorn kernels make a snack for the class? In grade 1, students think 100 is a giant number…until we count out the kernels! The students are so shocked. Don’t worry, after all of the graphing and counting, we do pop enough for a great snack! (This is also a chance to show off my mad popcorn popping skillz!)

    In the coming posts I have an array of goodies for you. In no particular order you will see:

  • A forgot snippet of our summer (It’s too good to let it past)
  • a big bike
  • A sunset cruise
  • Two trips to Amsterdam

Stay tuned!

Taste of Abu Dhabi Take 2

Remember this post from last year? The Taste of Abu Dhabi where we oggled over celebrity chefs! Well we bought tickets WAY in advance for the big event again this year.

There were less celebrities this year, but we were so excited for the venue and feel of the event.

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We hit up some of our favorite activities from last year like watching cooking demonstrations and participating in a cooking class. We also tried something new this year: A Cheese Tasting!

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Note the nose plug and blindfold on the left. Cool hey? Truthful with a nose plug, cheese tastes like nothing. Maybe we will take up jobs as cheese mongers in our next life.

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This last one is just for fun. Apparently people dressed as fuzzy mascot characters just isn’t good enough. This is a moving, talking, water squirting robot. It took Matt and I a beat before we decided, yes, there is someone inside…right? It was very impressive.

The Most Wonderful Season…to tap into my old soul.

December 1st means I officially have to go ahead from Matt to begin embracing the holiday season. We’ve got some fantastic traditions that involved decorating, music and eating.

Last year, while in Malaysia, I bought this book and read the whole thing Christmas night. IT. IS. AWESOME! It has everything that a holiday book needs: Britishness, snow, a quaint town, tea, mince pies and in this case…knitting! I mean the start of the book says, pour yourself a Baileys and enjoy the book. Come On, you don’t have to ask twice. *snap* Baileys in hand.

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So, since it was the long weekend and all, I tucked into this book as soon as the festivities began. I spent the weekend drinking tea, reading, snacking and crocheting. Yeah I know…everyone else is out celebrating National Day and I’m crocheting and drinking tea, but look what I made!

Shout out to my Great Grandma (GG) who used to knit and crochet ornaments. Her angels looked similar to this one, albeit slightly less strangled (I had to improvise since I lost my tapestry needle).

Later this week…mince pies!

National Day (I’m back!)

Hi Everyone! Remember me? The person who is in charge of keeping up this blog? Here I am. The last post was about our little rock climbing trip…and to be fair…that was one of our last long weekends. (Yeah yeah…teachers have it good! Canadians, you’ve had Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day long weekends!) I’ve also just trudged through an 8 week online class. But, excuses aside, I’m happy that you have checked back and not given up!

This weekend is National Day! Happy 45th Birthday UAE. We’ve seen many cars decked out with flags, window pictures etc. It is also not uncommon to see jets with color streams flying over. So what did we do to celebrate? RELAX! This long weekend has been long awaited.

Prior to the long weekend, our school puts on a celebration, so I thought I’d share some highlights of that day:

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I posted a similar picture last year. I just love the falcon traditions. This guys name…Hunter. (Shhh! I know I’wearing the same clothes as last year…I only have so much red and green!)

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One of my students brought these. She said: “Whew, I’m tired! I worked all night on decorating these cupcakes!” So sweet! And delicious!

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Another student brought these. There is a KitKat factory in Dubai, and they released these “limited edition” KitKats. Collect all 4!

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Seriously cool though right?

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People really go all out! This is the UAE Flag.

Ras Al Khaimah

Our school year started off quite easily this year. We had two weeks with the students, then a whole week off for Eid. I have to say, since we just got back to the UAE, we weren’t super keen on jetting off again, so we planned a little staycation. The staycation consisted of one weekend in Ras Al Khaimah, one night in Dubai, several nights of relaxing and three nights of board games.

In other news, we have officially been to all seven emirates. Actually, we went to all seven last year, we just didn’t realize that we had driven through the two smallest ones on the way to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK).

RAK is the mountainous region of the UAE. Our dragon boat coach set our group up with a weekend in RAK consisting of rock climbing and canyoning with Challenging Adventures. They have a base camp with tents, and pool and the works. Since it is still summer, they set us up with an Air Conditioned room where eight of us crashed, but some of our group did sleep outside.

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Some members of our dragon boat team.

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My first attempt. Matt made it to the top of this one.

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Using the butt-then-feet method to shimmy myself up the crevice. Matt and I both made it to the top of this one!

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Almost to the top of the crevice.

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Canyoning. We hiked up. In the spots where we were right along the end, we used carabiners to hook into the mountain. 

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Once we made it to the top, we rappel down.  

I would highly recommend trying out the outdoor rock climbing. We both enjoyed it.

500 Miles (More like 5000)

Since this summer was our first full summer back in Canada we had a lot of things we wanted to see and do: music festivals, cabins, hiking, weddings etc. Couple the list with our newest goal of seeing a handful of Canada’s largest roadside attractions and you get this map!

Although it was less than 5000 miles it was quite a lot! I tried to calculate the exact amount, but got tired of using maps:)

Vacancy

We loved having two sets of wonderful guests visit last year. So I’ve decided to put out an all call. This could be yours for free! Come visit us!

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The Hiking Inukshuk

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We have done a few hiking trips in Jasper now, and the hiking inukshuk has become a symbol of the hike. As you meander along the trails, little inukshuks mark the way when the trail is hard to see. When you spot the inukshuks your heart is warmed with the thought: Yes! We’re still going the right way.

We can only assume the inukshuks have been built by fellow hikers, so once we even returned the favor by rebuilding a crucial fallen inukshuk in Fryatt Valley.

As a side note, how much did you love reading the word inukshuk 7 times in this post. If you are not from the North, or are not well versed in your Arctic landmark knowledge read up on the “real”Inukshuks. They’re pretty cool!