As you know travelling in the Arctic is never 100%…weather happens, mechincal delays happen…sometimes you just don’t land when you want to land. Friday was one of those moments. The weather in Kuujjuaq turned from fall to winter overnight! There was tons of snow and delays for lots of the Nunavik Community flights. My flight to Iqaluit went as scheduled, however we couldn’t land in Iqaluit–it was too windy, so we headed back to Kuujjuaq.
After some phone calls and finding out the next available flight from Kuujjuaq to Iqaluit would happen on Wednesday (as the Monday flight was full)…I headed south to Montreal from Kuujjuaq.
Then I started my super surprise for my family. Once I collected my bags I headed upstairs to Air Canada and spoke with a really nice and friendly lady. (seriously, I was surprised…but there are some GREAT people that work on the ticket booking counter!) I was able to get a one-way flight into Toronto on the last plane. I then texted my brother, John and asked if he and Kat could pick me up from the airport…which he did! It was so awesome to see them.
(SIde note: this display greeted me at the Toronto Airport..one of my biggest beefs with that airport is that you have to pay a loonie or toonie to get a cart and I never have change and always have too many bags… but apparently CIBC is paying for them right now. Bonus!)
Then on Saturday morning, I got up and phone mum from John and Kat’s… I *might* have stretched the truth…and said that I had just gotten home from Iqaluit and I was tired and needed a nap. I asked her how to make pumpkin pies, we talked about our dinner plans over the weekend…and I hung up. Then John, Kat and I (plus Gus) headed into the car for the hour drive over to mum’s. On the way Kat called mum and asked if she had any lunch…she said no, so we picked up subs for all of us. Then the surprise happened….John and Kat headed into mum’s… (I stayed in the hallway of the apartment). As they were putting out the subs Kat said something like… “that’s weird there’s 4 subs?” John said something like… “Maybe there’s someone else joining us?”…and Kat walked to the door and said…”let’s just check the hallway..” and IN I WALKED. My mum was thrilled and shocked…and didn’t have a heart attack.
We had a fabulous afternoon talking and driving around Lindsay… then had a little dinner together before John and Kat (and Gus) headed home. (They were going to Kat’s family dinner the next day…)
On Sunday we got up and headed up to Haliburton. We stopped in at a good friend of my mum’s…it was so nice to visit Lynn for a short, quick visit! Then we went to my great Aunt Anna’s for a visit. Dinner at Jamie and Dana’s was scheduled for 5pm… we got to Aunt Anna’s at 4:15… she lives just next door to my brother’s house. Mum left at 4:30pm to head to put on a casserole she made for the Thanksgiving dinner…and I stayed to visit with Aunt Anna a bit longer. (I hadn’t visited with her since last Fall when she came to visit my mum after her surgery.) It was lovely to catch up. I walked over (with a chair because Jamie had already borrowed one from Aunt Anna for dinner)…at 5pm to join dinner! Let’s just say Dana and Jamie and the boys…were very surprised to see me. Unfortunately I didn’t get any awesome photos from dinner. Except for these two taken with my fuzzy dying iPhone 3!
Samuel and Benjamin are getting so big! Benjamin read the funniest story book…and Samuel played a really funny bean game with us…. all about planting and trading different kids of bean crops… (sorry dont’ remember the name). But it was a fun game to play after dinner! It was so great to see everyone… thanks Jamie and Dana for hosting Thanksgiving dinner…the turkey and all the fixings were wonderful!
The last surprise was a visit to Haliburton Lake… and to my Gramma and Bart’s cottage. It was so much fun to see Gramma and Bart. We got caught up and even brought out old family photo books….to see some shots from the mid to late 80s. Lots of great fun remembered.
Before I left I had to do a ‘selfie’ a tradition I started in February. This one is another for the memory books. It was a whirl-wind weekend…and too fast I was sitting on a train heading back to Ottawa to catch a flight back north the next day.
I’m going to leave you with my all-time favourite photos taken the fall of 2010…by my friend Ryan Bealer!
Operation Surprise Gooble-Gooble was complete for once I was thankful for a weather delay…and not being able to arrive to a planned destination! I learned once I got back to Nunavut…that there was bad weather in Pang all weekend…and people didn’t arrive home until Monday!!! So this plan worked perfectly. All in all it was a great thanksgiving surprise…I have so much to be thankful for….hope you all had a great day!