Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas Eve Lights…

…tonight after a fabulous Turkey Dinner at my neighbours I noticed that the lights were out!  Aaron, Rachelle and I headed out of town to the end of the road to see what we could see… Christmas Eve Lights... The lights were out dancing…
Christmas Eve Lights..

It was so cold…but managed to stay for about 30mins taking photos!  These aren’t the best shots I’ve taken of the lights…but because of the temperature it was hard to hold still because we were freezing, so everyone is a bit blurry! LOL Rachelle & the LightsAaron & the Lights..

Sarah & the Lights..

Well I’m off to bed…because Santa is coming tonight… have a great Christmas Eve.

International Gift Exchange (#FMSgiftexchange)

This past year I’ve been participating in the FMS Photo-a-Day monthly challenges.  The organizer, Chantelle,  of these monthly prompts also has a great blog!  This is something I follow as well… so when I saw in October she was arranging an International Secret Santa gift exchange I decided to sign up!

FMS Gift Exchange


Participating in this has been heaps of fun.  It was pretty easy…you had to respond to the emails and get an “Elfster” Account.  I didn’t even know this kind of website existed…it’s perfect for setting up a gift exchange…it is able to ‘randomly’ set up partners and then you can ask anonymous questions of the person you are buying for to get to know them a bit more.  It has other features like creating wish lists and stuff, but I didn’t use them.  Then you had the fun of going shopping and spending about $30 on your gift for your partner.

The main way to get to know your partner was done via Facebook.  There was a “private” group set up…where we all spent time asking and answering questions.  To participate you had to have an instagram account and/or a blog!  This allowed for your Secret Elf to do some festive stalking to get to know you to buy you a gift!  There are just over 300 people participating in this exchange.

I did my shopping and sent off my gift before I came back north to Pang.  It was just easier to do it and send it rather than try to fit my purchases into my already over-packed suitcases!

My gift all wrapped up.

My gift went to Australia on the Sunshine Coast…pretty close to where I lived 10 years ago when I was in Australia.

Sending Packages at Canada Post

I knew doing this exchange it would probably be uber expensive for postage… and I was right.  It cost me around $70 to mail this box off to Australia with a tracking #!  To me this was just part of the gift, and that’s ok… but seriously…postage has gotten so expensive!

Gifts once received. Here’s my gifts… I didn’t take a photo of them before I wrapped them!  So I took this photo from my partner when she posted it on the Facebook page.  (thanks for letting me ‘borrow’ the photo!) I ended up sending a photo I took of the Hudson’s Bay Company buildings and the Pangnirtung mountains in the background.  (I framed it too!) I sent home made chocolates from Lindsay, Ontario where my mum lives! I sent a handmade Ulu (Inuit woman’s knife) it was embroidered a Christmas ornament.  Last but not least I sent a fun decorative bottle filled with Canadian Maple Syrup (how could you not include that in a package overseas!?)


So that solved the mystery of the gift I sent…. but I also received a gift from a Secret Elf that lives in Ireland! One of my first posts in the FB page was to talk about how I was concerned about the December 10th cut off date for mailing.  See I knew with how slow sometimes the Canada Post is sending things from the south to the north…I might not get the gift before Christmas!  So I posted a message about this.. and my secret Elf saw it and made sure she posted it early for me!

Pangnirtung Sunset

After a few emails last Monday…(She had to reveal herself, because she was afraid my package had been attempted to delivered and didnt’ want it sent back…) I bundled up and walked down to the post office and my package was sitting there waiting for me! The sun was just setting as I walked down to the post office after lunch.

I must admit, I didn’t open it until yesterday.  See I have this problem, I NEED to figure out what is in the box…and didnt’ want to spoil the surprise.  I thought the longer I kept the box all packaged up…the less temptation it would be.  HOwever, my secret elf did let me know that I should open it up before December 25th…. she sent me a small Birthday Package & Card.  Those still aren’t open but let me tell you on Friday it sure will be…

gifts... a box filled with goodies.

WOW! what an awesome bunch of gifts…now that I’ve seen them the temptation is pretty strong…but I’m not going to give in.  This is because I’m staying up in Pang for Christmas..and some family members gave me their gifts while I was in the south in November…and I want to have something to open up on Christmas morning…so waiting, I must wait…no snooping allowed!

My secret Elf was so thoughtful…and did her research!  One of the things I miss living in Pang is trees… and she sent a few leaves from Ireland for me!  Those are so cool… thank you again for your thoughtfulness!


I quickly moved my presents to my Christmas tree…where they will wait until December 25th…except the Birthday Gift and card… I’ll open that on Friday!

My mini-christmas treeI will have to post what is inside all of these wonderful gifts once Christmas is over.  So far this exchange has been so much fun!  Thanks to all Chantelle and all the team of Admins that have been running this international exchange… Merry Christmas to you!

My Salia Doll…

Remember when I blogged about the coolest doll ever made by Maplelea Girls back in the fall of 2011? You don’t…well go on…CLICK HERE to read about it, I’ll wait.

Saila Doll

Hi, welcome back…so the fall of 2011 I decided to order a Pang Hat and the Amoutiq for the Salia doll. I didn’t order the doll, but ordered her clothes, not sure what I was thinking…but that’s what I did!  (I think it was a ‘mad-online-shoping-spree’ that often happen when the days get shorter and it’s dark outside all the time!) But I didn’t have the doll…

My gramma for Christmas 2012 gave me the funds so I was able to order a Salia Doll for my very own! She loves dolls and always looks to give me gifts that are unique…so it was a perfect fit!

One of my Favourite most 'recent' photos of Gramma and I... (May 2011)

One of my Favourite most ‘recent’ photos of Gramma and I… (May 2011)

I ordered my doll at the beginning of February.  (I got back mid-Janurary and then had some ‘travel’ for work…so waited to order it until I knew I’d be back in Pang to pick it up from the post office…) It arrived March 1st, 2013…it had such pretty packaging!

...what's inside of the box?

A few weeks later on March 31st…I took Salia out into the back yard to take a few photos.  She’s so much prettier in person!  The only thing I need for her is a “real” pair of kamiks.  Her kamiks just don’t look right…so I think I’m going to ask around and see if I can find someone to make me a pair that will fit her…and buy them!
Saila Doll outside in my backyard in PangnirtungMe and my doll!

I was such a happy girl…thanks so much Gramma for my Salia doll!  I can’t wait for you to see her in person to


FYI:  this post was written a long time ago, and never published.  (I think I never scheduled it to post, oops!) I suppose it’s never too late to post something right? I suppose Christmas is also coming…and Maplelea Girls are such a beautiful doll so it would be a perfect gift, young or old! Maplelea Girls have given me NOTHING for this blog post…all opinions are my own!

‘Tis the Season

The past three days have been full on family get togethers and fun! On Christmas Eve I headed to my Aunt and Uncle’s house, to celebrate a very special birthday. It was awesome to see my cousins…it’s rare we are all in the same spot at the same time. Thanks for the wonderful evening…it was great to see you!

Cousins... Cousins Birthday girl... My God-Daughter and I... Family times...

Christmas Day was so much fun!  My nephews handed out all the gifts… then the craziness began.

Christmas 2012Christmas 2012Samuel and Benjamin...

This holiday I found an awesome shop from the states, Blue Q. This online store has heaps of awesome items.  I got my family some ‘piggy banks’ and some “lavatory mists”…check them out… The Cheese Cutter, Baby’s Head Smell, Fanny Rosebottom’s, Jack the Ripper and Abe Lincoln’s Log!  (check out to the backs of the bottles and the descriptions…) Blue Q were so helpful in doing my order, and it came in 2 days!Best Gift EVER! :)

Dinner was awesome.  It was a team effort…I stuffed the turkey and put in the oven. I pealed potatoes until I pealed off a good chunk of finger along with a potato peal.  Kat and John helped with checking on the turkey and putting the casseroles in the oven, while Dana made the ‘candy’ (Squash)….then Jamie did the carving.  My mum was very helpful, she directed from the dining room table in all steps of the process. But it was such a fun day!

Christmas Dinner 2012

Boxing Day…we went to visit my Gramma and Bart.  They have the most awesome sets of Christmas Villages!!! It was so much fun to see them all the village lit up.  Bart has been collecting pieces to villages for years.  It was awesome to sit and hear the stories about where pieces were picked up!  My Gramma has made stories about what all the people are doing at in the scenes.  This display is something they add to, and keep it set up year round now!  Thanks for sharing your villages with us…

Christmas Villages.... ...the fibre optic village... Villages....and people... oh MY! Coca-cola villages...

 It’s been a very fun Christmas so far…and family time isn’t over yet!  Currently as I type this we are starting some family trivia… it’s hilarious, I need to get in this game.  Until the next time…hope you are all having a fabulous holiday filled with fun family times!