Or something like that.

The long-timers around here know that I live in the sticks.  We are a whopping ten minutes from town. Locals think that the ten minute drive is so far. Try living in a big city for awhile and get back to me on that thought. Amateurs.

I should make a t-shirt that says “It only takes ten minutes“. Wait a second. That phrase could have mass appeal. Think about it.

We bought this place nearly eight years ago (Really? I am getting old) and got a big piece of property for a small sum of money.  We have three (2.89, if you want to get technical) acres that backs onto Crown (Government) land.  Cue the Dixie Chicks: Wiiiiiide Open Spaces… (Not that I am a(n admitted) country music fan).

It is no secret that I hate winter. Hate it, hate it, hate it.  People tell me that if I were to move to a warmer climate, I would miss the seasons.  I BEG TO DIFFER. And if I did? Miss the winter?  I could come back and freeze my tush off for a week or so. Not that I would pay money for that to happen.

The fact of the matter is that I love where I am.  I love our home, I love our community, I love my country. Moving away would probably kill me slowly. While there are a few months of the year where the weather tries to get the best of me, the rest of the year is pretty fantastic.

What to do about those months I hate…

Matthew and I thought we should try to make the best of it. He and my brother have been working on building an outdoor ice rink. This past week, it was ready to skate on.

I grew up in a small Northern town and skated throughout my childhood.  I was not a Figure Skater, but I figure skated.

It has been a good ten years since I have skated.  Yes, I accompanied Graham’s Kindergarten class last year, but I spent the entire time hunched over and supporting my boy under his arms so that he would not fall.

Out on our wee rink everything came back to me within minutes. I skated forwards and backwards, and even threw in a triple sow cow.  That is a complete lie, but that term always makes me giggle.  Hi. I’m twelve.

The kids got skates for Christmas (Thanks, Nana!) but still need to learn how to use them.  Instead of braving the ice, they tackled the hill behind our house.

The little dudes had a great time.


This dude did as well.

He starts way up the hill and goes at speeds that make my toes tingle.

Miss Emily and I did a run and were hit in the face with waves of snow. Upon coming to a stop she stated exactly what I was thinking.

“I’m all done now.”

I asked if she could take her thumb out for me.

We have been having a lot of fun.  So much so, in fact, that I might actually be enjoying winter. Ish.

Please remind me of this fact when February hits and I am all “DIE, WINTER! DIE!!!”

We will probably be doing more of the same this weekend, what with the never ending snowfall.  (Seriously. MAKE IT STOP.)

How about you?  What have you got going on this fine weekend?

* A Year ago today: As Seen On Etsy

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  1. bethany actually January 2, 2009 1:32 am edit

    I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: you have friends in Southern California anytime you get sick of the winter weather. Come on down for a long weekend anytime.

    The sledding and ice rink look really fun though! There are definitely things I miss about Canada. The fact that every other suburban backyard has a homemade skating rink between Christmas and Valentine’s Day is one of them.

    This weekend…I am finishing up Christmas cards and Christmas shipping. :-)

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Number 11 will never happen

  2. Kristabella January 2, 2009 7:39 am edit

    Man, I haven’t been sledding in ages! I need to go find a big hill!

    Well, when we have snow again. The one day of rain and 60 degrees melted it all. Which I’m totally fine with.

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Where I Am Supposed To Reflect On 2008

  3. Mrs. Wilson January 2, 2009 7:43 am edit

    That rink looks so fun! Kaylie’s been BEGGING to go skating. She was in figure skating last year (because I didn’t have the patience to teach her to skate but wanted her to know how) last year and LOVED IT and misses it. But, the rest of us don’t have skates. Maybe next year.

    This weekend? Basking in my last few days of freedom (and Noah’s days off) before we go back to being a double working double student family.

    ps. It usually does only take ten minutes ;)

  4. Mrs. Wilson January 2, 2009 7:44 am edit

    pps. That last photo of Miss Emily?? Love it. She gets cuter by the day.

  5. Katie January 2, 2009 7:51 am edit

    I hate winter *so much* too, but I think it would be a lot more bearable if I had my own personal skating rink in my backyard! That is so cool!

    Katie’s last blog post..Highlights of 2008

  6. hillary January 2, 2009 9:45 am edit

    skating rink or no skating rink, I hate winter
    haaate it

    hillary’s last blog post..Baby All I Want For Christmas Is You

  7. She Likes Purple January 2, 2009 9:55 am edit

    My birthday is tomorrow but I’m sick (boo!) so I don’t know how much we’ll be celebrating. Also, Mike has a championship hockey game for his work league. And … we may be getting a new car. Now that I type that all out, it could shape up to be a crazy, busy weekend!

    (I fear telling you that the high tomorrow here is 74. But on Monday it’ll be 42, which is probably WHY I AM SICK, STUPID TEXAS.)

    She Likes Purple’s last blog post..34 weeks and then some

  8. Camels & Chocolate January 2, 2009 10:06 am edit

    I just want a perfect week of winter and snow so I can sled and build snowmen, and then I’ll be done for a whole year! =)

    Camels & Chocolate’s last blog post..O Christmas Tree

  9. witchypoo January 2, 2009 10:12 am edit

    The backyard rink sure brought back memories. I didn’t skate much after I started wearing high heels. I think they ruined my feet.
    I often recommend to depressed adults that they find a goofy hat, some ugly boots (to be warm and dry) a toboggan and some kids. Nothing like feeling goofy and wiping out on a hill to lighten your mood.
    Hey, maybe your hate of winter won’t be so intense if you add a goofy hat to your coasting wardrobe.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..I’m Telling Mom

  10. sizzle January 2, 2009 10:12 am edit

    At least you are making the best of it. I mean, not many people can say they can go outside and ice skate in their yard. That’s cool!

    sizzle’s last blog post..Me First

  11. angella January 2, 2009 10:16 am edit

    It IS cool. It’s the first year we have done it. Now to teach the kids to skate… :)

  12. Kerri Anne January 2, 2009 10:17 am edit

    I fully believe I would enjoy winter more with an outdoor skating rink in my backyard. Too bad said rink would turn into more of a swimming puddle after a few days if we tried to make on in Portland.

    But I’m so! glad you are enjoying The Winter, That Is White. Spring will be here before you (and I) know it.

    I myself am cleaning furiously (I clean when I’m impatient, apparently) and waiting for my husband to get home already, because seriously? I’m tired of missing him.

    Kerri Anne’s last blog post..Only The Curious Have Something To Find

  13. ELizabeth January 2, 2009 10:42 am edit

    Awesome. Can we come over?

    ELizabeth’s last blog post..Stolen

  14. Heidi F January 2, 2009 11:15 am edit

    Ten minutes?! If your commute to Summerland was 3.5 minutes – then your t-shirts would have mass appeal!

  15. Victoria January 2, 2009 11:42 am edit

    As crazy as it’s going to sound to you, I’m going to be sitting here WISHING for snow! :)

    Victoria’s last blog post..Cool

  16. Red Lotus Mama January 2, 2009 12:04 pm edit

    *whisper* I like country music too.

    Looks like fun way to tackle the winter blues! I have never lived in a place cold enough for snow. My Polynesian blood would never make it. But, the snow does look like fun!

    I *heart* the photo of Emily with her thumb in her mouth … that cute red button nose. SQUEE!

  17. Hannah January 2, 2009 12:26 pm edit

    I say this all the time, but I think it would be fun to have snow and ice around. We have to drive for 4 hours to see and play in snow. I’m sure the novelty of having it all over the backyard would eventually wear off, but the idea really does sound good to me!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Got Boys?

  18. Heather January 2, 2009 2:26 pm edit

    I was a figure skater and now a synchronized skater, so it pulls me through the winter. The Prairies have been BRUTAL this year. My bf is supposed to be driving 119 km to come and see me. Due to a flat tire last night, he has 3 winter tires and one summer tire. The weather is not good, and I can barely see across the street. It’s only the beginning of January? Yikes!

  19. karen January 2, 2009 3:48 pm edit

    I went ice skating for the first time in my life earlier this week and I was terrified. I was certain that I would somehow fall AND accidentally slit a major artery with the bottom of the skates. I managed to make it out on the ice and go around the rink once while mostly holding on to Danny and then I was done…but I would like to go again and maybe go around the rink twice this time…baby steps for me!

    karen’s last blog post..A whale of a time

  20. The Over-Thinker January 2, 2009 6:56 pm edit

    How cool are you guys for having your own skating rink??? Will you adopt me? I mean, you might as well as I’ve already claimed (an Emily-poo-free) couch at your place.

    This weekend, I’m planning on losing my crackers as I attempt to take down the Christmas decorations and also start packing up our home. We’re set to close on the new house on the 31st and I’m thinking I’d rather die :)

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..Over-Resolutionizing 2009….And other Crotchety-Wisdom

  21. Michele January 2, 2009 10:39 pm edit

    So fun!!! What a great idea, to put a rink in…My family would love that! I love the pictures of the kids, especially the ones of Nathan, you can almost hear him laughing! And then there’s that little girl of yours…ADORABLE :)

  22. Jeremy January 2, 2009 11:55 pm edit

    Looks like a riot. We’re making the best of it too, in nearly identical ways in a parallel univer…actually, in the same very small town.

  23. Dana January 3, 2009 10:10 am edit

    Looks like you’ve got as much snow as we do!
    I took my son sledding a few weeks ago and he was terrified. He’s only 4 years old, but I thought he’d be excited.

    Beautiful photos, too!

    Dana’s last blog post..Saturday Morning

  24. Elaine January 3, 2009 6:26 pm edit

    I organized my pantry. Good times.

    Personally, I think you live in a Winter Wonderland but then it was 80 degrees in my little corner of the world today! (gotta love TX weather!)

    Love the photo of Miss E without her thumb (well and she’s even cute with the thumb…)

    Elaine’s last blog post..PhotoStory Friday – I Resolve…

  25. Rachel January 3, 2009 6:54 pm edit

    Sooo fun!

    I just want to pinch those adorable pink cheeks!!

    Rachel’s last blog post..Starting 2009 Off With Attitude and Tampons

  26. monstergirlee January 4, 2009 8:39 am edit

    Rain, rain, and more rain, and cold windy rain.
    Shopping, walking in between rain showers.
    Sister and brother-in-law are coming to share Christmas wishes so I’m cooking BBQ ribs – yum! can’t wait.
    I hope you do get some enjoyment from winter. I love love love ice skating. You guys are super lucky to have your own rink. So COOL!

    (love the photos especially emily- so stinkin’ cute!)

    monstergirlee’s last blog post..Red Slide Girl & Happy New Year!

  27. slynnro January 4, 2009 9:14 am edit

    The house I grew up in was 8 miles from town (the town of 1200 mind you). People acted like it was SUCH A BIG DAMN DEAL.

    slynnro’s last blog post..2008 in Review. Because I am a Follower.

  28. Kristin January 4, 2009 12:27 pm edit

    Looks like a winter fun land over at your place!

    Love Emily’s comment, very cute, as are the pictures of her. :)

  29. Shelly January 5, 2009 7:22 am edit

    That looked like sooooo much fun! I have been wanting to go sledding for awhile now, but I think my friends are big babies and don’t want to brave the cold. Its gotten warmer today, but those southern alberta chinooks don’t make it much fun. The pictures look great and those pictures of Emily….OMG cutest little girl EVER!

    Shelly’s last blog post..December Update

  30. Assertagirl January 5, 2009 11:27 am edit

    You have a toboggan hill in your back yard!? That is beyond awesome. I hate winter, too, but that might make it easier to tolerate.

    Think warm thoughts!

    Assertagirl’s last blog post..Two dinners, one kid.

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