October 28, 2005

Hendrik's first teeth!!

Hendrik got his first tooth September 30th, just in time for his Aunty Lindsey and Uncle Micah's wedding. The second one started to pop through yesterday. If you look closely in this photo you can see his first little tooth with a tiny white patch beside it that is his second tooth! : )

Interior walls

Here are a few pictures from the inside of the soon to be 8-sided cabin.

More walls!

Here is a fairly recent photo of the outside of the cabin taken from the west side of the cabin I believe...the logs will eventually be sanded down so they will return to their nice blonde colour and clear laquered.

October 13, 2005

Hendrik's First Solid Food Feeding

Here is Hendrik trying solid food for the first time. We started him a little later than usual - at 7 months - as month 6 was mostly spend on the road, in the air, or on the river and it was just simplest that way! He quite enjoyed the experience and eagerly scarfs down his cereal whenever it is offered. I must say eating has suddenly become much more messy!


Here is a photo of Hendrik and I on the Slave River about one month ago. Dwayne, Hendrik, Geoff, Dempsey and I were out hunting moose. We didn't see any but had an adventure anyway. Part way down the river when the engine was running beautifully we heard a loud ~thunk!~ and then the engine was no more. No warning, no strange sounds just the sudden ~thunk!~. The engine bolts had pulled through the transom and the engine was dangling upside down in the water by the steering cable. This is no little engine, it weighs about 400lbs. We got ourselves to shore where Dwayne proceeded to get into the water and the other two guys stayed in the boat and they manhandled the engine into the back of the boat. To make a long story short we think we hit a deadhead but are not sure. Some of the old timers were speculating that maybe we found the missing RCMP speed boat that sunk about two weeks before that... :) We all got home safe and sound and mostly dry with no damage to the boat or even the motor really. No moose, but a little excitement anyhow.

September 07, 2005


Here we are at the edge of the Slave River beside the Rapids of the Drowned (lovely name isn't it?!). Those big birds are white pelicans who come here to summer and escape the heat of Texas and Arizona.

This photo was taken on Father's Day this year. Lindsey was home for all of two days from Ontario so we've all been up for a few days in a row visiting - hence the tired and/or giddy looks. From left to right: Lindsey, Jen, Hendrik, Dwayne, Christen.


Here are a couple of shots of the walls starting to go up on our 8-sided log house. I think these were taken August 24th. There are now three walls up but I haven't had my camera with me the last couple of times I've been out.

August 24, 2005

Our Bell Rock Property

We have 3 acres of land. This is the front of our property looking away from the road. In this picture we had just started clearing the land.


It's been a long time since we added anything new to this page, so with fresh inspiration from Dennis & Val and their photo blog we're finally updating. This first whack of pictures is from last year and show the property before we cleared it as well as the building of our practice cabin which originally was supposed to be the outhouse but we decided it was nice enough for a nobler purpose... :)

May 25, 2005

Sorting, organizing, and downsizing - we hope!

Today is another rainy day here. It has been raining off and on the past three days. Last night once it had stopped Hendrik and I went for a nice long walk and met up with Dwayne at the church when he was done his board meeting. Today has been grey and drizzly with a little snow thrown in this morning around 6am.

May 21, 2005


Hendrik and Jen didn't do so much today as planned. It wound up being a lazy sort of day. We napped a little and took it easy most of the day. Aunty Hilary came to visit and so that was our afternoon highlight! Dwayne spent the day out in the woodlot with Dempsey milling more lumber. He'll have to wait to do anymore as he is waiting for the proper length chain for his larger chainsaw mill to mill the bottom chunks of tree trunk. Once that is complete we should have all of the boards we need for the floor of our cabin! This evening we watched "A Series of Unfortunate Events".

Milling and Organizing

Today Dwayne went to the woodlot with Brad and milled some more boards for flooring in the eight-sided cabin. Our building permit was approved this week by town council but we are unable to proceed for 15 days from the approval date in case anyone appeals the decision. So in the meantime Dwayne is making floorboards. It is important to do this now as the sap has not fully come up the tree trunks yet which makes is much easier to peel the logs and allows them to dry faster.
Jen cleaned the house today and is trying to reorganize everything so everything has a place and hopefully a purpose. Saturday is the day to tackle the office/sewing/reloading center/library/storage room. Lots of things happen in one room and right now it is really really scary in there.

May 20, 2005


We needed a place to post our happenings for friends and family to see so here we are blogging! Currently we are busily getting ready for building season out at our 3-acre property. Dwayne has begun cutting down trees and milling boards with his chainsaw mill. These boards will be used for tongue-and-groove flooring in our eight-sided cabin. The cabin's foundation has been constructed and we are awaiting the building permit's approval from town hall before we proceed. Jen is currently trying to get back into sewing. She recently participated in a block exchange with her quilt guild and has several dress and historical patterns in the beginning stages. Hendrik is growing like a beautiful little weed! He has gained almost a full pound in the last week. He is simply delightful!!