Family Choices- Moving to the Great White North

I live in the great white north with our family. Sometimes there are Family Choices you just have to make. It is currently -20 outside and it’s March 25th! I can’t wait for spring, but I am told that it doesn’t actually become nice like that until May. It has warmed up, in the early afternoon it’s been -4 a few times and we have been outside… a lot those days!

We moved here in June of last year. It was gorgeous when we got here, I had never been happier. We live in a small town where it seems that you go outside and start the BBQ and all of a sudden your neighbors and people who know you and them, will start pulling up their own lawn chairs to join you. I loved that! We spent plenty of time outside, the humidity is not even close to as bad here as it is in the city, in fact, there was barely any of that.

Then September came… it was starting to cool down drastically and I knew that winter was coming. 8 Months of winter. I am so used to the city winter that only really lasted two months at best with minimal snowfall and generally “cold” but not crazy freezing temperatures.We stocked our shelves with canned goods, condiments and sauces, we bought extra shelving to put our stock pile of cans, toilet paper, laundry and dish soaps on. The grocery store here is expensive and small and not really the quality I would expect for the price, so we would go on our shopping trips to the small “City” (If you can call it that) about an hour and a half away and leave with a fully loaded trunk. We knew that we couldn’t make that trip too many times in the winter with husbands work schedule and the weather being what it would.

At the end of September the first snowfall came, then melted, then seemingly came right back. Winter was here. Halloween was generally cold but not unbearable, but again, it snowed.

Then the first day of -40 with a windchill of -45 came. I think I hid that entire day. WHAT WAS THIS!? I knew that I was supposed to expect this, but I never really knew what -45 would feel like until I went outside and the wind smacked me in the face, taking my breath away and making me wish I was a bear and could hibernate.

It is now March. It has been cold like this for a long time.. too long. Yes, everyone, I AM COMPLAINING. I can’t say I HATE it, hate is a strong word, I just wish I could treat this weather like an ex boyfriend and tell him that it’s not him it’s me and I just need to move on to warmer, brighter things….

I had held in there without going completely insane.. or even moderately insane… until about two weeks ago. I need spring now. I think 6 months of winter has been enough for me, of course I will persevere. I am shocked I lasted this long. I can’t wait for the days that the kids and I can go outside in the morning, and stay out there until bed time, enjoying the weather, the sun and friends.

This move has been a change for us, we are 26 hours away from friends and family, but we have made more friends up here and some of them are close like family. We went from living in a big cityish area to living in a town of 1,000 people, with nothing for an hour and a half each way away from us. The weather is much different, the house is different, but I am with my family, and no matter where that is, it will always be home.

Have you made any big changes in the passed year?



  1. Little Miss Kate on March 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Uhg I can’t even imagine multiple days of -40! I love getting out with the kids for play dates or mom meet ups but even then it would feel so cold that you would not want to leave your house.
    The only bonus is that when spring does come you are going to appreciate it so much!

  2. Everything Mom and Baby on March 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Well the biggest change for us this year is setting up and getting ready for the arrival of my Spring babies! Twins are due in few weeks 🙂
    Where in the Great White North are you? I’m from Winnipeg originally so I get the wind chill warnings and just how cold it gets, however I left Winnipeg as soon I could and now live in Toronto. Have you seen the Northern Lights yet where you are? I love the Great White North and do miss it, I am a Winter soul.

  3. SamiJoe on March 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I did not know you moved! Anyways, I entirely agree that 8mths of anything is way too long! Oh well– tis Canada. That aside, your little bubs look so cute all cuddled nice and warm!

  4. Paula Schuck on March 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I can’t believe how cold it is here still. But -40 is torture.

    I have increased business and made a conscious decision to grow my professional life. So that’s a big change and we are hoping soon to parlay that into a bigger house too.

  5. Shannon on March 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I am ready for spring. This time last year we were at +25!! Now we are teatering on the freezing mark. *sigh*

  6. Pam on March 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! -40 is extremely chilly. I was complaining the weather here was at freezing today. Hopefully spring will arrive soon.

  7. Kelsey Apley on March 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    brrrr, glad they had some cute outerwear to stay bundled up in!! They are darling!!!

  8. Elizabeth Towns on March 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I have made some drastic life changes over the past 3 years, but none of them have caused me to move away from my family, which is a blessing. I have needed their support to get through some very tough times over these three years.

  9. Debi Gerhart on March 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I can not stand the cold, my whole body hurts so I can not even begin to imagine -40.

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