It Only Took Me Three Years To Figure It Out – Families Trading Time For Free Time

babysit exchange - jade drawing
I heard of the idea of Tradesies (I made that name up) where you just exchange your time for some free time. So, you babysit someone’s kid(s) for a couple hours and they’ll do the same back. The exchange is brilliant for a few reasons. Let me tell you what they are:
1. A good number of families in Fernie do not have extended family support. Meaning, we don’t have any family around. I don’t. Our families are in Ontario and it would be quite expensive for Grandma to come out for a couple hours so Rod and I could get some sushi at Yamagoya. This means you rely a lot on your friends.
2. Your friends will say to you “I can babysit any time.” and they mean it but they’re not always available (obviously) and when you use one person frequently you start to feel a bit of guilt. I do. I can make them dinner but I still just feel like a burden sometimes.
3. It’s free, other than your time and, quite honestly, I could spend a few less hours in front of the TV and more time drawing. Plus, staying at home with the kids doesn’t pay much so being able to contribute to date night feels nice.
4. Tradesies is guilt free. It’s a perfect situation of exchanged time for some free time and Rod and I love going out for dinner. I can taste the yam rolls already.

Her 2nd Time Skiing At The Hill

three year old learning to ski at fernie alpine resort
My little three year old is learning to ski. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m so excited for her (I don’t ski. Not yet.) and I think it’s a fantastic activity she can do with her father. Today I went up with them because I wanted to see her ski and she really wanted to show me how good she was. She was so confident, she wanted to go down the hill without her father, without knowing anything about turning or stopping, but those skills are important and in no time she will be our little independent skier – just not today.

Rod was looking into a bunch of different techniques for teaching kids to ski and he came up with this method: The Camelbak and Dog Leash Method. Now, it worked alright but he was saying she was leaning back too much when it’s important to learn to lean forward. He might try something new next time.

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Jazz Hands For Renting The Curling Rink

the fernie curling club - curling with friends
The Fernie Curling Club was rented out for the night for our friend Tiecrab but I’m a little shy with taking pictures of people with the intentions of putting them on the internet so I end up with these awesome shots and not a single one of Tiecrab. I’m going to have to get more comfortable with it. One day.

The whole idea of renting out the curling club was amazing and not too expensive when you have a big enough group. There was even a guy there helping us, novice curlers, figure out what we’re supposed to be doing. Flo had a full night of one-on-one coaching! Not too shabby.

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Possibly the highlight of the night (don’t tell Tiecrab), was during Rod and I’s quick game of darts during intermission. I’ll set this up for you…It was a tied game and Rod had already thrown his bulls-eye and gloated. I was slightly discouraged but tried to focus and breathe. After two failed attempts at getting closer to the middle of the board (that was our goal – for only one point), my last dart hit the red bulls-eye at the same distance as Rod’s!! I screamed “Did anyone see that?” but, of course, no one had but they all heard my scream. And then Rod and I hugged because it was a magical moment.

the curling club - darts

Enjoying The Ride On Community Day

fernie alpine resort - community day - view of city of fernie
What a trip! We weren’t going to go and then we were and then we decided not to and then we went! Good story. We went to Fernie Alpine Resort on Community Day. It’s free for locals so we took the family to the ski hill for a Timber Chair ride to the top and back down again.

I can’t lie, I was nervous and at times I couldn’t look down from the chair lift and encouraged Rod to talk to me to distract me from the really steep and high sections of the lift. The kids seemed to love it, those brave children.

At the top we did take a quick break at Lost Boys Cafe but only briefly as it was getting late and the sun had already gone behind the mountains. It’s beautiful up there!

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While perusing The Free Press yesterday I noticed this little announcement in the City Of Sparwood section. It was titled Pickle-ball. What?! I mean, I don’t really like pickles, unless it’s on a hamburger, but balls, I kind of like balls. So, I read further. “Looking for something new and different to try? Pickle-ball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.” And I thought to myself “I love badminton, tennis and ping pong!” So, I read further. “Pickle-ball is played with two or four players using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.”


pickle-ball - now in sparwood

I looked further in to this fusion sport and I found an official Pickle-ball website. On the website I found some information.

Basic Overview

Pickle-ball® is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickle-ball® can be played with singles or doubles.

pickle_ball court - now in sparwood bc
Apparently, Pickle Ball equipment is now available at the front desk to be used in racquet ball courts at the Sparwood Leisure Centre.

Views Of Fernie : A Sunday Stroll In December

fernie bc - sunday morning walk - mt fernie

After weeks of rain (or so it felt like) it was a nice treat to see the sunshine, even if it was sporadic, to pair up with the daily mild temperatures.

Two Girls Out On The Town (For A Quick 20 Minutes)

eye of the needle grand opening
My 3 year old daughter accompanied me to the grand opening of Eye Of The Needle last Friday. She was the perfect person to take to a place with expensive crafts like fragile glass balls. I joke – she was very well behaved and got the most excited when she saw this really cool dollhouse that she could touch. The little stuffed family members and cat could sit in various pockets throughout the house. I thought it was a great idea (picture below).

The whole store is filled with unique pieces that were made by people who have trained in the various crafts and work hard on them. They are offering functional pieces for your home but every thing in the store is a work of art.

It was hard to keep my eyes off my little girl but I did notice, at the corner of my eye, the event was really well attended and abundantly catered. The co-owner, Sandra Barrett, was showing off the shop with a big smile on her face, which was really nice to see.

eye of the needle grand opening