Monday, September 03, 2007

Saskatchewan Stories

Our week in Saskatchewan was mostly spent helping Natasha's mom and dad move. For those who don't know, Natasha's mom and dad recently sold the place where Natasha grew up. Located about two kilometres outside of Saskatoon when they first settled there, in 1970, there is now a sub-division planned for the land upon which the family home sits. Thus the move to a location about 10 kilometres outside of the city. During the week, we helped pack, move, unload and unpack about four trailer loads of stuff. And countless car trips too!

Natasha had the opportunity to stroll down memory lane, dragging Dave with her, as she sorted through various books, toys, photo albums and clothes from her earlier years. Thus we moved an extra five boxes with us to Edmonton. Natasha was especially glad to re-discover her Cabbage Patch doll, named Julie Melinda.

Natasha was glad to be a part of the transition from the old house to the new farm. And her mom and dad have lots of plans for renovations for next summer so this probably won't be the last week of helping her mom and dad in Saskatchewan.

Other than moving we also spent part of one day driving to Rosthern, where Natasha showed Dave the school in which she spent her Grade 12 year. She even got to show him the room she lived in, in the Girl's Dorm. And the all-important brick on the old schoolhouse where she had carved her name. (This is a Rosthern Junior College tradition and Natasha's brick is on the same wall as her Grandpa Ewert's, and those of both her parents. Her dad, for some reason, even managed to scam *two* bricks!) After the school tour, we enjoyed a Mennonite brunch at a heritage farm which was quite tasty.

We also spent some time with Natasha's brother, Jason, and his family -- partner Erin and kids Liam and Ainsley. Liam won for quote of the day, when after ordering our food at a restaurant he announced, "Now we're in hibernation." "What does that mean, Liam?" someone asked. "It's when we sit and wait for the food to come!"

Since our time in Saskatoon was so focused on moving Natasha's mom and dad, we have no pictures at all from this week. Maybe next time...

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