Thursday, April 12, 2018

Celebrating a birthday boy!

     I can't believe it, but our boy is 11 today! Therefore, I must embarrass him by posting photos from over the years. :) In all his glory, here is our first born! 

This boy broke us in as new parents and continues to keep us on our toes. Love you bunches, buddy bear!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thoughts from a boat mama

     Being a mom is hard. Don't get me wrong. I've been a mama for almost 11 years now and most days, I love it far more than I find it... complicated. (Side note: my first born is going to be 11 years old in a little more than a week!) But being a boat mama takes it to a whole new level sometimes...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Boat life is sometimes messy

     It seems like I have to eat my words every time I make mention of the weather, so I'm feeling a bit of trepidation even saying this. Is spring at last worming its way in and kicking our long-lasting winter out? For the sake of my skiing-loving kids, I hope the snow can hang on in the mountains a couple more weeks, but otherwise, I'm so over this cold! The docks are clear of snow, we're wearing shoes instead of boots, and watching the temperature reports to decide when we can take Kyrie's winter cover off.
     A few not-so-fun things to deal with these past few days. No surprise, we have a dehumidifier on board to dry out all the moisture that develops from a marine, temperate rain forest environment and five people living in such a small space. The first one lasted a little less than a year and then stopped sucking up moisture. Unfortunately, we didn't buy any sort of warranty with that one. We learned our lesson and when Joe bought the new one, he made sure to buy Home Depot's extended warranty. Money well spent as the second dehumidifier lasted about 13 months. Early last week, we realized the reservoir wasn't filling up at the normal pace and on Wednesday, it didn't have any water in it at all. However, the humidity level inside Kyrie was noticeable. Yuck! So, it was off to Home Depot for a new one. Thankfully, the warranty was accepted and we walked out with a brand-new dehumidifier that is actually quieter than the old one. Hooray!
     Next fun event happened Friday night. Backtrack a bit. A little over a year ago, Joe and I made the decision to replace our old Lavac toilet with a composting one, to avoid living in constant fear of one of the kids clogging the toilet in the middle of the night, among other reasons, of course! After a bunch of research, Joe decided the C-Head composting toilet system would serve our family of five the best. After a bit of a learning curve (those things are a bit tricky to figure out for us girls), I have to say I'm very happy with that toilet. Keep a stash of gallon milk jugs for the urine, and wood shavings from our local pet supply store for the bucket and we're in business. One thing our big girl discovered Friday night though--you have to make absolutely certain the jug is placed properly, or else the funnel squishes the opening, instead of threading inside, making a mess whenever someone tries to use the toilet! I discovered a few things I really appreciate about the C-Head that night. A) Everything stayed pretty well contained, instead of going all over the floor. B) The different pieces can be removed for ease of cleaning. C) Once the jug and bucket were out, the rest of the system came unlatched from the floor easily and Joe and I could lift it and dump it out with no difficulty. The verdict: Easy to clean, but I would be extremely happy to never have to do that again! Of course, it could have been much worse.... No brown navy awards for us, thank you very much!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ski bums and cruising videos?

     The latest bit is that the kiddos got to finally go skiing! First day and both of them were up on the bigger runs off the Ptarmigan chairlift. Rachael informed me that next time, she really needs to have poles so her instructor doesn't have to tow her across the flat sections! They both have been looking forward to skiing all winter and this winter has just been a weird one.
     In fact, I don't know if it's been helpful or not that we've been watching YouTube channels of others already out cruising. It helps seeing what we're in for, both good and bad, but it sure is giving us a wicked case of cabin fever. But, as a little shout-out, we've been enjoying watching Sailing Uma, Sailing Catalpa, and Gone With the Wynns, especially. Joe and I watch your adventures, sigh, and say, "That will be us in just a year-and-a-half!" Thanks for all the hard work you put in to your videos so the rest of us can enjoy watching.
      I also wanted to put it out there that Cruising Kyrie now a presence on Facebook. That page should get some updates and photos a little more often, so check us out there also. I may regret doing that, but hey, we'll see what happens!