Monday, October 31

Snow Before Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  This used to be my least favorite holiday of the year.  It still is, but I have learned to enjoy it a bit more with my kids.  Hopefully I will be able to share some pictures with you soon, but the next few days are promising to be busy, busy, busy in different areas of my life!  Posts may be a bit sporadic, but I'll try!

It started to snow here yesterday and before long it was accumulating.  Last time I was outside we had about 6 or so inches of the fluffy stuff.  It's still coming down, too!  Usually our first snow(s) melt within 24 hours, but not this one!  Here we are having some fun outside yesterday:

It made me smile the way the girls were SO excited to play outside.  I promise, the enthusiasm wanes by April!  Either way, it was fun again for a little while at least!

Friday, October 28

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Thursday, October 27

Making Progress

My (new) knitted sock is several inches long again, and I laid out my quilt last night.  I changed a few things after this picture, but for the most part it will remain the same when I sew it all together!  Sorry for the crummy picture...should have taken that polarizing filter off. :-)

Wednesday, October 26

A Sunny Afternoon at the Park

Sunday was a nice fall day--it wasn't pouring and the wind wasn't blowing.  That rates a 9.5 around here!  The girls and I headed outside to enjoy it a bit.  We headed down to the city park where we played on the swings, climbed the gravel piles, played in the trees, and ran in the field!  It was so nice to be able to play outside!

A real smile--it's so hard to capture these lately!
*Almost* a real smile...

Kelsey *desperately* wanted to climb a tree--no good climbing trees, though!
The girls played and played...I think they needed a little bit of unstructured outside time.  We've been working our way through the Toy Story trilogy, so lots of their play involved them being Jessie, Woody, and the swing being the horse, Bullseye.  It was so much fun to watch them!

Monday, October 24

Coming Along

All of the squares for my plus quilt are cut!  Next up...layout!  Here's hoping I can get it all laid out in the next day or two so the sewing can commence.

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch--Alaska Style!

L-R: Andrea, Stacy, Kelsey, Austin, Joey, Stephanie photo taken by Nana Diane

What a fun weekend adventure!  The 7 of us (6 pictured above, plus photographer Nana Diane) loaded up into Nana's van and headed up to Palmer to visit the Williams Reindeer Farm.  We followed in famous footsteps--Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs  has visited!  You can see the bit here if you haven't seen it before.

There was really a lot to do!  There were pumpkins to ponder,

 a hay maze to wander,

elk to meet,
a hay ride to ride,

horses to ride,
and reindeer to feed!

It was so much fun!  A visit to the pumpkin patch in Alaska requires a whole different wardrobe than a trip in Washington.  It was about 34 degrees while we were in Palmer!   

This was our last trip to a pumpkin patch in October 2008.

Where did those little girls go????

Reminiscing aside, we had so much fun spending a day with friends!

Wednesday, October 19

Houston...we have a problem...

Good news...I finished the aforementioned sock last night!

Bad's a *tad* too big. 

Guess I have a little ripping and re-knitting to do, eh??

Monday, October 17

It's a....

...pile of fabric!  Hopefully (maybe soon?) it's going to look kinda like this though:

image source

I ordered the fabric from Connecting Threads.  It's my first time ordering from them, but the fabric feels wonderful!  Ironically, Connecting Threads is headquartered in good 'ol Vancouver, WA!  Anyway...I'm excited to chop it all up and start sewing!  The quilt is for (gasp!) ME!  We are currently using a quilt my mama made for me when I was a little girl.  It's starting to come apart in a few places, so I want to make another for our daily snugglin' so we don't completely ruin this one.  I felt like something colorful since we're headed into winter, so I chose the Folk Heart line.  Hopefully it's not *too* colorful!

Weekend Project

Well.  After the tree house we kept things a little more low key this weekend!  I found this cool paper plate skeleton while surfing the web and thought the girls would have fun with it.  I printed out the templates, and made one change.  I made a shorter "arm bone" because it bothered me that the directions called for 3 bones in the legs to make them longer.  I realize the whole thing is not designed to be anatomically correct, but that's the sort of thing that K would pick up on!

cut, cut, cut!

A little chocolate on the face left from snack!

Stacy's finished product on our door

Kelsey chose to hang hers on their bedroom door
It's a lot of tracing and cutting, and then a lot of hole punching and tying, but they turned out pretty cute!

Friday, October 14

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, October 12

Ten Things

I am having a great week!  Here are ten things that are making me happy right now...

:: Sunshine!  Such a rare and oh-so-wonderful treat.

:: Beautiful sunrises and sunsets--amazing the beauty that hides behind our omnipresent clouds

:: Soup!  Homemade split pea soup for dinner tonight

:: Sewing machines...mine are home from the shop!  I am waiting on some fab fabrics from Connecting Threads to make a new quilt.

:: Anne of Green all time favorite books and movies!  My mom spoiled me with a 5 disc set of the movies.  I am watching them right now!

:: first pair of socks.  Actually my first sock...surely its mate will be completed at some point, right?

:: Teaching! I am getting my feet back into teaching a bit this year on a volunteer basis and I am loving (almost) every minute of it!

:: Little girls learning to read and write...such enthusiasm and independence!  Does a teacher-mama's heart good.

:: Boat rides on Prince William Sounds

:: My hubby...he always makes me smile!

Monday, October 10

Boat Ride

One of the great things about living in a coastal town is the myriad opportunities to get out on the water.  I took advantage of one such opportunity with a friend of ours on Sunday.  I was asked by a local business owner to take some pictures along the way for them to use for publicity and advertising.  No problem!

Our first stop was in Poe Bay where we got to watch a pair of sea lions feeding.  This is one of my favorite shots of the day!

Then we headed on over into Blackstone Bay to see Blackstone Glacier. On our way to see the glacier, we spotted this eagle keeping an eye on us.

Then we popped into this hidden little waterfall, where we were treated to the pretty rainbow as well!

There were more sea lions along the way...

...and another rainbow underneath this overhanging glacier (the name of which I cannot remember)!

We hung out in front of Blackstone glacier for a bit, and were lucky enough to watch it calve.
Then we stopped for a bit to get off the boat and walk around.

And on the way back we saw this raft of adorable sea otters!  What a wonderful way to spend a sunny Sunday...many thanks to all who made it possible for me to float away for a bit!

Friday, October 7

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Monday, October 3

Weekend Project

Lookie there!  When I downloaded photos today I found this picture.  I guess Moo Grandma must have taken it on Thursday morning when Kelsey did both her own and Stacy's hair.  Cute huh?

We made this cardboard tree house this weekend.  The idea came from the most recent Family Fun magazine.  The directions are also available online if you need one of your own!  It was lots of fun to make, but a bit more involved than I had realized at first glance.  They also didn't call for you attach the tree to the base at all except with tacky glue.  We opted for good old packing tape!  I reinforced lots of joints with it.  So far the girls are having a blast!  The one in the magazine shows using half paper towel rolls for slides from floor to floor.  Great idea, but we didn't have an empty one so we'll have to 'remodel' after we use up some paper towels!