Friday, September 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.

Wednesday, September 26

Finished It...

Remember that project I started way back in April??  I talked about it in May, too.  And then there was summer!  But recently I cleaned up next to my computer (scary, let me tell you!) and found the scrapbook I sat my fanny down and scanned the rest of them and uploaded them for your enjoyment!  Up there under my lovely header is the tab "Historical Photos".  Click on it and peruse Whittier's past...newest pictures are at the bottom of the page!

Monday, September 24


We had a rather long weekend school on Thursday and Friday so our teachers could gather in Anchorage for inservice training.  Perfect timing for us because we got hit with our first cold of the season.  Blech.  Thursday the girls and I laid low...we all felt crummy!  Friday we took Scott and his boss Bob to the airport so they could fly to Bob's hometown of Wrangell.  After a day of grocery shopping and packing yesterday they headed out moose hunting at Virginia Lake.

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On the map above, A is Virginia Lake and B is Wrangell.  To arrive at Virginia Lake from Whittier you first drive to Anchorage, then fly to Yakutat, then to Juneau, then to Petersburg, then on to Wrangell.  Whew!  You're almost there!  Now hop in a boat, then a short quad ride, then another boat and're at this nice little cabin! 

image from US Forest Service

While Scott is off enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation before winter slaps us in the face, I am flying solo here in 804 and trying very hard to be a patient mommy while we're all sick and cooped up.  So far, so good!  Here's a little sampling of how we spent our weekend...

:: making a boxcar

:: making the boxcar children to go with the boxcar

:: playing board games
:: reading books

:: having a movie night

:: making cookie pops (Thank you, Mom!  Perfect timing!)

:: making bath fizzies (Thank you, Penny!)
:: painting

:: drinking cups of tea

:: having hot chocolate at the coffee shop (this was their last weekend!)
:: short walks in the rain

I am glad to report that we are all feeling much better.  A slow weekend at home helped us all and now we're ready to take on our week, much refreshed!

Friday, September 21

{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, September 19


available as a free printable from here
Wow.  Powerful words, huh?

It's a busy week around here!  I have been subbing for the girls' teacher the past few days...super-fun!  Makes the days fly by, that's for sure.  Although I consider myself a pretty flexible lady, sometimes I get a little stressed when things don't go "my way".  All of a sudden the fact that I'm doing laundry at 9pm irritates me when instead I want to remind myself to be grateful that I can do laundry at all.  And I can do it right here in my own trips to the laundromat necessary.  So in the spirit of a positive outlook here are a few things I am grateful for this week:

:: my husband...always there for me.  always.
:: my amazing kiddos and their thirst for knowledge and understanding
:: heat in our building and at the school
:: quick-fixin' meals
:: cups of coffee and tea
:: good books
:: supportive and encouraging friends
:: loving and caring extended family
:: an amazing education for my kids

There's so much more, but that's a pretty good start I think!

Tuesday, September 18

*Little* Bit of Water

I don't know if it has made headlines in your area or not, but we have been battered by some crazy storms these past few weeks!  The first one hit Anchorage hard on the night of September 4th ...people were without power for up to a week and winds were clocked at over 100 mph.  The next one arrived here in Whittier on Saturday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon.  Of course the worst of it arrived at high tide and it was a 14 foot tide on top of it all!  Needless to say, there was a *little* bit of extra water around!

This is in Anchorage after the first storm...

photo courtesy of  Alaska Dispatch

...and another...

from Facebook

...and even more here on the ADN website.

Whittier wasn't hit quite so hard during the September 4th storm, but we got hammered on the September 15th storm!!

there's a road under there...
class V rapids or just Whittier Creek??
more rapids...

What's a flood without a sinkhole?
It was so crummy that the cruise ship hung around an extra day!  Today another storm is brewing.  Tomorrow's ship anchored up 7 hours early and already hundreds of people in Anchorage are out of power.  So far, things are pretty calm here in far!  Gotta love the weather in Alaska!

Friday, September 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, September 12

Back to School Night

Last night was Back to School Night at the girls' school.  What fun!  Though I spend lots of time at the school, the girls were no less excited to show Scott and I around the room and walk us through their display of precious!

Here's Kelsey's desk girl:

Not surprisingly, Kelsey reports loving all subjects at school.

Here's Stacy's desk girl:

Stacy reports only 'liking' reading, not loving it which is funny since all she wants to do when she comes home from school is read her little collection of early reader books.  Silly girl!

Since Kelsey's in first grade she had a little additional work she had done...a questionnaire about both Scott and I...pretty fun to read them! Click on them to see them larger so they're easier to read.

All about Scott:

And all about me:

Just to help you out, she likes it when I make "breetose" which is often spelled "burritos" in the adult world.  Her version is perfectly first have to say it phonetically out loud for it to make sense!

As a side note, I will always remember this night as "the night we chased a bat out of the school".  Yup.  A real live bat, flying down the hallway of the school!  At 5:50 pm and folks due to arrive at 6pm!  We were able to shoo him down the hall, down the stairs, out of the art room, out of the entryway, out of the arctic entry back into the big world.  Poor little bat was exhausted!!  Always something exciting going on in Whittier!

Monday, September 10


A sunny weekend here in Whittier!  A bit breezy as well, but was sunny! We took advantage of the chance to relax and enjoy a little vitamin D.  Hope you had a lovely weekend as well...enjoy some moments from ours!  For photo descriptions, click on over to Fotki.

Friday, September 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.

Wednesday, September 5

Five from the Fair

We went to the Alaska State Fair on Monday to take in all of the fun and food we could handle!  Last year was our first trip and we spent two days.  This year we made a day trip up with some friends.  Here are five of my favorite moment from the fair...

:: my Denali Cream Puff

Mine was chocolate and pecan topped...delicious!!

this one isn't courtesy ADN
:: the giant veggies

Like this 16 lb zucchini!

:: the Kodiak Island Drummers

They were soooo very entertaining!  The girls had a blast watching them, dancing to their music, and playing along with them for their final number.  We even bought their CD...our only fair souvenir!

:: these two smiles as they rode their first roller coasters

We'll have to bring Daddy if they want to do anything much bigger...this mama is not much of a rides girl!

:: the petting zoo

Watching all three kids (my two and our friend who came with us) have *so* much fun!

It was a great day...everyone was tired on the way home, but too excited to settle down a snooze!  We are already looking forward to next year!

Monday, September 3

Melted Crayon Art

We're at the Alaska State Fair today, but look what we made yesterday!

This is one of those ideas I found on Pinterest that I knew I would use eventually!  Basically you glue the crayons down, then use a hairdryer or an embossing gun to melt them.  There are lots of cool designs out there, these are the ones the girls came up with.  The above one is Kelsey's.  Below is Stacy's while she's melting the crayons.

We hung them up in the girls' was a fun, quick and relatively mess-free project!

Sunday, September 2

Goings On

Last week was such a fun, busy week!  Of course there was the first day of school, but that same day my aunt and uncle (my mom's sister and her husband this time) were in town from Gig Harbor.  They had cruised up to Whittier from Vancouver, BC, had the day here in Whittier and then hopped back on the ship for the return trip south.  In between dropping kids off and picking them up we toured Whittier.  We drove to both ends of the road, enjoyed the amazing sunshine that came out, caught some salmon with my bare hands for them, played games with the kiddos and cruised the harbor.  Not bad considering that I have to be at school at 9, 12:15, 1, 2, and 3:30 this year for various drop offs and pickups!

Stacy showed Aunt Judy all around the iPad!  Here they are, cruising off into the beautiful Prince William Sound...

Tuesday I had to run to town for a meeting.  On the way home I stopped at a popular pull out in Portage Valley to take a picture and met the kindest fellow who had a ginormous telescope and was spotting bears on the mountainside.  He is a hobbyist who just loves showing people cool stuff.  Apparently he and his wife are often at Bird Point or Beluga Point along the Seward Highway, showing people the sheep.  Anyway, he then offered to lend me his camera adapter for the telescope so I could take a picture of the bears.  So cool!  One of the things I love about this state is the friendly people!

Obviously the picture isn't anything that National Geographic is going to knock on my door about, but I think the back story is pretty cool!  And since you couldn't even begin to make out the bears with a naked eye or even my telephoto lens it was pretty cool to capture an image of them.

Wednesday found me out on a boat.  Another gorgeous day and I got to visit our local oyster farm.  What a cool experience! 

The caretaker came out to meet us in this picturesque cove.  The owner usually lives here, but was hawking oysters at the state fair that day. 

Here's the barge where the guy and his wife live part-time.  Under that dome is a hot tub!  Apparently this barge was one of 12 or so built during WWII by women someplace here in Alaska.  It is flat-bottomed, designed for easy landing on the Aleutian islands.  This particular on is named Bumble Bee.

Here's the boat I was on.  We picked up a load of oysters to be sold at the fair as well as some driftwood that they were also hoping to sell.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water!

We got back just in time to join the school kids on a hike up to the top of Portage Pass.  I am proud to report that they all made it to the top, even the preschoolers who tagged along!  Our school is focusing on geography this year, so they're starting out by visiting places around Whittier and learning about what drives our local economy. 

Finally that evening we enjoyed a bonfire at the head of the bay with friends.  Perfect ending to a phenomenal day!

We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores...until we couldn't handle fighting off the bugs any longer!

Things slowed down a bit on Thursday and Friday...lots of little jobs, but no more epic adventures for the week.  The rain rolled in and we went back inside.  And we've been here since!