Friday, March 29

{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, March 28


Hello!  Just sat down at my computer to find this unfinished and unpublished from yesterday...guess I wasn't quite as on top of things as I thought I was yesterday!  Oh well...I finished it up and here you go...

Inspired by this.

Outside my window...

I am thinking...that I love sunshine!  Even if I know it's going to snow tomorrow...

I am thankful...for my kids, whose perspective always makes me smile!

In the kitchen...eggless banana bread is in the oven for bible study tonight.  Our leader is allergic to egg, so I've been trying some new recipes for snacks that I take.

I am wearing...a red and turquoise necklace that I made last night.  I love it!

I am creating...a dress for me!  Stay tuned...

I am stay home this weekend and celebrate Easter and a friend's birthday with those people right here in town.

I am wondering...what fun adventures this summer holds for us.  This is the time of year when I start to map out trips and adventures for our summer months.

I am reading...Nothing.  I just finished up Unbreakable yesterday and haven't committed to my next book yet, though I think it will be My Lobotomy that recently arrived in the mail via PaperBack Swap.

I am hoping...that I can go fabric shopping soon!  I have some ideas rolling around, but I so much prefer to pick out fabric in person.

I am looking forward study tonight--such a great group of friends!

I am be more patient.  Daily lessons.

Around the house...I am clutter-busting!  It's a full on war around here!

I am to be a blessing to someone today.  And every day, but one day at a time.

A favorite quote for today...

from here
 One of my favorite things...laughter!

A peek into my day...

Monday, March 25

On the Slope!

We first took the girls skiing last April.  They had so much fun that we had planned to do it again and this weekend was a great time to do it.  Not too cold, not off we went!  Alyeska has two 'learn to ski' areas.  Last time we had stayed at the easier of the two, by the Daylodge.  This time we ventured over to the other spot, which is near the Sitzmark.  The hill is a bit longer and a bit steeper.  Neither of those slowed the girls down at all, though!

The funny part of their excitement for skiing is that I don't ski.  Scott is quite an experienced skier...I have downhill skied exactly once and it didn't go so well.  The weather didn't cooperate so I ended up on a mountain in Canada in the middle of a blizzard.  Scott was right there and helped me get down, but it was cold and hard and didn't leave fun memories.  Never mind all of that, though!  Apparently I am going to be learning soon...or so I am told by two little girls, anyway!

Whether I learn to ski or not, these girls are happy to be learning!  Look at that face up there...and the expression of total "I got it!" down below.

After they were both exhausted and cold we packed up, returned the skis and headed off to get some dinner at their favorite restaurant, Chair 5.  We met up with some Girdwood friends and shared a lovely meal.  Quite a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening!

Sunday, March 24

Book Review--Unbreakable

by Nancy Mehl

Unbreakable is the second in a series titled 'Road to Freedom' by Nancy Mehl.  I did not read the first, but I enjoyed this book.  Unbreakable is a light and easy read about the fictional Mennonite community of Kingdom and their struggle in how to deal with violence directed at their community.  The story moves along at a good pace and there is plenty of action along with twists and turns in the story to keep you interested and turning pages. The main character is Hope Kauffman whom, with her father, runs a quilt shop.  Hope is engaged to Ebbie Miller, but also finds herself attracted to community member Jonathon Wiese as well.  Hope wrestles with her Mennonite upbringing and its steadfast tradition of nonviolence, even as members of her community die and their homes and churches are vandalized.  Ebbie supports the traditional view and Jonathan looks to reform the church and the community a bit.  As Hope and the people of Kingdom work to solve the mystery of what is happening around them, she also finds clarity in which man she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. 

Friday, March 22

{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, March 21

Spring Break--Part Three

Saturday!  Saturday we again layered ourselves up (are you noticing a pattern here?) and headed to downtown Fairbanks for the GCI Open North American Champion sled dog race.  Let's just say it was one of those days that doesn't go quite as planned.  We were five minutes late for everything we tried to do and had difficulty finding a place to eat in the immediate area of where we were.  With three tired and hungry kids it made for a tense few moments.  Finally we stumbled upon a cafe and with everyone's tummies full we headed off to catch the finish of the race...since we had already missed the start by now!

My dog-mushing enthusiast kids loved watching the teams as they came by.  Loved it!  They also loved grilling my friend Stephanie about her days in the village with her dog team...

 "What about..."  "Did you ever..."  "What if..."

Part of the festivies that day was this North American Weight Pull event sponsored by the Interior Freight Dog Association.  In keeping with our theme of the day, we missed the bigger dogs during our extended lunch ordeal, but we did catch a few of these smaller dogs.

And to make it a truly Alaskan event the Alaska Trappers Association was also holding a fur auction.  I am pretty sure this is one of the few places where this sort of event is still commonplace and not picketed or protested!

For dinner that evening our hostess's son and his family came over and barbequed some yummy swan & bacon appetizers as well as some moose burgers for dinner.  Potato salad, coleslaw, stuffed mushrooms, broccoli rice casserole, and cheesecake rounded out the menu.  It was delicious!!

Just for good measure, here's another cute picture of kids in pajamas...

Later that night we again left the kids for a bit and took in the most amazing display of aurora borealis that I have ever seen.  Truly incredible!

Sunday we drove home.  The kids were so tired that we made the nearly 400 mile drive in record time.  Very few stops and very little whining.  Lots of coloring, listening to audio books, and a bit of napping.  It was a great drive and an amazing vacation!  I am so glad we did it!

Wednesday, March 20

Spring Break--Part Two

Thursday morning found us driving north to Fairbanks.  We arrived at our friend's house in the early afternoon and the kiddos played and had a great time.  Friday we layered up and headed out to the BP World Ice Art Championships.  Wow.  What a cool event!  The carvings are just amazing!  We toured the carvings, played on the ice playground, had lunch, and played some more.  I took about a million pictures...only some of which appear below...

That evening after dinner and putting the kids to bed the four of us adults from Whittier went back and toured the carvings in the dark.  Even  more spectacular!

It was such a fun day!  The kids are still talking about the ice slides and the sculptures!  And because pictures of sleeping kids are so sweet I will leave you with this one...

No one in the crib, that's for when our friend's grandson comes to visit.  That's Kelsey in the pink sleeping bag, Stacy in the blue sleeping bag, and our friend Austin up on the bed.  Adorbs!!

Spring Break--Part One

Yup! It was so great that I think I have to break it into parts to tell you about it!  Otherwise this would be the longest post ever!  Part one was the return to the cabin in Trapper Creek.  This time we were on our own and it was oh-so relaxing!  So fun to have a little family retreat.  We headed out on Tuesday evening and arrived at the cabin around 10pm.  The girls somehow managed to stay awake the whole drive which made for an easy bedtime when we arrived!  The next morning we enjoyed a lazy breakfast and some time inside as we waited for the sun to get high in the sky and take the edge off the very chilly day!  Then we suited up and Scott taught the girls to ride the kiddo-sized snowmachine.

They had so much fun, in spite of the fact that the temperature was hovering in the teens and the wind was whipping!

They practiced on the driveway and then we went for a ride out onto the lake. Here's a view of the cabin from the lake.  It is powered by wind, sun, and generator when necessary.

We went in for a warm up, lunch, and a nap...

...and then we were back outside!  We were treated to amazing views along the way...

psst...that's Denali!
After dinner and another warm-up we took our final ride of the day.  When was the last time you saw a sign like this in your neighborhood?

Then it was time for more hot chocolate and some bedtime stories.

With the girls snuggled in for the night, Scott and I watched a beautiful sunset!

And then I promptly fell asleep on the couch!  The next morning we cleaned up the cabin, packed up our stuff and headed off to meet up with friends and travel on to Fairbanks.  I'll tell you all about that portion of our vacation next time!  For more pictures head on over to Fotki.

Monday, March 18

Spring Break

It was spring break here last week and my oh my did we have fun!  I'll be back to tell you all about it on Wednesday...right now I am still basking in the glow of the festivities.  Oh yeah...and attending meetings, unpacking, catching up on laundry...all that fun stuff. 

Hope there are some signs of spring in your neck of the woods...even if they'll disappear again under a blanket of fresh snow like mine will...

Friday, March 15

{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, March 13

Unplugged and Unwinding

Oh!  I forgot how wonderful it can be to be unplugged for a bit!  We had a gracious invitation to spent the weekend with some friends of ours at their cabin in Trapper Creek this past weekend.  What a wonderful retreat!  In my personal opinion it's less of a cabin and more of a vacation home (they lived there full-time for four years) given that they have a hot tub, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen with a dishwasher.  What they don't have is cell phone reception or internet (though reportedly satellite internet is available).  Lovely!  As much as I love staying in touch with people and up to date with what's going on in the world it is so nice to take a bit of a break from all of that from time to time as well.  So instead of checking email, browsing Pinterest, updating Facebook and playing with the editing of digital photographs I spent my weekend visiting, sledding, pushing the girls on the kick sled, reading books, coloring, crocheting, chatting, listening to 3 little girls giggling, riding snow machines, preparing food side by side with another mama, and taking photographs of it all.  Here are a few I'd like to share...

3 gigglers!

sun and gazebo

rear of an old cabin nearby

one of the best pictures of Kelsey ever!

Kelsey in the snow in 2008...where did the baby go??
A great weekend!  And this weekend we're off on another adventure...

Monday, March 11

A Little Bit of Fun

Last week our school celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday in conjunction with the start of the Iditarod by holding our own Iditaread.  Such a fun week!  Each day was themed after a Dr. Seuss book and the kids dressed up and enjoyed snacks based on that book.  Of course, this silly mama couldn't help but join in the fun, too!

Monday--The Cat in the Hat
    dress in stripes and/or silly hats

Tuesday--One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
     dress in red and blue

Wednesday--The Foot Book
     fancy foot day

Thursday--How the Grinch Stole Christmas
     wear something Christmasy-y

Friday--If I Ran the Circus    
    fun, colorful circus clothes


So that wraps up our week...a lot of silly and a lot of fun!

Friday, March 8

{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, March 6

Make Something Every Day

I read something the other day challenging us to make something every day.  I decided it was a great challenge to take part in...I am happy when I am making things!  On Monday (and Sunday and Tuesday if we're being completely honest here....) I made these new wall hangings for my bedroom. 

It is art that I love by the amazing Katie Daisy.  I want everything she does, but alas my budget doesn't stretch quite that far.  Instead I bought her 2013 calendar and dissected it, then Mod Podged the art to 12x12 canvases.  You can see that they aren't all perfect, but neither am I so I guess we're a good match.  Mod Podge and I have a love-hate relationship.  When I do it and it turns out well, I love it.  When it doesn't...well I don't love it so much!

On Monday night I made these with the girls..

We are celebrating Dr. Seuss week at school this week and Tuesday's theme was the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish so we did these patches using iron-on transfer paper and then I stitched one to each of our shirts.

Tuesday night we decorated our flip flops for today's reading of The Foot Book for which the theme is 'fancy feet'.  Here are mine...and my fancy toes, too!

Tuesday night I also nearly polished off the bottle of Mod Podge making these little guys (3inx3in) using the pictures from the back cover of the calendar.  I think I'll make magnets out of them...

And finally, here's something I've been working on for awhile...since the end of January.  An afghan.  I know!  When I think of afghans I think of my grandma, which I guess is part of why I am making it.  It was a great project when I was traveling in February and although saying the words "I am making an afghan" make me feel 87 years old, I love it.  It's not my usual style...but it makes me happy!

It's not quite done yet...more squares to make and lots of ends to wind in...a true work in progress!