Monday, April 29

Celebrate!!

Just in case you somehow missed it (ha!) Stacy turned 6 last Wednesday.  We celebrated with some friends on Wednesday night and then had a birthday party on Saturday.  As usual, her gift from us was her birthday dress, another Twirly Dress from Sew Baby. 


I made these cool streamers from this tutorial to decorate for her celebrations...


And I made her '6' cake...because it is what she wanted!


One of the funny things about her birthday was that she insisted that I dress up, too!  So I wore this dress all day...totally comfy and I love the dress, just not my usual daily wear.


Then on Saturday we had a 'friends party' as the girls dubbed it.  We played games...this 'pin the candle on the cupcake' and lots of board games, too.  It was important to Stacy that it not be a 'wild' party.  At Kelsey's party there was a bit of madness with balloons and kids bonking each other on the head with them and it really made Stacy uncomfortable for some reason.  She requested no balloons at all, decorative or otherwise, so we packed up some of our games since she *loves* to play games!


We also decorated and ate cupcakes...



Then we did a bit of dancing...the Chicken Dance, the hand jive, YMCA, the twist...lots of fun!  Stacy danced until she fell down...


Then we thanked our friends, cleaned up, and went home to open presents.  Stacy has the most expressive face...I love these next two shots because they capture her silly, fun-loving personality.



So...happy birthday my sweet, silly, fun-loving, adventurous 6 year old.  We love you more every day!

Friday, April 26

{this moment}

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Wednesday, April 24

20 Questions for a Six Year Old

Sweet, silly, sassy Stacy!
I started this last year.  Fun to see what has changed and what has not!

1.  How old are you?
    Six!

2.  Who is your best friend?
    Nicole and MJ

3.  What is your favorite thing to do?
     go skiing

4.  What is your favorite color?
     rainbow

5.  What is your favorite food?
     tomato

6.  What do you like to do with your family?
     watch movies and play games

7.  What is your favorite toy?
     my bumblebee pillow pet

8.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
     a mommy

9.  What makes you happy?
     getting to play in the indoor playground

10.  What makes you sad?
     when people hit

11.  What is your favorite show to watch?
     Curious George, Sophia the First

12.  What is your favorite book?
     Little Bear's Friend

13.  What do you love to learn about?
     horses

14.  What is the best part of your birthday?
     seeing my friends

15.  Where do you like to go?
      to Aubree's house in Anchorage

16.  Who is your teacher?
     Mrs. O'Brien and Mrs. C

17.  What is your favorite treat?
     buying toys

18.  What do you think about before you fall asleep?
     Grandma

19.  If you could meet someone famous who would it be?
      a rock star

20.  What kind of cake did you have this year?
      She hasn't seen it yet...it's shaped like a 6!

Monday, April 22

Weekending...by the hour

Ahhh...that was lovely!  A nice weekend at home.  No running here and there, just hanging out right here, catching up on sleep, playing, and fun!

I did this back in October...and I thought it might be fun to do.  A picture an hour as we go through our day.  I did great...until I put the kids to bed.  Then I guess I just forgot about it!  Oh well...here's what I captured...

8am...breakfast




9am...coffee's on!  Random fact...I don't like to drink coffee right when I wake up usually...I know, strange huh?


10am...working on Stacy's dress


11am...hand stitching down the bodice lining of the above dress


noon...kiddos making melty bead suncatchers


1pm...melty bead suncatchers out of the oven


2pm...dishes are clean!


3pm...cutting up spuds for dinner


4pm...removing gathering threads from a birthday dress for a soon-to-be-6 year old


5pm...back at work on the other dress!


6pm...dinner time!  We had these...they were yummy!  Stacy ate 3...I guess turning 6 in a few days is hard work?!?


And that friends, concludes our Sunday!  Hope you had a lovely weekend as well!

Friday, April 19

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Monday, April 15

Choosing

my skis

This weekend we took the girls back to Alyeska in nearby Girdwood for another round on the slopes.  Last month we had ended with a promise from dad that the girls could take the chairlift up this time so there was *much excitement* for this trip and the chairlift.  Much excitement from 3/4 of our household anyway...I was a bit more apprehensive than the rest of my family.  Let's back up a bit...

Until January of 1999 I had never been downhill skiing.  Ever.  Scott, on the other hand, went on an annual skiing vacation with his buds!  He was set to graduate at the end of winter quarter that year, so at Christmas we took a road trip to Kelowna, BC.  While we were there we went to the Big White ski resort.  Scott took me to the beginners area and I must have done alright there (honestly I don't really remember...I've blocked most of the day from my memory!) because he came back from skiing the big slopes and took me up the chairlift onto the bunny hill.  I think I went down it once or twice without breaking my neck before the weather changed.  We got on the chairlift and when we got off it was a full-on blizzard.  I was terrified.  Scott somehow got me down the hill (though I skiied backwards at one point!) and I vowed never to ski again.  I had tried it and I didn't really like it, thankyouverymuch!

Back to 2013.  I'm a mom now...and I don't want to model fear and apprehension.  Honestly I was not excited about going, but about mid-morning as I was grumbling to myself about the whole thing I realized I had two choices.  I could either go into it with a crappy attitude and drag everyone down with me or go into it with a positive attitude and choose to enjoy myself .  I truly believe we're in the golden years of childhood.  The girls are old enough to go do all sorts of things with us now and they're young enough that their idea of a super-fun weekend is to spend it with their parents.  It won't last forever, I know that...so why waste the gift of this fun "family date"?

So...we got all geared up at the daylodge and hit the magic carpet again.  The girls took a few runs down the baby hill with me to get warmed up before Scott took them up the chair.  They each went with dad a couple of times by themselves before the three of them went several times.  I stayed right there on the magic carpet...and didn't fall down or mow down anyone.  Yay for me!  Then they cajoled me into going up on the lift, and you know what?  I had fun!  I really, truly had a great afternoon!  So I guess this is my really long way of saying that in that moment I chose to have fun and I am glad I did...intentional living at its finest!

K headed up on the chairlift

S headed up on the chairlift

Hope you had a great weekend, too!

Friday, April 12

Sewing, Lately

Guess what...I haven't quit sewing!  I know it has been awhile since I've shared any sewing projects with you, but here a few recent ones...

First up...my epic fail!  I am *in love* with these birds and made this Geranium Dress for Stacy out of them.  However, I forgot the old adage "measure twice, cut once" and made a dress that would have fit almost 5 year old Stacy, but does certainly not fit almost 6 year old Stacy.  Oh well...try again and find someone to share this one with!


Next up, epic success for Stacy!  She's been wanting a denim jumper for quite some time, but they're apparently out of style and impossible to purchase.  Enter Goodwill!  I bought this pair of overalls when we were down in Washington in February.  I chopped it off and added this tiered skirt...she loves it.  And it fits!


And finally...a dress for me!  I have no idea where I am going to wear it, but I bought this fabric at the sidewalk sale at Fabric Depot in Portland last summer and knew it was a dress for me.  I've been contemplating the Washi Dress pattern for a while and finally took the plunge.  I added on to the bodice a bit so it would hit me a little lower...I'm not big into empire waists.


Yes...I am that pasty.  No photoshopping there!  I made a muslin and thought I liked it, but next time I'd go for a smaller size for a bit more fitted top...  It is shirred in the back so I thought it was going to 'suck up' a bit more than it did.  The other issue is that it's a quilting-weight cotton so it doesn't drape well.  Live and learn...and wash it a lot until it softens up! The way the weather has been I have plenty of time before I'll be able to wear it any place.  Totally wear-able though!  I must be getting better at taking pictures of myself...only took me twenty shots to get this one halfway decent one.  Or maybe I'm lowering my standards?? 

{this moment}

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Thursday, April 11

Swimming and Field Trips

Our local school is taking swimming lessons in Girdwood this week and next.  They go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  With a 30 minute drive each way (not counting time spent waiting at the tunnel) it's a lot of travel.  The girls' class is 6 kids (all girls, by the way!) and so they fit just right in our Suburban.  I offered to drive them because 1) all the kids won't fit in the school van and 2) it seemed like the perfect opportunity to add on some extra field trips for them and their class.  As long as you're out of the tunnel, might as well make the most of it!  So far it's been lots of fun...Monday after swimming we went to visit the Alaska Dog Sledding Center which was right up my little ladies' alley.  We got to meet the dogs, ask questions, and go for a super-fun sled ride, too!

Stacy, after riding up front through the powder!
Cute pups!
 Yesterday we went sledding afterwards.  It was fun to try out  a new sledding hill and to get to play with the whole class outside!  Of course since I'm a big kid at heart I couldn't resist tagging along for a few runs myself...



So fun!  Today is bright and sunny in Whittier again.  And 20 degrees.  Oh yeah, the wind is blowing too.  My brand new bike...it's still brand new!  Just waiting to go for a spin when the roads are clear again!


Monday, April 8

Happy Spring?

Friday looked like this...


It snowed on Saturday.

Sunday looked like this...


It snowed today.

So.  Tomorrow should be sunny, right??  I guess not.


Of course not, because I bought one of these this weekend...

photo from WalMart

And I am waiting to ride it!!  The girls are officially too darn fast for me to keep up with on foot.  Of course I snagged a helmet that was on clearance and one of these cool baskets...

But.  It's a blizzard out there so I have to be patient.  In the meantime I guess I'll go have a cup of hot chocolate!

Friday, April 5

{this moment}

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Wednesday, April 3

Hi.

I had some ideas in mind for things I was going to write about today...but now it's 10pm after a couple of long and busy days with a couple more ahead of us.  So instead of the ramblings I had planned, you get pictures.  Pictures of us today in the sun...'cause even if we wake up to falling snow, we know it really is spring around here!






That's an otter over Kelsey's shoulder!


Monday, April 1

Easter!

Oi!  Like many other folks, I think Easter snuck up on me a bit, coming so early this year.  Last year it fell on Stacy's birthday at the end of April!  This year we tried something new and went over to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center egg hunt.  Wow!  What a great event!

It began with stories...


Got our wiggles out with "the chicken dance"...

 
Followed by a puppet show and a visit from Snickers the porcupine who was all decked out for Easter...


They provided lunch for everyone and then we hunted for the eggs...


Finally we wrapped the day up with a hay ride where we sat next to an intern who taught us all kinds of things about the animals, and we got to watch him feed the brown bears eggs and ham...



Turns out that the black bears are a bit picky, so they got salmon.  You'd think they'd love it, but apparently these bears prefer fruit.  To get them to eat the salmon the interns have to cover it in honey and granola...silly bears!




Kelsey (aka Dr. Doolittlette) was captivated by the alert and interested bears.  Often the bears are snoozing or lounging, so this was a pretty special treat!

The Easter bunny was there of course, posing for pictures with her sidekick, Snickers.  Kelsey posed with her, no problem...Stacy, not so much!



And one last shot of all three of us...


Thanks for the great fun, AWCC!  We wrapped up the day with a birthday dinner for a friend of ours...ham, spuds, fruit salad, roasted broccoli, rolls, and a blizzard cake decorated with Star Wars toys.  It doesn't get much happier than that!