Friday, June 28

What's Up?!?


So.  This has been my week.  I don't really want to tell the whole story here (mostly because I don't want to relive it by writing it) but I will say that it was the most terrifying experience I have had to date.  And I hope that I never have to top it.

Here's why I even bring it up...it has led me to reflect on some things.  One of the things I have experienced through this has been the goodness of people.  Good Samaritans, EMS, police, medical staff, and most notably amazing friends and family have all shown their hearts this week.  I feel so lucky.  My injury could have been so much worse...but I was lucky.  I could have had to deal with this alone...but I am lucky.  Lucky to have an amazing husband who has held my hand, brought me chocolate, distracted me, entertained me, and most importantly loved me right thorough it.  Lucky to have incredible friends who have entertained my kids, grocery shopped, checked in on me, entertained and distracted me too.  Lucky to have two wonderful daughters who have (without being asked) done dishes, vacuumed, done laundry, fetched and carried, made their own lunches, and been the most dedicated helpers a mama could ask for.

As rough as it has been, there has been so much goodness as well.  So many blessings, all around me. So many things to be thankful for. So many!

Friday, June 21

Historical Photos from a Reader

I got an email last week from a kind gentleman named Richard who lived in Whittier from May of 1957 until September of 1960.  He was 10 when his family moved here and 13 when they left.  He has shared a couple of pictures with me and he said I could share them with you, too!

1959

Richard's 6th Grade Class

Thank you so much for sharing, Richard!  If you come across any more I'd love to see them!!

{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.  

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Wednesday, June 19

T-Ball

The girls are playing T-Ball this summer in Girdwood.  It's more of a skills clinic than a league...no games, just practices.  Regardless, it's still so cute and fun to watch!



Speaking of fun to watch, I read this blog post this week from Hands Free Mama.  As my kids enter the world of sports, it made me think about how I want to come across to my kids.  I don't remember ever feeling pressured by my parents when I was involved in athletics as a kid...I want the experience to be fun for my girls, too!

Summer City Fair

 

While we were in town last Friday we checked out the Summer City Fair in Cuddy Park in Anchorage.  What fun!  All the fun of the rides at the state fair without the lines!  First we spied the ducks and geese in the pond.  Some nice ladies shared some bread with the girls...






Then we headed over to the carnival.  First the girls got their faces painted...






Then we headed over to the ferris wheel...







Next up we rode the scrambler...




Then we did a Viking boat swing ride.  The first time I went with the girls...


The second time they went by themselves...


There was also some hula hooping...






And a ride on the carousel...


We wrapped up our afternoon with a stop by the fountain at the Loussac Library...


It was a fun way to spend an afternoon!  The weather was fantastic and the carnival was small enough that it wasn't totally overwhelming for the girls.

We have been enjoying a streak of AMAZING weather here...weather so amazing that I am doing extra loads of laundry because we don't own very many pairs of shorts around here.  It has reached the 90s in Anchorage!  We were in town yesterday and it was in the upper 80s...my kids totally fizzled at the park.  They asked to leave saying, "It's too hot to have fun, Mom!  It feels like Grandma's house.  It's supposed to be comfortable in Alaska!"  Poor kids...they have no frame of reference for heat!  Hot or not, we've certainly enjoyed it.  The rain returned to Whittier today...showers off and on.  I'm not gong to lie...it was kind of nice.  It smelled so fresh!  And I needed to slow down a bit, too.  All that fun in the sun has worn us all out!

Monday, June 17

Weekend

Wow...we packed a lot into this weekend!  First off, you should know that I am not writing this blog post alone.  As I type our new pet, Peanut, is perched on my shoulder, snuggling with me.  If you had told me birds could be snuggly 5 days ago I would not have believed you, but I know differently now!  He's a bit of a cuddler...but let's back up a bit...


First up...The Color Run!  We picked up our packets on Friday night and since we had some other business in town we went ahead and just spent the night so we could be ready to go bright and early.


Well.  Bright and early it was!  The kids woke me up at 5:40 (ahem!) so we geared up, grabbed breakfast, and headed out.  The Anchorage color run had 15,000+ registered participants, so we knew that parking might be an issue.  I also was working later that morning at the Anchorage Market, so we parked at market and walked four blocks to catch the shuttle to Sullivan Arena.  It worked out so well!  The shuttle bus happened to be a school bus which delighted the girls, who had never ridden on one before.  We got to Sullivan Arena around 7 and the run started at 8.  There was plenty to see, that's for sure!  Lots of pre-race festivites...and the kids were overwhelmed by the sheer number of people.  Since I was due at work in a few hours we scoped out a spot to watch that was near the start line.


The run was fun!  The colors were spaced out every kilometer or so which was perfect for the girls.  About the time they started telling me how hot/tired/thirsty they were we spotted another color zone up ahead and they got another wave of energy.  Here's blurry look at what it looked like heading into our first color zone...


And here's what the girls looked like at the end...



The girls were tired and hungry by this point and I needed to head to market, so we opted to skip the 'after' party back in the arena parking lot.  That's were people get a lot of their really vibrant color spots...from throwing handfuls of paint on each other!  It looks like fun...maybe next time!

We shuttled back downtown and then Scott came and picked up the kids at market.  Then they went to Petco.  The girls and I had stopped by there on Friday and I had texted Scott this picture and told him we were 'window shopping'...


A few weeks ago we bird-sat for some friends of ours while they went on a cruise.  I had never spent much time around birds, but after having one for two weeks even I had to admit that a well socialized and trained bird is pretty fun!  Kelsey approached Scott and I with a very logically thought out list of why a bird is a good pet for us (after *many* discussions about why dogs and cats aren't a good fit right now).  What can I say...the kid LOVES animals and she had some good points.  Birds don't use litter boxes and they don't need to be walked in 60+ mph winds.  So after much talk Scott and I had decided to go ahead with it.  But we hadn't told the kids!  On Saturday Scott took them to buy the bird they had admired...a Dusky Conure named Peanut.  Our friend is a bird buff and had helped us decide that he'd be a good fit for us, so Peanut came to our house.


He's lots of fun!  He's very affectionate and has gotten used to life outside of Petco very quickly!


Kelsey has been amazingly patient with him as he's learned to trust us.


And even Stacy has gotten into holding Peanut!  She never once held Jacob while he was here, but she and Peanut are becoming fast friends. 


He loves to sit on her head and play with the pom-pom on top of her hat!

The girls have given him a middle name as well, so his full name is Peanut Sunshine Korbe.  In case you ever need to know!

We also had fun at the Summer City Fair in Cuddy park on Friday, but I'll tell you all about that next time...

Friday, June 14

{this moment}

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Inspired by SouleMama.
 
 

Thursday, June 13

Through a Child's Eyes...

From my 7 year old...

"Mom, I know some people think they're weeds, but I think they're sunshine on a stem!"

 

Wednesday, June 12

Moments in the Sun

Swinging by for just a minute to show you some of the fun moments we've been having this week...our forecast is for sun and we're out enjoying it!  Here are some fun moments from yesterday...





And now...we're headed back outside!

Tuesday, June 11

Golden Sunshine


Ahhhh.  Sun!  I had a total Alaskan moment on Sunday in Anchorage.  I finished up my day of making coffee, Italian sodas, and such, and scooping ice cream and climbed into my car to head home.  Immediately I realized I have not parked a car in a warm area in a very long time.  The temp in Anchorage on Sunday was in the mid 70s...that's HOT here, folks!  I had left all of the windows up, turning my car into a mini-sauna.  I climbed in, fired it up, and then sat there for at least a full minute, trying to figure out how to turn on my AC!!  I pushed the little button and nothing happened and I couldn't quite figure out why.  Then I remembered that you have to have the fan turned on.  Hello, Alaskan girl!! 

Yesterday Scott and I had early morning dentist appointments.  We got home in the late morning and the kids and I spent most of our day outside.  So lovely!  Our school playground is scheduled for demolition and a covered area and a new play structure this summer.  It will be so lovely when it is finished, but we are going to miss it this summer!  They haven't started construction yet though, so we got some playing in yesterday.  Since the snow is still melting off the back portion, the water table is fairly high and the kids dug a big hole in the pea gravel and hit water about an inch down.  They played and played and my mud and mess girl looked like this when I finally made them come inside...


It was everywhere, including her hair!  After showers, Scott picked us up and we headed out to the head of the bay with our picnic dinner.  It was 72 here in Whittier yesterday which is very warm for us.  The girls deemed it swimsuit weather...



They were quite happy to have such warm weather...and so was I!

Friday, June 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.
 
Dear Oklahoma, we are sorry you are hurt.
 

This Week!

Seems like this week flew by!  Here's a little bit of what we were up to...

We went to a Batman birthday party for our very favorite 4 year old little boy...



We worked on our summer to-do list...


We went to our first t-ball practice...


Stacy bought a scooter with the last of her birthday money...


She did an awesome job of sharing with Kelsey...


And I was treated to some pretty skies while running...

Wednesday morning...I was standing the rain, but it was sunny on the water!
Friday morning
It's been a great week!