Wednesday, December 31

Anchorage Museum

The girls and I took a little trip to town yesterday and met some friends at the Anchorage Museum.  Our main goal was to visit the Brick by Brick exhibit, but as long as we were there we visited the Imaginarium and the Art of the North exhibits as well.  It was lots of fun and great to catch up with friends as well!

All of the pieces from this In Pieces collection were on display, both the photos and the Lego creations featured in each photo.  Things like this cool Lego umbrella...

And this Lego pup...

This series was built by Nathan Sawaya and photographed by Dean West.  Really neat stuff!  Another large component of the exhibit was the work of Mike Stimpson.  Mr. Stimpson has done all sorts of entertaining photos of Lego minifigs.  Some of them imitate iconic images from history, some of them are just fun.  Here are a few...

Which is of course inspired by this famous photo...

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And this group of hard working minifigs...

Inspired by this photo of course...

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And finally these minifigs in uniform...

And the inspiring photo...

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Finally there was an area where you could build and some books for inspiration.  There were also some 'in process' pieces you could participate in.  The kids loved the technology area where you could take selfie and turn it into a Lego creation and you could create a minifig that looks like you.  A very fun outing!

As usual we had fun at the Imaginarium...

And Kelsey LOVED the art displays...

The rest of our day was spent running errands and grocery shopping.  We're crazy kids like that! :-)

Happy New Year's Eve!  I'm spending mine nursing a 7 year old with a tummy bug...hope yours is a little less messy!

Monday, December 29

Catching Up

It feels like forever since I checked in here, but I looked back and realized it hasn't been!  I guess there's just been a lot of living in those few days.

Our Christmas Day was wonderful--even though it started at 5:30am!  We got up, opened our stockings and had biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  Then it was time for our family presents!  There were lots of smiles!

Here are the girls and I in our matching PJ pants.  These were part of my sewing marathon when they went down to Washington earlier this month.  I let them open them on Christmas Eve...they were delighted!

Back to Christmas you're wondering what can make an 8 year old smile like that, huh?  It's a latch hook kit!  Makes me chuckle, but she liked the stories as we wandered through Michael's about how it was something I used to do with my Grandma, so she was delighted to get one of her own to work on.

Speaking of delighted, I sure was!  I got to go on a treasure hunt for my gift, so here we are in our laundry room on the 10th floor with our laundry roomie's coin-op washer photo bombing us!

Scott and the girls worked hard and built me one of these storage bins for hats, mittens, scarves, etc.  To make it even more special they had a local artist of ours decorate the front of one of the bins!  Such a wonderful gift!

Here's Stacy at the end of her treasure hunt with her new blanket from Kelsey.  She's pleased!

Here's Stacy looking on as Kelsey goes through the photo album Stacy made her for her birthday.  Kelsey is sleeping with the album.  No.  I am not kidding.

And here's Scott with his new rifle case.  It turned out to be too small, so it's headed back to Amazon land tomorrow.  Oh well...a bigger one will soon take its place.

For the first time ever we were able to Skype with both sets of grandparents without any dropped calls or missing audio.  Score one for Skype for helping us stay connected with our loved ones!

We stayed in our PJs until it was time to head down to the community Christmas dinner.   I love the way this community comes together for holidays!  It's a potluck and there were so many yummy much love!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas too!

Friday, December 26

{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, December 25

Merry Christmas!

It's snowing here lightly today...the above pictures are from Thanksgiving weekend at the cabin, though.  Wishing you a day full of love and smiles! 

Wednesday, December 24

Merry Christmas Eve!

Santa's been here and left in his Whittier fire truck and now we're off to Christmas Eve services at church.  Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 22

Shortest Day

5hr 27min 42 seconds.  That's how much daylight Anchorage had yesterday, the shortest day of the year.  Today we gained 5 seconds of daylight!!  I had planned on sharing pictures and stories with you today from our 'Shortest Day' party we had planned for last night with friends.  Kelsey ended up with a tummy bug on Saturday night, so we had to postpone our party until tomorrow.  I did just dump photos from my camera though, so here are some random pics from the last week or so...

Gingerbread houses on Thursday afternoon...

At the school holiday program on Thursday evening...that face tells you exactly what Stacy thinks of Santa...or Scary Claus as she calls him!

And at school on Friday, participating in some really cool STEM activities!

Friday, December 19

{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, December 17

Family Photos

Family photos!  The subject of horror stories and funny stories alike.  Some families seem to have it so much more together in this area than we do!  They are the ones you see on Facebook and Pinterest who have lovely photos taken annually.  They always seem to look great, the weather is perfect, and so on.  I'm sure it's not really that way, but it feels that way to me.  There they are all put together and I feel so not with it.  Comparison is the thief of joy, right?!  Anyway...I had great plans to do this in October but sick kids and crummy weekend weather foiled all of my attempts.  My family was *very* understanding and obliging when I dragged all of the clothes up to the cabin with us over Thanksgiving, set up my tripod and then asked them to stand outside in 18 degree weather without coats on.  They aren't exactly what I envisioned but you know what?  That's OK.  When I look at them I will always remember their kind cooperation for this thing that really only mattered to me.  That's love.  We'll try again another time!  Without further ado, here we are!!

This one is our Christmas card this year.  Coming soon to a mailbox near you!

The hat picture.  Yup.  My kids are wearing the exact same hats they wore in photos three years ago!

The promised silly picture...

So there we go...another round of family photos in the books!  At this rate we're good for another couple of years!

Monday, December 15


Well, I spent a few days alone last week while Scott and the girls made a quick trip down to Washington to surprise his dad for his birthday.  They spent a day with my parents as sounds like it was a busy couple of days for them!  Meanwhile I was here at home, sewing my heart out and reading cheap romance novels. I was reminded of a few things about me that I had sort of lost touch with and reconfirmed some things I did know...

:: I'm a morning person.  Even all by myself I'm up!

:: I really, truly turn into a pumpkin about 10pm.  It's getting worse as I get older...

:: Cooking for myself is waaaay different than cooking for my whole family...

:: I am not a big TV watcher.  The whole time they were gone I never turned the TV on.

:: I truly love to read...I spent hours on the couch with hot tea and a blanket!

:: I also truly love to make stuff!

:: My day to day life is pretty awesome, because even with the opportunity to change it all up I found myself happily doing the things I do daily...helping out here and there, lending my support, being with people

:: I like to be spoiled too!  One of my friends brought be some soup and bread one day and it seriously made my day!  I like to do that sort of thing, so it was fun to feel the joy that comes with being thought of!

Here are a few pictures to make this random post complete!

Peanut and I got *lots* of together time while we were home alone...

It between downpours!

The story behind this bowl makes me teary.  I can't find the words to tell it today...suffice it to say, this town forgives...

Sunshine in Anchorage on the way to pick up my family at the airport...

Sleepy kiddos after 5 days of fun in Washington...

Skies along Turnagain Arm rarely disappoint...

Outside my window right now (3:30pm)...

 We start gaining daylight in just 6 more days!  Hold on.  We can do this!!

Friday, December 12

{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.