Friday, January 30

{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, January 28


Busy with lots of little things over here.  I went to town for a few days last week for some meetings.  I had my act together and scheduled posts, so I bet you never even knew I was gone!  Don't get used to that...I'm hardly ever that pro-active over here in this corner. Saturday we got some snow...and some wind!  Actually we got a lot of wind!  We played outside, but didn't last more than twenty minutes at the most.  Sunday we loaded up sleds and gear and headed to Girdwood with some friends.  They don't have much more snow than we did, but we had fun!

Then on Monday I went skiing with some friends of mine.  The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood is running a really great Learn to Ski deal.  If you've been reading here for very long you probably remember that I have some baggage in the area of skiing.  I've mostly gotten over it though, so I was looking forward to taking these lessons.  Scott had been encouraging me to for awhile, so when I found a buddy to go with it was time.

It was so much fun!  The lesson lasted two hours and the instructor was great.  He was all about body mechanics and that makes sense to me.  Center of gravity here, weight on this ski, etc.  I guess that high school coaching did some good, huh?  Anyway, after our lesson we went inside to warm up (it was 4 degrees!!) and have some lunch.  We went back out for a couple of hours after lunch to practice.  That was good!  Good to have some time to work on the stuff we learned in the morning.  A great day!  Back for lesson number two tomorrow, I'm looking forward to it!

Friday, January 23

{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, January 21

Building With Dad

At some point last fall I went down to Scott's shop with the kids for one reason or another and remember thinking how cool it was--they have their own little routine down there!  They know what jobs they can do (sweeping, picking up, hunting down Dad's coffee cups, etc.), where dad keeps the markers they can use, and all that sort of thing.  When you step back and think about it, of course they do!  All of those weekends that I am working during the summer their days are full of things like running errands with Dad, spending time at his office, helping him with this or that, as well as lots of playing, boating, fishing, and watching movies.

A few weeks ago they went with him on a Saturday and started some pretty cool projects!  Kelsey made a box with a sliding lid for her important stuff and Stacy made a birdhouse for Peanut.  They didn't finish the projects completely, so I joined them the next day as they finished up.  Making stuff is really cool, making stuff with tools is even cooler!

Monday, January 19

Walk by the Water

The girls and I headed out to Salmon Run yesterday afternoon and took a little stroll along the water.  It was breezy and chilly, but we hadn't been out there in so long that we didn't really mind!  This winter is so strange...most winters this sort of activity isn't even possible.  The sky was just starting to light up with the sunset.  We don't see actual sunsets here...mountains all around!  Here are a few pictures of our trek...

Wednesday, January 14

::right now::

This post should more correctly be titled ::today::.  At no one point today will I be doing all of these things, but rather it's a collection of things from my day...moments.  Today is one of those days where it will take me all day to write this post.  I know I'll work on it in little bits and pieces here and there throughout my day.  It's a busy one, this day...several meetings, some commitments to help here and there, some neighbors to look in on.  Life.  This day is full of life.


:: listening to Matthew West's song Do Something--it speaks to me!

:: grateful for the way people in the community always surprise me...just when I think I know

:: planning my packing list for meetings in town next week and a trip to Juneau next month.  I should be getting better at this sort of wardrobe stuff, but I don't feel like I am!

:: eating gingersnaps from my grandma's recipe with my afternoon cup of coffee

:: reading The River Why (for book club), The Kindness Diaries (from the library), and Robyn Carr's Thunder Point series (trashy romance)

:: learning to do math all over again as I prep myself to finally take the Praxis and finally get my AK teaching credentials.  Ugh.

:: trying to look past the piles that seem to be cropping up all over this little home of ours.  Stuff threatens to overwhelm me daily.

:: cooking nothing!  Which hardly ever happens, but the school is doing a fundraising dinner tonight so I get the night off, lucky me!  Oh wait...I lied.  I totally caved and made Chex mix today.  That stuff is so addicting for me.  I honestly cannot stop eating it which is precisely why I try never to make it.

:: wondering what makes people tick...this town has so many personalities in such a small space.  They're bound to smash into each other from time to time.  This feels like one of those times to me.

:: watching nothing.  I almost never watch TV during the day.  I can't even remember the last time I turned in on...

:: hoping for a bit of snow...I'd really like to sled, ski, snowshoe, skate...anything!

:: remembering  this moment while it pours buckets outside...

:: creating a quilt top based on this 'stack and whack' technique.  They call theirs 'Random Acts of Happy'...right up my alley!

:: celebrating friendship...what a gift!!

:: considering when to go test drive cars.  My beloved little Hyundai has shown that she needs to be replaced.  I'm still in mourning.  Scott and I narrowed the list down last weekend and now I need to drive them. 

:: finishing ummm...I feel like I never finish anything!  Except cups of coffee, that is! 

Monday, January 12

Christmas Eve

I am still holding on to Christmas Eve.  Christmas Day was wonderful, without a doubt.  But Christmas Eve...there was something magical that day.  Maybe it was the before...the possibility, the excitement, the preparation.  I am not sure exactly what made it feel so good, and maybe that's part of the magic as well.  If I knew I would be trying to recreate it every day--and then it wouldn't be so special. 

The evenings leading up to Christmas Eve were filled with caroling.  We met in the BTI lobby the three nights prior and then headed out to sing.  We sang on every floor of the BTI (some floors twice!) and in every bay at the Manor.  We caroled at the Anchor Inn restaurant as well.  A big group of kids and adults, people joining in as we went along.  I didn't have any idea the effect this would have on my heart.  It was huge.  Here we are singing for an elderly neighbor of ours...heartwarming, touching, inspiring...I can't quite find the right word here...

I think we touched it here.  The true meaning of Christmas...the living in community, spreading God's love and his message.  Touching other people's lives.  We don't get it right all the time, but this was right.  

On Christmas Eve the girls and I made cookies...lots of sugar cookies.

It also snowed on Christmas Eve, so that added to atmosphere of wonder.  Especially this year when snow is such a rare event!

As usual, Santa arrived in his Whittier Fire Truck and dropped off treats in the BTI lobby...

Shortly after Santa visited we were all gathered in the school gym for the Christmas Eve services.  There are no words to describe how wonderful that service was.  The youth and kids had put together a very nice service--I had exactly the same reaction I do when I watch/read/hear The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  Awe and tears.  Here's a clip for you...

It was hard to hold my phone still as I sobbed away during this!  It was truly an experience that I cannot describe for you here.  It was good.  Very good.  All of these things added up to a day that was wonderful, that I will remember for a long time. 

Ha!  This post kind of turned into an emotional brain-dump of sorts.  I've warned you before...lots of feelings here in my head! :-)

Friday, January 9

{this moment}

Usually {this moment} is a wordless photo, but today I'm going to take a tiny detour and offer you this video and a few words.

This kid!  I am crazy proud of her!  How I have raised someone so competent and confident is somewhat of a mystery to me.  Must be their awesome dad! She knows what she wants to learn about and is confident in the pursuit of that knowledge.  She's clearly comfortable presenting to her peers, self-assuranceI didn't gain until college!   These girls of mine...they're growing into such incredible young ladies.  I'm in awe of it all!

Wednesday, January 7

31 Days

Thanksgiving weekend I was working my way through a pile of old Runner's World magazines that had been given to me and I read this article, "A Season to Streak" where the author talks about his first Thanksgiving to New Year's running streak inspired by a friend of his.  Basically, he committed to running at least a mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year's.  Now I am not a big, hot runner. I run because I feel better when I do and because I like to eat what I want to eat.  I don't love running for the sake of running.  Some days running is really easy, other days it is very hard.  Most day fall somewhere in between though and I am happy.  I run more in the summer when the weather is nice and I can run outside.  In the winter I run on my treadmill and I run less.  No hard and fast numbers.  With all of that said, this article lodged an idea in my head that would not go away--what if I did this?  It was too late to do the whole turkey day to 2015 thing, but what if I ran every day in December?  Could I?

Turns out I could!

I tracked my mileage every day and turned in an impressive (to me anyway!) 76 miles for the month.  That's 3+ marathons.  I'm pretty proud of that!  I ran nearly all of them in my own living room on my treadmill...a few on hotel treadmills and one grueling mile on snowshoes.  I learned a bit about myself along the way, too!

sweaty selfie at the end of my streak on December 31
Things I learned:
  • It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  Pre-streak I was running 3 or 4 miles Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and attending a workout class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   I tried to rearrange those miles so I wasn't running a bunch more and hurting myself.  It sort of worked.
  • As long as you're running a mile you might as well keep on going!  There were several times that I thought I'd just do one and ended up doing two or three.  A mile takes me less than 10 minutes, so I often felt like I might as well keep going which meant my mileage did increase a bit over the month.
  • It's sort of addictive!  I didn't run on New Year's Day, but I did over the weekend. I hardly ever run on weekends...this weekend I really wanted to.  I don't know how long that motivation will hold out.
  • I really did feel like I had more energy...a good thing during the busy holiday season!
  • My family thought I was a little (maybe a lot!) crazy, but they supported me.  Thanks guys!

Monday, January 5

My Christmas Present

I am so excited about this Christmas present!  Scott and the girls made it for me following these plans and I just love how it turned out!  A local artist helped them decorate it and Saturday we got the final piece attached and I got to hang it up and fill it up.  Here it is in action...

This is my teeny-tiny entryway area.  I am smashed up against the wall and my treadmill here taking this picture.  The edge of the picture is wall.    Side note: yes...I still have my Christmas cards up.  The rest of the Christmas stuff got packed up last week and returned to the basement over the weekend, but I am still enjoying the cards.

I filled the bins with hats and gloves and scarves and such.  So far, so good!  Here's a close up of the special panel....

It's perfect for us.  Low profile and holds lots of stuff in an organized fashion.  Happy mama!  Thank you Scott, Kelsey, Stacy, and Brenda!

Saturday, January 3


As I was scrolling through my phone pictures today I found a bunch of little moments I wanted to share here...

Kelsey as Mary in a Christmas pageant she and Stacy put on for me the day after Christmas...

The ballet show that took place immediately following the pageant...

Stacy reading to us from a favorite old board book as we drove to the cabin last Friday...

Playing in the dark at the cabin...

My first quilt blocks of 2015...

A game of 'old fashioned' school...

The long awaited debut of sushi casserole, a recipe from a friend here in town...

A trip to Barnes & Noble for the girls...

And some help for me assembling a new bookshelf...

Lots of little moments!  Hope you're having a good weekend!

Friday, January 2

{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.