Tuesday, September 29

::right now::



:: listening to this podcast last week on the way to physical therapy...loved it!  "...Jesus people should speak into these issues as distributors of peace, brokers of hope, and bridge builders..."

:: grateful for home

:: planning a girls weekend with my ladies...Scott is off to have some fun with some friends of ours this weekend

:: eating 'clean the fridge' fried rice

:: reading The Girls of Atomic City --almost done!

:: trying to remind myself that every day is a new day with no mistakes in it--thank you Anne Shirley!

:: cooking all kinds of things--I am teaching a cooking class right now!


:: wondering what winter will be like this year...it snowed in Anchorage today!
 
:: watching early fall progress into late fall


:: hoping to get some crafting in this weekend

:: remembering those lovely warm days of summer while it rains (sleets?) sideways outside

:: creating nothing...and everything!  Not much craftiness, but lots of lesson plans, menus, new routines, an so on...

:: celebrating my kiddos sweet spirits, generous personalities, and helpful hearts

:: considering balance...what it meas and how it is dynamic

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, September 25

{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.


Monday, September 21

September Skies

We had {another} busy week here last week.  We only had school Monday through Wednesday as there was teacher inservice on Thursday and Friday.  Our district does these longer inservices throughout the year since we have teachers in several remote locations it allows us to maximize our travel and training budgets.  This week we did some math training and got our state mandated seclusion and restraint training.  We also did a team builder at the new Anchorage indoor trampoline facility, Get Air.  We had a great time!!  I think just about everyone tried something new and outside of their comfort zone which was the intention.

Saturday night we had the most amazing display of northern lights I have ever seen.  I thought the ones last November were amazing but these were every bit as spectacular in a totally different way.  These were not as bright as the ones we saw in Trapper Creek, but they were dancing and flashing and pulsing.  They were also bright enough that you could see them out the living room window in spite of all the light from streetlights and the rail yard!  Scott and I woke the kids up so that they could see them...a light show in your pjs in the living room?  WIN!!  I bundled up and headed outside for a bit to watch in the dark...it was beautiful!  Watching at 40 degrees is a totally different experience than watching at 4 degrees!

I took 300+ pictures, but here are a few of my favorites...





I am feeling pretty blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

Friday, September 18

{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.


Breaking my rule here, but this picture is so awesome!  It's the second check the girls have mailed to my cousin Alex to support her ministry in Burundi.  They have raised almost $200 to send her way.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  --Matthew 7:12


Monday, September 14

We Went to the Fair!


We spent last Monday at the Alaska State Fair.  It's become our tradition, fair on the last day-Labor Day.  We go with some friends of ours and it is always fun!  This year we were treated to the best weather yet!

The fair was running this promotion via social media where they invited you to pose for a picture to "put the I in FAIR".  Here are the girls with their buddy Austin...


After the required stop for our Denali Cream Puff breakfast, we headed to the petting zoo.  Stacy wanted to bring these baby piggies home.  Or was it the piggies that wanted to bring Stacy home?  She was quite the piglet magnet, either way!


Our next stop was the giant veggies...


Next up Kelsey waited in line f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to do this.  She really had fun!



It looked exhausting to me, but she said it was a lot of fun.  None of the other kids really wanted to...except the four year old who was devastated that you had to be five to play.  Next year!

One of the things that has changed over the years is that we are able to actually visit some of the exhibits now that the kids are older and can walk a bit farther.  This year they were all enthralled with the demonstrations.  Spinning...



Wood turning, and the sewing.  Oh the sewing!  Where Stacy stopped and chatted up every. single. stiticher asking what they were making and telling them about her various projects.  The sewing ladies ate it up!

After lunch it was finally time for the rides.  Oh rides!  We got off to a rocky start, but finally found a few that the girls enjoyed.  They both wanted to do this one, though Stacy vows she is never doing it again.  Kelsey loved it!


Last year this one was too scary.  This year they loved it and rode it twice!


After rides we topped off our tummies with more fair food and then headed for home, all tuckered out.  Kelsey was too tired to eat her corn sitting up...first she sat, then leaned, then just gave up and lay down!


It was a fun day...already looking forward to next summer!

Read more about our fair days in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Friday, September 11

{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.


Monday, September 7

Working...so far...

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you're having (or had) a great 3-day weekend!  We haven't been up to much...a little grocery shopping and some teacher prep for next week.  We are headed to to the fair on Monday while you're reading this!

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We're a week and a half into this working mama gig and I've gotta say...so far, so good!  Last time I headed back to work the girls were much younger (1 and 2!!!) and I was far less mentally and emotionally prepared.  It was out of necessity that I left home and I was pretty sad about that reality. I remember the night before my first day of work...lots of tears. In spite of my reluctance, I ended up having a great year and working with an amazing mentor who taught me a great deal about balancing family and work {thank you Shelley!}.  

This time around the girls are much older and I was quite ready to head back into a career I love.  I so enjoyed being at home and being able to serve my community, but I also missed the rhythm and reward of the classroom.  So far we're faring pretty well over here at the Korbe house! ;-)  It has been lots of fun (a bit challenging too if I am totally honest) to have the girls at school with me.  I remember holding baby Kelsey and imagining having her in my school and now here we are.  I love this age...they are old enough to go outside and play after school, run home for snacks, or just stay at work with me.  Ups and downs as we settle into a new normal for sure, but looking at the big picture, my family has made this transition so smooth!  Scott and I spent all summer talking to the girls about little changes we would need to make--we'd all need to do things a little differently to make the puzzle of family fit together.  They've rocked it!  Everyone has stepped up to help handle the household responsibilities that I had handled for so long.  

Scott took the girls fishing for a bit after dinner the other night and I folded a couple of loads of laundry (that the girls had washed, dried, and brought home) and prepped meals for the next few days.  As I looked around I just felt so grateful to the three of them for helping make my dream come true...

Here are a few moments that made me smile last week.  Kelsey stayed home a few mornings while Stacy and I went over to school before school to prepare.  She cleaned the girls' room and organized her bed just so.  Love her PJs all laid out!


Laundry folded that I did not wash...


Lunch ready to take to school.  Most days we come home, but Fridays we stay and eat with some of the other staff.  I felt really together when I took this photo...it was Wednesday night, but I had Friday's lunch handled and Thursday's potluck contribution was in the oven.


My multitasking kiddos--folding their own laundry while I read our nighttime book together.  We're reading this right now.  I'm also reading A Wrinkle in Time to one of my reading classes at school and I'm having trouble keeping the events of the two books seperate!


I realize these photos are nothing special to anyone but me and that's OK.  Finding joy in the everyday moments is important to me and last week my joy was in not feeling behind the curve with regards to meals and laundry.  It's the little things!

Hopefully I'll be back this week to tell you about the fair...we're looking forward to it!

Friday, September 4

{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.