Monday, November 30

Thanksgiving 2015

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving...we sure did!  We left on Wednesday afternoon and headed up to our favorite getaway spot, the cabin on Amber Lake.  We spent the weekend with our friends and it was so refreshing!  We did lots of visiting, plenty of cooking, too much eating and some relaxing too!

The girls jumped and jumped and jumped...then jumped some more!  It was warm (above freezing!) and rainy while we were there, so the usual fun snow activities weren't quite as much fun as they often are. 

The girls played their first game of Scrabble this weekend in addition to spoons and dominoes. 

We also decorated these fun gingerbread houses...

It was a very restful and recharging weekend...for all of us!  We are so grateful to have friends that open their home to us whenever we ask.  What a blessing!

Despite the less than awesome weather, we did squeeze in a snow machine ride and I did ask Scott to stop so we could take a family selfie...

We arrived home on Sunday evening, just in time to unpack and have some dinner.  We were treated to this view as we traveled along Turnagain Arm on the last leg of our drive...

And now here we are at the end of Monday--not sure my brain was quite back to work at 100% today!  Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, too!

Friday, November 20

...on life...

Stacy chose a cooking magazine at the store last weekend--mini chef!
I am sitting here in at my kitchen table next to a sick little girl.  She is in her pajamas, I am wearing dirty yoga pants and the hoodie I wore to work yesterday, nursing my second cup of coffee.  My first sick day as a working mama again.  Well, except for the half day I took last month to attend a 5 minute follow-up doctor appointment, after a month of physical therapy for my hand because I fell in a creek at the end of the summer.  It's a long story.  Another time maybe...back to today.  It seems my weekly post here has degenerated into a string of "it's been a busy week for us" and I look back with wonder at the posts from a few years ago when I felt like I had so much to share and to document.  So much I didn't want to forget about our daily living.  Sometimes I forget that these days, though busy in a different way, are precious too.

Kelsey's flowchart for summer fun...

It has been *another* busy week.  A week made hectic by sick kids and mom and dad alternating taking days off to stay home with them.  A week that feels 100 years long when you're up with a vomiting child one night and two days later with the news that your other kiddo is suffering from a virus that is very painful and for which the doctors can offer little relief.  Sick days are different with bigger kids.  When they were younger, distraction from their discomfort was easier.  Novel toys, a bit more TV, a bath in the middle of the day...all of those things were effective in redirecting their attention from feeling crummy.  Big kids play with toys less, have decided they don't really like watching TV (one of my kids...just like her mama!), and are decidedly too big for baths.  Or so they think.  Until bedtime, when they break your heart with whimpering in their half sleep.  It feels like we often have one foot in the land of littles and one in the land of bigs.  Always growing.

But they are good, these days.  Big kids say great things like, "What can I do to help?" and "I already did it for you, Mom!".  Big kids know that their sibling needs some extra love and attention and step gracefully aside to allow it to happen.  They bring home news and homework from school for their ill sibling, peppering the whole family with stories of funny moments from the day.  They make you smile...just when you need it most. Then there are husbands.  Husbands who have hot food waiting for you when you come home for lunch, who take sick kids to the doctor, do the laundry, offer a sane point of view when you're on the verge of tears with sympathy for your kids, and who ask what you want for Christmas and then show up with the gift that same day because they want you to have what you want.  Yes...there is surely goodness in these days.

We went for a snowy walk last night.  It has been bitterly cold here for the past week and the wind has howled incessantly.  It finally stopped on Wednesday night, allowing the clouds to roll in and blanket us in a few inches of snow.  It's so pretty!

This weekend the girls have a church Thanksgiving performance followed by our first Thanksgiving meal of the week.  I'm hopeful that they'll both get to participate, but at this rate goodness only knows.  We'll keep on taking it one day at a time, making the decisions we need to make and finding the good in between the tough.  That's becoming our specialty...finding silver linings!

Friday, November 13

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from this week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.   

Inspired by SouleMama.

Monday, November 9

Last Week...

Last week sped right on by!  It was a short week for kids, but a long week for teachers with inservice on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  We learned about being better writing teachers and I came back with lots of ideas--some of which I implemented today!  Change is good, even if it does throw us all for a loop!  Here's a picture I took on Thursday as we neared the end of our first day of 8 hours of sitting...

Yikes!  I didn't eat it all myself, I promise! 

Earlier in the week, Tuesday night, the northern lights were out bright in Whittier.  We first noticed them around 9:30pm.  Some friends and I bundled up and headed outside to watch for a bit.  It was crazy windy and we chose one of the most blustery spots in town so we did not stay outside too long!  It's always a treat when Mother Nature puts on a light show...

Scott woke the girls up to see the show...apparently Stacy got up while Kelsey proved impossible to rouse.  Poor K, she is so hard to wake up for the first few hours after she goes to sleep but she is always so disappointed when she misses something. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, November 6

{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, November 2


Hello!  I know I was absent from this space last week.  Scott was out of town last week, so I got my first week of being a working mama on my own.  Yowza!  We survived! It was busy, but we were still (mostly) smiling when Scott got home Thursday night.

In other news...Halloween!  I am so not sad that Halloween was on a weekend.  Not sad at all!  The teacher in me is not at all missing having the post-Halloween candy crash day as a school day.  We celebrated last weekend by attending the party at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then attended the skate party at school on Friday.  Saturday we carved pumpkins approximately 34 seconds after we finished breakfast and then went trick-or-treating.  A few pictures...

Kelsey as a friendly ghost
Stacy as Dorothy with her buddy Kennedy, a flower
me, as my beloved Cabbage Patch Kid, Harmony

Some Halloween memories...2009, 2010, 2012, 2013.

This week promises to speed by--no school Thursday and Friday for kids while we teachers are in Anchorage for inservice on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday! Hope it's a good one for you!