Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some Christmas-y Photos.

:Bry and Ever had a campout in the living room last night, cozy-cozy:
:a little static:
:the snow princess trying out her new skis, with a princess hat of course:
:Ollie and Sir Telly in his new cozy hood :) :
:my Christmas early bird with his new pj's and a new toy from Omi:

The upcoming week is an full one, we will be:
:: welcoming a new baby cousin any day now,
::well-wishing an anniversary,
::missing a loved one especially on her birthday,
::planning and preparing for a birthday party for another special little girl,
::And of course ringing in a New Year -- 2012!
(who am I kidding, I will be asleep)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Come along and spend 7 minutes with us....

It's long. It's messy. It's noisy. It's probably a video only their parent's can appreciate ... but maybe not :) But we miss you all so much and want to show you a couple personalities in bloom:

The following is from a blog that I check regularly, and it's like a Hallmark card for me. Christmas was a whirlwind, but it was so, so, so very special and this captures my feelings just right:

i want to linger here the land of child-made jewels and glittery roof-topped house, minty candies and laughing family, surprises and silliness, singing with joy, and gratituous displays of generosity.

As these special days of the year pass us by, I find myself wanting to hold on just a litle bit longer. I want to linger in the love and light, and etch in my mind the memory of those faces, voices and the hearts behind them inthis moment of each of their lives.

This morning, I'm grateful for photographs - the ones on my hard drive and the ones in my heart - that help me linger in it all just a little bit longer. I hope you're finding ways to linger this week, too. Moving slowly, as we're able. Holding on, as we can. Noticing, embracing, lingering...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Birthday.

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Well, as we walked into church last night I realized that I had fallen short of some of my Christmas hopes... For decorating, for doing, for giving, for making. But before we let Ever open one of her presents at bedtime ("I moose have a hug" PJ's that she picked out herself), we asked her why we celebrate Christmas. She answered, "Because it's Jesus' birthday."
Mission accomplished. The only one that's really important anyway.
Merry Christmas -- xoxo

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Christmas Sweater.

I have so rarely ordered anything from Anthropologie. I drool over their magazines and toss them out. In October though, I ordered a sweater because it was 20% off and free shipping. It was a perfect sweater for the holidays. Simple and cozy, but with 3/4 length sleeves to keep cool during the busy work, and a zipper down the back.
And doesn't it look beautiful on Ever?
Why I still love wool is beyond me.
It it shrinks, it will be shrunk. Sooner or later. Alas, this sweater did not even make it to the second holiday of the holidays. Merry Christmas Ever. I hope you like your new sweater from Anthropologie.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Confused? CLICK HERE!

Hi there! Weird, eh? So I'm finally playing with some of the new blogger layouts. I don't think I will keep this one for good, but thought it was pretty fun for the end of the year since you can easily look back at the last two years. Two years!! Somebody pinch me and wake me up from the twilight zone I am in.

So anyway, you just have to click on the box to read the post.

I'm sure I'll change it again soon... When I find a little time again to sneak away for something completely unnecessary.

Happy Snow Day!

P.S. Totally regretting posting the ugly picture of the streak of paint on the wall...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Solstice.

It's taken me 11 years, but I finally realize why Alaskans celebrate Winter Solstice. It's a big day. Tomorrow we actually gain some daylight. I can't wait :)

The day started out with an order for 'cones from Ever (scones). I sighed a heavy sigh, but went for it and the baking went surprisingly smooth. And I was reminded that all she needs is about 1/8 cup of flour and her rolling pin and she's happily occupied for at least 10 minutes.

Tell and I celebrated by first waking up at what would traditionally be the crack of dawn in normal parts of the world. This afternoon we got to take a short walk together. I really cherish our quiet walks, just the two of us. We have fun with Ever too, but it's a little less quiet if you can imagine.
The other pictures are of our latest visit to the hangar. (Especially for Opa.) Bry's plane is the pinkish one under wraps. So much going on in that place... Even Tell found something to do ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Around Here So far...

Deciding to paint the living room two weeks before Christmas was a bad idea.... It's seriously cutting into my crafting, gifting, and decorating time. And the color I picked was bad too, so we're doubling up the semi-wasted time. Meh....

Yet, painted or not painted, Christmas is coming. And it's going to be beautiful regardless.

P.S. Another Ever quote:

Me: "Ever, quit shaking the table!"
Ever: "I'm like an earthquake. I'm shaking the table."

(We had a pretty good earthquake a few days ago and it made quite the impression. She said, "It just wanted to come in the house and play." We need a Magic Schoolbus book on earthquakes apparently.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I need to express a big THANK YOU for my birthday wishes and gifts. I am so spoiled. I was made not one, but -- wait for it -- 4 cakes (counting a batch of the most perfect brownies ever)! Incredible.
And I am a food = love type of person, so I can definitely say I was showered with love this year.
::cake & present from Stacey::

::the boys just had to go to Joann's to get their craftin' on. And, um, no, they aren't twins. Two ladies asked ;) ::
:: Miss Christmas herself rockin' some new moon boots. Toasty toes indeed!::

Ever melted my heart when after not seeing her for two days, she walks in the front door and says, "Is it Christmas? Is it Christmas Eve time yet?"
Love it.
And LED Christmas lights are worth every penny. After we decorated our one tree outside I couldn't stop looking at it all day. It's the prettiest thing I've ever seen. Two strings of lights on a wimpy spruce tree next to an old barrel.
And that, my friends, is the benefit of living in the middle of nowhere and everywhere.