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Monday, January 15, 2018

2017 Top Twelve

A quick look back at 2017 with one photo from each month.


January
Visiting family in Florida.

 February

March
2017 Iditarod 

April

May

June

July

August

September 
Elijah broke his arm falling from his bike.

October


November 
Thanksgiving with friends.

December

December Snapshots


December 1st Sunrise

Decorating for Christmas

School work

Winter Solstice Sunrise

Christmas Baking

Sledding


 Playing in the snow

Merry Christmas


Hot drinks, soft blankets, good books.



Not pictured:
Saying goodbye to good friends moving away.
Wrapping Gifts for the Angle Tree Ministry.
Being a vendor at the Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar.
Sunday evening life group.
Monday night ladies study meeting in our living room.
Volunteering with the Cold Weather Shelter at church.
Babysitting.
Christmas music.
Christmas shopping and wrapping.


December

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It Feels Like Christmas


It's in the singing of a street corner choir
It's going home and getting warm by the fire
It's true, wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas

A cup of kindness that we share with another
A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother

In all the places you find love
It feels like Christmas
It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message, if we hear it
Is make it last all year
It's in the giving of a gift to another
A pair of mittens that were made by your mother
It's all the ways that we show love
That feel like Christmas
A part of childhood we'll always remember
It is the summer of the soul in December
Yes, when you do your best for love
It feels like Christmas
It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message, if we hear it
Is make it last all year
It's in the singing of a street corner choir
It's going home and getting warm by the fire
It's true, wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas



We used to have to wake them up on Christmas morning but this year the boys were out of bed by themselves by 6:30. Good thing their daddy was already up and had the coffee ready. :)

We open stockings first. Then have breakfast. The boys get those little boxes of cereal in their stockings. Their appetites are growing though so we may have to do full size cereal boxes next year. haha!

Then after breakfast we read the Christmas story and open gifts.


Ethan and his 2017 ornament.

Geoff had us in stitches when he appeared with his crazy light up Christmas sweater and Santa hat. He wore it all day and we couldn't take anything he said seriously as long as he was wearing it.


Christmas morning sunrise.

We were done opening gifts and were working on dinner prep when the sun finally rose.



We called our families and even got to talk to Andrew in Africa. He laughed and said seeing Geoff in his crazy sweater was a Christmas highlight. It was a highlight for all of us I think! :)

It was a good day. Though we did miss being with extended family.
There's something about being together on this special day.

I hope you all had a great day as well!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Big Lake, AK


I just realized I never posted our Big Lake adventure.

The day after Thanksgiving we drove up to Big Lake which is about an hour and a half north of Anchorage. It was a clear sunny day which made the drive just gorgeous. But it was also super windy!




A group of our friends have the tradition of renting a big house together and spending Thanksgiving and the following weekend all together. We spent a very relaxing day with them chatting, drinking coffee, eating Thanksgiving leftovers, watching tv, and playing games. It was really nice.  

This was our room for the night. 

It was really cold but the kids bundled up and braved it for a ride on the snow machines. 


Ethan is on the right.



Juliette, Daisy, and Ethan.


These were taken about 3:00pm. So you can see how low the sun is already.
Early darkness these days.

Good thing there was a big table! :)

Hot coffee and chatting on Saturday morning.

I snapped these photos as we headed home about 10am.
The sun still hadn't peeked over the mountains.