Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ethan's 7th Birthday

I have a lot of catching up to do here! Elijah's birthday is tomorrow and I haven't even posted Ethan's birthday from last month yet!

The night before a birthday the other brother gets to stay up and help decorate. 

Geoff woke us all up before he left for work so Ethan could open his presents together. 

January 15th was such a beautiful day! With some fresh snow and bright blue skies.
Here are some pictures from a walk around our neighborhood.

Sadly most of it has melted and we haven't had any snow since.

Some birthday cards from Grandma arrived exactly on his birthday. Good timing Grandma!

Our neighbor Jayden spent the day at our house. They played with the new gifts and watched a movie.

Love my birthday boy!

His dinner request was pizza and ice cream cake. 
The cake got a little lop sided from not sitting evenly in the freezer! oops!
We had our neighbors and some other friends over for dinner and cake.

We have a 7 year old!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Andrew Came to Visit!

The highlight of January and beginning of February was definitely my little brother Andrew coming to visit! We hadn't gotten to see him for three years so it was really special to be able to spend ten days with him here in Alaska. We enjoyed showing him around and introducing him to our favorite places, the people in our lives here, and also exploring new places with him.

The first day the boys and I took him downtown to explore. We saw the ice sculptures and walked around all over the place.

Elijah took this picture for us.

We ended the day at Point Waronzof to watch the beautiful sunset.

There is an art project called the 100Stone Project on display at the point at the moment.
The art project is meant to highlight human vulnerability and suicide prevention. You can read more about it here.

The boys are standing on huge chunks of ice that have broken off and built up during high tide.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Ice Sculptures ~ Downtown Anchorage

January 22nd, 2016 


The Griffin

This one was Elijah's favorite.

We met some friends there and enjoyed the lights, sculptures, and a coffee to warm up afterwards.

Luna Moth
Did you know that the full grown Luna Moth doesn't have a mouth and only lives for one week as an adult?

This one was titled "The Pearl" and won first place.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What a Weekend!

What a weekend it's been and it's not even over yet! 

Friday evening we met some friends and checked out the ice sculptures downtown. I have more picture to share from that night once I get them off my phone. This is the one that won first place. So beautiful!

Saturday was pretty relaxing. The boys played with neighbor boy most of the day.
Geoff started a nice fire in our fireplace that we all enjoyed. I sat with a cup of tea and a book.
 Later that night after watching a movie together as a family and staying up too late we were all finally asleep. 

Next thing I know i'm standing up in my room wondering what's wrong and feeling totally disoriented! It was an earth quake. Now we've had earthquakes before but this one really shook me up (no pun intended!). Maybe because it was dark and I was half asleep. I ran to the boys room wondering if i should wake them up. In the moment I always forget what i'm supposed to do! Run outside? Stand in a doorway? Hide under the table? or is it the bathtub? None of those options seem particularly reassuring. Anyway, the boys were both sleeping soundly. Ran back to my room, Geoff mumbles "yep, felt that one" then rolled over and went back to sleep! Nothing phases that man! Not even a 7.1 quake!

Things were really shaking but nothing was broken. Then this morning I found our poor little aloe plant like this...

Thankfully that's all. Several of our friends here in Anchorage lost power for the rest of the night.

As I sat on the couch afterwards I did think of catching a flight back to Florida but then i realized that we faced tornados, hurricanes, wild fires, man eating sharks, gators, and venomous snakes there, and suddenly an earthquake doesn't seem so bad. Haha! Still shook me up though! Just wish my brother could have felt it! He's coming up the day after tomorrow! Can't wait!