Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Slump

January is my slump month, or maybe recovery month, or it is dark and cold so I stay home month. Whatever it is, I rarely leave home and I am happy about it. 

Elisabeth had an appointment so we left the house, it was cold, we were bundled.

Benjamin and I had some art time with pastels one afternoon while we were having our FIAR read with Madeline. 

My art

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Saturday Outdoors Version

Four out of the six of us went for a snow machine ride on Saturday. 

Elisabeth, Daddy I getting machines started and warmed up. 

Benjamin has really improved his driving skills this winter.

He had a blast riding in unridden on deep snow. He is really getting practice on which way to lean. 

The convey, I was the caboose.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to You

Happy New Year to you from Alaska.

My older three out by the bonfire, sigh, how did they get so old? 
They head off for a two day teen winter retreat. I will not know what to do with only one child in the house. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fluffy Snow

After the freezing rain the temperature dropped enough for some big snowflakes. I love big, fluffy snow NOT freezing rain. 

Then the big snowflakes subsided and it showed small flakes. 

I did drive Judith to the pool for swim practice this afternoon and the roads were not so horrible. 

The Dreaded Weather

Our Alaskan winter has been absolutely nothing to complain about. The temperature has only gotten close to twenty below one time all winter. The temperature has remained a happy *below freezing yet not too cold* making outdoor activity actually pleasant.

Until today. Look at this weather screen shot, this weather makes me sad. We shall survive though, we shall go on.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gingerbread and The Bosch

A few years ago I saved up and purchased a Bosch mixer. I do love this heavy duty workhorse. This is a great machine for bread and double batches of gingerbread cookie dough. 

We took last year off from gingerbread creations but this year we are back in business with a gingerbread village in the works. I wait until a few days before Christmas to start so the kids can eat their creations, yea, we make them edible. 

The dough for our village and we even had to make one more batch. I think we over sized our pieces. 

The planning of the gingerbread village

Benjamin rolling out some dough

Judith cutting out her pieces.

I need to take pictures of the final project during the daylight hours.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanksgiving through today

Yep, 1) we took a selfie in the middle of a store and 2) we went black Friday shopping and 3) I have never been an enjoyer of black Friday shopping.

But, half of socks at Fred's will get me out every year I have twelve feet to cover. Half price socks and tights people. I am in. 

The sky, I took this picture for the sky. I cannot  figure out where this is, just look at the sky. 

The tree topper this year. 

Benjamin went to the birthday party of a friend and there was this baby, I got her to sleep. We are BFFs. 

Skiing has commenced and has done wonders for dealing with darkness. The thirty to forty-five minutes a day outside is wonderful. 

Random fact, we will begin gaining daylight soon, we are almost to the top of the hump.

The girls made gingerbread cookies for a cookie swap. 

We hosted the cookie swap with the help of another family. Fun times. 

We had hot cocoa floats as a drink option. I LOVE hot cocoa floats. We used mint chocolate chip Bryers ice cream, NOT the green kind, white ice cream. Try it you will love it. And don't forget the whipped cream.

A birthday happened. Benjamin turned six, where has the time gone?

Our North Pole Mc Donald's was torn down and rebuilt so we had birthday lunch at the newly opened place. Nice, I liked the combination of McDonald's and North Pole. The big picture on the wall is of the Santa Claus house. 

Benjamin had his two buds from Sunday School over for pizza and cupcakes. 

Today we had recess, everyone outside. The kids did the sled thing while I skiied. 

Now you know what we have been up to.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Oops, I am a little behind in posting.

Living in small town Alaska is pretty great. The lighting was decent so I stopped on the side of a residential road and took a few pics of the kids. 

Judith made most of the pies for Thanksgiving this year. 

Recipes and Pandora on the tablet while pie making. 

I think this was cherry pie

Prepping ingredients on Wednesday for easy cooking on Thursday

Homemade cream of mushroom soup for a recipe.

Benjamin was arranging fall decorations on the piano. 

My Thanksgiving day brunch

The turkey, our friends have 4H kids who grow market turkeys and they always raise a couple extra for their freezer. Yummy, homegrown turkey. 

Benjamin's prayer stance, yes, I was watching him.

The spread after everyone had gone through the line. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Processing the Moose

Freezer space is, well, limited. 
The garden harvest was less than stellar so there were many empty canning jars. 
Moose meat went into jars. 
I am beginning with the finished product. 

Meat in jars is not pretty. 

Jars in the canner. I canned twenty-one quarts of meat. 

Packing meat into jars.


Ahh, the ER, the dreaded ER. On a Friday night at 11 pm. We were surprised that we the only people in the ER, yahoo! 
Why did we go to the ER? Elisabeth was woodworking while watching a movie and well, the finger got cut, on her left hand aannnd she is a lefty.

After returning home and stitched and splinted for twenty-four hours.

Saturday morning was a little late starting due to a late night at the ER. Benjamin was the only one that received a full night of sleep so he kept himself busy while everyone else slowly got moving for the day.

After sleeping in and slowly waking up I decided it was past time to give the kitchen counters a deep cleaning. I spent the day removing everything and cleaning grout and then removing all the baking soda residue.

Sunday was a low attendance Sunday with many families out due to the flu that has attacked out town. The three muskateers were all back together though. 

This should probably be a post all on its own but it is here. The new North Pole Library opened!!! Yes, we went on the opening day, I am sure the librarians missed us while they were closed and moving. 
Benjamin was the first child to use a computer in the new childrens' room.

There is a fireplace.

Benjamin and I take time for a selfie in a rocking chair.

This picture pretty much sums up Benjamin's excitement about the new library.
So much more space, a new and amazing check in system that immediately checks in your items upon your arrival, and self check-out kiosks. Super cool and here at the Pole, amazing.