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Alpha, Bravo, Echo, Foxtrot

We are shockingly ahead of the game this holiday season.  It’s not even December yet, and there’s already a stash of wrapped Christmas gifts hidden in our spare bedroom. Time will tell if we finished our shopping too soon.  Mathematically, my concern looks something like this: (Average Age of Children x Number of Children) + Days Until Christmas = Odds That Gifts will be Discovered and … Continue reading Alpha, Bravo, Echo, Foxtrot

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The Great Debate

“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. “ ~Max Born Sam chose debate as one of his elective courses this semester.  Call me crazy, but this might be one of the most useful classes of his educational career.  Pubic speaking.  Active listening.  Persuasive speech writing.  Academic research.  What’s … Continue reading The Great Debate

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A September to Remember

Woah.  We packed it in last month!  Life was at times overwhelmingly busy, but looking back I can’t think of one experience I would take off the table! It all started Labor Day weekend with an overnight excursion to our friend’s Bonnie Lake cabin.  Boating, bonfires, and orienteering made for happy kids.  Fresh air and fetch games made for happy dogs.  And all of the … Continue reading A September to Remember

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First Days

It’s back to school season:  our house smells like Sharpies and new gym shoes, our lunchboxes don’t have jelly stains yet, and the kids are actually excited to go shopping.  Apparently buying pencils and binders is fun, but trying on pants is torture.  Go figure. This year the excitement was elevated, because Sam started middle school and Maggie moved up to a new 5/6 combo class.  If … Continue reading First Days

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Watch us Dip, Watch us Net, Net!

Summer is a time for salmon, and Alaskans are chasing them right now. A few weeks ago we headed to the Kasilof for some fishing.  The fish weren’t running strong, but the sun was shining and we decided to give it a shot.  Our family’s dipnet permit allows us to catch up to 55 fish per season, and the kids are now old enough to strap on … Continue reading Watch us Dip, Watch us Net, Net!

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Celebrating Sam

We celebrated 12 years of Sam this summer.  Here’s the annual time capsule summary of this child we love beyond words: He’s pensive.  He soaks in so much of what he hears and observes, and quietly reflects on it for days and weeks. What wit!  What laughter!  His sense of humor is wise beyond his years, yet he still loves potty humor YouTube videos.  Either way, … Continue reading Celebrating Sam

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Movin’ On Up

Another chapter in the book of Time Flies is now complete:  Sam has officially “graduated” from elementary school. His school honored the occasion with two separate ceremonies.  First, there was a program for the Open Optional families, where each 6th grader gave a speech in front of the parents and younger classes.  This was followed by a fun slideshow of students from kindergarten through 6th grade. Two days later we … Continue reading Movin’ On Up

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Horse Birthday Party

Another year, another birthday!  Since Maggie cherishes the time she spends at the barn with Rosie, we weren’t surprised when she asked for a horse themed party.  We told her Rosie could be part of the party plan if she kept it small, and she was thrilled.  She invited one friend and the neighbor kids to play on Saturday, and on Sunday morning we stopped at the … Continue reading Horse Birthday Party