My friend Nancy has a way of drawing me waaaaay out of my comfort zone. In hindsight, this has been going on for nearly two decades. Exhibit A: In our pre-kid days we spent a leisurely afternoon hiking the Winner Creek trail in Girdwood, only to cap it off by spontaneously launching ourselves off Mt. Alyeska in tandem paragliders. I wish I had better photos, … Continue reading Branching Out
Due to COVID-19, we’ve now celebrated two quaranteen birthdays. Everything was still locked down when Maggie turned 14 back in April, so she wasn’t able to celebrate with friends at all. We were still determined to get her out of the house, so Clark loaded up the ATV’s and took the kids out to Knik for the first ride of the season. Unfortunately, somewhere along … Continue reading Happy Quaranteens!
It’s hard to believe we are finishing Week 6 of pandemic restrictions in Anchorage. The orders to hunker down are working, and today we celebrate that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska! Next week our city begins the slow process of reopening, and I pray our numbers remain under control. In the past few weeks we have established a family routine that … Continue reading Our New Normal for Now
The Talkeetna Roadhouse offers a pie making class on weekends throughout the winter, and if you are looking for an easy Alaskan weekend getaway then definitely put this on your list. It’s a fun event for book clubs, couples, girlfriends, or (in our case) mother-daughter excursions. Our group consisted of six: three moms and three teenage girls. We unanimously voted for a weekend getaway in … Continue reading A Much-Kneaded Getaway
Our backyard chicken trial was such a success that we welcomed eight new laying hens into our flock this spring. We brought them home as baby chicks, but they are now fully grown ladies with gorgeous coloring and feather patterns. Proudly introducing: The good news is that we are already getting 6-7 eggs per day from these ladies, which we didn’t expect until October. Lots … Continue reading Coopers
Remember Rosie, the horse Maggie started working with back in 2016? Lots has changed for that dear horse in the past two years. Back then our friend Jusdi was leasing Rosie, but since she was able to purchase her. Rosie moved from a small stall at an Anchorage barn to Jusdi’s beautiful horse property out in Chugiak. This was all great for Rosie, but not … Continue reading Our Cowgirl
This summer Maggie decided to donate her exceptionally long, thick hair to charity. She chose Hair We Share, an organization that makes wigs for people impacted by medical hair loss. Twelve years ago Ms. Kim gave Maggie her very first haircut, and we were thrilled she was available for this special cut as well. Before: After – 13.5 inches gone! Gone are the days of … Continue reading Hair to Spare
Maggie has always been a girl with a smile so big she can’t help but share it with you. I vividly remember standing in line at grocery stores with a 3-year-old girl who would ask “Wanna see my wiggle dance?” to anyone who happened to make eye contact with her. She never waited for a response. Instead, she would prop her hands on her hips … Continue reading Lucky 13
And so it begins: Maggie has two full years with a metal mouth ahead of her. She’s the only one in our family to need braces, but she’ll have plenty of company in her middle school hallways. She was warned that the first few days would be painful, but we had Ibuprofen on hand and she was a trouper. She says she will most miss … Continue reading #braceface
We have officially joined the urban chicken craze. Maggie wore us down after three years of sketching custom coop designs and planning her neighborhood egg business. Our girl was determined to get some backyard birds, so when Clark’s co-worker offered us his homemade coop we decided to take the plunge. Another colleague gave us three mature hens to get us started. Meet Henrietta, Phoenix, and … Continue reading Eggcellent News!