Tree Day 2016

No matter how busy life gets, our family will always make time for our annual Christmas tree excursion.  This December’s weekend commitments included soccer games, horse chores, birthday parties, book club, gobs of homework, a band concert, and a debate tournament.  No matter.  We blocked out one lone Sunday on the calendar and headed to the woods. Good choice. Sunrise isn’t until 10 AM this time … Continue reading Tree Day 2016

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

Tuesdays with Rosie

You know that moment when your daughter kinda sorta thinks she got a horse for Christmas, when in reality she got a JOB helping to care for someone else’s horse?  Yeah. that happened here on Christmas morning: It all started a few months ago when Clark had an epiphany about Maggie:  “She’s a 4-H girl!” he exclaimed.  It’s so true.  How had we not seen it … Continue reading Tuesdays with Rosie

Ready or Not, Christmas is Tomorrow!

We returned from Maui three weeks ago (eventually I will get around to posting some pictures from that amazing vacation!!) and since then it’s been all about Christmas. First on the to-do list was the family tree.  This annual excursion is usually more National Lampoons than Norman Rockwell, but this year I must admit it was pretty darn easy.  The snow was only ankle deep … Continue reading Ready or Not, Christmas is Tomorrow!

Christmas Hangover

Of all the Christmas books and stories and legends, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is my absolute favorite.  It’s a joy to read aloud, with its brilliant combination of silly Suessical lyrics and a serious sentiment that is impossible to miss: Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!  “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means … Continue reading Christmas Hangover

Tree Day 2012

Every year our family embarks upon an old-fashioned quest for the perfect Christmas tree.  We gear up and trudge through the woods, often hiking for miles in deep snow before we find a healthy spruce tree to adorn our living room throughout the holiday season. Anyone who has seen Southcentral Alaska’s forests understands that this tradition makes for great memories, but hideous trees. Actually, the … Continue reading Tree Day 2012