Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sleeping RV

We love camping.  We love the adventures, the hiking, exploring, biking, fishing, campfires etc... Despite all the fun stuff, I have to say, one of my favorite times camping is when the RV is just starting to wake up.  When only some of us are awake and we are being quiet to let the others sleep.  That's when you see moments like this :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kenai River Float

I honestly never thought our family, with young very children, would be able to participate in a Kenai river float. After a little research and with family in town, we made it happen.

We are now officially starting our last year in Alaska so we have been working on making sure that we are getting out, exploring and not missing anything that we really wanted to do while living here.

I am glad our family will have the memories of the 9 of us hopping on the raft with the guide and we learned about the Kenai area of Alaska and just got to enjoy each other's company in the beautiful scenery that Alaska has to offer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer's of the Midnight Sun

Side note:  I wrote this post in June but got caught up in the summer adventures so I didn't get to publish it until now.

My favorite time of the year is here in Alaska.  After the shortest day of daylight in December (the winter solstice) we have slowly been gaining more daylight every single day.  We gained so much that by the summer solstice at the end of June, the days are almost completely bright with sunlight 24/7.  The days feel so incredibly long and enjoyable when the sun is out for 20+ hours a day.  Many evenings we are outside playing and totally loose track of time and realize that it's 9 or 10 o'clock but the sun is still high in the sky.  Last night we got to take extra advantage of this.  When the day was coming to an end, after all the daily outings and kids activities were coming to an end, after watching two soccer games last night, after tucking the 5 littles into bed, Jason, my father in law and myself were able to head out hiking while my mother in law stayed home with the kids.  At 9:50 we set out on a hike up a mountain.  We were gone for only a couple of hours but we got to enjoy the peace that comes when you can relax after climbing the mountain and getting to just have your breath taken away as you look around at the scenery and get to enjoy the beautiful views as the day starts to come to a close and the sun starts to set.  It sure did my soul good to just get out and climb the mountain, enjoy some laughs and good company.  In the pictures it was approximately 11ish at night and you can see that the sun is starting to set.  The Alaskan midnight sun is something that your mind can conceive when described but honestly, it play tricks on your mind as you loose all sense of time.  It kinda reminds me of being a kid and having the feeling of days that last forever when you have all the time in the world.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Yep I am the mom of twins, yep I have my hands full; but not this time hahahaha

Twingo carrier for the win!

 So although I am busy, my hands are free to grab the three year old who may or may not be running away on me!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lazy Days

The lazy days of summer have arrived!  The boys are done school and we are fully enjoying each other's company.  It's nice to just be able to do outings/crafts/activities whenever we want!  Last week our house had the plague.....not an illness or the flu....I mean full out plague that knocked us all out for almost a week!  So this week we are just taking it easy and lazing around starting out the summer and trying to catch up on stuff I intended to do last week.  This morning during girls nap the older boys were doing experiments from their amazing science kit while little Joshie watched carefully.  Here's to some great memory making in the upcoming summer!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Moments that melt your heart

I was just responding to  a message a friend had send me about how quickly the first year goes by for kids.  Contemplating my response, I realized that it honestly doesn't seem to slow down.  Some days are long but the years just keep slipping by.  I still vividly remember the big boys being a year old and toddling around.  I have enjoyed every stage so far with the kids but I am in awe of how quickly they keep flying by.  As we have more kids, I think that the years keep passing through the stages for each of them even quicker.  I think it might just be that you realize the second, third or fourth time through a stage that it is just that, a stage.  A stage that will soon be over so you might as well jump into the moment and enjoy because you can't have a do-over.  So today, a normal everyday type of day, I realized just how many times my heart melts with little ones around as I just enjoy the moments.  I am lucky in that every day, I am able to enjoy little moments that honestly are priceless.

Here are just a few pictures from today that make me smile and make my heart feel just happy to see my little ones.

Sister Cuddling

This boy loves his sandbox

Emma busting a gut laughing!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Feeling of Home

Day 3 Photo Challenge:

I am sure that when everyone enters their house they feel at "home".  Over the last decade of marriage, Jason and I have purchased souvenirs from different travels that have slowly become our sole source of home decor.  If anyone else where to enter our house, I am sure that these items appear the same as any other but to us, they hold the memories of the fun times, trips and special occasions that they were purchased on.

The photos I chose for today are from one of our last vacations that we took while living in Europe. We spent three weeks touring the Tuscan country side and being able to enjoy that area of Italy as a family.  The photos that I looked at brought back a flow of memories of laughing while eating gelato, wine tasting during baby nap times, the boys learning to walk on the grass in front of the tower of Pisa and more.

I get a sense of peace while looking at pictures that remind me of those evenings sitting on the porch overlooking the Tuscan country side while enjoying a cappuccino and a nice glass of wine.

The boys getting out and exploring.

The picture below looks like any regular street you can find from Italy but to me, this is a picture of the store where we purchased a decorative plate that hangs in our dining room.  The plate itself is full of bright colors and a beautiful scene and every time I look at it, I'm brought back to this little shop on a side street in the town of San Gimignano.  

On our next adventure out, I hope to find some more meaningful items that will invoke memories or fun and joy from the adventures we acquire them on.