2 years ago today we had our last camping spot in the lower 48 before driving into Canada. Aurora was 16 months when we did the long haul drive from Arizona to Anchorage. Now, in a little over a week, we will get on a ferry and move, yet again, to another part of Alaska!… Read more Moving Again!
The other day she helped me prep up a delicious fresh caught Sockeye Salmon filet that our neighbors brought us. She did a great job prepping and then thoroughly enjoyed munching on her hard work. As difficult as it can be sometimes to have Aurora help in the kitchen, I can already see the benefits… Read more Cooking with Chef Aurora: Orange Glazed Herb Salmon
We are officially half way through 2017! How did that happen? I feel like the year is flying by and I’ve been so busy. Sometimes with children it feels like nothing ever gets done. At the end of the day Jay and I will talk and ask “what did we do today?” We were busy… Read more 2017 6 month Review
I consider myself a pretty minimalistic parent. We don’t have the house cluttered in toys and the toys that we do have, we try and gear them towards imagination and STEM learning. Last year, Aurora’s Grandma Liz bought her some Playmags. If you don’t know what Playmags are they’re pretty much squares and triangles with… Read more Playmags
What do you do when you find an awesome deal on chicken in Alaska? You can it. Given, $2.99/lb might not be a great deal for skinless, boneless chicken breast in the lower 48, it’s about 40% off of the regular price. When deals like this come up, we clear out the section, pull out… Read more Canning: Chicken
Did you know that spruce tips were even a thing? My mom sure didn’t know what I was talking about when I mentioned Spruce Tip Jelly. Spruce tips are the new growth of a spruce tree and show up as bright green shoots on the ends of their branches. Most people around conifers have probably… Read more Canning: Spruce Tip Jelly
Summer seems to be taking its time showing up despite the beautiful weather we’ve been having. The salmon berry bushes are lifeless and show no new buds or growth. I did see a few that had some sad looking flowers on them but only a few. The spruce tips have yet to show up but… Read more Canning: Blubarb Jam and Dandelion Jelly
The school year is officially over. It is a bitter sweet feeling knowing this is pretty much the last time I’ll see these kids in my classroom. I will miss them dearly. FInals week was slow since there was a bit of down time once students were done with their finals but some students had… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 169-173
These last few weeks have been a super busy time! There has been travel for track so Jay has been away for a few days, Aurora came down with a 5 day stomach bug which Jay got a few days later. Thankfully, Rigel and I didn’t get sick but Rigel was really fussy at night,… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 154-168
I cannot believe that a year ago I gave birth to a beautiful little baby boy! It seems like a life time ago and yet, I can remember his birth like it was yesterday. Rigel was very comfy in mommy’s tummy and decided to show up a week late. My water had begun to leak… Read more Happy First Birthday!