Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thanks to my sister Whitney, I was FINALLY able to get pics taken in my Botanical Medallion Cardigan. I knit it out of Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece, in their limelight colorway. It is one of my favorite finished projects! The knitting was fun, and I loved the different construction (being that it's just a giant circle with armholes), though I don't think I could bring myself to knit another one. The outer band is just a four row repeat and it got pretty tedious.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Here is a picture of my cabinet in the middle of me using it. I have my little ironing pad and iron. My baskets fit perfectly in the cubby holes and contain patterns, scraps, WIPs, and my new Pockets to Go organizers. Two of them are destined for my sister and her boyfriend as they are heading off to college in a couple of weeks and thought they would make great gifts.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I love little road trips and John and I really enjoyed the scenery and the chance to chat. The boys did great and were berry happy to be going on an "adventure"!
We took our time and I was even indulged to detour to Cooper's Landing to stop at their quilt shop! It was an awesome little shop and I picked up a wallhanging appliqué pattern and a little kit that will be a gift.
We got into Seward around 1pm and headed to their great playground to have a yummy (if somewhat chilly) lunch. Then we took advantage of the playground and let the boys stretch their legs. Very fun.
Then we headed to the Sealife Center, which we all enjoyed, though Corbin was especially intruiged by it all and was so fun to watch him discover and observe. We all thought the Sea Lion was pretty awesome (as we always do), though I always love the Puffins too!
I hit the yarn shop and quilt shop while the boys napped in the car, then we headed down to the docks and I knit while all the boys napped.
We got ice cream, and then headed for dinner (gotta love dessert before dinner ;P). After a hearty warm dinner we drove out to Exit Glacier and walked out to the glacier. Corbin did great and walked the whole way by himself and Noah was only carried about half way. Corbin loved walking in the drizzle and was pretty impressed with the glacier, thinking it was pretty cool that it could leave scratches on the rocks.
We headed home after that and wearily pulled into the driveway around 10:45pm. We all slept quite soundly :)
*I apologize for the crappy stretched pics - my camera batteries were dead, so I was stick with the iPhone camera and I am writing this from my phone and haven't figured out the stretching, I'll try to correct it at the pc in the morning*
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'm half way through the matching shirts, but I've finished the others and here's some pics.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today I had lunch with my mom and then helped clean out her office. It turned out to be much more entertaining than expected. We found some amazing letters and journals. Including a journal of my great grandmother's from 1973 & 1975, it was crazy to hear my mother talked about as a teenager and to hear her speak of sewing maternity clothes for an aunt of mine. We also found a letter my mom had written to a friend that had mailed it back after twenty years. It was written when she was 16 and it was pretty funny! I biked home feeling really lucky for the loving family that surrounds me.
Oh, and today is my parents 33rd anniversary!! Way to go Mom and Dad!! You are an amazing inspiration :)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Today I woke up to the sound of rain. It was wonderful and the clean smell of trees and water wafted into my bedroom. My excitement was only a little dampened (haha pun intended) when I realized I would be biking to church. After packing my skirt and top and dressing accordingly it was really no big deal. The streets were so quiet and it was truly a peaceful ride.
We had lunch at my parents - my Dad is giving his new grill a workout and grilled some amazing salmon with a raspberry chipotle sauce brushed on it!! YUM!! Then we headed home and I put the boys to bed, but not before promising Corbin that he could wear his new firefighter rain boots and go for a puddle jumping walk once he woke up.
Three hours later I finally went in to wake him up! So we put on our boots and headed out. The boys had a blast and listened so well. I can't wait to take them out for more puddle jumping...though Noah still hasn't quite figured out jumping so he is still puddle stomping ;P
Afterwards we came home and made muffins and dinner together. I really gotta say it was an awesome day. The boys were so well behaved and fun. I think it was pretty much a day that Mom's live for :)
Completely unrelated but John has been waiting to see if he still had a job as his company is merging with two others. Upon checking the mail yesterday we were so excited and relieved to see an "offer of employment" and not only that but a significant raise in pay!! This is just a huge answer to prayer!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Also biked my errands while pulling the boys. I logged around 10.3 miles today! Not too shabby for just around town :)
And lastly I realized I need my sister to help me with some pics of my newest sweater!! *hint hint* Whitney :) so hopefully Sunday I will have a crafty post!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Yesterday was another day of family biking. We headed off towards Lake Hood planning on connecting to the Coastal Trail at Earthquake Park. The boys were asleep quickly as we headed out a little after their normal nap time. BUT, quickly woke up once they heard all the float planes taking off at the lake. We stopped and took some pics and let them enjoy all the planes.
Then we were back on the trail and biked on to Elderberry Park downtown where we had a nice picnic dinner.
The boys enjoyed the playground and made a couple new friends. The bike home was nice and uneventful. All in all it was a 19 mile ride, though it was considerably easier for me than Tuesday as I was not attached to roughly 80lbs of kid and trailer!
Today I worked - which I have not yet announced, but I am now employed at Quilt Tree! I loving it and am constantly inspired by the creativity around me. I must admit it has been providing me with a much needed regular break from being a stay at home mom. John is loving the alone time he's getting with the boys and the change of pace is welcome for both of us :)
As I was saying, today I worked so that meant my main bike rides were just the to and from work, though I was joined by my youngest sister Beka on my way home (a very welcome suprise! I can hardly believe she will be gone to college in just six weeks!!). It's only around a 4.5 mile ride one way but it adds up to about 45 min of biking a day so is still a welcome workout!
After getting home John washed and tuned up my bike as well as his. Then we enjoyed a quick ride to Tastee Freeze where we ate a yummy dinner and ice cream sundays!
All in all today I bike 12.8 miles, and I must admit my muscles protested a little today after my two previous rides!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
My sister has been blatantly nagging me about blogging, and admittedly it's been awhile! The last two months have been packed with biking, starting a new job, a trip to Illinois, and more biking!
I think my lack of blogging has been a result of feeling like I needed to catch, and if I didn't where would I jump back in? But my sister is right, I need to blog. I miss it :)
I'll just ease in with biking. Yesterday I biked my longest trip while pulling the boys, 19.5 miles!!! I was pretty worn out as they are pretty heavy! Buy I am proud of myself and look forward to more such trips. I've mentioned this before, but my goal in biking is to save gas money and burn some weight off. I have around 40 pounds to lose now. I have already lost eight, and i am really trying to make a real lifestyle change rather than binge dieting. It has it's ups and downs, but I am slowing dropping the weight :)
I'll try to do a crafty update next! I have a lot of sewing and knitting in progress!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sooooo as I mentioned in my last post John wanted some socks. Specifically he wanted socks he could wear with his flip flops. He lounges in these flip flops at work between calls (he's an EMT III) and he wears them all winter because he loves them so much and remind him of our WDW vacations (They are mickey mouse croc flip flops ).
Monday, April 12, 2010
Woo! These socks were a FUN and FAST knit! I got the first one done in under 48 hours (not straight knitting time, but I cast on the evening of my birthday and cast off two evenings later). I took a few days off to spin and then picked the second one back up this morning. Seriously satisfying and exciting. The pattern is so unique and the fit is really great, they totally hug my feet and are so comfortable to wear (and they are the same length for some reason the left looks longer above, but it really isn't).
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of Christ
1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
The Resurrection of the Dead
12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he "has put everything under his feet."[c] Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die."[d] 33Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
The Resurrection Body
35But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"[e]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we[f] bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
50I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."[g]
55"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"[h] 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
As so many Alaskans and probably most of the US (though it has reached many of them already) I can't wait to get my rear out into the warmth and sunshine! Today I totally stepped outside my comfort zone and took the boys for a walk....the walk wasn't out of my comfort zone but the puddle jumping was!! I am such a baby when it comes to getting dirty, but I took a note from my sisters who both love puddle jumping and let the boys have at it (yes they are in their PJ's, I figured if they got super dirty or stained most people would never see them)! Though I was still too paranoid to enjoy it myself! (Old habits die hard, what can I say)
Friday, March 12, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
There are some things that are so special about living in Alaska! The Fur Rondy is one of them!! Today kicks off the 75th anniversary - which I think is pretty amazing! It has had some rough years as it costs quite a bit to put on! I have been going to Fur Rondy events my entire life and cannot imagine not getting to see the sled dogs, or any of the the awesome events that happen. John and I will be sitting down when he gets home to plan out which events we don't want to miss!! Definitely the start of the Iditarod, the running of the Reindeer, etc. I can't wait!!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
- Sloppy Joes
- Double Baked Potatoes
- Sweet n Sour Chicken
- Shepherds Pie
- Sweet BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
- Moose Stew
- Ginny's Beans
- Chicken Quesadillas
- Bean Burritos
- Quiche Lorraine (an improved recipe over last months!)