Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Resolutions...Ok I know they're a little late!

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)

Speaking of habits, I plan on breaking a few as well as forming some new ones. I have goals for the coming year (which I do find a little interesting that this is hitting me now, as I had no inspiration whatsoever over new years)

1. I will get outdoors everyday. I just used Fiber Festival moolah (THANK YOU to whomever shopped from me!!) and some money from selling our single chariot to purchase a new bike and double chariot for me and the boys. I have weight I want to lose, but more importantly I want to lead an active and fit lifestyle, and give my kiddos the tools and example to do the same! Plus all of my family members (as in my hubby, parents, and sisters) love to bike so I think it will be great fun!

2. I want to participate in more local events. I am already planning on doing the Walk/Roll for Hope and look forward to participating in some races this summer and fall as well! I also discovered that there is TONS of stuff to take the boys to that cost either nothing or little around town and I need to be taking advantage of them!! Plus hopefully I will be riding my bike instead of taking the car so I will be saving on gas as well!

3. Make time to enjoy the moment and stress less. This pretty much applies to all areas of my life and I think I need to stop being so centered on getting things done (well not lose that completely but balance it a little) and focus more on enjoying the moments I'm having, regardless of whether they are going exactly to plan. I am sort of a planner, so this is a big stretch for me. hmm...I feel like I need to explain how I am a planner...I am not a long term planner as much as I am a daily planner. In the morning I have expectations for my day and if things don't go accordingly I am known to get cranky....proof?...ask the hubby!

So there they are! There's not ever going to be a better time than now :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Alaska Fiber Festival Sneak Peek!

So tonight was setup! As you can imagine it has been a busy week preparing for this event. The Alaska Fiber Festival only happens every two years, so don't miss it! The marketplace is open Sat and Sun from 10-5. Come down and say hello!! There is all types of booths, it not just yarn & spinning fiber.

Here's a sneak peek into my booth (though it is missing a few finishing touches)

The Fingering Weight Yarns

The Sport through Worsted

And the Spinning/Felting Fibers!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 Iditarod

So John and I have always loved to go to the Iditarod start in Anchorage. We usually start downtown at the official start and enjoy the barking dogs, the crowds of people with their Fur Rondy dress, and the energy of the event! Then we go on to Goose Lake Park and get an up close and personal view of the mushers and their dogs running down the trail!

Unfortunately John was working today, but I took the boys anyways. My mother joined me for the downtown portion (though I have no pics from downtown, it was pretty busy!). But here are the pics I took from Goose Lake. The boys had a blast and I love getting to watch the sleds run so close! It was a great day for it :)

Oh! And we even came away with souvenirs! The mushers were throwing their worn out dog booties for people to take home...Corbin thought it was pretty cool that the dogs had their own shoes.

oh and P.S. The Alaska Fiber Festival is this week and I will be vending there next weekend. So come see me!! I will be sharing a booth with Sally, from Moose in Socks. I am knitting up some sample stuff to have for show, including some darling booties I cast on last night!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Sometimes I let myself get very frustrated. Today as I took muffins out of the oven my kids were going crazy. Corbin was just being a goofy three year old and was just making extremely annoying noises, normally I handle it. Noah was doing his whiney cry as food was not arriving as quickly as he thought it should to his mouth, normally I kind of handle it. However both of these together put me over the edge. I yelled at both of them, which resulted in them both crying, not an improvement. I hate looking back on those moments.

Peace. Now I am peaceful, all three boys are in bed and I love the joy that comes with knowing that they are in their respective beds, sleeping, hopefully dreaming. These are some of my favorite moments.

Now I am going to spin and enjoy my peaceful house (while it lasts! lol!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snow Sculptures!

After a quite hectic weekend (I have a future post coming with my Olympic Knitting projects) we've been just chilling and quietly working on various things around the house. Today we decided to get out and see the Fur Rondy Snow Sculptures. It has been quite warm (in the upper 30's to low 40's) and wanted to go see them before they fell apart. There were some really simple ones as well as some intricate and quite beautiful ones. Here's a little collage (the pics are black and white so that the sculptures stand out as they should).

I have been going to see these since I can remember and am excited to continue this tradition with my children. They both loved them!