This New Year has been rainy, cold, and foggy (with a little snow and LOTS of ice) for our new home in Kodiak, AK. We have done some playing outside in the elements, but mostly, we find ways to have fun inside. Playing ball inside and learning how to use the computer have been frequent activities (gentle, Joe!)
We also all got sick after the New Year. It was an awful stomach bug, but thankfully we are all well now. Abbey and Joe have been having fun playing together, building and playing pretend. And when Abbey is at preschool, Joe likes to relax in her new “princess bed” and hang out with mommy (this last photo is from a mommy-Joe date at the base pizza parlor). He is growing SO FAST. He will be 3 in April. Where does the time go!?
I have also made my first steps into preserving food. Pictured is pressure canned vegetables and chicken broth, hopefully to help make chicken gnocchi soup more easily. We’ll see!
We have finally started settling into a good, healthy rhythm here in our new home at Coast Guard Base Kodiak in Kodiak, AK. Just in time for winter to blow in!
Abbey has been enjoying preschool Monday through Thursday and dance class on Friday afternoons!
Joe has been busy doing lots of toddler stuff. . .
throwing birthday parties for Thomas the Train and taking pictures of his toes, to name a couple.
We have also been busy with crafts. . .
I’m pretty sure I caught Joe red (rem, green) handed in this pic!
Abbey LOVES the perler beads craft set Grandma sent her on her birthday!
Daddy and I have also been enjoying crafting with her.
I have been getting crafty myself. . .
now that my college semester is over, I can focus again on my Silly Bear Handmade shop.
Halloween found us carving pumpkins
And trick or treating! Abbey was a Pumpkin Fairy
Joe was Leo from the Little Einsteins.
Though lots of people guessed Harry Potter.
The week wouldn’t be complete without capturing some canine portraits. . .
And I had to photograph the masterpieces that Hubs and I painted on our date-afternoon to the coffee house and painting’ place.
I cannot WAIT to see them after they are fired, all bright and glossy and beautiful! It was so fun to leave the kids with a sitter and go do something relaxing and creative with my love.
I also made Joe his own apron for helping in the kitchen this week.
I’m not sure how much he likes it. . .
. . . but he sure likes homemade chicken fingers and mac and cheese! Who doesn’t?!
That was our week – how was YOURS?!
That was our August. How was YOURS?
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
I cannot believe that October is coming to an end. What happened to Fall? It sped right by me!
I think my little man has an idea where it went. . .
Nope, mama. It’s not up there. . .
It’s not in the water, but we’re getting close. . .
Oh THERE’s the culprit that made fall fly by so fast! Our new home!
I mean, really. I feel like yesterday we were on the ferry and now we’re finally settled into our new home and making the adjustments needed to get acclimated to living 1) in Alaska and 2) on a semi-isolated island (and by semi-isolated, I mean it’s relatively easy to hop a plane to Anchorage if you have the time and money to do so).
Meanwhile, while we haven’t had the opportunity to jet set off to the Mainland yet. . . We’ve been hiking and exploring with new friends,
Growing bigger and bigger each day. . .
And loving each other wholeheartedly
Oh and we can’t forget to mention the wild blueberries we picked this fall. YUMMY!
It looks like Kodiak is a pretty cool place.
We’re just going to keep rolling with the punches and continue growing with each new opportunity.