arctic life: june


For most of you, summer is just kicking off. Here in Alaska though, summer is already half way over. Not to be all half glass empty, but school starts back up in just over 6 weeks, so really I’m just being factual.

Days are still long. Really really long. As in 18+ hours of light. Which once you have lived here long enough, you come to really love it. You can play literally all day and night and rarely have to worry about turning on lights. Camping is a breeze because that inevitable late night bathroom break can at least be done without spending 20 mins searching for the stupid flashlight in your tent. And it’s simply what summers in Alaska are made of.

We’ve made an effort every year to plant a garden and it’s always been, eh. This year I feel like we’ve accomplished something. Our garden spot got tilled up, the surrounding sun blocking trees cut down, and we planted a gajillion seeds. Some were a bust, but what did come up has kept me busy. Pumpkins, and broccoli, zucchini and lettuce. The arugula is out of control! Along with kale, sweet snap peas and brussels sprouts. The greenhouse is packed with peppers and tomatoes and herbs are growing all throughout the yard.





Our strawberry and raspberry patches came back really strong this year.




And my new favorite, our sunflower garden. They are so close to opening up.


We added a new member to the family this month too, Sharky! He’s our adorable pound pup that fits in just so perfectly with us. Hayden and the neighborhood kids adore him and he is soo sweet with the babies, licking their little heads and hands any chance he gets. He chews a thing or two, but loves his sunny porch naps where he can keep an eye on us.


The yard is filled with color and blossoms and it’s so hard to stay inside when it’s so inviting outside.




And the real question. What’s it like to have so much light?? Here’s a glimpse at 10 pm…


and again at midnight.


Once we close up the curtains inside, the house is dark enough that sleep comes easy and in no time at all, you get accustomed to it.

Our summer days are filled with pool dates, popsicles and picking flowers. We’ve already taken a few family roadtrips and have plenty more in the works. On top of ending the summer with a kid less tropical getaway. This is chalking up to be one of our best summers yet. Hoping the rest of your summers are just as sun filled and adventurous!



I’m thankful for……

kiddie pools 

IMG_8897This is about the closest thing to a pool that most families have in Alaska. Our summers are usually short and mild and the up keep and expense of an in ground pool isn’t worth it to most of us. Unless your super fancy, and in that case, can we come swim in your pool??

In the last few weeks, we have had record high temps so we have been keeping the kids camped out in the pool.


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I’m thankful for….

impromptu trips


Andy and I celebrated our two year anniversary this month. He arranged a sitter for the kids and told me to dress for the weather and bring my camera. We loaded up and made our way to the quaint and tiny town of Talkeetna, AK.

What we didn’t account for was our sunny clear skies staying behind us.


Talkeetna is only about an hour away from home so while the weather didn’t look like it would cooperate for us, we decided to see our adventure through anyway. On the way, Andy revealed we were going to hop on a plane and head up to Mt. McKinley. But…… this is where our plane stayed.


Due to bad weather all trips were cancelled for the day. Ugh.

No point in wasting the day though. We were kidless, had time to spare and were already away from home. So we made like tourists and roamed the town. Starting here.


The place was packed, so we grabbed a seat at the bar, ate a few appetizers and tried out a few new brews.


Talkeetna consists of basically two streets, loaded with shops and restaurants, and in the summer is overflowing with people in all places.





We bought the kids adorable locally made wooden toys and walked aimlessly in the rain, people watching. We explored old buildings and checked out local art.

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And we took time to simply enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the small moments we get to do absolutely nothing.


Last year we spent the weekend in Anchorage and before we checked out of our hotel, we sat down and wrote notes to each other to read on our next anniversary. So on our way back home, we found a trail off the highway to adventure on and stopped to read our thoughts that we wrote for one another.


We got back in time to have dinner and drinks with the family and when we got home we wrote new messages to each other and sealed them up for next year. The trip was short and sweet and filled with delicious food, great conversations and lots of laughter. And to top it off we bought our tickets for our trip to Hawaii in September.

Best impromptu trip ever.


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Today Andy and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary so it felt necessary to reminisce a bit. Everyone says their wedding date is the happiest day of their life. My wedding was the happiest time in my life.

Andy and I had been organizing this wedding ourselves, down to every tiny detail for a year prior. We got married in our homestate, Idaho, and flew down a month before the big day. We spent so much time with family and old friends, and it was a constant state of bliss. We didn’t worry and stress about the little things. We enjoyed each moment and anticipated this day we had been so eagerly preparing for.

Everything was perfect.

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We had an outdoor wedding and the weather was beautiful. No one misplaced a tie, or a dress, or even worse, the rings. The food and the flowers showed up on time and intact. We set up the morning of without a hiccup. There wasn’t a single detail of that day that wasn’t amazing, it exceeded every single one of my expectations.

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It was simple and romantic. Laid back and fun. Elegant yet not over the top. We had a hand in everything involved, right down to the centerpiece boxes Andy hand built.

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Our friend performed the ceremony and we were surrounded by all the people we love.

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Then the real fun began. We had the BEST musicians. Two things that were on the top of the list were really good food and really really good live music. I think we hit the mark on both. People still make comments to us on how wonderful the band was. Andy’s brothers and cousins helped grill, the beer was on tap and we all laughed and danced and had the time of our lives.

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Wedding Photos 878It was as if time paused for a brief moment when I stepped out of the car in my wedding dress, and in a blink of an eye it was over. Life was in fast forward and it was everything that is magical, and memorable and special. We ditched the party for a quick limo ride to Hogans for wedding shots and made it back in time for a few last songs before the sun set on our beautiful day. The following day we invited everyone back for brunch and got one last day to soak in time with our very favorite people. Every second of that weekend I hold dear to my heart and nothing will compare to it.

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Happy Anniversary to my sweet, loving, caring husband who has the biggest heart and the most unconditional love for his wife and family. You make every day one to remember and it’s only just the beginning.