Fur Rondy Winter Carnival

Last weekend we spent a day at the carnival. In February. Because, Alaska. The carnival is in town as part of a two week long Fur Rondy celebration that’s going on right now. I can certainly say it’s the first time I’ve been on a Tilt-A-Whirl in a parka, snow boots, and a fur hat. #yolo

We must have been there on opening day because the lines were outrageous. Lillian was in a mood, which made waiting in line the worst. We thought about just heading home, but we already drove all the way into Anchorage, bundled everyone up, and had tickets in hand. We had to commit. So we did.

It turned out to be a really fun day. Lillian enjoyed all the rides. She’s big enough to ride on most of them with an adult by her side. The only ride Hazel was able to go on was the Ferris wheel. The 4 of us all rode it together. I was panicking the entire time. I’m not a fan of heights. Also, there were no seatbelts and I was riding with a 1 and 2 year old. Ahhhh! Of course the girls loved it and could not stop giggling.













We will be enjoying more Fur Rondy events this weekend. Tomorrow is the ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod, The Last Great Race on Earth. We are planning on going and also heading up to Willow on Sunday for the restart. We’ve never been to the restart (the actual start of the race), so we’re really looking forward to it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.



Happy 1st Birthday, Hazel Mae

Last month was Hazel’s 1st birthday. On the day of her birthday the girls and I met Blake for lunch at a little sandwich shop in Anchorage. She had a PB&J to celebrate, her favorite. After lunch we headed home and spent the rest of the day playing, napping, eating mac & cheese, and watching endless episodes of The Lion Guard.


On Super Bowl Sunday (the reason we’re all dressed in Viking gear, Blake’s request) we had a small party for her. We did a Minnie Mouse theme for the birthday decorations and dessert table. The Oreo ear cupcakes were my favorite. My mom made the cake and I frosted it. So stressful, but it turned out great.


In typical Hazel fashion, she didn’t show much emotion when we sang to her. All she cared about was sticking her little fingers in the frosting. We did get some smiles out of her once she tasted the cake. Together the girls had a great time destroying it. We could not keep Lillian out of the pictures. You’ll notice her hand in almost every one.

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This past year with Hazel has been the best one yet. It’s been a wild ride, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. She keeps us on our toes and fills our hearts with so much love. She’s the perfect little addition to our family.

Happy 1st birthday, Hazie Girl. Love you so much! ♥