Hello and welcome everyone! We are the Olsons. Our family consists of:


Blake – The Dad


Briana – The Mom


Lillian – The Panda


Hazel – The Babe

Blake and I are originally from small towns in North Dakota. We loved growing up in North Dakota and wouldn’t change it for the world.  We met in high school and were married EIGHT years later in 2011. Thanks to Blake’s job, we move around a lot. We have lived in North Dakota, Alabama, Colorado and now Alaska.

We moved to Alaska in April of 2013. At the time, I was extremely pregnant. We quickly bought a house and got settled in. Soon after, Lillian Grace arrived. 20 short months later Hazel Mae was born. The girls are our world and life with them is an adventure.

This is a blog about our life. It is a way to keep family and friends updated and to share our journey. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy!

Much Love,
The Olsons


  1. colleen and les says:

    It will be wonderful to read how everything is going with you, dear ones.
    Love the Christmas card picture. It couldn’t be anymore fun to see Lillian, in the pic, with her pursed lips. Too cute.

  2. Kelsey says:

    Hi Briana, I just found your blog. I am a fellow alaskan…well alaskan transplant for the next few years :) I am excited to read more about your adventures up here in the far north!!

    • alaskanpanda says:

      Hey Kelsey! I too just found your blog and am loving it. Your kids are adorable! Our girls look like they’re about the same age. Thanks for the comment. :)

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi Brianna!
    Ok, I am so excited to have found your blog (through a very late reply to you on my blog). My sincere apologies! Your family is just as precious as all get out! We no longer live in Alaska, but it sure it a wonderful place to call home for a while. We really do miss it! I’m so happy to be your newest follower!

  4. Samantha says:

    Your family is adorable! I am so glad you ran across my blog so I could find yours. (I tried to reply to your comment on my “about” page but your account is a no-comment-reply blogger so I couldn’t…)

    I also love connecting with people from the same area as me. Man, this ND winter has been a freeezing cold one this year :( Look forward to reading your blog!

  5. emma weiser says:

    Did blake win the race in his red long johns
    i got to hold Lillian at linton
    i like your pictures at florida
    im bagging mom and dad to take me
    but my famly wants to go to alaska

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