Winter Wonderland Adventure

This is our fourth winter in Alaska and it’s what I’d call our first true Alaskan winter. Our first three winters were very mild (in the eyes of a North Dakota native) with barely any snow. However, this year has been full of frost covered trees, very cold temps, and lots of snow.

The girls love playing outside in the cold and snow. Lillian’s been begging me to take them ice skating for a few months now. I’ve been putting it off because I wanted to make sure the ice was good and solid. Also, it’s been hard to get out when we’ve had few days above even 10 degrees.

A couple of weeks ago we finally had a day where we could get out without immediately freezing. I decided to take them to Reflections Lake. I knew it’d be perfect because it’s a tiny lake that I was actually comfortable letting them “ice skate” on (in their boots as they don’t have skates). There’s a nice trail around the lake with lots of trees and mountain views. It’s a great place to explore year-round.

The setting was beautiful and the girls had so much fun. Lillian kept calling it a winter wonderland adventure. And it really was.

I took the last four pictures ↓ with my phone so the quality isn’t great. But I wanted to include them because they show how beautiful the trees are. In some areas they’re like this almost all winter and I just can’t get over it. It’s magical.

In other news, Hazie Girl turns TWO next week. How can that be?! I’m still undecided on what to do for her party. She’s our Super Bowl baby and it’s just easier to combine her birthday party with a Super Bowl party. Is that mean? I feel like she’s still young enough to not care. But at the same time I feel a little guilty and like it’s very second child of us to not let her have her own day. We’ll see.

Hope everyone has a great week.



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Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to take a break from the new toys, coffee, lounging around, scattered boxes & wrapping paper, leftover cookies, dirty dishes, and all the day after Christmas chaos to wish our family and friends a Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoyed the day loving your people and remembering the real reason for the season. We sure did! Love you all!!