april

april

I’m thankful for this April. For time with Sam and Ben and Ruby. For sunshine and mountains. For the Resurrection of my Savior. And our family and friends near and far that we got to spend time with. We started out April with a bang! A hike up Mt. Baldy on a just perfectly sunny day. Sam […]

fullness of life.

fullness of life.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. Melody Beattie On our first day off together in February, we hiked around the hillside and found the most beautiful sights. If you aren’t hiking around the hillside then you are missing out. Little Sammy loved it, and we did […]

shine.

shine.

We started our this beautiful 2019 with a hike and time with Mimi and Poppi. We had a wonderful visit with them and were sad to see them head back to Montana. We love them It was a FULL January. December felt so sleepy and cozy and January was like hitting the ground running and we […]

snuggly december.

snuggly december.

December. Coziest of months. Warmest of times. We cut down our Christmas tree and had the most wonderful Christmas joy. And we enjoyed our simple, wonderful, little life on trails and in the trees and around the fire and with each other. Basher Loop. New trail. Sam happy hiking crew. Love these two. Hillside trail. Peekaboo […]

slow down, breathe, let things be.

slow down, breathe, let things be.

I love November. The start of the holidays and the crispy, snowy air. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and with Sam growing by leaps and bounds it felt that this November was just full of showing him new things. New trails. New snow. New fun. A big birthday celebration, a visit from Grammy Julie, and […]

McHugh Ridge… for mama eyes only.

McHugh Ridge… for mama eyes only.

Ok, stop right now if you are not a mom. You are not allowed to read this. Also, stop if you are a judgy mom. We don’t need that here. But if you are a mom who sometimes experiences fear and anxiety and being overwhelmed then please keep reading because I have to tell you […]

kokanee dreams.

kokanee dreams.

Across Eklutna Lake, about 4 miles, lies a perfect little dream public use cabin, Kokanee Cabin. We walked, skied, and snowmachined across the lake with packs, and a chariot, and a little Sam. We borrowed a friend’s snowmachine to ferry our gear and camp across the lake but this probably wasn’t necessary after all. The crust was […]

the little things.

the little things.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault Transition to work. I went back to work on February 1. Ben stayed home with Sam for two days while I made this transition. Then a few days later, Sam had his first days away from […]

May.

May.

May. I love you. The snow is mostly gone in town. Just waiting for those mountains to melt out. The lakes are opening. The skies are parting. And it is finally warm(er) (sorta). Yippee. Between hiking on the Turnagain Arm Trail, Jamie’s visit to Alaska, Camping with the Burtch’s, and our delightful campout, we also hung […]

Percy the bear. And Jamie’s visit to Alaska.

Percy the bear. And Jamie’s visit to Alaska.

Jamie came marching to Alaska with some big plans. He wanted to bag himself a fuzzy black bear. We happily agreed with his plans! He arrived on Saturday evening, we bought some tags and packed our stuff and my parents fed us a delicious meal! The next day, while Ben and I were at work, […]