Thanksgiving table game! Forehead detective.

Last year for Thanksgiving, we played the forehead detective game, and it was such a laugh. Sometimes I get frustrated playing this game (i.e. if I am the last to figure my name out,) but that is because I don’t like losing. haha. This game can be played many ways, but ultimately the goal remains […]

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Dear Fall

Dear Fall, I would like to express my powerful desire for your presence in the state of Georgia. We have experienced our share of your friend Summer, but she’s tired and would like to rest. Would it be too much trouble to stop in for a bit? I would like to pull out my box […]

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winter wonderland

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” -John Muir This Christmas J and I woke up to a sparkling, glittering, shimmering neighborhood of brilliant white snow. A truly white Christmas. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a place this beautiful. Growing up mostly in North Carolina, I had […]

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holiday family photo strategy

It’s no surprise that J and I like to take family photos. It’s nice to look back in years to come and have those family pictures. J’s mom and sister came to visit over Thanksgiving and we enjoyed a week of FUN outdoor activities, and we also took some families photos. It’s hard when you […]

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a holiday- themed paint night

J and I love a good paint night. I found this great holiday-themed watercolor tutorial online for (one of) our December “date-night-paint-nights” and not only did they both turn out so well, we completely enjoyed ourselves. We cranked up the old holiday Spotify Christmas classics, watercolor paper, brushes, paint, and oil pastels, and voila! Magic in the making. […]

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Chop it, Trim it, Charlie Brown.

This year J wanted to cut down our tree. There is something romantically sentimental about chopping down your own Christmas tree…..in theory. Perhaps in some states, that idea carries through from forest to living room and you end up with a full, vibrant fern. But in the northern Alaskan hills- the picture isn’t painted quite so […]

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Hatcher Pass: A travelers diary

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir It has been a while since I put pen to paper, or fingers to keys (as the case may be.) We have done quite a bit of traveling up here in “great white north” the “forgotten state” the “state no one ships packages to for […]

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climb. slip. cry. control?

Should I wear boots? No. It’s spring! The ice should be melted. We make our way up the mountain, along the windy roads, singing along to the “Wake Up Happy” playlist Spotify created especially for us. What a Saturday. What a weekend. What a relief to have some time in nature, time away from our busy […]

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Beauty in its Rawest Form

With the spring comes the sun. With the sun comes the warm days. With warm days comes the icy rivers of melted snow. With the rivers come the rain boots. With the boots come the outdoors. With the outdoors come the shorter nights. And with the shorter nights one must catch their last few weeks of Aurora B. This time […]

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Dear Winter

Dear Frozen Fairbanks, I have enjoyed the whistling endless nights. The bone-chilled gust of air to wake me up in the morning when I open the front door to head to work. I will never forget the dancing Aurora Borealis. Vibrant strokes of green and yellow,  it was like a magical paintbrush swept across the […]

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