Dec 19, 2014

I present....zoo lights

Last night we decided to hit up one of the winter wonders here in the Anchorage area, Zoo Lights! What is zoo lights you ask? It is where they turn the zoo into a Christmas light extravaganza. They place lights throughout the whole zoo, light shows, music, hot chocolate, all very Christmas spirit inducing if you ask me.
It is one thing to drive house to house around your neighborhood to spot some glorious lights, but it is another thing to walk around in 17 degree cold to spot some animals by the colorful illumination. Explaining to toddlers that we are going to the zoo to see Christmas lights is quite the conversation. In the car they were thrilled, but we have been to the zoo so many times that once we got there the most frequently asked question was...."where are the animals? how come I can't see them?" That is when you distract with hot chocolate and keep on walking. Remember the goal here is to tire them out......I mean see Christmas lights. 
Oh thank you tiger for letting yourself be seen! The boys didn't care how many animals they saw, as long as they saw one. And with all their failed Christmas caroling to try and wake up the polar bear, they stood silent looking at the tiger. Which gave me a little break from skate chasing them all over the place. 
And then there is always Princess Avalon, who cannot be bothered to to walk, or even be cold like her commoner family. No no, she must always ride in some chariot like device and be pushed or carried to her destination. Sorry, I think that was my jealously talking. I mean she was so warm in her stroller with blankets, and hand warmers, and the top down so there was no chill on her face, how can you not be a little envious? The boys always take turns getting warm in there as well. 

But really this is my favorite piece of "baby gear". I had never seen this stroller like contraption until we moved to Alaska. Our first winter we saw people pushing their kids around in these mobile enclosures, and Chris and I knew we had to have this. It also turns into so many things, if we would get some damn snow we could strap the skis on this thing and really have a good time. I just love it...and the kids love it, how could they not?
Surprisingly we were in and out of here in an hour! When you are on the hunt for animals, things tend to move a little quicker. But it was so fun, something we definitely look forward to every year. It is a little different, and Anchorage doesn't offer too many activities like this so you have to capitalize on these things when they come about!

And once we arrived home we all passed out on the couch....Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Dec 18, 2014


Come join me over at Three Sisters and Us today to talk about super quick makeup! And then I highly recommend that you stay and read all about Kaitlyn and her cute family!

Happy Thursday! Yesterday was like my Friday, so technically today would be Saturday and I am kind of thrilled about it! Chris is home so hopefully he sleeps in and wakes up ready for the his morning shift in this here infirmary!

Dec 17, 2014

all for one and one for all

As in we are all sick! I don't think there has ever been a time where all five of us wake up sick. We have certainly all gotten the same sickness, but more or less staggered in its arrival. Not this time. Starting Sunday we had the sniffles, Monday a little achy but not enough to keep the boys from trying to kill each other all day. Bam! Tuesday I woke up at 4:30 just not being able to swallow anymore. Chris hit his alarm I don't know how many times (which is semi unusual). And then the kids slowly crawled down the stairs one by one looking like death. The morning was spent with me hunched over the counter like "please tell me you all will just eat toast this morning because I can't fathom taking three different breakfast orders right now". Luckily, they all wanted fruit and some toast, that I could manage.
To the couch we went...... and stayed. 
This picture of Pierce pretty much sums it all up. Just bodies flopping to the floor, clinging to any ounce of comfort we can find. I have been pumping us all full of vitamin C, elderberry, and echinacea. Everyone sipping on warm lemon water with honey. Each taking turns to grab more tissues. Sitting and listening to each other cough, sometimes we even do it in unison. It is all very dreamy. 

And you know what!! This is the first year, and I do mean first year ev-er that I got a flu shot. I have explained before that my mom is very much a holistic healing, witch doctor type lady. She never really did the flu shot thing (yes, I got all my vaccines as a child). But she just pumped us full of vitamins and when in doubt pulled out an oil or two, put on her head dress and did a healing dance, and when that didn't work, modern medicine was her friend. I have gotten my kids the flu shot in years passed but never myself, who the hell knows why. But this year I was sitting in my OB's office and he asked if I had gotten it yet, I said no. He said he thought it would be a good idea and they could do it right now. I was like....oh okay let's give this thing a whirl. And wouldn't you know the very first year I get it, they announce (they being the CDC) this years flu shot is missing a KEY strain, one that very well accounts for much of the crap floating around. Funny flu shot....let's see if I get poked with you again. Okay, but seriously I am not blaming the flu shot, just thought that was funny. Well actually Chris thought that was funny. He makes fun of my "all natural" ways every chance he gets. I don't blame the shot....I blame the kids at Ace's preschool. Is that harsh? 

In any event, here we are, trying to kick this to the curb. Chris's vacation starts this week and the weather report is calling for snow! As much as I may not be a snow bunny, these kids of mine are. And if they see fluffy white things falling from the sky and can't go out and play in it, I will probably have to melon ball my eyes out! So, grandma how does the healing dance go? I don't have a head dress, but I did just buy a killer fedora!

Dec 14, 2014

fancy pants

top: marciano by guess (old similar here)// pants: nordstrom
blazer: vintage tadashi (similar here)// shoes: zappos

Forget the party dress this year, and go with some party pants!! I could go on and on about why these are the greatest pants, but I think they speak for themselves. They are incredibly comfortable with a stretchy waistband so no need to be stingy on the appetizers. And depending on whether or not you are planning on chasing toddlers around, you could easily pair these with a cute black flat. The pants do all the dressy talking for themselves. I also chose to keep my accessories to a minimum, because you are literally wearing a statement piece on your legs. Ahhh love them, so fun! One holiday party down, not sure how many more to go, but I plan on wearing these for New Year's as well :)

What do you think? Would you give up the sparkly dress number for some pants?

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