Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Summer photos - just for fun

Double Yolk Egg from the Neighbors

Emah and Keet early morning Cuddle

NM boys

Halloween smiles

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall has arrived!

It must have been a good summer, as the blog was abandoned for several months in lieu of some real fun! I'm going to attempt a highlights splash of some of the best stuff over the next few weeks.

The summer consisted of a bit of travel, a bit of work, a bit of family time, and a bit more work, and a bit of travel with family time, and now, back to work!

We did manage to catch almost all of the family this summer, with the notable exception of Lily, little Luke, and Carl. We even saw Uncle Brad (unheard of!), Ta'naa, Uncle Larry, and Aunt Debbie! Plus Auntie Skye, Uncle Mik, and Uncle Luke and Aunt Liz. Remarkable.

Keet is in full bore imagination mode these days. He plays with his doll house ("from the dump" he reminds me) with the dinosaurs and spiderman where they like to fight, then cuddle.  He plays with his trains from Ta'naa which often results in horrific crashes and demolition derbies. He plays with his airplanes from Papa which are often "landing up" and landing in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mimi with Kitty
So, this is one of Keet's photographic studies. Quite telling I do believe...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blueberry picking

"yummy yummy yummy yummy!"

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anchor point halibut campground

The beach in front of the campsite

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer has arrived!

At long last, we have come to summer. First leaf was just a week ago, and now the valley is green, the sun burrowing, and the precious light inescapable.

As the mother of Keet, it is hard to separate his story from my own. It has been the craziest year since 2007 for me personally. My time away from my son, the love of my life, impacts us both. Months have run together with hardly a moment to reflect, only glimpses in which to appreciate the preciousness of the passing moment - so fleeting, and too few for the love that I hold to be proven.

Keet has a beautiful phrase when there is something that he wants but doesn't have he says sadly,
"But my hands are empty." Indeed my love. Each day it is so as we are apart.

Da-ka and I are blessed to have Keet in the care of Sommer, who loves him and cares for him. As I left for work this morning, I mourned, as I do every morning, that his time is not our time. That my time is more "important" in other affairs. And yet. It is so. The conflict so deeply embedded in my soul that I will never know what may have been had I taken the time to raise my own son. What would it have been like to have allowed my days to rotate around him as my heart rotates around his light?

My postfeminist accomplishments will always be tinged with regret, and a bit of betrayal. We can do it all, but should we try? That is the question.

Window Kissing

Thursday, April 28, 2011

spring babies

Lucy is One!
Gluten and Diary Free Chocolate Cake. Divine...
Lucy turned ONE in early April. It was the calm after the storm of producing the film, AlaskaLand, and I finally had a few moments to be with friends outside of the film production. So great to catch up with the ladies and babies! Da-ka was busy in a weekend workshop, which ended at our house. One of those days where I left one party to host another one! Oops. Sorry love. I showed up to our own house and dinner was already on the table and 15 people were making themselves at home. My super husband host with the most.

Keet is doing great with the potty training. He and Daisy are enjoying each day with "mama Sommer" who is our angel of a nanny for Keet. She's been much better about uploading facebook photos than I have, so here are a few recent ones from her that I thought were sweet:

Daisy and Keet - final Snow
I have some great video clips to upload. Maybe this weekend...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Yoga with mom

I brought Keet to Yoga Club for the first time since he was a little little guy. Surprise, he loved it! He was so good and quiet and didn't want to leave, so we stayed an entire hour. Of course, it had to be the day that the school paper came to do interviews. Yup. He's famous again!

Community Yoga Club in the UAF Sunstar Newspaper

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More Hawai'i

What a perfect time we had! Really, could have only been better if we'd had more folks to share it with!

As it was, we happened to be on the island with my dear friend, Jody. Wow! We spent more time with her and her man, Brian, in the past two weeks than we have in the past two years. That was so cool.

We also had a little of everything, surf, beach, aquarium, food, naps, sightseeing, whales, rainbows, and just time together.
Jody and her boyfriend

Lele at the mama tree in Lahaina


Siesta in the Sand

Maui Ocean Center

Keet said when we got home:
"New House? Airplane Again! New Airplane!"

Champion traveler. This was his sixth trip so far, and certainly the easiest. The trick? Good health, a carry-on suitcase full of changes of clothes for the whole family, and couple of comic books, and an ipad. YEAH!

Whale of a time

One of the highlights of our trip was going on a Whale Watch with the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui. Here's a very amazing close encounter we had with a young Humpback Whale.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy new year!

Aloha! Greetings from Maui. Rain and shine, rainbows and peacocks.
Traveled the Hana Hwy (hurlway). Poor baby Keet! He's such a great
traveler, even when car sick. He loves our "new house" here in
Kailua. The host family has been wonderful. They have a 2 1/2 year
old, Na'ia (dolphin) and a 4 year old, Logan. We spent new years eve
with them, lighting fireworks and sitting on their deck. The cabin has
everything you want, including boogie boards, kids books, full
kitchen, and of course, good company!

Spent new years day at mama's Fish house beach where all the beach
goers seemed to be local families with kids. Keet's pretty timid
around the water, but he loves the sand.

Then today, we headed back up the Hana Highway to the Garden of Eden
arboretum. Totally worth the fee for travel with little ones. We
attempted two other hikes earlier in the day, but both were too risky
with a two year old on my back. This one had wide paths, great views
and ducks, frogs, and peacocks a plenty.