Happy Valentines!

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Happy “i love you so much” day from my little Valentine (and me)!

Based on one of our favorite stories; I put together a  little love story about one of my favorite relationships on the planet …

and in the spirit of LOVE DAY! I thought I’d share (the I’m limited by time and bandwidth abbreviated gist of) it with my dearest far away friends and family! For the full version click here:  Sisters Ebook (free)

Sisters.  (The Beginning of the) Story of Two Sisters, Zoey and Lucy Marzo).

Sisters. (The Beginning of the) Story of Two Sisters, Zoey and Lucy Marzo).

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A sweet, little love story for my sweet, little Valentines.

This is the story of two sisters ... who, in many ways, were different.

This is the story of two sisters … who, in many ways, were different.

One was big, and one was little.

One was big, and one was little.

One liked to get dressed up, the other liked to get undressed!

One liked to get dressed up, the other liked to get undressed!

One loved school so much, she cried when it was time to go home!  One loved home so much, she cried when it was time to go to school.

One loved school so much, she cried when it was time to go home! One loved home so much, she cried when it was time to go to school.

One could happily spend hour after hour mastering her artwork.  The other loved to swing the day away mastering her funny faces.

One could happily spend hour after hour mastering her artwork. The other loved to swing the day away mastering her funny faces.

The two sisters were alike in many ways, too.

The two sisters were alike in many ways, too.

They both loved dogs.

They both loved dogs,

And magic.

and magic.

Neither could resist running through the water on a sunny summer day!

Neither could resist running through the water on a sunny summer day!

They loved to cruise the neighborhood,

They loved to cruise the neighborhood,

skate through the house,

skate through the house,

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and jump on the trampoline.

Swinging

Swinging

and dancing were something neither sister could live without.

and dancing were something neither sister could live without.

… there’s more really cute (if I do say so, myself) material, but I’m running out of time before the pre-school pick up time … so if you want to see it, download the ebook for free! I’m ffd’ing to the ending …

They'd each logged thousands of sky miles visiting far, far away family.

They’d each logged thousands of sky miles visiting far, far away family.

But, perhaps the way they were most alike of all ..

But, perhaps the way they were most alike of all ..

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is that they loved each other so very much.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cheers!

The end / the beginning.

Happy Valentines Day!

xoxo,

Cupidarella

Off Like a Spray Tan

Quick! Close the computer! My Eyes!

This photo says it all … including …

- How did I get so tan?

- Do I need a license to carry these guns?

- Did I really pay for that hair color job?

- “My mom is so embarrassing, I’m about to jump ship.”

- Legs / leggings?

- I thought it was the land of the midnight SUN.

AND …

DENVER OR BUST!***

*** Yep, we are on our way!  We’ll be back toward the end of July with lots of tails to tell.  In the meantime, stay out of the sun (see photo for inspiration) and please point me toward the best spray tan in town.

Northern most Geisha is Denver Bound!,

AKrella

In case I scarred, your retnia … here’s a little chaser to help wash that plucked chicken image right out of your mind.

Be well.

Happy Campers

And, this year’s “Camp Habitat” award for the …

“Most Respectful Camper!” goes to our little nature sprout! Whoo-hooo!

 SO much better than last year when our tiny gal in the hot pink rain coat took home the “Conductor” award.  When I asked the counselor what that meant she said, “Zoey is really bossy.”

Either the bossy conductor has come a long way; or this year’s counselor is a lot more diplomatic than last year’s!  Maybe a little of both?  What ever the case, we’ll take it!

Happy Trails!

Alaskarella

PS – We’re pretty confident next year’s gonna bring some hearty competition for the “Hungry Caterpillar” award.

Father’s Day Musings

My aunts Libby, Mary, Patty, Great-Grandma Verne, and aunts Maureen and Peggy hail the King, my Grandpa Phil, wishing him a Happy Father’s Day!

My favorite guest blogger, my Grandma Doris, is today’s featured contributor!  

Same as the piece that was featured on Mother’s Day this year; this piece was discovered as we compiled “Stories of A Lifetime,” a book by and in honor of Doris Jean O’Brien Clarke. 

This particular piece wasn’t featured in the book (perhaps we cut too much? Volume II?).     

It’s always a treat for me to “hear” her voice, and this particular piece seems the perfect prose from her in honor of Father’s Day today…

Father’s Day – 1985

Fathers I Have Known

It would seem appropriate that I would begin by describing my own father.  This has been addressed and unfortunately I find that I know more about other fathers.  My father loved me dearly, provided for me generously, taught me, teased me, fought with me, but never seemed comfortable with his fatherhood.  When I was younger I used to think that it would have been easier had I been a son, but now I believe that it would have been the same – or perhaps even more difficult for him and certainly so for a son.

Since both of my grandfathers died before I was born, I relate more to my husband and sons as the fathers in my life.  Being a physician and financially responsible for eleven offspring did not permit my husband opportunity for much nurturing contact.   Add to this the fact that fathers of my husband’s generation quite generally did not participate in the day to day care of their children.  My husband’s influence was as a role model.

Now to focus on my sons in their paternal role.  This modern day father takes “parenting” very seriously.  This includes the feeding and the total care of their children from infancy to independence.  It’s wonderful to observe Ted with Nicholas.  It seems natural for him to take his one year old cross country on a plane, or for Bernie to prepare dinner – well serve Burger King at least, while Janel joins the girls for soccer.  Steve will take all three children on a camping trip.  Philip plays “Mr. Mom.”  It’s great to see these fathers so openly affectionate with their children.

The children, their mothers and most certainly the fathers are richer because of the involvement of fathers as total parents and I’m delighted to witness this development.

To be a grandparent is grand.  To be the parent of good parents is even grander.

xxx

Isn’t SHE grand?!  Happy Father’s Day. 

With Love,

Alaskarella

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to Grandpa Jack – who spent his Alaskan vacation moving all of our worldly goods into storage (there goes the playground he had to take apart) …

and doing all kinds of physical labor to help us move out of Alaska on his “vacation.” This year gave me a whole new love and appreciation for YOU!

Happy Father’s Day to MY dad! Who welcomed us with open arms …

Pushed on the swings; trick-or-treated; did the early morning “Life” Cereal and Cailou with Lu; Rock-a-Byed; emergency roomed; played musical beds; and jumped on the tramp everyday from July through January and then some.  It may have been exhausting.  So, I’m going to give you one more day to recover and we’ll see you at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning!

You’ve always been the best dad ever – this year you were even better.  This year, I have a whole new love and appreciation for YOU!

And, Happy Father’s Day to my babies daddy!

Whom we hated to miss so much (Skype kisses).

After this year, we certainly have a whole new love and appreciation for YOU.

This year’s challenge gave me an entirely new appreciation for how important dads are and how lucky I am to have the ones in my life that I do.

Happy Father’s Day Dads!

Take 5.,

Alaskarella

(pretty) House Arrest

Our house is in the middle of the woods.

Even though cell service is impossible; it provides internet too slow to ever load pinterst; is a 30 minute drive to the grocery store (/ any store); is located in a region where locals endure 9 solid months of hellacious weather for the “amazing summer” which to my experience entails rain ALL day and sun ALL night (is this some kind of cruel joke?); and is ten thousand miles from everywhere I’d like to be and makes me feel like I’m stranded and doing time in some sort of house arrest…

at least it’s a pretty house?

Pretty or not, I’m ready for a jail break,

Alaskarella

Dandelion Wishes

“What did you wish for, Mom?”

“You.”

How did I get so lucky?

Alaskarella

“Happiness is not having what you want. It’s wanting what you have.”

- Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

(She, by the way, wished for a dog.  Again.  Dang it!  I guess I need to set up a talk between the Rabbi and the dog wish-perer.)