Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real - Spring Vacation


Blessings! We have been on vacation in the Lower 48 visiting grands and great grands!  I have a few pictures to share today and I have a bit of a Lenten reflection going on in my brain that I hope to jot down soon.  I kept thinking on vacation as we did a premature Easter egg hunt with cousins


and had way to much sugar


that we weren't really focusing on Lent.  However, when you live far away from family....everyone just wants fun and memories crammed into the little time we have.  



Pretty

I'm not sure if you can see this doll house very well.  It is thirty years old and was made by my Great Aunt Virginia.  Lovingly constructed with cardboard, furnishings and fabrics, it was very pretty to my four year old.  She played with it for two hours straight!






Happy

We went to Aunt Joanna's farm...my littles couldn't have been more 
happy playing with a cooler full of spring chicks!



The gloves eventually came off...chicks are 
TOO SOFT to try to enjoy with gloves on, but they must have washed their hands fifty times :) 
(imagine me gently reminding them every time they emerged from the cooler).




Funny

At our hotel in Seattle...


George Washington's birthplace in Virginia...


(He was a surveyor you know!)



Real

Many military families have the choice with their vacation time to either visit family or not.  Many of us choose family, we do, even if spring in Virginia and Ohio means we won't be coming back with nice tans.  Traveling with four littles is quite a "task", and God in his goodness provides, because in the end the money, time and energy is well spent. These are my wonderful grandparents so happy to have their great grandchildren around :) 



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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunshine


Thank you Roxie for nominating my blog for the Sunshine Award.  That a mama of eight beautiful children would even think of me in this way is a much needed boost for me right about now.

Here are 10 tidbits about me:

1.  I am a Navy brat.  My father's career in the Navy took our family all over the East Coast.  I don't know where to say I am "from" but I do love Juneau, Alaska where I have lived with my own family for almost five years.  I wonder if Juneau can just adopt me and I can say I'm from here.

2.  I love reading.  I can hole myself up in used book stores for hours.  I always have about five books going on at one time.  I selfishly home school my children because it is another excuse to READ wonderful children's literary classics that I never got to read.  I just read The Little Prince for the first time!

3.  I love watching period films, all things BBC, etc.  I do love my Jane Austen movies.  I of course love the novels, but something about seeing those manners and civility, the dress and dancing, the restraint of two lovers on the big screen...well...a five hour version of Emma or seven discs of Pride and Prejudice just doesn't seem long enough. 

4.  I am addicted to coffee creamer.  I mean of course I have a little coffee with the creamer, it just gets chilly here in Alaska during the winters or on particularly rainy days. I like peppermint mocha creamer the best.

5.  I like to dance (err...contra dance, when a caller tells you what to do).  I love Juneau because not only have I been able to go to my first opera here, learn to skate ski and eat smoked salmon...but...I have been able to attend some barn dances. These are fun! My lovely friend Angela and I share a birthday and so we go on our birthdays to dance.  Her handsome husband plays piano for the band and my handsome husband dances (but I do share him).  It's only once a year, and this year a gentleman said I was rather "jumpy" when I danced but I think it's because I'm so stupidly excited to be dancing in an old fashioned fun way. See number 3...I like period films and there is ALWAYS dancing.


Look there is Doug playing piano see!


6.  I cannot play a musical instrument.    But this is ok! My strategy has been to surround myself with people who CAN play.  My husband plays guitar and my eight year old daughter plays violin and my six year old daughter plays piano.  I want to foster a love of music and I think singing, musical families have fun rocking out together.  We love musicals too and we belt out songs in our home regularly.  

7.  How I Met My Husband.  We were cadets together at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy! After our summer from the monumental shift of being a swab (freshman) to a third class cadet (sophomore) I wanted to see my friend Russ after a long three months away from school (we were sailing on a tallship across the Atlantic Ocean). Russ was in my company, Delta company, and I knocked on his door but his tall handsome roommate answered....and his name was Justin. We married three weeks after we graduated from CGA and I scratch my head sometimes as to how on earth I made it through a military academy...and I know its by the grace of God that I needed to meet this guy...


8.  I follow the Catholic Church's teaching on being open to life. That is...my husband and I do.  I started this blog because I think some women, by the grace of God, are in marriages that are called to this holy teaching.  I don't blog about how to use NFP...there is enough writing out there about that... but I do blog about my own journey on how God continues to support us in this way of life. And if you read my NFP posts...I tell you my friends...it is the Holy Mass and the Blessed Sacrament that is the Support!


Hmmmm....2 more!!!! Geesh...

9.  I keep a journal.  Writing in my journal is a form of prayer for me. A blog is one thing, but I have kept journals since college, and I do with every pregnancy. I love going there with the pen and paper, the Lord has really spoken to me when I can get in those pages.

10.  Teffa.  My name is Stephanie, but my family somehow got "Teffa" out of it and it is a funny nickname that I sometimes hear on the phone calls I get here in the Last Frontier.  Actually, my grandmother in Ohio just called me and said "Hi Feff." So Feff too. 

God bless.

* oh! And I am nominating Katy Rice as someone who "positively and creatively inspires others in the blogosphere."  Her work with children in the atrium is life changing!

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:



1. Use the award logo in your post.
2. Link to whoever nominated you.
3. Tell us 10 pieces of information about yourself.
4. Nominate fellow bloggers who "positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere".
5. Leave a comment on the nominees' blogs to tell them of the award.





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: And Frozen!




It is beautiful here in Southeast Alaska!

Pretty

The stunningly beautiful ice caves under the Mendenhall Glacier.








Happy

Sledding action and iceberg play


Poor little guy got turned around as he went down but it was always "AGAIN!"





Littles always find the best nooks.



Funny

My husband is so playful at heart.  We miss him terribly when he's at sea, but wow when he's home he is so present. This is my fifth child...my 32 year old.




And this one is always trying to get a laugh....



Real

Mommy Math

Snow + Sun + Cold + Exercise = Long Nap


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