Monday, January 18, 2016

To my surprise

 Hi Friends and Family! 
This week we continued to cheer for our favorite team - what an exciting game even if we did lose. I've been struggling with what to write about this week because I knew I hadn't taken many photos to add to the blog.  Well, it turns out Sister had something else in mind. 

Imagine my surprise when I flipped through my photos and found these...

Oh my heart be still - this silly little girl was entertaining herself and I had no idea.  She got a hold of my phone while in the car and she knows how to unlock my phone and away she went with selfies. HA!!!   I'm in awe of how much this little one has grown. No longer the preschooler or even the new kindergarten student, but is truly becoming a little girl. She's past my hip in height these days- yikes! I think I'm going to be the short one of the family some day. Beyond physical changes, I see the social and emotional changes that go with growing up too.  She has already begun to stomp away and with attitude in her voice saying she just needs her own space. Oh dear - what will our teenage years be like. Cordova friends - you all remember Papa said he would 'be in charge when the kid turned 13 right?'

Other than a typical busy week we did find joy in finally getting a few inches of snow. We desperately need so much more, but we will take what we get.   

 May each day be filled with a busyness that does good for those around you and always remember to take time for yourself to relax and rest up!
Have a wonderful week everyone.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Painting - new hobby?

* * * * * 2016 * * * * *

Happy New Year friends and family. I hope in this new year you have set some goals for yourself. I'm still thinking about what my 2016 goals will be and plan to have them written down by the end of this weekend.  I think one of my goals is already taking shape in my life and that's having a little less stress about things not getting done.  Obviously deadlines related to work will still need to be met, but otherwise I'm trying to be more focused on being present in the moment with my family and friends instead of stressing about that 'stuff' that needs to get done.  

Another goal I have is to develop a new hobby this year.  Will painting be this hobby?

I'm not sure - but my friend, Anna and I attended a class one evening and came up with these creations as guided by our teacher.  I enjoyed the process but not sure it will become a hobby of mine.  I found my tendency of wanting things to be perfect festering during the process.  Hmmm... maybe this would be a good new hobby to help me continue to recover from perfectionism. 

The painting class did inspire me to do some painting in the house. Over Thanksgiving, my mom was visiting and giving me ideas for how to decorate the home. 

The before

and after

I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Papa even helped paint which made things go quicker.  With a shedding white fur dog - it's a shear miracle that there's not white fur dried on the wall!

Or maybe my hobby for this year will be to return to my love of photography.

This beautiful sunset was captured on my phone. I found that in 2015 over three fourths of my moments were captured on my phone and not with my actual camera. While there is nothing wrong with this, it just made me realize that I was not intentional about taking pictures. I lacked the effort of grabbing my camera, thinking about what exposure to use and taking the time to capture the moment.  While painting may not become my hobby this year, maybe learning more about my camera will and capturing nature at its finest will be my way of painting.

One other area that I know is a goal for 2016 is to be more aware of spending quality time with my family and in my marriage.  One way I thought of doing this was to create the date jar.

There are two different colors of 12 strips each in this jar. On the first of each month, we are going to pick a strip to see what our date activity for the month will be.  I'm actually clipping the strip to the calendar so that we visually see it and make an effort to do the activity at least once if not more throughout the month.  For January, the kids picked board game night and so did Momma and Papa. Even though we have plenty of board games to play, we made a family effort to go to the store and pick new board games.  Can't wait to see what our date idea will be for February.

As for this weekend, while Papa is away at a football conference, the kiddos and I will be rooting for our favorite team! Go Pack Go!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

While enjoying an after Christmas hike with some friends, we stumbled upon some Christmas ornaments hanging in the tree. I loved seeing this and was reminded that spirit of Christmas can be found anywhere. 

I just love this picture - what would you put as the caption? Ha, ha...

We truly had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed starting a new family tradition of making homemade sweet rolls for Christmas morning breakfast. I was very proud of Papa as he used his mother's recipe. 

Papa's mother is an amazing cook and to try and get an exact recipe from someone who does a majority of her cooking from memory was a bit of a challenge for Papa. However, the rolls turned out great and were a wonderful treat Christmas morning.

True to three year old behavior, Brother started the morning in just a wonderful mood as you can tell. We decided he needed a little snack before we could enjoy opening the gifts. Once the food hit and the mood changed - he was all about it.

Sister was her polite, cheerful self - even at 5:15 am!  We didn't start our morning then - I was able to stretch it about by telling the kiddos I needed to walk the dog, and then Papa had to have some coffee and that was about as long as we could prolong the morning.

Sister was quite pleased to see some special gifts that she'd been asking for since her birthday in July.

Dessa enjoyed her morning treats too...

and so did Papa.

2015 has been an interesting year full of milestones, challenges and victories. We look forward to a new year and what is in store for our family.  Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year! 
Love - The Jacobsen's

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Aaahh... winter break!

Yes! Some Wacky Olympics at school on Thursday to finish the week with students. You know I was competing and since I work with students on different teams- I tried to compliment all my team colors in my outfit! Ha,ha...   Friday was a grading/work day and then we were ready to officially be on break! 

Our first official project for the break was to get our cookies decorated!

We had lots of fun and made a huge mess!

As the kids get older, it's fun to see their personalities come out in the decorations. 

Such a good pup - did not even attempt to come into the kitchen to lick up the fallen sugar and candies.  She was perfectly content to sit by the tree and supervise what was happening outdoors.

Project Number 2 

new windows installed - Merry Christmas to us!  After some cold snaps and seeing frost grow from inside the windows through the screen to the outdoors - we knew we needed to make this improvement sooner than later.  The two windows in the living room were done today, and bedrooms will be done tomorrow.  We can already feel the difference!

Just three more days until Christmas! These two are beyond excited and thank goodness for the snow covered ground so we can get some daily sledding in to burn their energy! 

Merry Christmas Everyone - wishing you all a safe holiday season and quality time spent with loved ones.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

My dog has a record :(

How in the world could this snuggle bug of a sweet dog possibly have a record?

Well - she does.  I'd have to say that she is not at fault - well, let me just tell you the story.

This past week has been a bit crazy for our family. Papa left town early Thursday morning for coaching.  Friday morning, Sister was sick with the vicious stomach bug. Saturday we all seemed on the mend.  Sunday - Momma's turn with the stomach bug.  With everyone sick and Papa out of town, Dessa did not receive her daily walks.  Back to Sunday, Papa flew home and then had to go help our elderly friend. Picking a time when you'd expect the kiddos to be napping - it should have been fine.  Well, since I was so sick, the kiddos had been watching several movies that morning and were not tired for nap time.  I tried to convince the kids to watch one more with me as I was running to the bathroom about every hour.  Dessa - sensing I was not doing well, was curled up at my feet while we all laid on the floor to rest.  I dosed off, kids started goofing around, I woke up to the blood curdling scream of Brother and a glimps of Dessas teeth on Brother's head.  Oh SH@*!   What happened - the kids were wrestling around and Brother tripped on my legs and landed surprisingly on the dog who was resting by my feet.  Sigh... Papa - not home from helping our friend yet.  Brother - puncture wounds on his head bleeding like crazy. Momma- setting Brother down on the floor so she can turn to the kitchen floor to throw up for easy clean up later.  Sister- total rock star and jumped in to help by grabbing towels for Brother's bleeding head.  I think medical profession in her future?

Thankfully - we got the bleeding under control and no stitches were needed.  However, a trip to the ER happened, because Brother's eye swelled shut and we couldn't tell if his eye had been damaged or not.  Again, some answered prayers that with an ice pack and some numbing medicine for his eye, we were able to see that he just had a scratched cornea.  All would heal, medicine would prevent any infection.  The ER staff almost admitted Momma because she ran to the bathroom to be sick again and came out very white and light headed - what can I say - hour 12 of being sick, there wasn't much food in my body.  Sigh...

We took the day off Monday to just rest and recover.

Thankfully, Brother shows no signs of Dessa and if anything I have to remind him to be kind and gentle with her.   So why is Dessa on home quarantine?  Since we went to the ER, the incident had to be reported to Animal Control.  State of Alaska has a law that states an animal can be in home quarantine instead of at the pound if you can prove that the dog's shots are current.  So - Dessa is basically under house arrest for the next 10 days.  Counting my blessings that she did not have to go to the pound and also beyond thankful that Brother's injuries were not more severe. 

Our week ended on a much more positive note!  Sister's school had a Santa Shop available for students to go and shop for whomever was on their list with money sent in.  Sister was beaming with pride at the items she purchased for Papa, Momma and Brother.

Looking forward to 4 more days with students, 1 work day for teachers and then a much needed winter break. Papa will be done with wrestling next weekened too - so we all will truly be on break!  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time to Decorate

I'd say it's become a family tradition that when Papa is away for the first weekend in December due to coaching, the kids and I decorate for the Christmas season.  Papa is not one for decorating, so it's more fun when he is away. 

We are definitely still at that stage of using non-breakable ornaments as the kids had the box opened and started decorating before I could even finish putting the lights on. 

 So much joy in watching them decide where each ornament should go and I giggled to myself as I noticed our ornaments are reaching higher places this year.  

We also had to consider tree placement this year.  Our sweet Dessa loves looking out the window so rather than center the tree on the window, we compromised and gave her her space as well. 

So thankful the kids were feeling well enough to decorate the tree. We've had the stomach flu go through the house this past week. So, it's been lots of snuggles and laundry. 

The life of a teacher doesn't stop for sick little ones...

playing catch up on grading and lesson planning, while the kids did their own activities.  I love that even though they were not feeling well, they still wanted to help me out. 

Hoping you all are healthy and getting some much needed rest.  It's such a busy time of year and one can easily find themselves exhausted. Take time to snuggle, rest and enjoy just being still this week.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Family and Friends - We are alive!  I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last posting. Crazy?!?  If I'm really honest with you all, I would say that I have been dealing with some mild depression which has taken the joy out of doing the things I enjoy such as taking photographs and writing. I'm thankful that the depression I deal with is mild and can be managed with some easy strategies as long as I'm willing to make time to follow them.  That is why with this Thanksgiving season, I'm thankful for friends and family who love and support me through all the different seasons of life.  Even while I deal with the depression, life does continue to go on and boy is it keeping us busy!!

Papa finished his football season as state champions! We are so proud of his dedication to assist the head coach and young players.  Now he's in full swing with wrestling season and looking forward to a much needed coaching break over Christmas as track season doesn't get started until March.   We did enjoy an unexpected snow day this month!

What started out as a delayed start for school turned into school being cancelled due to extremely icy roads. We were perfectly happy to stay home and enjoy some family time playing in the fresh snow!

Dessa and I also enjoyed the fresh snow by breaking trail on our early morning walk. Such fun to have a dog in the house again! I love that she is my alarm clock to get our morning walk in. One of the ways I keep in good spirits is by having daily physical exercise.  Early mornings may be dark - but the peace of very little traffic is worth waking up to enjoy our walks.

In addition to our fresh snow, we also had a very deep cold snap for this area. Below zero temperatures showed us real quick some of the quirks of our new house - such as how drafty the windows are.  Yep - that's frost growing from the inside screen to the outdoors due to the warm air escaping.  Sigh... thankfully we have new windows on the way to be installed over Christmas break. 

As we moved into the end of the month, we were so thankful to have Grandma Julie come up for a week long visit. So special to spend the holidays with family.  Grandpa wasn't able to come up this time, but we hope he will next time.   We loved wearing our Packer gear to cheer them on Thanksgiving night - we'll just need to cheer a little louder next time and hopefully get the win!

The kids loved having Grandma read to them, play games and bake some Thanksgiving goodies. 

We even had a little dance party one night!

It was a wonderful week full of special memories. 

With Grandma safely back in Wisconsin, we resume the craziness of our life. Bath tub crayons are the best and super easy to clean up by the way.  Ha, ha - these two crack me up daily!
  Looking forward to enjoying the rest of the weekend - even if it has rained and took all our snow away - sigh... winter is not over yet!  
Thankful for so many blessings in my life and looking foward to the Christmas season. 
Much love to you all