Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween 2014

The kids are at such a fun age right now when it comes to pumpkin carving.
Last year Brother wouldn't even touch his pumpkin 'guts' - this year

  he was all about it - once he saw Grammy do it!

Papa and I were pretty proud of how the pumpkins turned out...

And for the costumes this year...

We had Elsa of course!

And A Triceratops 

 No actual Trick-or-Treating for us this year.  Brother came down with a nasty cold so we decided to stay in.  The kids have just as much fun handing out the candy anyways- plus that means less candy in the house for us! 

The kids love to wait quietly by the door so they can hear when Trick-or-Treaters walk up to the door. They were content for over an hour to play in this little area and hand out the candy when the people came. 

Notice Brother is not in costume - since he wasn't feeling very well, he didn't want to wear his.  Glad I took pictures earlier this week!  I was anticipating a busy day of work Friday and kids tired from their party at daycare, so we did our pictures earlier. Anyways... Brother decided he wanted a second costume this year and gave himself this...

Poor kid- ran straight into the solid wood TV/Entertainment center that Papa built.  Ouch! 

Hoping the little guy can rest tonight and feel better from both his goose egg and the cold (which causes asthmatic symptoms- no fun).  
Sister- she's just so beyond happy to be able to dress up like a Elsa, stomp her foot on the ground as she pretends to build her ice castle! 

 Happy Halloween 2014 ~ 
We love and miss you all!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Fun at the Reindeer Farm

It's been a crazy two weeks in the Jacobsen household with the end of the 1st quarter last week and then student-led conferences this week.  With such a busy couple of weeks, I realized I never posted the pictures from our fun day last weekend.   I had to work several late nights to get all of my requirements done for the end of the 1st quarter, so I took the kids on Saturday to the Reindeer Farm to give Papa some time to watch football without any interruptions!

The Reindeer Farm is located just North of us - about a 30 minute drive to Palmer.  For the month of October, they have tractor rides, hay maze, horse rides, pumpkin patch and other fun activities.  We had a blast!!  Above- the kids were running on top of some smaller hay bales. 

Probably the favorite activity of the day was riding a horse.

We truly had a wonderful day playing at the Reindeer Farm.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


As the snow makes it way down the mountains (not in our yards, yet), we are thankful for friendship.  We've been in Eagle River now for a year and are developing friendships with our neighbors, church friends and through school.    I especially enjoy seeing my children develop friendships.  While Sister still asks about her friends from Cordova (When can I see Briggy-Boo or Ms. Ammella again?) or when we can move back to our red house - I love seeing her enjoying her new friends.

We were invited to a birthday party for one of Sister's friends from daycare.  

We had a lot of fun playing at the Alaska Fitness Center - what a great idea to rent out the play room for the party.

We also had fun watching our friend open up his presence.  Brother figured if he couldn't open them, he was going to go play instead.

We really had a great time and it feels good to have "local" friendships in our lives. 

Brother was all party out when we got home - just wanted to lay on the floor in the blanket. He never fell asleep, but for him to lay that still for so long - we knew he was tired!

We also enjoyed our weekend by getting outside for a beautiful fall/winter afternoon walk.  The kids shook the fireweed and it looked like it was snowing in the air.  This picture doesn't do how magical it looked on our walk - so much fun to be had with the simple things in life.

Between the party and fresh air, the kids were ready for a much needed nap on Sunday - I just love how they showed us they were ready for quiet time...

This weekend is kicking off with the theme of friendships as well.  From dinner with friends from Cordova to dinner with new 'local' friends.   We hope you make time this weekend to spend time in your friendships - both near and distant!
We love and miss you all!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First signs of winter

One of my favorite things about the seasons changing is that I am able to see the sunrises from my classroom.  Yes, our days are noticeably shorter, but the views in the morning are simply breath taking.  At our home in Eagle River, we are surrounded by mountains, so we don't get to see the early morning colors.   This is just one of the many amazing sunrises we had this week.

We also had our first visible snowfall.  Through the trees you can see the termination dust coming down the mountain side and then this morning we woke up to a little dusting of snow actually on the ground! Crazy how just last week I was talking about fall and now there is snow on the ground.

Before old man winter truly arrives, we have been getting out and enjoying the last few days of fall. We love living with in walking distance of an elementary school and frequently head to the park after dinner.  A little family shot on one of our adventures to the park. 

Whether you are enjoying the fall season or if winter has arrived early - we think of you all often and hope that you are doing well.  Until next time...