Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Christmas to remember

This wasn't Elias' first Christmas.

No, last year he was witness to the sights, smells and smiles that accompany this time of year. But it's unlikely he remembers any of it.

Last Friday, however, will most certainly find a niche in his memories. He's reveled in ornaments on the Christmas tree, tasted the buttery sweetness of sugar cookies and stared wide-eyed as gift, after gift emerged from boxes, bags and other brightly-wrapped containers.

He had to see them all, and after two-and-a-half hours, he settled down to examine, in depth, the loot.

While his expressions that morning are etched in my mind, the rest of the day, to be quite honest, is a blur. But in the tiny moments of pause I was able to make the following images.


Christmas 2009 "Days" ornament
Mom & Elias
"Catterpillar" First pair of skis
Little Mozart Morning smile
Feeding the animals Ski poles!
Daddy-sitting Plaid

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A ba, a ba!

Elias and I have taken to laying under the decorated tree.
We look up through the maze of lights, ornaments and branches and talk about what we see.
"Whas dat?" he'll ask.
"Those are lights. Blue light," I say pointing. "Green light. Yellow light."
"A ba, a ba!" he says gesturing toward a circular ornament.
"That's right! That's a ball!" I'll say. "But not for throwing, just looking."
"Ahhh..." he says.
We lay under the tree every day and I'm constantly amazed at how still with amazement a squirmy toddler can be.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tree hunting

Sunday afternoon featured a hike for a holiday tree. The whole family, including the often-mistaken-for-a-dog, but-who-is-really-a-cat Simon, went along for the first annual Tree Hunting Expedition at 1024 Wee Burn. He didn't complain once, which was unusual. Perhaps his fat reserves are finally coming in handy.
Bali was her usual self, and destroyed every stick in sight. Elias slept the whole time. And David, the tree-spotter, did the manly duty of cutting it down and hauling it, on one shoulder, back to the house. I took pictures and toted the little man around.
It was tough.

Fat cat Fuel
Our tree Cut
Reward Simon the trekker
Bali and David going home

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


16 months

Love, LOVES the snow!

This year is not Elias' first winter experience. A year ago he was toted around the in the woods and on the slopes multiple times. And while he knows that the "white stuff" exists - he's never truly experienced it — until now.
And let me tell you, it's love.
Here he is pointing excitedly to a big snow pile near Mendenhall Glacier Sunday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Just kickin' it

Fellow photographer and writer Klas Stolpe took this photo of Elias Friday, Oct. 30 as we were getting ready to go for a run with ultra-runner Geoff Roes.
Gotta love the sly eye.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall is here

A chill is in the air. Termination dust in creeping down the peaks. Elias and I got out to enjoy what could be some of the last sunny days for a few months. Of course, as always, we had a great time.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Selections of summer

Warm weather, blue skies and — yes — sun have filled the last few months. Elias turned one. It was a bittersweet moment that filled me with yearning and pride all at once. He's walking now and telling us about his world. "Da" and a determined pointing finger explains everything from the neighbor's dogs to the kitchen witch hanging from the pot rack.
Flowers in our garden are fantastic. We've "gotten the stink off" the Lowell's new boat — "Yomi II." And I've even found time to do a bit of local racing and realized I've still got it. Life is beautiful.


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Yomi II

Almost ripeRock star


Dad and Elias sharing a moment

Sunday, July 19, 2009

One year ago ...

A year ago Elias came into this world a tiny bundle of sweet perfection. And now, a year later, I see him as the same babe he was the first time he laid on my chest. I know I always will.

One year

Singing happy birthday

Yummmm What?

Singing balloon

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hot days call for cool solutions

It's been hot here in Juneau. Yes, Southeast Alaska has been blessed with a summer for the record books. It's been beautiful. Temperatures have regularly soared into the 80s, mornings have been bluebird and the sun has been the talk of the town.
In addition, Elias has learned about the feel of cool green grass, the taste of fresh watermelon and the freedom of diaper-only cruising.

I have many "first-birthday" photos that need editing. In the meantime, I hope these will suffice.

Hot days Hot days

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy, happy independence day!

A rare photo of Elias and I together. Thanks Dad!

Fourth of July

Monday, June 8, 2009

Baby + dog + food = love forever

Yes, Bali has finally come to her senses. Literally. Elias is no longer a noisy little intruder who has stolen all the attention she enjoyed for many years - well, maybe he still is - but now she just doesn't care. For this pair have formed a bond. One that is common between dogs and little boys - food.
Crackers, Cheerios, avocado, salmon scraps - you name it, Elias has flung it from his high chair. And there is Bali, eager, drool dripping, lips quivering, poised to spring into clean-up crew action at a moments notice.
Fine, I suppose, less work for me. But most likely the "we don't feed the doggy while we're eating" idea may take a while to sink in.

Back-off, this is my cracker


Elias has also been expanding his taste experiences by sampling a bit of the garden fare. He decided it all just tastes like dirt.

Hmmm...this rock looks tasty Yep, tastes like dirt.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

NOAA ship Rainier

I toured a NOAA ship Friday while it was in Port in Juneau. I have to say I'm not a boat-lover, but this one was pretty interesting. The craft and crew is re-mapping Alaska's ocean floor to identify navigational hazards, ship wrecks and other oceanic unknowns. It was an interesting tour - as far as boat tours go. After I realized, I'm a land lubber and glad to be one.
The following are the highlights:

Helm of the Rainier

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