Saturday, March 28, 2015

Playing Catch Up

Holy spring, Batman! How is it already the end of March?! There has been so much going on here it seems like just yesterday Bill's brother and Carissa were visiting...

A quick recap:

Bill had a birthday! He turned 37 years young and we had a blast celebrating his life and the fact that he's awesome. :) I made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and could have eaten every bite by myself. So.good.

That's my horrible attempt to make a 3-7 on his cake...not great, but you get the point. There is a story behind the balloons...they've been on every cake I've ever had since I was 3-ish. It just wouldn't be a birthday cake without the plastic balloons!

Bill's birthday was also the day we ran out of propane. Wah-wah. So much for the pizza I had planned. But we did something much better. Bill had caught some dolly varden earlier that day so we hooked up the Coleman cookstove, battered the fish, and fried them up out in the shop. Delicious! We've decided that's the real way to cook fish. :) Just look at that happy face! And that delicious dinner!

Needless to say, we had quite the birthday success. :)

After that, the weather turned and we've had some of the warmest, most beautiful spring days lately! Here's a little montage in honor of our newest season:

So nice to have some warmer weather, see the lake without ice, and get running again! Most of these photos were taken on afternoon jogs through the tundra. Lovely!

As we head into April, it's time to think about birds flying, longer days, and planning summer adventures. Seriously can't wait to hang up my teacher clothes and have sweatpants Saturday every day! Springtime also brings the great wood roundup for the coming year. Bill and I have been spending time on weekends gathering wood for our steambath and for next winter. This is honestly one of my favorite things to do--the smell of the wood, the smell of the chainsaw, using my muscles to pack out the rounds...what's not to love? :)

What's your favorite thing about new seasons? 

Have a most wonderful weekend!


  1. Aww, I LOVE this post, Miss Kate! Gorgeous photos. It makes me miss Newhalen so very much. I'm glad Bill had a wonderful birthday and am glad you're getting outside more often as the weather warms up. Can't wait to see more photos of the village in bloom! Love you :)

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! It has been such a beautiful spring so far...we've been so fortunate! I'm so looking forward to May and June--flowers and boat rides! :) Love you, too!

  2. Hahah alright, I'll admit I would have never guessed those candles were spelling out "37", but it was a good attempt. And yuuum, I could literally eat a whole sheet of carrot cake- I'm right there with you on that one.

    xo marlen
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    1. Ha! I know. :) It makes me giggle every time I look at it. And yes to all the carrot cake!!

      Happy Sunday!