Look at us JUMP!

Here’s a fun video of the boys jumping off the steps at church.



One of the reasons I like the little point and shoots, is that they often have a video feature.  I just don’t think this moment would be the same without the motion and the audio.  Tell me what you think.

Moose nuggets, Beautiful snow on the trees.

IMG_3420 Today when we went out of the house, we were surprised to find that a moose had gone down our driveway and left a deposit in our driveway right where the passenger door behind the driver.

In Alaska, we call them moose nuggets, because they are nugget shaped and come from a moose.  As you can see in the picture, there was only about three feet of space next to the car where the moose walked, and as they are tall, huge animals, there was probably not much room on either side of the moose. 

The most popular vehicle in our hilly town are Subaru’s since they are All-Wheel-Drive and quite economical to both purchase and drive.  Bob and Margaret have one that is just beyond Mark in the photo.


Our walk to school is quite beautiful on days when there is Sunlight. Right after I took this picture, a moose crossed the street right by the crosswalk sign on the right.  You can just see it in the next photo when we reached that street.


We had a big snow on Saturday!

IMG_3411Holly and I had to dig for about 1/2 an hour to get the car out of the drive for church on Sunday.  We did call a snow removal service, but they didn’t make it over to the house in time–so we just used the shovels.

I’d say we got about 20 inches from Saturday 11AM until Sunday Morning.  The top snow was light and fluffy (thankfully), but the bottom 8 inches were really soggy and slushy.  The neighbor has a snowblower and did his drive six times on Saturday.


Luke had a bad fall onto a sharp object which put a big lump on his head and cause him to scream loudly.  He did not pass out but cried all the way up the stairs at the Horn’s house.  He looked terrible and laid in his mother’s arms for a while as limp as a noodle.  After a bit, I took a turn holding him and he promptly threw up all over himself and me.

The poor little guy.  He’s so dear.

I checked his pupils and they seem to constrict and dilate rapidly when the light varies so I think the blow wasn’t too bad. But we came home and put him straight to sleep.

Keep him in your prayers.

Mark counts by tens!

As we relaxed around the house tonight.  Holly and Mark got ready for the annual 100th day of school celebration that the Kindergarten holds every year.  Before we knew it, Mark was sitting there counting by tens.

Check it out.

Black Out!

Life’s events continue to keep us on our toes.  Especially the utilities.

Tonight while I was at the men of note rehearsal with Bob, Gary L, Dwight N., Bud B., the butcher Simon and his boys, and Jeff S.  when at 6:50 PM, or there about, the lights started to get dimmer and dimmer and dimmer, then shut off.

It was the strangest power outage I’ve seen here. 

We all agreed that the power outage was very bad for things, the way the voltage dropped off like that seemed really bad.  We all got out our cell phones and head lamp light sources and sang on through the song we’d been singing then dismissed five minutes early to go home prepare for the long dark night.

When I got home, the three boys were hopping around the living room all excited and still wet from the tub, Holly was carrying the flashlight and John Caleb was holding out his hand and screaming his lungs out trying to convince her that he needed to have the lone flashlight.

In short order, I found the candles out in the utility room and lit up the corners dimly while Holly told the story of Job to the boys as a good-night story.  Regrettably, the UPS on the alarm clock started chirping to tell us that the power was out (why is that a good feature again?), so the boys did not go to sleep immediately. 

It is now 8:32 PM, 2.5 hours after the power failure and there is not a light on in town anywhere, which makes this, by far, the worst power outage since I’ve lived in Haines.

Christmas Letter 2008-by Holly Davis: 12/1/2008

CLICK HERE!!  to see the actual PDF of the beautiful Christmas letter Holly wrote using MS Publisher, formatted for printing, but size optimized for web delivery.  If you don’t want to download the 400k file, read below.  Also, there are a few additional pictures below that did not fit the format of the 2 page Christmas letter.  We printed the final letter at the Library, gladly paying their $0.50 per page, which is probably a good deal for both parties.  Also, note that I took all the pictures and put in the background image of the letter.


Februrary – One of my favorite days this year was the Valentine’s Day party at our house for the little ones. These are mailboxes. We made Valentine cards and cookies, sang songs, and read stories. I loved it.

IMG_0757 Spring Break – This is the picture I found from our spring break. Yes, this is our house. Yes, we stayed in it. Brrr. Right about this time I started planning a trip to Mexico for spring break 2009.

My mom says to mention Matt is still teaching and taking photos, I’m still librarian-ing, and Mark has started kindergarten.


IMG_0356 March – We did a St. Patrick’s Day party with a re-enactment of the story of St. Patrick, and lots of green food…

The boys liked the part with the giant cardboard box/boat in the living room and cardboard swords. It was more swash-buckling than the Valentine’s Day party. In the picture above, it looks like the boys are ready for their spring haircuts. Except for John Caleb.

IMG_8432cSummer – My brother John (above right) came home from Norway and played a little soccer (he’s with Chandler Kemp), hiked Battery Point with us, and just hung out, playing horn and relaxing. I liked it. His nephews liked it a lot, too. John’s quote for the summer kind of sums up how I feel about the whole year. He said, “Holly, I can see you’re doing everything you can, and Matt, too, and Mom and Dad, but… it’s just not enough.” So true! Then he went out and picked up trash in the yard. He said he found some he’d dropped there three years ago.

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Mark, John Caleb, and Luke in May dandelion fields.

IMG_8526cMark learned to ride a bike! Don’t mention the color. It was my brother, John, who said take off the training wheels. I said no. It turned out he was right; Mark was ready!

Matt signed Mark Daniel up for tee-ball this summer. It was best when Matt was home with us. You can see the moral support needed for the first time at bat. Sometimes Matt was fishing or at teachers’ conferences in Nashville or Anchorage. davis-3-iC

The fatherless tee-ball experiences were not so good for me. (Picture an angry woman with two little kids trying to chase down the third kid and make him stop running away, stop crying, and play ball.) On the other hand, Mark loved soccer.

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picture in the trees by our house. I love the Fourth of July in Haines… the parade, the foot races in the park, the fireworks at night. True, it’s not really dark enough for fireworks until 11 P.M., but I still love the festivities and small town celebration.


For Labor Day we drove to Whitehorse’s Takhini Hot Springs and splashed in the hot water with the children. It felt wonderful. Warming up in the hot water the next day after camping in a tent that night (John Caleb’s first tent experience) felt even better, except for putting on the cold, wet bathing suits from the night before. The nights were really cold, even in September.


My dad took us sailing. Luke is helping steer.

IMG_9033On of my favorite hours of the week is teaching the 0-6 year olds’ Sunday school class. There are about 10 kids, including our three, and about 5 adult helpers (mostly mothers). We sing, we dance, we tell stories, and do art. This is Jacob, Mark, and Haley singing in their rock band.

(below) December—Mark (age 6) just lost his first tooth!

IMG_1010I’m also leaving out that my Grandma Madsen (94) and Matt’s Grandma Davis (92) died this year. Matt and I are headed to see all the family we can this Christmas vacation. We saw the Sitka relatives at Thanksgiving, which was wonderful, and we enjoy being near my parents year-round in Haines. They both help us out so much, playing with the boys, bringing fresh bread, teaching Mark piano lessons, and more. We are thankful.

If you go to the previous day, down below, you can see what the printed version of this Christmas letter looks like created in MS Publisher and saved as a PDF.