Lighting of the Library!


IMG_2925This was the first time in the last three years we’ve been in Haines for the Lighting of the Library. We’ve been in  Sitka with aunts, uncles and cousins for the last few years, so we’ve not been able to attend. I suppose, if I can’t be with family the Lighting of the Library is a GREAT place to be on the day after Thanksgiving.

This year, there seemed to be a red and green theme with a whole lot of hand-made quilts. We were even able to donate the use of our christmas quilt which was a gift from Grandma Scott. It was hung right next to the tree in what seemed like a place of honor. You can barely see it in the upper right hand portion of the photo with the tree all lit-up.

IMG_2950Of course, if you’re in Haines for the Thanksgiving, and are at all associated with the library, you simply must go to the lighting.

Frankie Jones is the creative force behind the Lighting of the Library and is assisted for weeks by many dedicated volunteers who make the whole event a huge success. In this photo, they’re the proud grand-parents of Kendra and Alex’s first born child, whose name slips my mind. That’s the way my mind is. I’ll remember his name when he starts learning algebra.


Mark’s ring bearer tuxedo arrived on Wednesday, two days before the big event and Luke and JC were able to wear the tuxedos from previous years.

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We had a fun dime getting the tuxes out of their little clear plastic bags in the boy’s room closet where they’ve been stored and dressing them up. The new tux doesn’t match, because I’d forgotten to order one with tails and a vest, but it still blends in pretty well to those who don’t pay attention to fine detail. Mark’s tux is probably big enough to use next year and will fit better then too, Luke’s fit just right.


At our house, we almost never have juice, so the boys kept going back to the lemonade “samovar.” It’s a good thing the spigot was placed well back on the table, or they may have just put their little mouths underneath it.


As in past years, Holly played the pied piper in the kids room with all the kids, reading songs and singing books, while I lurked around in the shadows looking for good pictures.


The Haines Acapella Women’s Chorus sang the special music and also were prominent in the sing-along time-directed by Nancy Nash. In the photo above, I turned off the flash: ISO 3200, 1/5, f/2.8. It really gives the tree a heavenly glow, Holly says.

First day of Kindergarten!

Today was the big day! Margaret came over to take a few shots of us as we headed off to school on 8/30/2010. It’s about 1.25 miles to school from our little cabin.

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Luke was all excited, “At school, I think I will learn many neat tricks! I will learn a lot of things. At recess, I will stay on the swing the whole time!”

It’s interesting what kids think about school. Luke is pretty sure he knows all about kindergarten, and how to find just about anything in the classroom, as he spent quite a few days there when Mark was in Kindergarten.

Dr. Seuss ABC book reading by Holly

Holly likes to read to the boys like this as she puts them to sleep.  My favorite method is to grab a pile of books and get them all under the covers in the big bed and read nice and slow until they all drop off, then take a nap myself. My method isn’t as video worthy as hers, in my opinion, but you be the judge as to which is more soporific.

I shot this with my new Lumix Point & Shoot camera, DMC-ZS7, in 720p HD video and uploaded to YouTube.  I should probably be out fishing at Boat Harbor, but I wanted to come home and do stuff like this for a couple days.

I strongly recommend the Lumix ZS series cameras—the only thing I don’t like about them is that you must still switch back and forth between playback and shooting mode by moving a slider, rather than half-way depressing the shutter release button.

I think Holly does a GREAT job reading to the boys, and to the kids at the library. This video can be played in full 720p HD resolution on Youtube, so if you want to really watch it in its best form, Go to Youtube hit the high resolution button and let it download the whole thing before playing.

Trip to Whitehorse

This is an odd numbered year, so  we stayed in Haines this year for the Holidays with Holly’s folks.  We did take a little trip up to Whitehorse, which was pretty fun.  I neglected to make any reservations at any of the hotels, but it turns out that Whitehorse is not very crowded around Christmas time, at –21 degrees F, go figure.

We decided it would be best to drive during the daylight hours to reduce the amount of boredom and fidgetiness along the way. As you can see from the clip below, sometimes this doesn’t not ensure an interesting drive.



On the way home, we did see three elk and two moose. Here are the two moose.



Christmas 2009 068When we travel, especially, Holly likes to dress the boys in matching clothes.  This is getting harder to do ever since Mark passed the size 5 rack.  Often boys clothes of a certain type can be found from size 1 up to 5 that vary only in size, so it used to be really easy to get matching clothes for them.

The main attraction at Whitehorse is the Games Center: CLICK HERE!! We like mostly for the pool and the playground area, but what we mostly saw the locals using it for was hockey.  There seemed to be an endless stream of skaters coming and going until late at night carrying all their skating gear and pads in large rolling bags.  Better them than me.

My favorite area is the family swimming area.  There’s a three story waterslide, a huge family wading pool, a 20 person hot tub, a steam room, and a sauna.  The swimming area is about 1/3 of the size of H2Oasis, I’d say. One of our favorite new features is the Subway food stand which is right outside the swimming area.

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