Well, its coming quickly. Time for Christmas vacation, in 20 more days I will be headed to the lower 48.
This is my home-made-cardboard-green-painted-chtirstmas-tree. :)
This past week we had an awesome full moon, I tried to capture it the best I could but the picture really does not do the moon justice.
So, something I have not talked about on my blog yet, is the fact that Rojo was kind enough to put in the time and the love to make me a beautiful parka. My mom and dad were generous enough to buy the fur for my Christmas present. Here is the final product…
I am also standing next to a GIANT mountain of ice. This parka is my new favorite part of any wardrobe I will ever own. The beautiful silver fox makes the parka. I. Love. It.
Now for walking pictures…
Yesterday we had our teacher-family Thanksgiving. There was WAY too much food, but, the company was great and we even played games afterwards! It was a great way to sped a long weekend.
Today we took another walk out on the ice, in the past week the ice has spread further in to the ocean and even created an ice wall of sorts. It’s pretty amazing to watch all of this happen. We took our walk around 4:00pm, the sun had been down for 20 minutes at this point in time. Here our the pictures…
and…on another note. Please, click on this link and go read the article, it gives you great background on our village, and even has a few quotes from…me!
Well, we all know what last years Thanksgiving brought…lots of puking after my traditional Eskimo dinner. So, I did NOT partake in this years events…well, the eating part anyway. Today started off with a lovely breakfast with Scott, Emma, Fonger and Dana while we watched the parade. Then…Emma and I ventured to Gary and Rojo’s to help make Eskimo Ice Cream to celebrate Terrell’s first caught ptarmigan! Again, I am so much better at stories through the lens of my camera…
Step 1: Peel the skin off the fat of the caribou (tutu).
Step 2: Chop the fat with an Ulu.
Step 3: Put chopped fat in to the pan to melt.
Step 4: wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…
Step 5: Whip it, with it good, with your hand
Step 5 continued: keep going…
Step 6: Add seal oil and milk…while whipping with your hands
Step 7: Add fruit
Step 7: Try it…
Step 8: Walk home with it
That was the end of the eskimo ice cream making :) We then all headed to the school for the community Thanksgiving where they announced that in celebration of Terrell’s first caught ptarmigan there was eskimo ice cream made by “mom, and auntie Emma and Katie”. This is a tradition in the village, when anyone gets their first caught something the family makes food for the community Thanksgiving feats.
The feast was great! Everyone ate and laughed and shared in prayer.
Then the eskimo dancing started..
What a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!
On the eve of Thanksgiving I’d like to take a little time to talk about my many blessings. First, my mom and dad, who support and love me more than I could ever wish for. They are also the reason I will have a BEAUTIFUL PARKA (made by Rojo, paid for by mom and dad, perfect Christmas present). Second, my amazing boyfriend and his two wonderful kiddos! Again, I could not wish for more love and support than for what I am given from those three!
My church family is the BEST! Continuous prayers and encouragement are very appreciated.
I am beyond blessed for my job, my perfect students and my amazing co-workers, a great principal and an even better community.
Tonight I ate a marvelous thanksgiving dinner with my adopted Eskimo family, I can not express how much I love this family, my adopted nieces and nephews are adorable and their parents are kind, generous and have accepted me in to their community, home and family. Tomorrow I will break bread (or muktuk) with a community who I have loved since singing that contract (the first time)! This has become my life and my passion and my home, and for that I am not only thankful but incredibly blessed.
Lastly I am thankful for all of you, the blog followers who have kept me afloat! Thank you and happy thanksgiving!
If you’ve followed my blog for awhile now you know I am much better at telling stories by pictures. So here it goes. Today we took a walk. At sunset. 3:30 pm.
The Ocean Freezing…
There were people out hooking, this was the catch of the day!
Holding the sun!
-8 freezes your lashes and scarf!
Signing off! Enjoy :)
It has been quite awhile since I updated you all, I will make it short and simple. Life. Is. Crazy. School has been really busy lately (school pictures, Red Dog mine visiting, Halloween, and many visitors in and out of the school for different reasons). But, I am still here—thanks goodness!
Last week was Halloween, I’m sure some of you remember last year and how we has our “hammer pants”, well this year for our black and yellow school colors we all dressed up as….
Bumble Bees. This photo is only missing Fonger, he was in Anchorage for a conference.
The kids LOVED it, laughed at us and the wings got annoying….
From now until Thanksgiving is just a crazy time at school and in Kivalina.
We also have had our back to school pot luck, another success!
We are all counting down until Thanksgiving now!!
This morning I was working out and had to press pause to go out and capture our beautiful sunrise…
The ocean had a thin lawyer of ice on it this morning, the ravens were perched on it! Had to share this picture, absolutely breath taking!
Thank you again and again for the continued prayers, thoughts and packages! Thank you to my TUMC ladies who are so sweet to be sending up supplies for our kiddos, AND the teachers!
Thank you Tony, for posting sermons on the webpage, was so relaxing last night being able to hear last weeks message.
49 short days until I will be home for the Holidays, please continue to pray for a delay free travel day on December 21st!
xoxox from the cold Arctic air!
Last week I ended up on airport pick up, yes, that exists in the arctic….it just means that someone needs to go to the air strip with the ‘honda’ to get an incoming teacher.
This was a grand adventure for the weekend. This past Thursday we had another adventure, Ice Fishing! We didn’t catch anything, but our maintence man at school, Gary and his wife who is our pre-k teacher, Rojo, were nice enough to adopt us and take us out fishing. Again, instead of telling you about our adventure, let me show you….
Breaking the ice (it was about 5 inches thick)
The pole is a stick, with fishing twine and a hook on the end of it!
Despite us not catching anything, we had SO much fun! Great family to be adopted in to… :)
First of all, Happy Birthday Mr. Fonger! We celebrated with our family and a gluten free raspberry cake…
Meet: Scott (MS/HS English), Andie (counselor) and you all remember Mr. Fonger
Today after school we took a walk and had a little fun with our shadows. This is my Kivalina family, Scott, Emma and Fonger!!
And….our annual jumping picture :)
The lagoon is freezing over already!!
Soctt checking out the beach for the first time!
Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers. School is going along wonderfully! Back in the full swing & so happy to be with my kiddos again. Its an indescribable feelings to be “home” again.
Happy October everyone! Snow is on the ground :)
Well—The first week of school is over with! I didn’t escape without getting sick (of course)! Our new staff is a wonderful team, the first week ran very smoothly and I can predict this year will be even better than last year!
Wednesdays as a staff we all dress in our Youth Leaders shirts and sweatshirts. Youth leaders is a program that runs here in our district and is a great deal like Student Council. Our kiddos that participate in youth leaders also come to school wearing their shirts, this week we captured a picture that is appearing our our district webpage!
Some of you have never seen a picture of my principal, well, that is Zoe standing next to me! We are starting the year off on the right food and I couldn’t be more excited!
Tonight we are having a family dinner, I made a delicious gluten free chocolate cake with strawberries and cool whip!
We are also taking a family walk after dinner so I will take some pictures.
For those of you who are wondering what to send me in care packages this year over the summer I got news that I have a whole bunch of food allergies so my eating is limited.
Starbucks found coffee is always welcomed
Gluten free pasta noodles
and Love :)
Prayers are even better than care packages! Again, Thank you Thank you Thank you for all the well wishes! It feels so good to be home…again :)
I want to wish a Happy birthday to my Uncle Gary today, and to tell my little cousin Jackson to have a wonderful birthday party tomorrow—wish I could be apart of all these family events! Love you all very much!