Friday, March 16, 2012

So Much To Be Thankful For

 Okay, so I don't know about you, but I'm over the snow! I'm aching to go play outside in the green grass! I've been looking online to find the cheapest vacation to someplace warm with a family of 5! I keep hearing about a long break up and more snow. Say it ain't so!

 For Spring Break, all 3 of my kiddos got sick. I was hoping to have a relaxing week staying home, but was not expecting handing out medicine and cleaning snot every 3 minutes. Then add the 1 hour time difference and we are all thrown off. Now I have the weekend to start waking my kids up early again so we can get back on track. Ugh.

 I don't want to bore you guys with my rants and complaints. The purpose of this post is that I really am thankful for the state we live in. I started getting envious of seeing all the friends post pictures of blooming gardens and kids playing outside in the lower 48 on Facebook. So instead of me complaining about the snow, I started remembering all the reasons I did love Alaska and not try to find the first ticket out of this state.

 I actually know people who have never seen or touched snow! We could send it by the boat loads! Probably help us clean the streets up! That boggles my mind! Now we are only a couple of inches of beating the record for the most snowfall in Anchorage! So yes, snow is a treat.

 This year, I've already gotten to do some amazing things that many dream of. Where else can you go snowmachining on a crystal, blue day with Denali in the background? Don't forget while taking a break from snowmachining, watching a dog musher mush on by.

 Talk about mushing, a friend was telling me how he knows of someone in Switzerland who dreams of coming to Alaska to watch the start of the Iditarod. I lived that dream, twice now. I got to enjoy that dream with my whole family. We cheered on the teams as we enjoyed the company of friends. People came by snowmachine and airplane to the lakes in Willow to high five the mushers.

 I have friends who live in Japan who want to come to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. Some Alaskan residents who have lived here for years, have never seen these amazing lights dance across the sky. My 5 year old got to see them from the car with me on our drive home. Later that night, I got to stand underneath the breathtaking show and watch with my husband. This was not the first time I had seen them.

  I wasn't able to participate this year, but I started making Running With the Reindeer an annual event with some other moms. My friends and family in the lower 48 think its crazy, but where else can you run with reindeer! Now the video might make you a little sick, I was running with the camera, but it will be worth your time. And no, I did not trip that lady, at least I don't think I did.

 Alaska is amazing. I gotta keep reminding myself of that, especially for the beautiful summers that are right around the corner. I'm getting cabin fever, I'll keep reminding myself of all the great events I've experienced that are on peoples bucket lists. I'll stop complaining and remember all the dreams that I've been so blessed to live. Hope you are all enjoying what Alaska has to offer and reminding yourself of the spectacular summers!

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