Saturday, November 22, 2014

What a Difference

What a difference in just one hour!!!!

These photos were taken just after 7:30 this morning …

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These photos were taken about 8:30 this morning …

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What a difference just one hour makes!!  A nice bright sunny sky early on, then in under an hour the sky was dark and it was raining.

There is always something to be thankful for … change in weather being just one of the many things.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our Lives These Days

Soccer
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We play a lot of soccer.  Each of the boys practices twice a week and has at least one game each week – sometimes two.  Jarrett practices with Payton’s team sometimes.  He has even been able to play in a couple of big brothers games!  Even though he’s a bit smaller than many of the others, he holds his own quite well.  Jarrett plays soccer 6 days a week.  They’re both getting plenty of “touches” … which is a very good thing as any athlete knows.
How do you get better?
How do you learn?
P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E.

Basketball
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Both boys really enjoy playing basketball.  Payton spent most of his summer days with a basketball in his hands.  He practiced shooting, making layups, dribbling and even some passing.  (Okay – maybe he was just throwing the ball AT his brother and not “to” him … still, it’s practice!)

Almost dunking the ball!!!  Well … not exactly.  He worked on his technique on a lower hoop in the gym … with floor mats.

Birthday
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Payton shares his birthday with two friends – the twins as we lovingly refer to them. Smile  This year the boys celebrated together at the school gym with about 30 close friends.

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It was complete and utter chaos! 
And absolutely perfect.  They’re all ready to have another party … even though this one was just a week ago

Play
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These boys just love to play!  They are so happy to be alive that’s it’s hard not to be happy when you’re with them.

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I’m so blessed to be able to say these two boys are my children.  They make me proud!  And I learn from them all the time.

Scrap Your Story
Document your memories.
Take photos – print them – share your story.
You are the only one with your memories.
Share them.
Your children will thank you for it!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Note to Self …

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Sometimes I forget this … I know it to be true, however I’m rushing too much lately to remember …

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life in the Rearview

There are so many little events that we experience every single day.  I used to write more things down and share them on our family blog.  It’s been a while since I’ve done that, but there are a few special notes I make just to try and keep our crazy life in perspective.

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Sometimes I stop and make notes when they boys say things I just don’t want to forget.  Many times I’m driving and can’t stop right at that moment, but try to remember and document later.

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Soccer is upon us!

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Brothers got to play with each other a few weeks ago during a tournament in Hillsboro called “funino”.

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It still makes me smile when I can get farm fresh eggs right here where I live … picked these up from a friend at school yesterday.

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Thanks Megan!!!

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And it’s also time for another fun fall sport … are you ready?

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Our friend Mitch plays on the high school team, so we enjoy watching the games.

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And hanging out with our friends. Smile

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Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beautiful Thought

Just saw this beautiful thought on a blog I follow – go check out Big Picture Classes when you get the chance!  Lots of wonderful things going on over there. Smile

"Nothing feeds the center of being so much as creative work."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Weekend Full of Activity

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This past weekend was Crush here in our great little town.  What a fun day!  There were games for the kids, live music, vendors selling their wares, food to enjoy, grape stomping (of course), and a bit of wine drinking – even some dancing!  Jarrett and I had fun.

Jarrett even entered the stomp competition for kids with a group of friends:

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Payton had a soccer game, so joined us later.  His team won their soccer game!  He really enjoys who he’s playing with. Smile

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(photo taken last weekend)

Sunday became a “jammie” day for us.  I gathered tomatoes from the garden and made sauce, baked zucchini bread and did laundry.  It was mostly quiet around the house – Jarrett even took a nap!

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The weather is still very warm here, and yesterday we experienced some hazy skies due to a nearby fire.

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Not very easy to breathe in this.

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Thanks for reading my attempts at remembering gratitude …

“Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Break

It’s officially summer in our home.  We’re staying up later, sleeping in later, playing more and cleaning less, and … yes … reading less. 

Ugh!!

This year we are using “bridge books” however … workbooks that were recommended to me by another mom.  These are meant to help kids retain what they learned this past school year, but also prepare them for the new school year coming this fall.

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Although we haven’t maintained extreme consistency in using them, we are basically keeping up with the schedule we planned.  By the time school starts, we should have these books complete.  And be more prepared for school this year than ever!

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We’re also enjoying time with friends and exploring the world.

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Our friends the Gohrs are visiting and although they are in Oregon for soccer, they get to spend time with us and we’re so happy!!!

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The birds visit in the mornings …

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Toys are left in the yard …

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And the sun still rises through the trees …

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We are blessed!!

Enjoy each day
each moment
and be thankful.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Important Things

I saw this today from a blog called “Live Passionately” … I believe it was posted a few days ago, but this message is so important for each of us.
(Some of us more than others … ahem …)
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I post things like this to remind me more than anyone else what is important in my life.  Taking time for me is important.  I deserve it.
And so do you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Smiling

These boys are smiling almost ALL of the time.  They make my life so happy and so much fun!

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Many times I find myself with a straight face … or probably more often with a frustrated look.

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Then I see one of them and I can’t help but laugh.

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Life is good.

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Despite the fact that they both desperately need haircuts!

We agreed that after our trip to Alaska, they would let me take them to get it cut.  Well, we’ve been busy with friends every evening so far … it hasn’t happened … yet.

But we have tomorrow!

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I believe everyone has a story to tell.

Please remember to document your life … document your memories … they are valuable, even if not to you … they are to someone.

Because we don’t always have tomorrow.

dalon

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Simple

The simple things in life are the most beautiful.





















Life.  Simple.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Dad







It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of James Richard Vculek.  He died peacefully on May 8, 2014 in Anchorage at the age of 73.  He will forever live on in the lives he touched and in the workmanship of beautiful treasures he created during his lifetime.

Jim was born on the Homestead in Nebraska on June 28, 1940 to parents Joseph Harold Vculek and Rosalie Katherine Wotipa – the second of three children.  The family moved to Wahoo after a short time and Jim was raised on the farm.  He attended school at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.  In his youth he was on the school swim team as well as football team.

After high school, Jim joined the Coast Guard and served from 1958 to 1963.  He explored Spain, Portugal and Norway and other places around the world.  It was during his time in the service that Jim discovered Alaska and fell in love with this great land.  He moved to Valdez after the 1964 earthquake where he helped relocate and rebuild the town.  One of the first projects he was involved in was moving the Eagles Hall.

Jim attended Carpentry Apprentice Training in Anchorage and completed the program in May 1965.  After that he moved back to Valdez where he lived over 30 years building a life and raising a family with his then wife Dian Rhoden.

Jim was known as a guy who could build anything.  He left an indelible stamp on the community through projects like Gilson’s Grocery Store, Harborview Memorial Hospital, Teamster office building, NBA Bank, Keystone Mall, Yukon Radio Building, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Alpine Woods Fire Station, Valdez Softball Complex, Valdez City Council Chambers, Valdez Airport Terminal, CVTC main office, CVTC warehouse, CVTC communication stations, National Guard Armory, Peter Pan Seafoods, Glacier Bar, Valdez Fisherman’s Dock, Raven Auto,  and Sugar & Spice.  He also built various homes around the town of Valdez including his own which is still owned by the family.

Being on the water is what he enjoyed most while raising his family on Prince William Sound.  There were many weekends spent fishing, camping and enjoying God’s Country. Jim believed in the value of community service.  He served on the board of the Copper Valley Electric Association, the City of Valdez Transportation Commission and on the Valdez Building Code Review Committee.  He was a trustee of the Valdez Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1971 and a life member.  The Vculek family attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

In 1997 Jim moved to Anchorage and continued to apply his skills as a tradesman to various carpentry jobs around town and in remote locations over the years.  These projects include work on apartments in Mountain View, Eddie’s Sports Bar, American Legion Post 28, Brooks River - Katmai National Park, Port of Anchorage, Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Medical Center, Nixon Fork Mine, Mentasta Lake and friend’s homes.  He spent many hours socializing with friends at AMVETS Post 2 and the Moose Lodge 1534.  He was a life member of AMVETS.

Jim enjoyed meeting old friends as well as new ones, bowling, playing darts, playing pool, cooking, sharing recipes and reading old Alaska magazines.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family as well as fixing and building things.  He applied his skill to many treasures over the years – most all of wood – that are heirlooms to his family.

He is predeceased by is brother Michael Joseph who passed at birth, his father Joseph, his mother Rosalie and son-in-law Alan L. Gage.  He is survived by his brother Joseph Vculek of Wahoo, Nebraska, his sister Barbara Velinsky of Omaha, Nebraska, brother-in-law Charles Velinsky of Omaha, Nebraska, daughter Dalon Gage and grandsons Payton and Jarrett who reside in Carlton, Oregon, his daughter Janel Vculek who resides in Anchorage along with many nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Valdez, Alaska.  Please join family and friends to celebrate the life of this amazing man.

 “My father didn’t tell me how to live … he lived and let me watch him do it.”

Saturday, June 14, 2014

School is out for the summer!

These boys just finished 3rd and 1st grades. 
How did this happen so fast?!

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We are all ready for summer break, but Jarrett actually said out loud that he will miss doing school work.  I can make sure he will not miss a thing!

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This is one thing I enjoy in the mornings … boys getting ready for the day on their own.

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I love that they have their own style.

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We had friends visit from Alaska.

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The boys had a great time at the beach!  We miss our AK peeps.

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The amazing views from the most hidden places reminds me how nice it is to explore new areas.

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We’re planning to explore some trails this weekend!

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Time with family is good.

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Sometimes just doing nothing together is best.

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Make it a great day!!!