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. 


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.


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!


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


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!!!


The birds visit in the mornings …


Toys are left in the yard …



And the sun still rises through the trees …


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 …)
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


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


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


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


Life is good.


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!


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.


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.”