Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my parents!  I always know how long they've been married by subtracting three years from my own age.

Cause wasn't I cute!?  (and yes, my mom's first and last time in a dress, too!)

And check out my tatta's awesome mukluks!  That's what I want to make myself.  I NEED THOSE MUKLUKS! 

Coincidentally, my parents were the FIRST couple married at the Kotzebue Senior Center, and Dean and I were the LAST couple married there.  We also flew the pastor in from Noatak (Dean picked him up from Noatak in our plane, and after the ceremony one of our pilot friends flew him back!), the same one who married my parents.  And as an homage to my tatta's awesome mukluks, we also wore mukluks.

Pretty cool, eh?!  I hope my marriage is as long, happy and fulfilling as my parents.  AND I hope Dean and I can retire to a huge cabin in the woods someday too.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Before we get to that, here's a little video of my then 8 year old daughter cutting fish.  So if you don't know how to cut fish, then maybe that should be a resolution for you... that is if you have fish in your area!  :)


1. Make myself a fur parky. I'm the only one in our house who doesn't have one. (And yes, I made everyone else theirs...)

2. Make myself a pair of hard bottoms that go all the way to my knees. (Same reason as above!). I'd really like tutuliks, but calfskin will do, too.

3. Start shooting, skinning, tanning Sisualik squirrels for a really fancy parky for Kaisa. (Gotta be ready for MAC!) 

4. Say "no," more. 

5. Read over 100 books.

6. Eat more fish. Even though we do eat it, I'd like to eat more for dinner.

7. Ski at least twice a week as long as the weather cooperates.

8. Teach more people how to sew. (I really enjoyed teaching skin sewing and atikluk making.)

9. Learn and use more of the inupiaq language.

10. Drive the boat across by myself. ichikaang!

We will see how far I get this year...