Life Goes On

After 26 hours of travel flight time and over 16 hours of driving, spread over two weeks, we've arrived in Tennessee. Okay, we arrived two weeks ago and I'm a bit of a failure for not updating. We're slowly settling into a new routine in a new place with most of our belongings still traveling. [...]

The Love/Hate List

Sorry for the recent radio silence, readers. Big things have been happening here. Big, life changing, crazy amount of details things.The time has come for us to adieu to our beloved Alaska. There are so many things about Alaska we love, and we've loved living here for the past three years. But now that we [...]

Hiking the Butte

We've been having what feels like unseasonably warm weather here in Alaska. It's late March, almost all of our snow has melted, and we've had abundant sunshine and high temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s for at least two weeks. I've been enjoying getting out and enjoying this warmer weather, with Baby A [...]

It All Began with a Mouse: The Great Mouse Detective

            Walt is famous for saying, “I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.” It’s entirely appropriate, then, that my Disney project concludes with a film populated by mice. I’d never seen The Great Mouse Detective before, though it is one I would like to watch [...]

Overcoming Darkness: The Black Cauldron

            There are a few times I’ve been genuinely frightened during an animated film. The first time occurred during Maleficent’s entrance in Sleeping Beauty. She’s always frightened me, and it is because of her that it took me so many years to finally watch the full film. I was rightfully frightened [...]

Powerful Friendship: The Fox and the Hound

             There were a lot of factors we considered before moving across the country to Alaska, positive and negative. We thought about the extreme climate difference, being far away from family, the increased expense. One thing I didn’t consider was that we were moving to the land of my two [...]

Reflections on the Water: The Little Mermaid

            The Little Mermaid is the first movie my parents ever took me to see in theatres. From then on, I loved it. Until the release of The Lion King, it was my favorite movie. I very nearly wore out our VHS copy by watching it nearly every day. Some things never change: my current [...]

Silly Old Bear: The Many Adventures of WInnie the Pooh

            Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl and Christopher Robin have been my friends since…well, before I can remember. I grew up watching Pooh search for honey and listening to Tigger’s silly laugh. I dare you to watch any episode of film of Winnie the Pooh and not laugh when [...]

Dandelion Seeds: Beauty and the Beast

            Beauty and the Beast is up there with Lion King, Little Mermaid and Aladdin in my childhood favorite movies list. I watched it all the time; heck, I wanted to be Belle. Who wouldn’t? She’s a wonderful heroine. She sacrifices her dreams, her life, in order to save her father. Her actions are led [...]

Disney Myths Dispelled

I'll start by explaining my absence and then make it up to you by dispelling some popular Disney myths. I've been a little MIA lately because, quite frankly, the sun came back out. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be significant. While the sun does often shine in Alaska during the [...]