Tuesday, August 20, 2013

rainy august days

It's August in Alaska. That means rubber boots, warm layers of cotton and wool, and soaking up all the green before it turns into that grey-ish brown that seems to go on forever in between fall and winter. 

It's rained every day this week, but that hasn't stopped us from getting outside. We meander down our gravel road usually twice or three times a day: in the morning, after nap and then sometimes in the evening before Steve gets home from work. During our walks we gather sticks, splash in puddles, and enjoy the smell of rain and smoke drifting over from our neighbors wood stove.

Riggs still brings his turtle-push toy along with us, but it is usually abandoned after five or ten minutes as he finds puddles to walk through, sticks to pick up and inspect, and rocks to gather and stuff into his pockets. I think one day soon poor little turtle will be left completely - just another sign that Riggs is growing up and finding interest in new things. 

The older Riggs gets the more he reminds me of Steve with his facial expressions and his movements. It's strange how even so young our children pick up on our characteristics. I often wonder how much is genetic and how much is just learned from being around us so much. Either way, it always makes me smile.

I see Steve in Riggs in so many different ways. I see it in the way he focuses so intently on whatever task he's set on, or the way he rubs his hands together to brush the dirt off, and even in the way that he holds himself as he walks, taking long strides with his back straight and his arms swinging just so at his sides. I love to see all the different ways that they are alike, for I love them both so very much. 

If you live in Alaska I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy the rain a little bit. The fair starts this week here in Palmer, who's going to be there?!

The Active Mum


  1. We will be headed to the fair with our rain gear of course.

  2. We'll bring some boots for Abrianna this Friday.

  3. ah, I hope one day we can visit Alaska. my goodness. Ever. Single. Time. I'm just in awe of your photos. Craving the big wide open!

    also- I'm loving your new blog look, have i mentioned that? so good.

  4. Oh.My.Word. That outfit is the cutest! Those little boots!!

  5. @AlaskaLove12: I think this year rain gear is definitely a must! lol

    @Connie: cant wait to see you!

    @Moons and Junes: you would love it. It is so wide open and fun for kids too, I think Fern would really enjoy herself ;) And thank you, it's been a lot of little changes here and there but I think I'm finally happy with it!

    @Andrea: thank you! I have so much fun dressing him ;)

  6. I just discovered your blog and my my, what a delight it's been! You have such an adorable kiddo!

    I'll be back for sure!
    Have a great day


  7. Where you live is absolutely beautiful! And Riggs is gorgeous!!! Alaska is definitely on my travel list - and I know my hubby has mentioned a few times that he would absolutely love to live there (although it's a little far from Australia). I'm really excited to follow your gorgeous blog and get to know you better! Thanks so much for linking up this week, hope to see you again next week!

    Aanie x

  8. Riggs is THE BEST! I'm oddly excited for fall and rainboots! We're still experiencing warm/hot weather, which is nice too. Just ready for a change.

    XOXO/Lena @ root&blossom

  9. Featuring your blog at the link up tomorrow!!! Xx

  10. Such cute photos!
    I miss rainy days here in California.

    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com