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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Looking Back | August and Labor Day Weekend 2017.

Well hello Tuesday! I can't quite believe it was a week ago that we arrived back home from Alaska. My mom got home yesterday afternoon, after almost four weeks away; spending a few extra days with us at both ends of the trip provided more opportunities for family gatherings ... and recovering from the four-hour Alaska time difference and the red-eye flight home. For me the long weekend also gave me a chance to get started on the massive project that is sorting through 1,000+ photos and videos from our trip.

I started with my August photo-a-day.
Choosing one image to represent each of the 13 days I was gone was both a challenge and a wonderful reminder since most of the days had multiple stories (and at least dozens of photos). I plan to share a lot more here over the next few weeks, and if you followed along on Instagram (we tagged most of our photos with #alaska2017💙🚂 in memory of my dad, whose love of trains inspired several of our adventures) you've already seen a few highlights. For today, I have two short stories:

The first - from my summer bucket list - a whale near Juneau on August 20.
I'm not 100% positive, but I think that whale's name is Flame. I couldn't identify her fluke from my photo, but another woman on our excursion captured a much clearer image and our guide said it was Flame. (also, photographing whales is really hard - I probably have over a hundred photos of water "where the whale was")

And this one, from August 17.
My sister and I knitted our mom the same matching hat & mitts set that we both made for ourselves; Karen knitted the hat and I knitted the mitts. We gave them to her the second night of the cruise when it was starting to get chilly. She certainly appreciated them, but she never wore them (we're expecting she might have an opportunity - or two 😉 - this winter).

I also have a quick peek at the past weekend. It was another whirlwind.
Friday evening, we had a family gathering at Katie's. Saturday, I took my mom to the Botanical Garden (her first daylight visit and my first full-on blue sky visit in a while). She's planning to join when she moves and I know she'll enjoy it as much as I have. Sunday, I finally made it down to the lake in the daylight and started a pair of socks for Charlie (which he insisted on modeling on his hand, not his foot). Yesterday, I spent the morning working on photos (that image I captured is from the Collect app) and in the afternoon I babysat the boys while Katie and Rob attended the (oh-so-disappointing) Georgia Tech home opener. I shared some of that fun on Instagram.

...and just like's Tuesday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend and here's to a great week!

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Anonymous Patty said...

Always a pleasure to catch up with you and yours Mary! Can't wait to see more about your trip.

Tuesday, 05 September, 2017  
Blogger Vera said...

Such fun pictures - especially like the one of your Mom with her hat and mitts!

Tuesday, 05 September, 2017  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

Your August was overflowing with fun! Welcome home! XO

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017  
Blogger karen said...

I'm so glad you are home and happy and sorting through those photos. I love the comment of photos where the whale was!! isn't that the case? But having digital is wonderful because it costs nothing for those photos and if you want you hit delete :)

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

And now Wednesday!! Crazy time... LOVE all those photos! We saw whales in Mexico a few years ago and I couldn't agree more about trying to photograph them. ;)

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017  
Blogger Bonny said...

Thanks for sharing the beginning of your sights and stories from Alaska! I'm going to look forward to more along with your road trip in the coming weeks. That sure looks like Flame to me! :-)

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017  
Blogger Honoré said...

T'is a joy to see your photos and especially, the guys and Marmie! Welcome Home! Looking forward to more stories...and have fun with your 1K+ photos to sort,etc.

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017  

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