It is snowing again here in Alaska. Big, fluffy snow flakes are falling down, and making this place to look like a true Winter Wonderland. Even though I often occasionally complain about the cold weather, and how far away we are from everything and everybody, days like this really make Alaska special. And of course having a White Christmas adds its own special flavor to the whole holiday season.
December has been a busy month so far with all the family photo shoots that I have been doing, on top of my daily job and school papers. But I really, really do love to do family portraits every once in a while. It is such a joyful moment to see happy clients loving their pictures. A complete different feeling and satisfaction than seeing my picture in a newspaper, magazine, calendar ….. Anyways, looks like we all want to have brand new pictures for the holiday cards… including Jason and I. I found a fellow photographer here in Alaska whose style I liked, and had our pictures taken. I saw sneak peeks to our images yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier! So now it is time to print the holiday cards and mail them out. Someone, please, tell me that I am not running late with the cards yet!
The holiday shopping has been progressing slowly. I have to say I am very, very grateful for being able to buy most of the gifts online. First of all the selection here in Alaska is pretty limited, not only at Ft Richardson/Elmendorf AFB Commissary but also shopping centers in downtown are not the same than in Lower 48. And then on the other hand, this year it would have been quite a challenge to find time for shopping. I guess that happens when you squeeze full-time work, 15 credits at the university and all other chores into your agenda.
However, this weekend it will be time to relax. I am almost done with all my finals – only two exams left, one will be done tonight, and the last one will be later next week. I got my new cross-country skis last Friday, so they need to be waxed and tested. Jason and I are also planning to take our downhill skis out this weekend, and officially start the season. Fun-filled weekend ahead!