Well, I am finally safely back in Alaska from my trip home to Ohio for the holidays. I arrived relatively unscathed, even though I got stranded in Sitka for a night because of freezing fog in Juneau prevented us from landing there. But I got to meet some cool people who were also stranded and I actually flew into Skagway 3 hours before I would have if I had taken the ferry as planned. So it all worked out and I got a jump start on my 5 days of "vacation after vacation" before I have to go back to work on Monday!
Although I took waaaayyyyy fewer pictures on this trip than my Ohio trip in October, I still have about a billion images of the last three weeks. Although I would love to show you all of them, I'm sure you have way better things to do with your time than look at photos of people you don't know. And I have way better things to do than upload them all, so I have selected a few of my favorites to show you.
A few days after I arrived, we went to the zoo to see the Christmas lights. The zoo didn't disappoint and it was absolutely beautiful. Of course, this photo doesn't really do it any justice.
Jackson enjoyed seeing all the animals while it was still daylight. Here he is looking adorable with a big tiger statue (the real tiger was a little freaky and liked licking his lips at Jackson way too much.)
Jackson wasn't quite sure what to think of Santa. Hey, at least there were no tears!
But he did like petting the snake!
Here I am (on the left) posing with Jackson and my sister before it got dark.
A few days after the zoo was Christmas at my grandma's. When I was little this was always my favorite part of Christmas: playing with my cousins, opening gifts, and eating good food. It's a little different now that we're all grown up, but having Jackson there this year brought back some much needed Christmas magic.
Here's the little man in the middle of the action.
Here I am with my mama playing one of many rounds of the traditional after dinner bingo.
I was so excited to be home for Jackson's first Christmas. We all knew it would be special. He was so fun that morning, even if he cared more about a twenty cent balloon than all of his other gifts.
My brother was so excited that my mom ordered a tur-duck-hen for the Christmas meal. He has been obsessed with them for years. I wasn't impressed, but he sure did like cutting into it to see what all was inside.
Apparently the day after Christmas is 'Gun Day' in the Haas household. This is when my dad gets out a few of the guns in his closet and we shoot at water-filled jugs. Kind of a weird tradition, but my brother and brother-in-law look forward to it.
And, to cap off my whole trip, I was able to be in Ohio for Jackson's first birthday. This kid really doesn't know what to do with all of the attention he gets. He's seriously the center of our world. Here are a few pics of that special day.
Jackson loves his Grandpa. I love how he tilts his little head here. So cute.
But after all of this excitement and activity, I was really glad to get back home. This is a shot of Juneau as I flew in the other morning.
Don't get me wrong. I was sooooo sad to leave Ohio (and may have bawled my eyes out at the airport when I left *ahem*), but am glad to be safely back in my cozy little house and settled in for a long winter of knitting!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!