Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

To tree or not to tree? That was the discussion. We did take a small one; one that was growing close to another and needed to be thinned anyway.

See, way too close to that other tree!

In the house

We used the “Grinch tree” decorations from the play, made a few origami cranes and then began the search for a tree topper. Nothing to purchase at the store, so we had to improvise. Thanks to Hans C and the Langes for their contribution.

Lisa Simpson (aka angel)

We had a nice dinner last night.

Christmas Eve 2009

Menu: pork chops with onions and cranberries, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, real lettuce with cucumber…

Christmas Eve Dinner

Dessert: Butterscotch Lush (Note ice candles; eat your heart out Martha Stewart)

Candlelight Dessert

This was our first Christmas without the kids; talking with them on the phone was nice, but not the same. After spending many Christmases away from our families in the Midwest, maybe it was poetic justice.

After dinner we opened presents. You know you’re in Alaska when you get a gift wrapped in black plastic and duct tape…

Let's see; what could it be?

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Know that we miss you and are thinking of you on this day.



  1. It is nice to see your Christmas message. We think of you often and hope the year is going well. I especially like the hot water to ice experiment and Karen likes Bonnies duct tape salmon. Best of Luck in the rest of your school year, see you when Anna graduates.

  2. Merry Christmas! Finally got a chance to say thank you Hans for the going away gift. However you should have saved a few for the Christmas tree. They would have added just the touch.

  3. Hey! Back up the truck (as you used to say)! Grayling? Please give the biggest hugs to Margie and Carl!! And yourselves of course. More in a few days. I need to jump start a few courses — 18 months til retirement!! Totally ready for it. Still trying to live off the farm as much as possible. Subsistence on less than two acres — funny….
    Love to you, and thanks for staying in touch. xo,w

  4. Happy New Year you 2. Hoping that you are well. In regards to your accepting additional
    time there, I was disappointed for us but extremely happy for you. This adventure has
    been exceptional to follow and I am glad that we can keep in contact anyway.

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