So you booked a two week trip to Alaska, you’ll be there at the end of July/ early August, you have lots of adventures planned but you don’t want to look like a total bum on your vacation and you can only bring one medium sized suitcase. What do you pack? What do you leave behind? How do you decide?
I started off by considering weather and activities.
The weather in Alaska in July and August can vary drastically from hour to hour, but it’s approximately 16-20 degrees Celsius during the day and can drop as low as 10 degrees at night! Since that’s pretty chilly I ruled out my lightest dresses, rompers and short outfits right away.
Before I began packing I printed out a copy of my itinerary and pulled out all of my favourite clothes (that I thought might be appropriate for the activities/weather in Alaska) and dumped them onto my bedroom floor. Then, using the itinerary as a guide, I started to assemble weather and activity appropriate outfits for each day. I know that lots of people just bring a bunch of single items that can be thrown together with a number of other single items, but I can’t do that. Growing up my mom always bought our clothes in ‘outfits’ and so when we went on trips we’d pack ‘outfits’ for each day. I haven’t been able to shake that mentality about clothes- and I don’t want to! It makes packing SO easy!
I packed two outfits for each day- one for the daytime and one for the nighttime! Most of my daytime outfits for this trip consist of some sort of athletic bottom (either Lululemon shorts or capris), a tank top and a sweater. David and I have lots of adventures planned for our vacation- hiking, fishing, glacier climbing etc.- and so even though I love the idea of wearing cute dresses/rompers/blouses during the day, I know it wont happen! Since it's chilly at night I chose evening wear that could be layered and I chose not to bring anything TOO dressy! Chances are I won't feel like getting super dolled up after 6 hours on a fishing boat or 4 hours of hiking.
In addition to outfits I do bring a few separates- neutral tank tops, an extra hoodie, an extra pair of jeans and an extra two tops- just in case I don't feel like wearing one of the outfits I've packed when I get there.
The next step is deciding on footwear! Obviously I'm brining running shoes (2 pairs actually, one for everyday use and one for times I know I'm going to get muddy), I'm bringing one pair of heels for dinners out, one pair of cute sandals (for shopping etc.) and one pair of casual beach flip flops! It was really hard saying 'no' to extra shoes that I might end up wearing once but David kept reminding me that if I have extra space in my suitcase it means I have space to bring NEW THINGS home! ;) He gets me!
SOME ESSENTIAL ITEMS:
Isn't trying something new great? There are few things in life that I enjoy more! For Mother's Day this year Madeline and I thought we'd gift my mom an experience that involved learning a new skill- making pottery. We didn't want to sign up for a multiple week course (...aint NOBODY got time for that...) instead we were looking for a fun afternoon "workshop" that would allow us to spend a lot of time learning how to mould on the wheel and that we could walk away from with a clay creation and lots of great memories!
LucSculpture School and Studio, located on the Danforth in Toronto, provided exactly the experience we were looking for! When we arrived we were directed upstairs to put on our smocks and meet our instructor, Lisa, who was phenomenal! She gave us a quick demo on the wheel and then gave us our own clay and let us go to work! Even though working on the wheel was SO much harder than Lisa made it look, with her help and direction we were each able to create 3 pieces of pottery that we're pretty proud of!
It was surprisingly refreshing to be a beginner at something again! Not knowing exactly what we were doing and having to accept the fact that our work would be far from perfect made the experience stress free and tons of fun.
We had such a great time- experimenting, getting our hands dirty, being creative, failing a few times and laughing our heads off along the way- that we've decided to make learning a new skill together an annual tradition! Glass blowing.... we're coming for ya! ;)
Stay tuned...I'll definitely show you the finished products once they're glazed and ready to come home!
Well 'the honeymoon's over'... at least that's what people say
But I can't say that I agree, because I love David more each day!
Our second year began in Myrtle Beach of all places,
We drove 20 hours to discover that Steve, from Airbnb, had replaced us!
We spent the night at Castaway Inn,
Praying that not too many bugs would get in.
Luckily our trip's rocky start was not a sign of things to come,
This past year we had so many great adventures, lots of laughs and tons of fun!
In October we moved into 335 Sugar Maple,
which cut our commutes in half and meant we didn't have to pay for cable! :)
We loved living with Madeline, Robert, sometimes mom and dad, and John,
It felt like a party that was always, always on.
In December we went to London England to do Christmas like the British,
8 of us stayed in an apartment of 900 square feet-ish.
But we loved every minute of being together-
biking, running, talking and walking no matter the weather!
I'll never forget High Tea with the girls or the angels on Regent Street,
being pushed into the Serpentine River or walking 30,000 steps in one day- what a FEAT!
When we got home it definitely felt more relaxed
but with the golf trip, DIY night, Friday night hockey, KidsQuest and our jobs we still felt pretty 'maxed'!
On March Break I took off for a week,
and headed to London then Portugal with my parents to check out the beach!
While the weather for beaching was less than ideal,
my parents and I did some fab. hikes, had lots of chats and ate some great meals!
In April we started a church running club,
While David wasn't initially stoked, it's something he grew to love!
A little later in April John tore the tendon in his ankle,
Let's just say we'll never go back to SkyZone, even when John's able.
Then we both turned 27 and decided our life goals should be re-evaluated,
In our list of 'to do's' looking more like Christ needed to be elevated!
So that brings us to this anniversary...the big 2!
David, there's only a few things I want to say to you:
I like you LOTS
I love you MORE
Being your wife is still no chore!
I'm so happy I said "I DO" two years ago today
I wouldn't want to go through life with anyone else or in any other way!
CHEERS TO YEAR 3 LOVER!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,