Aaron and I are proudly hosting our second overnight guest—second only to Kells, our charming friend from college who works for a conservative publication in Washington D.C. and has American flag shorts. Aaron’s mom Nancy is visiting from Quincy, Illinois, and we’re working in as many Alaskan adventures as possible. Yesterday we traversed a mountain and today we’re off to Seward to show off our wedding venue, see how much Exit Glacier has melted in the last five years, and watch Aaron play his saxophone at a place called Nellie’s.
It is true that we have minimal square footage, so we’ve officially donated our bedroom to anyone who wants to visit. The night before Nancy arrived, we tested out our futon and remembered fondly the differences between a queen and full-sized bed.
Here, Clara joins me in our morning ritual of lounging with a book, drink, and snack (Kelsey and Mandy, I’m much further along now in East of Eden:):
Clara soon says enough lounging, let me out into the world, and enjoys some independent viewing of the yard:
Here’s Grandma giving Clara a sweet embrace after a long, long, long, long flight:
At church the next morning, Clara joins her little friend Carmen and her big friend Lia in a round of “Heart and Soul,” but only if she gets to play the part of “Soul”:
Clara shows Grandma and Dad her hammering expertise:
Clara also told me that she thought Grandma would really like to go up and down some stairs while she was visiting:
Someone looks pretty darn cute in polka dots.
The happy, hosting couple on Hideout Trail:
Dad and Grandma check out the view, though Clara says, Been there, done that.
The genius of a photo timer put to good use:
A rewarding vista after a steepish hike: