Last weekend we made our annual trip to Anchorage for the Tour of Anchorage ski race. I really, really enjoyed not doing the ski race and just chillin' with friends and family. I felt so relaxed. So relaxed.
This year, I realized how much of an annual tradition the Tour has become for our family. For several months, I was planning on not going along with Patrick….especially since I wasn't doing the race. And then I started thinking about all the wonderful memories from years past and how much fun the kids have seeing friends and family. And I decided I didn't want to miss it. And I'm so glad we all went over to cheer Patrick on in his race!
A few old and new traditions….
|Post race hot tub at Julie and Rays…cold air, warm water and wonderful company of friends.|
|Dinner at Marx brothers on Friday night! good times planning future adventures (Afognak! and Montana!) over dinner in the warm, cozy Marx Brothers restaurant.|
|Cheering on Iditarod teams. We watched 2 teams pass by in the woods near the Alaska Native Medical Center. Nora and I "high-fived" one of the mushers! :) The dogs are SO happy!|
|The kids all have such a fun time playing together. happy kids=happy parents!|
|Skiing in the backyard…the kids had little races making loops around the course!|
|Tradition of enjoying pizza together in the evening after the race. Julie makes amazing pizzas from Mooses' Tooth crust. With Brian D., Ray and Julie.|
|Fur Rendezvous Carnival. A fun bonus for Nora and Stuey this year! Fun times in the sunny, 35 degree weather!|
PS I called the post Anchorwage b/c Stuey for a while called Anchorage, "Anchorwage" because his "r" difficulties!