From Avocados-n-Eggs to Donald Trump

How long have we been in Alaska again? Oh yes, a little over 2 months… I am not sure the reason, but a day seems like 2 or 3 days. A week here feels like 2 weeks. Time is completely different. For the most part, everything is different.

Today, I’ll share with you some really neat experiences we’ve had right by our home. As I have already mentioned in several prior posts, some of our neighbors are amazing people. The family across the street from us has chickens. These chickens have the Shangri-La of chicken coups built by them, of course. What else would you expect from tough Alaskans? Caris was impressed by being given permission to pick up some eggs to take home with us. The best part of that experience was breakfast the next morning. Since we eat eggs for breakfast 99.9% of the time, this was something we needed anyway.  These eggs were fun to pick up and functional (because we ate them almost immediately.)

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Caris loved picking up the neighbor’s eggs.
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Eggs, Avocado, Fresh Thyme over toasted wheat bread

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If you noticed in the breakfast picture, avocado is another of our breakfast favorites.  I read about how food can help heal (or help hurt) us AND I have a lot of health books too. I know avocados are some of the superstar foods. Our skin loves these little fruits. In fact, since these little gems are full of lutein and zeaxanthin to help protect our skin from harmful UV damage (Roberts, Green, & Lewis, 2009), the benefits go beyond beauty. A few other benefits include being heart healthy, good for weight maintenance, and great for balancing hormones for some people (Shatzman, 2015). Okay, I will move on past my obvious love of avocados.

Most recently, we were invited to our other neighbor’s house for a Halloween party. They had the best decorations and great food too. Caris enjoyed hanging out early in the night. She dressed as a baby in a cute onesie. I threw some stuff together for about $4.00 and said I was “Halloween tacky.” Micah didn’t wear a costume and Connor didn’t participate this year. Yes, Donald Trump was there too.

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Caris was able to hang out for a little while early in the night.
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An inexpensive Halloween costume (knee high orange socks not shown)

Hugs,
Melissa

References:
Roberts, R. L., Green, J., Lewis, B. (2009). Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye and skin health. Clinics in Dermatology. 27: 195-201.

Shatzman, C. (2015, July 13). 6 foods that balance your hormones for younger looking skin. Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.prevention.com/beauty/hormone-balancing-foods-better-skin

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