01 January 2013

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The last few days of 2012 were spent in Selah, Washington at my Uncle's house. (I've decided I need to vacation at his place as much as possible not only in the summer, but in the winter as well. They get the best of both worlds over there on the other side of the Cascades. Sunny, hot summers and snowy winters. Lucky!) My entire family stayed for several days and we had the best time sledding (and crashing - see my total wipe out here.*), laughing, playing games, watching movies, singing by the fire, making homemade "snow nog" (egg nog made with snow - a delicious creation by my Uncle David) and last but not least, visiting some wild Rocky Mountain elk while they breaked for lunch. It was a wonderful and super fun weekend.

Before I go (and possibly not return for a while - seems to be the new trend..) I thought I might share some happy news that I received shortly after I last wrote here; which is, that I have been awarded a full Pell Grant for the school year! Such a wonderful relief - I am so grateful for that. It feels like a reassuring sign; like I am doing the right thing and headed in the right direction. I am very excited for next quarter to begin, especially now that I'll be able to go full time. The classes I'm taking may turn out to be a bit of a heavy load, but I very much look forward to it! Classes start tomorrow - I cannot wait to get back into the classroom.

I really do hope to find the time to write here more often. I'm not sure how many times I've said this, but there are yet more photos and stories to share from my travels around Europe last summer, plus other things that have happened more recently. Maybe I'll get around to that this weekend, since after working every day of December, I'll finally have some free time at home!

W i s h i n g   y o u   a l l   a   H a p p y   N e w   Y e a r   ! 

*Ps. You may notice that my feet look huge in these photos. It's because I was wearing my uncle's boots since I had none of my own. While walking back up the snowy hill after a more successful ride down, I utilized the wonderful and convenient technology of our time and used my phone to order some snow boots of my own for next time! They should arrive in 5-7 business days. Upon their arrival I plan to head back to Selah stat!


  1. Pressed Next Blog on my Bog site and up came your blog. You really walked in winter wonderland Selah Washington looks so beautiful. Love the Elks
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  2. Happy new year Aly! I love that you are so excited about school. I hope you have a great new semester at school! xo 

  3. that's great news for your studies! i wish you all the best! may 2013 be filled with lots of great images and great knowledge! 

  4. hi alyson, i like that second picture with all the trees the most. it's wonderful. don't you have a picture website or something? i can't remember.

  5. Beautiful blog & photos! Bookmarked & can't wait for more :) xx


  6. Hi Holly! Happy New Year to you, too! Chicago!?

  7. How nice! Thank you, Nileta! 

  8. Hi Luke! 

    I do have a photo/portfolio website in the works. It's very near finished, I just haven't had a chance to add the final touches yet! Once it's done, it will be at http://cargocollective.com/alysonsharonredding.
    How/where are you these days? 

  9. well i cant wait to see it when its done! I'm doing allright. I am back in oregon now. I'm living in portland. Are you in seattle?

  10. I live in the Seattle area, but not in Seattle proper any longer. My Grandma is very generous and sweet and has welcomed me into her home while I put myself through school. So, I am now on the "east side" as we call it.

    How is it in Portland?