We had a request about a year and a half ago to post a video tour of our apartment . . . better late than never, right? I finally recorded this video about a month before we moved from Dillingham to Utah. We lived on Agulawok Drive (isn't that an awesome name?). Kaylee and I took lots of walks up and down our street. Agulawok Drive and Dillingham in general was a great place to live and I would recommend it to others.
Ever heard of a kuspuk before? I found this great explanation of a kuspuk on facebook
A kuspuk (/ˈkʌs.pʌk/) (from Yup'ik qaspeq;Iñupiaq: atikłuk) is a hooded overshirt with a large front pocket commonly worn among Alaska Natives. Kuspuks are tunic-length, falling anywhere from below the hips to below the knees. The bottom portion of kuspuks worn by women may be gathered and akin to a skirt. Kuspuks tend to be pullover garments, though some have zippers.
Though kuspuks are traditionally a Yupik garment, they are now worn by both men and women of many Native groups, as well as by non-Natives. The garment was originally made of animal skin or gut and was worn over a fur parka to keep the parka clean. As stores became more common in Bush villages, kuspuks began to be made of calico grain sacks. Kuspuks are now generally made from brightly printed cotton calico, velvet, or corduroy trimmed with rickrack. Today, kuspuks are often worn as a blouse with pants.
I will attest that kuspuks are very comfortable to wear and they're fun to make. As soon as I arrived in southwest Alaska I wanted to learn how to make my own kuspuks (thank you Fanny for your lessons). In May 2014, I finally finished making a kuspuk for Kaylee. I was going to post a tutorial on how to make a kuspuk, but, uh . . . it's been a year now, so I'm going to admit to myself it's not happening.
Here are some kuspuks I have made before and since making this one for Kaylee.
At the beginning of May, Kaylee and I were able to travel to Seattle for my youngest brother's wedding. To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. I think that I had been missing sleep for months because of my anticipation. I couldn't wait to have a weekend to spend with ALL of my living siblings. That hadn't happened in over 12 years, and the last time was not due to happy circumstances.
I was a little nervous about flying with Kaylee alone, but she did great. In fact she was a ham. She was waving and saying hi to all sorts of people in the airport and on the airplane. I think her goal was to make as many people fall in love with her as she could. She thoroughly enjoyed being served juice and cookies on the plane, sitting in her own seat (luckily we had empty ones next to us), buckling her seatbelt, and looking at books. She made herself pretty comfortable.
This could get me in trouble, but I couldn't help but let her try out the moving walkway. (Don't you think her brand new kuspuk is pretty cute too!)
My older sister, Carmen, lives in Seattle so we got to meet up with her right away (thanks for the ride sis!). We headed straight to a bridal shower for Becca. It was fun to meet (and meet again) some of her family, especially since her sister is married to my brother, Greg. There is double reason to meet some of her family :)
We got to spend the weekend in a vacation home with most of my siblings and parents. I never wanted to go to bed. Being in the temple with all my siblings and my parents was a great experience too. I am so happy that we were able to go.
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