Wednesday, December 30, 2009
In the end I decided not to worry about the shower curtain as I don't remember ever reading anywhere that someone died from mildew. I laid back and opened up my Real Simple magazine hoping that my life would be organized and efficient when I got out of the tub. About 5 minutes into my bliss a little face poked around the shower curtain. I've heard it said that company in a tub can be fun, but I don't think whoever said it had a 15-month-old splashing his toys onto their magazine. It looked as though simplifying my life via reading material wasn't going to be that simple.
After kicking the wee one out of the bathroom I decided to just shave my legs and get out. I reflected that I had already taken steps to simplify my life by buying one of those razors that has the shave gel bar on it so I didn't have to waste time lathering up my legs. How smart of me! After the first swipe with the razor I realized I really should do this more often. Thoughts of how this was similar to weed-wacking my way through the Amazon came to mind. In the interest of personal hygiene however I persevered, and was rewarded with a bathtub that looked like a cat had exploded inside it. Now in addition to mildew removal I would also need to find a little more time to clean the tub.
In summary, if I hadn't insisted on this silly notion of taking time for myself I could have continued traveling down my blissfully ignorant path and saved myself from yet more work. Ahhhh, such is life, simple or not. :)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
1. My friend Nicole has mad skills when it comes to picking out great Christmas gifts.
2. My friend Beezy can cook like nobody's business.
3. Beezy's husband knows his way around a turkey.
4. Watching my kids open gifts tops any other gift I might receive.
5. Shipping from Alaska costs almost as much as Obama's new healthcare plan.
6. Homemade gifts haven't gone out of style.
7. Even the most active children sit still for "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
8. My husband has more fun with the kids' toys than they do.
9. A Nintendo Wii will unite a family like no other gift (complete with shouts of "I'm gonna kick your butt this time!"
10. And finally, it's worth it. All of it. The stress, the money, the rushing around. It could be more simple, and more inexpensive I suppose - but then it wouldn't really be Christmas :)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
When we moved to Alaska I was certain that I would be surrounded by glorious Christmas trees on every side. I couldn't wait to go out into the woods before our first Christmas here and pick from the millions of perfect pines just waiting to be "the one!" Alas, it was not meant to be.
Pine trees don't grow well in Alaska. Fake trees do. Real, beautiful, "perfect" trees stand in the lot at Wal-Mart or Lowe's and cost approximately 1 kidney and 2 corneas. So this year we had to decide between our ideal live tree or Christmas presents to go under it.
It's a cute tree. It doesn't even remotely resemble anything that once lived, but it holds all the ornaments that I lovingly hauled 3,000 miles just to put on it. It won't shed needles. It doesn't require water and therefore won't dry out. I can put it up again next year too. But somehow it just isn't the same.
Sooooo, I went over to my friend Catherine's today just to bask in the glow that is her live Christmas tree. I sniffed, touched and stared at that fabulously thick and well-groomed tree. It looks like it belongs on the White House lawn. Jealousy is such a disgusting emotion!
However, my friend Nicole was kind enough to provide me with a solution to my problem. She bought me a "Christmas Tree Grow Kit". So thoughtful of her. All I have to do is plant the seed in the teeny-tiny little pot, faithfully water it, repot it 127 times over the next 20 years and then voila! my very own live Christmas tree! Boy will that be a wild and crazy Christmas party.
Until then though, I will happily decorate my little faux tree and try to remind myself that, "it's the thought that counts!"
Monday, November 30, 2009
I briefly heard my mother say "Just because everyone is jumping off a bridge, doesn't mean you have to do it too." Then I threw myself down the hill, otter-style. Fortunately, this otter has plenty of padding and landed at the bottom uninjured.
When we had all gathered at the bottom I asked the boys what they thought of the sledding hill. Connor said it was "pretty cool." Austin, ever the enthusiast of the family, said, "I really didn't find it that satisfying." Somehow, this didn't stop him from trekking up that hill and careening down again and again.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tis the season my friends - whether you like it or not! And as the commercialism builds, so does the excitement in my house. Recently I've heard statements such as these: "Is Santa like God?" and (my favorite), "all you need to get gifts is a tree and decorations." I've also enjoyed several renditions of Jingle Bells Batman Smells and other little dirty ditties thoughtfully taught by the other children at school.
Whenever Dustin starts a fire in the fireplace I remind him to burn the flyers first before the kids can get a look at all the toys. Chain stores are EVIL this time of year. Don't these people have children? Don't they realize the havoc they wreak in parents' lives? Don't they know that a lot of the family drama at the holidays comes after hearing "and I want that, and that, and that, and one of those...." about 60 million times!!!!
I could go on and on, and eventually I will, but for now I'll wrap it up and get to work so I can afford "that, and that, and one of those!"
Friday, November 13, 2009
I have a feeling that this winter will be harder on Beanie than the rest of us. Luckily, we humans don't have to squat in the snow. Each morning I chuckle as I take "the girls" out to check their "pee-mail" and Beanie tries in vain to find a spot that is not covered in snow. She tiptoes through the snow, lifting each paw high in the air, as if she is too good to get her mitts cold and wet. After about 5 minutes of searching the yard she bites the bullet and squats in the snow. Without fail there is usually a look of shock, mixed with disgust, on her face as her butt touches the snow. Beanie has been subjected to a lot in her years with us (being mauled by babies, being dressed up, moving over and over), but I'm fairly certain if she could speak she would say there is nothing worse than sticking your pooty-poo into the snow!
Ahhh, something new to say at the table this Thanksgiving when we go around and tell what we're thankful for.....I don't have to pee in the snow! :)-
Monday, November 9, 2009
The boys of course were ecstatic and immediately started digging out snow pants, boots, etc. I had visions of the 20 minutes on...."I have to pee"....2 seconds off drill, although that was not the case this morning. They did manage to get everything on by themselves (30 minutes early) and then get too hot about 5 minutes before we were to leave for the bus and stripped everything back off. Soooo, even though we had planned to leave on time, we didn't. And it seems that no matter how organized I am each year (box by the door for hats, mittens, scarves, etc), we will still spend every morning racing around with the same dialogue, which goes something like this:
Mom: Where is your hat?
Connor: I don't know.
Mom: Why isn't it in the box?
Connor: What box?
Mom: The box by the door that holds all your cold weather stuff!
Connor: Oh, that box.
Mom: So, where is your hat and your gloves?
Connor: I don't know!
Mom: Look for them!
Connor: I need help!
Mom: Austin, help your brother.
Austin: Why do I have too?
Mom: Because Noah is too small, I'm too busy and Santa Claus isn't here! That's why!
10 minutes later.....
Mom: Did you guys find all your stuff?
Austin: What stuff?
Mom: Your hat, mittens, coats, boots......
Austin: Oh, that stuff. Yeah, it's in the box.
Mom: Why aren't you wearing it?
Austin: You didn't tell us it was time to go.
Mom: For the love of God, go get your stuff on!
Austin: Jeez mom, why do you get so cranky in the morning?
And that concludes the "winter makes moms more crazy than usual" portion of the post!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Performed the annual ritual of carving the pumpkin last night - with a new twist. Proving that anything done with a power tool is more fun, Dustin "carved" our pumpkin with his drill. This was quite fun for us spectators as pumpkin guts sprayed all over. However, the boys had chosen a slightly more intricate design this year, a bat hanging from a branch, so Dustin still had to put the finishing touches on with his super-duper-schmooper sharp knife. The end result was quite impressive.
We also talked the boys into actually making costumes this year instead of going to Walmart and just buying a pre-made costume. Connor will be an alien and Austin will be a vampire bat. So the other night Dustin applied a TON of HVAC duct tape, which is very shiny, to a vest, pants and baseball cap. The baseball cap was also adorned with the requisite alien antennae made from aluminum foil on top of springs. Austin and I cut out some bat wings from brown material and sewed them onto the back of his vest and his shirt sleeves. I then sewed some "ears" onto his brown baseball cap to top off one very adorable bat ensemble.
Finally, my friend Nicole and I planned our strategy for Halloween night. We've chosen a neighborhood to "attack" and Nicole dug out the thermoses for some hot chocolate with peppermint schnops! Halloween will be fun and warm for the adults as well as the kids this year! I'm actually really looking forward to trick-or-treating!
Happy Halloween! :)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Moosestatic in Alaska
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Luckily, I am happy to report that this morning all of the kids seemed to feel better, especially Austin because the tooth he's been working on for 4 weeks finally fell out in the middle of the night. "Why didn't the tooth fairy come?" he asked - to which I was tempted to reply, "She came down with malaria somewhere over Africa."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today he discovered a new playland - under mommy's desk! What fun! All the cords to pull on, some getting more of a reaction out of mom than others.....I knew he was close when I felt his little hand on my foot and noticed he loved watching my foot go up and down on the foot pedal. Then, just as I went to reach for my mouse......it disappeared over the back of my keyboard shelf! My stern "authority voice" saying, "No, no Noah" only seemed to make him enjoy it even more.
So, I redirected him with some of his brother's toys, and this worked, for about 10 minutes. Now I must go as I see he is attempting the stairs! Remind me again.... the work will be there tomorrow!! :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
My mother will be here tomorrow morning. I started my "To Do" list a week ago and have been slowly but surely checking things off, things like tidying up the garage. I know, just as my mother knew back then, that she isn't coming to conduct a white glove inspection. She's coming to spoil her grandchildren rotten. She's also coming to help me get my laundry caught up, keep the dishwasher loaded and get my kids squared away before school begins next week. But I'm on to her sneaky little scheme. I've been doing laundry faithfully every day this week. My counters are immaculate. And all the school shopping is done!
Isn't it ironic? She knows I don't keep house like that all year, just as her mother knew, but we can't stop ourselves from doing it? My friend Cassie says that a messy house means a happy family - we are an ecstatic family - but for one week twice a year, we will be a little less happy and a lot more tidy!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
However, just the other day as I was watching them "save the world" I had another philosophical moment. What if we all got that "into" what we were doing? I could make really great whizzing noises while I'm moving laundry from the washer to the dryer, loading the dishwasher and picking up toys! And I think I'd look great in a cape while vacuuming with my sidekick, the super-duper-ultra-amazing Dyson! Perhaps this would make chores more fun. Perhaps it would only make me look silly. Either way, it would definitely put into full view how "Wonder Mom" zips through her day like a speeding bullet, leaping toys in a single bound and ensuring the safety of the little people :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Apparently, Austin and Connor had been sitting there doing puzzles when a group of young girls walked by. Austin looks up and without hesitating says to the girls, "I'm Austin and this is my brother Connor, and we're always up for adventure."
Mothers, lock up your daughters, here they come!
Monday, July 20, 2009
At any rate, after philosophizing for a minute or two about receding hairlines and receding childhoods, I started thinking of other things I haven't gotten over the loss of yet.
1. My prebaby body.
2. Eating food while it's still hot.
3. Being able to sit down and read a really good book in 1 sitting.
4. A time when I knew all the words to the latest Bruce Springsteen song instead of all the words to the Spongebob Squarepants theme.
5. Sleeping all night without having to get up to pee.
Oh well, I suppose the passage of time takes things away and brings you others (more philosophizing). Here's what I've gained:
1. About 40 pounds.
2. An appreciation for hot food.
3. Much more selective taste in reading material (i.e. anything quick).
4. An ability to answer Trivial Pursuit questions about Spongebob Squarepants.
5. Not enough sleep to have nightmares.
Half empty or half full - either way there's still something in the glass! :)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I don't know if you have to cite sources on a blog, but just in case, for those of you who have been hiding out in the jungles of Africa, Bill Engvall gets the credit for my title.
For some reason completely unknown to me, I have always loved wacky signs. This caught my fancy on a drive we took not too long ago. I am so excited for snow at this point. It sounds like all the real fun starts when the snow flies.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Lately, Austin and Connor have decided that if I tell them no all they have to do is wait until I'm not in the room to go ahead and do it anyway. Then they are always amazed when they get caught. Most of the time they do something that puts them in the running for "World's Dumbest Criminals", but often I can tell just by looking at them.
So after a little thought about this phenomenon here's my analogy for how this part of the parenting process goes down. Children, unbeknownst to them, are like little bats sending out guilty signals as they fly around. These guilt signals then bounce off of their parents and are picked up by "parent radar". After awhile, parent radar becomes extremely sensitive and can sense mischief even when the child is not in close proximity.
So, in summary, when my children get that bewildered look and ask, "How did you know?", I reply just like my mother used to, "I always know," and hopefully this scares them as bad as it used to scare me!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Silly me, I thought it was cold in Alaska (a little birdie told me it only got up to 70 degrees for about 3 days last summer). In fact, when I packed for our move I left behind most of my summer clothes in storage. I have an abundance of sweaters, long johns, hats, etc. and 1 STINKIN' PAIR OF SHORTS! I don't even have a decent pair of flip-flops with which to weather this heat wave. We gave our air conditioner to my folks..... I wonder what it costs to ship a 100-pound air conditioner to Alaska? Hmmmmm. Remind me to remember this when I'm bitching about the cold in a few months!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Last night was Connor's first night without his "binky". I suppose it's long overdue, but nonetheless it was hard for both of us. As is usually the case in these matters, it just got "lost" in the top of a closet yesterday after I found it on the floor. As much as I hated to take away something he's slept with EVERY SINGLE night for 6+ years (I can't even get rid of a t-shirt I've had that long!), I had visions of him going off to college with his beloved binky and still sucking his thumb, so I knew it was for the best. Falling asleep proved to be quite difficult and he cried for about 10 minutes as though his heart was broken, which of course broke mine. We snuggled for a bit and then he announced that he thought he would be able to fall asleep in my bed. This proved effective and later Dustin moved him into his own bed. He awoke this morning, very cheerful, without a word about the bink. It occurs to me while I write this that it is yet another chapter finished in his childhood. Bye-bye bottles. Bye-bye-diapers. Bye-bye baby teeth. Bye-bye Bink.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Mac, Mom and Noah
Austin and Connor playing in the sand.
Connor and Dustin looking for "skipper" rocks.
COLD water doesn't seem to bother Beanie!
It was another beautiful day in Alaska yesterday so we decided to head "out into nature". Out towards my in-law's house is the Matanuska River where you can ride 4-wheeler's, walk around, etc. The boys loved playing in the sand and finding skipping rocks. I loved the sunshine and fresh air. The doggies loved the water (crazy dogs) and Dustin just generally kept us all from hurting ourselves. We spent about 2 hours or so just wandering around before Noah was ready to nap and everyone else was ready for a snack.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It's interesting, it's almost like everyone around here kicks into high gear as soon as the first ray of sunshine hits on May 1st! The street cleaner came through, the guy who cuts the branches away from the side of the road, all the people who pick up the garbage along the highways, people cleaning up their yards. Apparently because the season is so short, people here don't mess around! They had it all done in approximately 3 days. Catch ya later alligators!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
A quick nod to a new blog I've encountered that I think you will all enjoy. If you have time check this gal out, she is hilarious!! She lives in Alaska and has wonderful stories and insights about Alaska and life in general. http://www.elisepatkotak.com/
Hope you all have a good weekend and don't forget to love on your mother!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So, our latest adventure led us to the discovery of a very cute little park practically at the end of our street. The boys and I ventured down there after all the snow had finally melted, thinking it was just a little trail that led down to the creek near our house. Well, there was no creek access, but there was a great little park with swings and a climbing structure and some monkey bars! On our way down this adorable little trail, the great Indian scout in me noticed, MOOSE POOP!! Yup, 2 piles. But of course, no moose. That's alright, I'm getting closer. You must be very, very sneaky to hunt these wiley creatures. NOT! Apparently, you can practically jump on and ride the darn things bareback if you see one, but first things first, you have to find one. (Disclaimer: My husband informs me you cannot ride them bareback, in fact, I am to stay very far away as they tend to charge people if they feel threatened. Like little 5-foot me is going to threaten a ginormous moose!).
While down there observing my offspring at play I also encountered my first Alaskan state bird, the mosquito. They are not joking people, these things will carry you off into the bush! I believe this because it is not yet May and this mosquito was already easily 5 times the size of mosquitos in Montana. I've read that as the total hours of sunlight increase, so does the size of the mosquitos. As we approach June 21st, which has approximately 20 hours of sunlight, the mosquitos will just get bigger and bigger and bigger! AHHHHHH! He's got me!! Just joking, had you going there though didn't I? :-)
P.S. If you have any extra mosquito netting lying around, send it our way!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I told Dust it is my theory that Montanans transplant well here (especially western Montanans, definitely the hardiest of all Montana breeds!) because it's very similar in climate and terrain. I hope all of you get a chance to see it at some point!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In the spirit of Break-Up Walmart puts out an extensive collection of irrigating boots (wee boots for those of you in the know!) and just about everybody wears them just about everywhere. I've seen ladies in really nice skirts with their rubber boots on!
Walmart also starts putting out all of the Garden Center stuff. This seems to be eagerly anticipated by a large number of people, even though they can't really plant anything for another 2 months, and they have exactly 31 days to grow it in!! That's a slight exaggeration, but not by much! Most yards have a greenhouse as the summer temperatures aren't consistently warm enough to grow any of the stuff that needs a lot of heat. However, if you're into peas, spinach, cabbage and other "cold-weather veggies" this is the place to be!
Well, I hope this finds you all enjoying Spring. May your buds grow big and prosper!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This is Noah expressing his surprise. If he could talk he'd say, "Oh my God! Did you feel that?!"
For those of you who need a refresher course in Earth Science, let me share this with you. Beautiful mountain ranges are made by.......that's right folks! Earthquakes!!
Picture it...Alaska....2009. I'm standing here in my living room talking to Dust and all of a sudden a huge boom, like a ginormous gunshot, goes off and my whole house starts shaking. It lasted maybe 20 seconds. No damage to the house (I bet they build for that sort of thing up here), and true to Alaskan form, I'll go pull my laundry out of the dryer and continue on with my day as if nothing has happened!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Mooseless in Alaska
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
So I was listening to the radio a few days ago as I was cleaning up the kitchen when something caught my attention. They started off the broadcast talking about Mt. Redoubt (volcano) and how it had gone off the night before and again that morning. They talked about how we might see some ash, but other than that it shouldn't really affect us. Okay. Then they moved on to the avalanche out on Seward highway, not that far from where we live, and how it might "disrupt" traffic for a few hours while they got it cleaned up. It struck me as funny how nonchalant they were about what would be considered "natural disasters" in the lower 48. Just another day in Alaska, no big deal, the volcano is blowing up, there's avalanches, oh and "have a good day!" It must really take a lot to get people excited up here.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Beanie has worn out her welcome already. Our neighbor came over today and asked that we please keep her on a leash as she was growling and snapping at them in their own yard and killed one of their favorite squirrels. I swear, if it's not one thing it's another. So, I'll make a batch of apology cookies to take over and Beanie will be on a leash line until we get some kind of dog run up. Fortunately, she seems to love it here as she keeps peeing on my carpet! (A sign that she intends to stay, lol).
I have some great pictures to post, but just haven't gotten to the laptop yet to do it, so I'll try to get on that in the next day or two. Missing all of you more each day, talk to you soon!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Hello everyone! Not as much to write today as I didn't have as much time to observe. The roads were quite a bit more challenging, but the scenery was definitely more rewarding. We drove through some incredibly beautiful country and my only real observation was that the people who drive these roads on a regular basis, are completely nuts. They drive like twice the speed limit on roads that make me nervous (and for those of you who know how I drive, that is saying a lot!).
The buffalo in the pictures are literally right on the road. People up here call them "Alaskan Highway Speedbumps". They are not scared of people at all and just wander down the road. There were a lot of them all over the sides of the road and in fact, they plow special trails for them next to the highway so that hopefully they'll use those instead of the highway!
Also, for those of you worried about global warming, take a drive through northern British Columbia and the Yukon. That should set your mind at ease :-) Check out our pics from today (Austin was on photography duty).
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- The trees this far north look like cocktail toothpicks, the ones you get in a sandwich, with the little colored wrapping on the top.
- They have all these "Litter Barrel Ahead" signs and stops, but NOWHERE to go to the bathroom. They don't care if you pee your pants for 350 miles, but make sure you don't litter!
- The scenery is very monochromatic...white snow, black trees, gray sky. I felt like I was in an Ansel Adams portrait.
- Roadkill has a whole different meaning up here. I thought I saw a dead woolly mammoth on the side of the road, but Dustin assures me it was a moose.
- Noah is worried that we're trying to ensure the back of his head is permanently flat (yes, he told me that!)
- My side mirror took one for the team when a semi-truck chucked a rock at it and broke off a huge piece of the back and top. Bastards. (The rocks, not the trucks).
- Austin and Connor wondered why in the cartoons only girls (including animals) have eyelashes. How observant they are! I've never thought about this before. Nor have I had this much time to think about this before......hmmmm.
- I have to wear my sunglasses all the time regardless of whether or not the sun is out, so I don't go snowblind! Oh well, it makes me feel that I'm somewhat cooler than I actually am (no pun intended).
- We ate at the neatest place today called Sasquatch Crossing, and let me assure you, if Sasquatch exists, this is definitely where he is hiding out. There is NOTHING but trees and snow for as far as you can see and beyond (and that is a long frickin' way, let me tell you!)
- Finally, we're over half-way there! And we haven't killed each other yet!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
So, my only moment of real sadness so far, the sign that said Leaving Montana right before the border. I almost cried, almost.
Austin says that A&W is the perfect food.
Connor says he can't wait to get to our Alaskan house because he's sick of riding in the car.
Noah says, "sitting in the car seat for this long every day is getting old!"
Mac says Beanie hogs all the room in the back of the car.
Beanie says Mac is a butt-kisser.
Dustin says that driving the trailer in the wind, the city and in Canada is harder than he expected.
Julie says.....good night everybody!
From there we managed to make it to the border, but only after suffering through multiple "potty stops" and a baby that would not stop crying (i.e. screeching at the top of his lungs) from approximately Browning to Shelby!
Our border experience was.....interesting. We were there an hour and a half and I'm sure we talked to every border official there. We had to talk to immigration, travel, the cashier, commercial and then the inspection agent. Dustin and I were so afraid they were going to take the trailer apart and we'd be there forever packing it back up. But alas, we finally left there and made it to Lethbridge for the night. Yup, that's approximately 250 miles of travel in 1 day, not a great start when you're going a total distance of 3,000+ miles.
We managed to get dinner, find a motel (that allows pets) and get into bed by 10:30 p.m. Lets just say the hotel was definitely not a 5-star. And the wind blows hard in Alberta! All the time!
This morning we took off from Lethbridge with aspirations of making it to "at least" Edmonton. But it was not meant to be. We took the scenic detour through Calgary and just as we were about out of the most confusing and congested city ever, Dustin got pulled over by a cop!
I was sitting at McDonald's and saw the policeman turn on his lights, but didn't see where he actually stopped at. So I sat there and waited for a bit figuring Dustin would get a ticket and come back for us. I waited for 45 minutes. Then I started to panic. "What if he got taken in?" "How would I find him?" "Would I have to continue on without him?" We drove around looking for him. Then I tried calling the Calgary police station (traffic division), they don't work on Fridays! Finally, I decided I would get a hotel for the night so I called Dustin's cell phone to leave him a message. And he answered! Needless to say, we met up and got the hell out of Calgary!! By then it was 5:30 p.m.
So, we're camped in Airdrie (right outside Calgary) for the night at a very nice Holiday Inn. We're ordering takeout. The boys are playing in the pool (with a waterslide) and I'm going to do laundry and read my People magazine. I know! Friday night and I still haven't finished it!
At any rate, we're alive and hoping to get well past Edmonton tomorrow, but don't hold your breath!
Talk to you soon!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The last couple days have been wild and crazy! First, the wiring went haywire on our trailer (that we're using to take all our stuff). That meant we couldn't move some stuff, or build the sides, or load anything! Arghh! Thankfully, Boppa Jim (my dad) came to the rescue. Yesterday we got the wiring working, today Dustin got the sides on and tomorrow he'll finish it and we can start loading. So we're leaving a day later than originally planned, but that's not bad.
My house is total chaos with boxes everywhere, but it's starting to come together. I keep reminding myself, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming!" Well, have to go pull dinner out of the microwave and pack some more boxes. Stay tuned!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
At any rate, the plan is to leave on Sunday, March 8th, for ALASKA!! I've been busy packing and Dustin comes home on Tuesday. We've found a house and it sounds like Dust has a job. Lots to do in the next week, but with the ever-growing pile of lists I'm working on, it shouldn't be a problem.
Well, I can't wait to start posting some pictures of the drive and our new home. Hope you all check in every now and then so we can keep you posted on our big adventure.