Friday, December 14, 2012

Beautiful days

We've had a full last few days here, enjoying every minute of this life....well almost LOL. I do have a very strong-willed child after all. :)

It warmed up suddenly overnight Tues, and we woke up Wednesday morning to a snow-less tundra. With no wind and temps in the 40's it was a perfect afternoon to spend outside. 

Bella discovered she could ice skate. She was quite confused when she went to jump into the pond and found herself sliding on the ice. We could not stop laughing. A was mad I wouldn't let her on the ice, but the water was fairly deep and I was not about to let her on melting ice. The dog on the other hand, well I kept her on her leash just in case, but it held her just fine.

 She did manage to brake off a chuck from the edge, and a game of fetch ensued.
 The tundra is beautiful still. From afar it appears all dead and brown, but close up, the colors are vibrant.
 A spent hours working on damming a small stream. I love watching her play and create. Spending hours outside exploring the world.....

 One of her dams...
 Our time outside reveals so much beauty.

 Today was much cooler and we spent most of it inside, hanging out, playing, relaxing, reading, and baking.  The bed was all nicely made this morning, but A decided she needed to make it her own to be comfortable reading. I was on the phone and snapped this pic. She's engrossed in "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator". The sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
 Today was St. Lucia Day. In Sweden this is the official start to the Christmas season. We read a story about St. Lucia yesterday and then read "Kirsten's Surprise". A loves the American Girl books and has my old Kirsten doll. Kirsten relives her holidays of past when she receives her beloved trunk and is able to carry on the tradition of St. Lucia in her new country of America. 

We made St. Lucia's Braided Bread to celebrate. A loves baking, and I love having a helper.
The recipe can be found here.

 A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Close to death, survival, curtains, and crab????

Dh is back! We were so thrilled. The night before  a blizzard warning went into effect, but seriously not even a thing came of it and it was soon cancelled. So checked the roads in the morning and got up. They looked fine right out the front of my house at the top of the hill. So we decided to go....go where you might ask.... well only to the biggest even to hit this town in ages. 

The museum is opening there theater and and  are showing fairly now movies such as ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and the new BAT MAN

We had tickets for a special showing at 10 and the girls (A and her best friend L) we so excited that they even planned coordinating shits to wear LOL.

So at about 9:30 that morning I pick them up and we head down my hill. Everything is fine.....until.....we reach the curve. From there down it was black ice, I had no breaks, no control.,and a sheer mountain drop off on my left with no guardrails.

Somehow with the grace of God, after picking up speed going do about 500 ft of icy incline ,I miraculously was pulled by some force off the side of the road and landed in the Balloo's driveway.

The scariest moment of my life. I was very shaken up and so were my girls. Man I love them. We did eventually make it to thee show with just a few more mishaps, but it was worth it.

These kids never theater experience unless they travel off island. Real theater seats, popcorn, candy, drinks, big screen, it was amazing.

The road fortunately were better latter that afternoon and we we able to go pick DH up from the airport. We missed him so much.

But first.....while he was gone  I got into a nesting mood. I found some perfect fabric (a table cloth) and decided to get buy making some curtains for my dinning area.

I love the, The turned out great and were so easy to make, It helps the room look so put together and homey

So the day after DH got home and went to bed, we woke up to this. Thick, white, fluffy flakes blanketing to world in white. This is truly my favorite time of year.
 DH spent that day out crabbing and hunting,

Here's your change to see what about $700 worth of king crag looks like! YUMM

 Big suckers aren't they?
A long, fun weekend, but now back to normal life. I need to head to be as I am fighting a headache  Night to ALL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Just the two of us...

Yep, it's just A and I this week. Dh headed off to training in the lower 48 on Monday and will be gone all week. The nights are definitely a little lonely and A has been having a rough time going to sleep because she misses dad so much.  Crazy dog is all confused and keeps staring out the window at Dh's car wondering where he is. LOL. 

For now I will leave you with a pic of by sweet girl.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving, duck hunting science, and a game of scrabble

Well hello all! Long time no blog LOL. It's been busy here with the holiday season kicking in, and I am finally starting to have more energy after my b12 shot and starting my supplements, so I have been busy around the house instead of sitting down to get on here.. We have of course been doing school and learning everyday. The unit on the pilgrims in our history book just happened to hit right on time for Thanksgiving. 
A read Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims, traced the pilgrims voyage, listened to me read aloud The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple and then wrote a paper on the first Thanksgiving.
The pic is not the best, but at least you can see the gist of it.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so blessed that even though we do not have family on this island, we have so many great friends. Our house was full for the entire day, with 5 guests joining us for dinner.

After sleeping the late the next morning, A and I got to work decorating the tree.
 Mom, this pic is for you ;) not read further if you are offended by hunting or the dissection of animals........

This past weekend, Dh to A duck hunting for the first time. They brought home a duck and A was so proud. ...remind me to tell yall the story of the "duck who wouldn't die" sometime when I am not so tired. LOL
 But of course my little scientists, does not just see a mean when she looks at the duck. Oh no, she was jumping up and down while dh did the cleaning, begging for the organs to dissect  Well, the stomach and intestines to dissect  what she really wanted to do with the heart, was to put it on ice, and shot another duck the next day and attempt a heart transplant!

She eventually settled on the dissection of both.

 She was able to observe first hand how birds often eat small stone to help grind and digest their food as the ducks stomach was full of tiny pebbles. She could also see some seaweed fragments.

Alright, enough gross out pics. Today we did nothing so interesting, but played a fun game of scrabble in the afternoon that has proven I need to bone up on my words. Now granted I have never been great at this game or at spelling (which this game totally needs), but when the 5 year old's score is less than 40 points less than yours....well I think I am in trouble! LOL.

Night all. I will try to be better about sharing what is going on around here.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope it was a wonderful day filled with smiles, love, and laughter. Here on our island, being so very far from many of those we mom, Dh's family, we can choose to sit and miss or we can take it into our own hands and create our moment...and that is what we did on this day.

I started cooking early this morning, preparing for a great meal. By early afternoon my house was filled with friends both old and new ready to sit down and share a meal with us.Create your own family, isn't that what they say....well we were a interesting bunch....A friend who has lived on the island 14 yeas, and whose wife is off island with their son awaiting the birth of their next child, A police officer who has been here for several years, who Ansley just looks up to with such admiring eyes LOL, a new officer who has been on the island for less than a week, and another couple, he's a police officer as well, who have been here for 4 months. It was a great meal, with great friends new and old, and my heart is filled with happiness.

I am so thankful for many many things this year. For my home, family, and country in which we are free and where I can praise God from whom all blessings flow. I am thankful that even living were we do, we have met great friends and such amazing people.

I am thankful that I am finally starting to feel better and for the wonderful doctor I have who is figuring everything out. I found out last week that my Vitamin b12 levels were low, along with my magnesium levels, and that my eosinophils are way high and thus explain the massive asthma issues I have been having.

So I started on magnesium and 2 for allergies/asthma, and am not getting shots for b12 and seriously, after one shot I am already having more energy. We are still waiting to see what my Vit. D levels will be, but I am thankful for a wonderful friend and provider who helps figure me out.

So that is actually why I have not been posting as much. Between the chronic migraines and asthma and no energy I have just not been all here. Hopefully what I am doing now will start to relieve those and I will be back to myself very soon.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Now I am off to sleep and exhausted sleep.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Creative Musings of a 5 year old

A has been busy as usual lately, but has spent a great deal of her time experessing herself creatively through drawing.

While I was fixing dinner the other day, she created the dot to dot for me to complete.

The fox on black paper and oil pastel that she created in art class the other day. I love it and it is now framed and hanging in her room.
A girl eating an ice cream cone at the beach and spilling her cherry soda :)
And just like her dad, the obsession with Calvin and Hobbes has begun. I am amazed by these drawings she is doing.

And these 3 are all from this afternoon.

We may even have a budding comic strip creator.

And the creativity hasn't just been limited to paper. She decided to create a Thanksgiving ginger bread house. I had a massive migraine so dh took A and her best friend to the park Sunday so I could rest. Then he swung by the store with them where they promptly picked out tons of candy to create their vision.

This was done completely on there own. They thought of everything from grass, to coco powder for the soil. Amazing. Now if I can just keep the dog from eating it we should be good.

I love A's creativity and hope that spark always stays with her.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Late Halloween

A little late, but here are pics from our chilly but fun Halloween.

A let me take some adorable pics of her that morning before we got in to her costume and headed to the PCR for some community Halloween fun.

I know I am a little bias....but she is so beautiful!

 That evening it was time to dress up. A little fox was ready to head out and go trick-or-treating.

 And Dh snapped this pic of me :)

 We went to the PCR and played lots of games, saw some friends, and A even one first prize in the costume contest. Here's a pic to show her cute little fox tail :)


Then it was time to freeze, brave the 50+ mph winds and snow, and go trick-or-treating....yes we are nuts, but we're Alaskans LOL.

Happy Late Halloween!