Saturday, December 19

Visiting

Well, we survived the overnight travel and have mostly recovered from the sleep deprivation of that ordeal. The girls did very well, both sleeping on the plane some and doing well at the hotel. Stacy was not at all pleased to find that I had booked us in a cheapie hotel with no swimming pool ("Why you do dat, mom? I WIKE to dwim!"), but she seems to be surviving. Kelsey informed me at Sea-Tac that it was hot (50!) and she sure hoped grandma had a fan to blow on her so she could get some sleep! Of course she was wearing her AK winter coat at the time...

So far we've enjoyed a great dinner with the Korbes, Peacocks, Godwins, and Pauls as well as a trip to Burgerville with Auntie and the Korbe Christmas. Yesterday the girls had lots of fun with Grandma and Grandpa Moo and Auntie Shelly crafting a gingerbread house and a gingerbread train. I ducked out and spent some time with friends from my school last year. Of course there have been many trips outside (much quicker to get dressed to go outside here!) to the chickens, cows, and to ride bikes.

Scott says it's been snowing like crazy in Whittier. Thursday he was greeted by 5 foot drifts in front of his shiop door. Sounds like it's been pretty windy, too!

Well, that wraps up this "catching up" post...:-)

Tuesday, December 15

Travel Day

Let the excitement flow! Today is 'trip day' as it's been dubbed in our house and the girls are EXCITED! Too bad our flight isn't until 9pm tonight...

We're all packed up and are doing the last minute laundry to leave Scott with clean towels and leave clean sheets on the girls' beds for our return.

Meanwhile Stacy's packing around her backpack and is wearing her tennis shoes, frequently reminding me she's "READY TO GO!!". Ever the responsible older sister, Kelsey suggested we should return our library books on our way out of town so that other kids could read them while we were gone. Good idea--it will save us the fines, too! :-)

Sunday, December 13

A Snowy Picnic

When we moved up here I vowed to myself that we would all continue to go outside to play. So far, so good. The girls are outside to play almost every day that we don't go to school to play and I try to go hiking on the weekends with a group of friends. Last weekend while we were out we walked up to Salmon Run, a developed picnic area at the end of town. We dreamed up this idea that since the weather was so nice (translated to no 60mph winds and thus no blowing snow) we should go for a picnic. Of course at this time of year that means we have to go for lunch because it's dark for all other meals.

So today was picnic day! We bundled the girls up, and headed up with a bunch of friends. The girls and I played in the snow and the girls went sledding with Scott and Joey. We all feasted on bbq'd brats, burgers, chicken, homemade beans, chips, brownies, and hot chocolate. What fun! The girls had a blast and were exhausted...and so was I! But we got outside for some fresh air and fun.