Monday, July 30

Dipnetting 2012

me...gettin' silly with the fish!

Last year was our first year of dipnetting.  We had so much fun!  This year however, was even more fun!  We got home from Washington on Monday night, got *mostly* unpacked on Tuesday and the packed up again Tuesday night for a trip to the Kenai river.  The fishing was HOT, HOT, HOT while we were there!  Last year we were thrilled at our 13 fish.  This year we pulled in 54!!!!!  We are planning to do a lot of fish smoking in the coming days!

4 in hand, 50 in the sand!
This year there were 3 of us manning two nets.  The fish were running so thick that you could feel them bumping your legs and they would often jump right in front of you!  Several times we netted one on our way back out into the water before even getting the net all the way out.  Once a friend of ours even netted two at once, something we saw happening here and there up and down the beach.  After the run slowed down, we headed and gutted our pile of fish.  And I made a quick run to WalMart to grab another cooler and some ice.  We thought our huge cooler was big enough, but we had two of them jammed by the end of the day!

me, pulling one in
When we arrived back in Whittier we were blessed to be met by Scott.  What a great guy I married!  He doesn't even like salmon, but he met us at the dock with all of our fish, ready and willing to help us fillet.  We were even further blessed when T, a local deckhand happened by.  He so kindly filleted all 54 of our fish for us.  In 30 minutes!!  Scott and Stephanie hauled them all back up to our place while I helped the girls get showered and off to bed, then the three of us worked until 11:30 trimming all of those fillets and packaging them for freezing.  All 131 pounds of it!  I fell into bed at midnight...exhausted, but happy!

some of the cleaned fish

some of the fillets

exhausted me, napping on 131 lbs of filleted sockeye

The kids had a great day as well!  Some friends came along who kept all three kiddos (my two and Steph's one) happily occupied.  They played in the sand, with the fish, in the water and with bubbles.  They were a sandy, happy, tired mess by the end of the day.  Stacy managed to stay awake long enough to eat 2.5 chicken nuggets before crashing in the car on the way home!

once Kelsey held one she wanted to hold them all!

meanwhile, Stacy poked the fish head eyes with scissors...yes, I am saving for her therapist!

the sand bed they created

It was truly a wonderful day!

Friday, July 27

Moments to Remember

Wow!  What a fun-filled two weeks we had!  Fabulous weather and fun times with friends and family.  I am sure I could write all about it, but would likely get mired down in detail so instead, here are 10 of my favorite moments (in no particular order) from our trip...

:: watching the girls take full advantage of yards and chicken coops
:: sunshine...almost every day!
:: spending some alone time with my hubs
:: seeing the girls grin ear to ear on horseback
:: helping the little ladies bowl their first games
:: riding in Grandpa's Camaro
:: experiencing sunsets
:: enjoying time on the water
:: reconnecting with friends and family
:: visiting old favorite places

As I look back over this list I realize that these times are also those moments reflected in the photos I selected for {this moment} vacation edition.  No coincidence I suppose!  I'll leave you with a beautiful sunset shot from near my parents house...sunsets are different around here with all of our mountains!

{this moment}--Vacation Edition

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Inspired by SouleMama.

Saturday, July 7

Packed and Ready to Go!

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I *think* we got it all!  It will be quiet around here for a little bit while we visit family and friends in Washington and Oregon.  I'm sure pictures will be going up on Fotki in the meantime, so feel free to pop on over there and see what we're up to on our trip!


We finally got our fireworks!  It was too rainy on the 4th, but a-ok on the 6th!  Click on the stack of photos below to see part of the show...

Friday, July 6

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!

We are off to a rainy start here!  The fireworks that usually kick off our Independence Day celebrations were postponed (until Friday night) last night due to rain.  Boo.  Above, Scott and I are working on the Halibut on the Harbor float.  The fish in the picture is the one the girls have been working on.  Its name is 'One Fish, Two Fish, Red, White and Blue Fish".  All of the halibut will be participating in the parade today and then will be on display around town.  Don't worry!  I'll take pics of them all to share with you! ;)

Monday, July 2

Mama's Day Off

I am such a lucky lady!  I got to town for a whole day all my myself! This means I:
  1. Was in and out of stores in less than 30 minutes!
  2. Only had to keep track of me.  And my car.
  3. Got to listen to the music I wanted to listen to!
  4. Got to choose where I wanted to eat lunch!
  5. Browsed!
  6. Tried on clothing without my darlings making embarrassing remarks loud enough for others to hear.
  7. Tried on LOTS of clothing.  Because I could!
  8. Grocery shopped in half of the time.
My first stop was the 5th Avenue Mall to visit JcPenney.  A sidenote here; I am not a big fan of their new business model, clothing, or store layout.  In the past I have been a big JcP fan...their changes may take me a while to get used to.  From there I was off to get my hair cut!  I plopped down in the chair and asked the stylist what would look good.  She made a suggestion and I told her to go for it--the results are below.  I admit to having a total freak-out moment when she used the clippers on the nape of my neck, but I am in love with this haircut!!  I'll apologize up front for my *awesome* self-portrait skills again.

I also went to a few places and tried on lots and lots of clothes.  I even bought some of them!  I came home with 3 (!) new pairs of jeans.  Why is it that when I desperately need new jeans I cannot find any in the whole city, but when I am just out for fun jeans that fit just fall into my lap?  One of the great mysteries of life, I suppose!  Anyway...I am wearing one pair right now and I am sure they are my new faves!

I wrapped up my time in town stocking up on nonperishable items so we have a little less to do when we land back in Anchorage at the end of July.  When I returned home we had a "dress up dinner" that the girls have been wanting to have.  They dressed up in their fancy dress up clothes and high heels and I wore the black dress in the pics above.  Stacy wanted me to wear boots with it, but in the end we compromised on strappy heels.  I am so lucky to have a little stylist to dress me! ;)

Another side benefit of a trip to town on my own was being able to stop along the way and take a few pictures that I wouldn't usually be able to take.  Here are a few of my favorites...

Although I love being a mama, it was absolutely wonderful to have a few hours to just be Andrea.  Huge thanks to my man for holding down the fort at home!!