So, every year I go to Anchorage for a shopping weekend with a few friends. We have an absolute blast and look forward to our little annual getaway. I guess the only drawback is that we aren't getting away to somewhere warm and tropical. But, we did have some additions to our party. Check it out...
We saw this pair several times over our weekend stay. They must hang around all winter. (Lucky for them, cows and calves aren't legal to shoot in Anchorage. )
Rhiannon has started dance! She is taking Creative Movement right now and she LOVES it! She is so excited when we are driving there, she can hardly stand it! She is constantly striking a pose for her pictures, so that's what she's doing in the first one.
And then after class, she can show you what's she learned...
I am SO excited! We finally got a new couch! It's so comfy and fits perfectly in our living room. We have been enjoying it very much and the kids love it because it's bouncy and soft. But, possibly more than the couch, the kids loved the giant box it came in!
I taught some baby signs to all of our kids and I love it! Instead of screaming for what they want, they can show their basic needs with signs. Like, "more" (for food), "milk," "potty," etc. Here is Kyler showing his first sign, "more." That was Zach's first sign, too. I'll bet the next one is "milk." We'll see...
Recently, I have become a Master Signing Time Instructor. So, now I can teach others Baby Signing Time and sell the DVDs, books and CDs at a discount!
This year our ward Christmas party was hosted at a ranch owned by one of the members. We had a great time and we got to ride out on a hay ride and see his elk and buffalo herds. Here's Rhiannon all bundled up as we rode out singing Christmas carols and tryin to stay warm!
Rhiannon also wanted to pose with the manger and baby Jesus before we left. She's in her very appropriate angel costume.
This year Cameron was working Thanksgiving, so the whole family is invited to the station for a huge multi-family dinner with all of the guys on shift and their families. Actually, I really love it because we have great food and the guys to all of the clean-up. Yes! You heard right! The GUYS do the clean-up.Oh, but I've digressed. This year Cameron and I signed up for pie and ice cream. So, Cameron made several batches of homemade ice cream and I made my first completely homemade pies. Here is a picture of my apple pie (before baking). I'm pretty impressed with myself, obviously. I am also easily impressed...obviously.
Halloween was a blast (as usual) this year! Zach was Batman, although he doesn't like to wear the mask. Rhiannon was Tinkerbell and I endeavored to make her costume this year. I think it turned out well and she seemed to like it. Kyler was Zach's side-kick, Robin.
You might wonder how we Trick-or-Treat in Alaska since we had snow on the ground already. Well, our favorite place to go is the Senior Center! It's great! It's warm and dry and the kids can wear their costumes with out tons of layers on top or beneath. And the residents seem to really love it, too. Although, as you can see, Rhiannon was convinced that she still needed her new hat and gloves. :)
I had a great time out with the girls at our monthly Valley Republican Women's Club meeting. This month Governor Sean Parnell and Lt. Governor candidate Mead Treadwell were in attendance. Before the meeting Gov Parnell came over and introduced himself to all of us and when we mentioned having questions he sat right down and talked to us for several minutes. (I can't believe I did't get a picture! Duh!) I was very impressed with him. He really fights for Alaska and her citizens.
This was the first time I had met Mead Treadwell in person, but he has my vote! He was articulate and didn't pull any punches. I can tell that he is a great candidate for the conservatives!
So, Rhiannon, Kyler, and I went to Wal-Mart today to buy a game. Normally, I avoid the toy section like the plague, but since that's where the games are I was stuck. So, Rhiannon was eyeing the "pink" isle while I picked out the game. As we are pulling through, she is pointing out things she wants as I am making a mental list for the upcoming holidays. She really wanted this certain princess dress and I told her "not today, maybe you have to ask Santa for Christmas."
I smiled to myself as I watched the following:
(Rhiannon raised her hand to her ear like a phone)
Rhiannon: Hello, Santa?
Santa Voice: Hi.
Rhiannon: Can I have a pretty princess dress?
Santa Voice: Yes.
Hilarious. Of course, it was so quiet that had I been distracted I would not have noticed the conversation, but it was so cute!
Every year one of the firefighters hosts a hay ride out at his elk ranch.
Here we are riding on the hay out through the ranch.
Zach got the opportunity to feed the horse a carrot. Having never done that before, he was a little nervous about the horse getting so close. He was brave though and had a great time!
Rhiannon was tearing into this hotdog! Between the hay rides and the trampoline, these kids were hungry and exhausted!
On the way back from one of the hay rides, a bunch of kids jumped off the trailer to go jump on the "marshmellows." Zach thought this was a great idea! The kids were playing tag while running on the rows of hay bales. What fun!
Rhiannon was disappointed when we didn't actually produce any marshmellows for her to eat. When I told her I didn't have any, she replied, "But marshmellows are good for my tummy!"
9/17/10 In Palmer (about 30 min drive from Wasilla) there is a really awesome U-Pick farm in the shadow of the Chugach mountains, where we can go and pick our own vegetables. Below the kids are collecting some fresh red potatoes.
Kyler and I escorted Chloe to Boston this fall. She is attending college there and we were lucky to go with her as she got settled.
Kyler was so excited for his 1st flight! Kyler in our hotel, getting all comfy.
There is a wicked cool Bamboo Sun deck in the middle of Chloe's dorm building. Sweet, right?
Poor Chloe had to haul her brand new dorm bedding collection all the way down the street. But, she was a real trooper!
Some how, Chloe managed to get a HUGE dorm room all to herself! It's practically a studio apartment!
Kyler and I were just hanging out at the hotel, hiding from the oppressive heat.
Kyler and I spent out last day in Boston touring the North End and the Freedom Trail. Even though it had cooled a bit after the hurricane passed, it was still quite hot for our tastes. Here is the statue of Paul Revere. I love the history of this part of the city. It was really interesting.
We actually had some great flights home. Kyler is a great little traveler and charms all the flight attendants.
We actually got a whole row to ourselves on the last leg up to Anchorage. Score!