Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Catchin' Up, the easy way!

Here's the last two weeks in a nutshell! Not necessarily in that order though, LOL!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A fast update!

Recent days have been too busy to get caught up on anything. I was supposed to get this all caught up with summer camp photos yesterday, but instead was tending to a very sad looking son. As some of you already know, DS#2 was bit in the face by a dog while on a camping trip with Dad and Uncle. One day lost to dealing with a child several hours drive away in a hospital getting stitches. One day lost to making sure he was comfortable and calm. (OK, so he was calmer than I was and happy to couch potato and watch TV, but Mom really didn't want to stray too far, if you know what I mean.) And to top it all off, last evening while cleaning up from all the camping gear and sand that was dragged in as the rest arrived home, we discovered shrew (like a mouse) droppings under the kitchen sink. This ended in that and the corner cupboard (the only one that holds food) being emptied, bleached, and much moved or thrown away and a call to the landlord. I knew this would happen eventually as I had seen a shrew in the yard the year we moved in. We even have traps in the crawl space, but have never captured one. Of course we haven't, they live in the walls and where food is.

So, with mounds of laundry being slowly gone through, a kitchen that is nearly worthless with the loss of one whole cupboard and most of a second, a child that still needs frequent medical care with the special meds and cleanings that go with this type of injury, I sit here pouring my heart out to you all and beg your forgiveness for the lack of fun photos and upbeat stories of life with 3 kids in Alaska.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Busy as a bee!

As if I didn't already have enough on my plate, last week I took on a rather large sewing project. It was a last minute decision because I realized with the kids in camp (more on that later this week) I could put the machine on the table and leave it there until dinner. As a matter of fact, there were a couple nights I just moved the machine aside enough for the kids while DH and I sat on the couch. But I got the project done in the 5 days allotted and was able to use it on Saturday (the goal). 
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The bag is a prototype for something I am considering selling. I learned a lot: like it takes a full week to make just one, the top closure does not support the wheel good enough and needs modification, the strap will have to be sturdier and again, where it meets the top needs additional reinforcement, and the inside pockets are actually too deep. But I love how it looks and it did work, so my next one (and yes, I will make at least one more) will include some changes. Hopefully I can get a working model worth the price I will need to charge. Then maybe I can justify a small sewing table that will fit in my bedroom so I don't have conflicts with school and eating.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Have you seen an ad for Madagascar lately?

If not, you might want to keep an eye out. Now, I have no idea if the movie is any good. In truth, it's not a series of movies we have really watched. But the kids have latched onto the ad like white on rice. (Hope that's not politically incorrect to use!) And to add to that, a couple nights ago, they got to playing with their version of the dance from the ad and DH captured it on video. The sound was bad as he had used his phone, so the next morning I convinced all three of the kids to give me a little performance. It was a tough sell, DD was most definitely not in the mood to be captured on film once again. But for your viewing pleasure, I present: The Kids in "Move It".

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer Fun!

I do this every year. I think: OK, summer vacation, time to relax, to catch up, just to have fun. Then it actually arrives and I realize I still have to plan for the following school year, keep the kids busy and entertained, and in general do almost everything I do during the school year and some times even more. Why do we hold on to that myth from childhood that summer is all about play time and there are no worries or cares. LOL

So, to list just a few things that we are going to do:
The kids will be spending one week in Summer Camp this year. I found this great place, very close to home called The Learning Farm. They will spend from 9 AM to 1PM each day the week of June 11th visiting the farm, learning about the care of farm animals and the science of a farm. They are all very excited. I am also thrilled that we can do this with our school budget.

July is Tour de Fleece. This is a once a year spinning challenge that coincides with Tour de France. If I'm lucky I might spin the entire 24 ounces I have planned and I could even win a prize or two.

We are also trying to find a good weekend to visit my BIL/SIL's cabin. It's lots of fun there, not too far of a drive, and will be a great way for DH to simply relax and spend quality time with his sibling.

If all goes well we might even take a break and visit Sitka this year. We have really wanted to share DH's home town with the kids and since he has to go there for work, we are thinking we might swing a few days with the whole family. Of course, budget may not allow, so we aren't sure about this one.

I'm planning on replacing the kids computer this summer. The graciously donated older PC they have been using is showing signs of severe deterioration. The video card may or may not work on any given day. So, with school funds helping we are going to replace my Mac with a newer model and give the kids my old one. This may be the number one reason for not making the trip to Sitka. We'll see.

And here is one thing that has been on my plate of many tasks over the last few months. So thrilled to have it done:
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Just barely over 1 pound of wool now made into a lovely 2-ply lace to fingering weight yarn. Now to knit it into a lace shawl.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

An outing with Daddy!

We recently got to visit a project site that Daddy has worked very hard on, the new Crime Lab. It was a private viewing of the new building and most of what it contains. Since it opens within the next 2 weeks, we didn't see much in the way of people, but we did see lots of space, some lovely art, and even a few interesting machines. I, of course, scrapped the adventure.

The journaling reads:
Daddy has worked for nearly 2 years planning the computer systems in the new Crime Lab and we finally got to go see all his hard work. We toured nearly the entire building. We couldn’t go into the science lab because that is severely restricted, but we saw the computer rooms where most of Daddy’s work is and all the offices. The best part may have been the shooting range and wearing hard hats.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Happenings!

OK, to be totally truthful, at least part of this happened in late April. But can we just pretend I'm keeping up with the world out there!

April 25, 2012
The boys and I got to take a guided tour of the zoo. They restricted the age so DD got a play date instead. We all had a really grand time. Seeing the tigers, wolves and polar bears from "behind the scenes" only added to the excitement. This was a school trip and as it turned out, DD really could have come, but she had fun and got to spend her afternoon on a trampoline. She felt that was brag worthy when the boys bubbled on about seeing the entire zoo, not just a few of the animals. 

May 13, 2012
What a glorious Mother's Day. DD was in her second ballet recital of the year. She was extra nervous before hand because it was on a real stage and she missed her final rehearsal as she had a fever, but she did so well. I couldn't have been more proud. My only complaint is that for some odd reason the teacher insists on placing the smaller students in the back line. I think this has to do with placing the "older", more coordinated students to the front, but this theory ignores the fact that DD is actually one of the oldest in the class. We have one final class and I do intend to ask the instructor about this.

After the recital we had been invited for Cake and Ice Cream at DBIL/DSIL's home. We ate cheese sandwiches, cake pops (cake on a stick), and peanut butter pie. I think we totally forgot the ice cream. It was short and sweet, but we all had fun. It really topped the Mother's Day off just right.