Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Morning of Fun

Paul decided that Daniel needed to start practicing target shooting and came up with the brilliant idea to have Daniel shoot at targets with a water gun. The fun that ensued was priceless. They started out shooting at the targets but that quickly went to shooting all over the house. Even Mom joined in at one point. Daniel's laughter was so precious! Of course today he had been driving me crazy wanting to do it again.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I didn't get into the M&M's I promise!

A picture is worth a thousand words. These pics are from a week or two ago but were on Paul's camera so I forgot about them.

Ice Fog?

For the past week we have been socked in with fog and I have seen a phenomenon that I have never seen before. Fog being a cloud, is very moist and as it is so cold here in Alaska the fog actually freezes resulting in this-

This is the airport where Paul works.

Drive Home
Below right behind the road barriers is the ocean. Not that you can see it.


This is one of the lights that signals the plane that they can land. Paul said that while he was taking it a huge plane flew in to land directly overhead and he couldn't see it at all. That's how thick the fog is.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Operation Doughnuts

In my family, growing up we made doughnuts every year for Christmas time, New Year's Eve and every time we got snowed in. (If I did that here I would never  lack for doughnuts at least half of the year.) I decided that today was the day for doughnuts. Above is a picture of the fried doughnuts. Below is the finished product with powdered sugar. That is my favorite way to eat these particular doughnuts. Technically these are "spudnuts" not doughnuts as they are made with potatoes. The recipe comes from the town I grew up in, in southern UT and was used at fund raising bazaars and etc. I'm not sure who my Mom had to bribe to get the recipe but I'm glad she did as these are SO good! I made the small recipe here, (the large one makes at least double this amount and I'm kind of wishing I had made the large batch as I have several plates of doughnuts for friends and I'm not sure I have enough for me! :-) I started the dough early this morning and fried them up while the kids were asleep. Hurray for naps as I wasn't sure how I was going to do it if they didn't take naps.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Paul Jumping from an Airplane

Paul coming down

Yeah, I try not to think about it too much, but Paul loves jumping out of airplanes and helicopters. This is from his drill weekend last weekend when they were jumping out of a C-23 Sherpa airplane.

Images of Alaska from Paul's drive home today

You really don't see how much snow we have with these (about a foot) but you do see the heavy frost that we have had. This frost hasn't been melting. It looks kind of desolate and cold but Anchorage is really a big city but very close to the wilderness.

Excuses for not going to bed...

Remember how as a kid we invented every reason under the sun not to go to bed? Well we are in that stage with Daniel. The other night it was " I need a drink, I need to go to the bathroom, My finger hurts." You know the drill. He then came up with a new one after coming out of his room for the upteenth time. "I have a toothache." I said "oh?", thinking where did he learn the word toothache and does he even know what it means? He continued, "it's in my nose." Yah, you just don't want to go to bed you funny little boy.
Today at nap time he came out of his room with his eyes screwed shut "I'm so tired!"
"Then why aren't you in your bed?"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Reagan!

The Day of her Birth November 26th, 2007

 The day of her Blessing-


Hanging out at home with big smiles for Aunt April

The morning after her birthday. P.J.'s she will not take off from Grandma Lois, Snow White DVD (also from Grandma Lois) which I wish I had video of her jumping up and down when she opened ( it was SO cute!) and the stroller from Aunt April that she still a week later will not share with anyone.

Her birthday  present from us was to go to Bouncing Bears where they have lots of Moon Bounces, slides and etc. It's a lot like the Kangaroo Zoo we went to this summer with my cousins. Reagan LOVED it as she LOVES to bounce. One of her favorite things to do is go jump on Daniel's bed. These pictures are video but for some reason they don't seem to be working.

And this is how we found her this morning- With P.J.'s pulled off and all of her short sleeve shirts on. Apparently she slept this way. At least she left the diaper on... Maybe she's improving.

Reagan is a sheer joy to have in our family and brings such sunshine to our lives. We are really grateful to have her a part of our family.