Friday, October 2, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
As is the tradition, Ashton and Kylie entered honey in the State Fair this year. And, as usual, one got 1st place and one got 2nd. It's a standing joke.....the honey comes out of the same tub and is processed the same way every year. But, it never gets the same rating.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I really wanted to see a real alligator in the wild. After we saw some on a charter, we found this one in the man-made lake at our Disney resort. Go figure!
The birds were awesome! These guys were popular. Seemed a bit like our sea gulls.
We were in a nice resort. Got spoiled in a hurry. We did get a bit tired of Mikey-related stuff, but it was fun.
The view from our floor (over the man-made lake with the alligator...).
After a late-night game of mini golf at a neighboring resort. There were so many resorts - a bit mind-boggling for us small town Alaskans. Not sure how many were on the Disney property, but we were still seeing resort names that were new to us after a week.
These little cute guys were everywhere. Rob was determined to catch one...but they are quick!
Outside Busch Gardens.
Amazing vegetation....the landscape leaves a bit to be desired. Completely flat with lots of palm trees. That would be hard to get used to.
We were in some amazing storms! We love thunder and lightening. The rain was a bit intense at times. This was at Cocoa Beach. Most of the time it was very toasty and very humid. But, somehow we did not manage to hit a beach in the sunshine.
Something just cool about being at NASA. Amazing place with a wealth of information.
Close to the Florida Everglades. These trees breathe through their roots that are above the water. Even the captain said it was creepy after dark.
Overall, a great trip. Lots of unscheduled time together, flying first class (long story!), Busch Gardens, Disney World, pools, books, shopping, alligators, SeaWorld, dinner theatre, Blue Man Group, Cirque du soleil, Downtown Disney, good food......thank you Grandparents for making this possible! I personally think it should become an annual event.....
Yes - there was fishing. Kylie caught her first king! Of course, it wasn't on a king rod (it's not what we were fishing for). I guess that makes it more exciting.
We had amazing weather over the 4th of July. A 4 day float trip with no clouds. Awesome!
Caterpillars...a favorite thing. Sena and Remington spent hours finding and playing with them. We would float close to the shore and shake trees. The "pillars" would fall in the boat and the kids would find them.
Rock surfing - a fun new activity! Ashton was finally talked into trying it. As the boat is passing a large rock in the river, the kid jumps out. As the boat passes by, they jump back in.
Poor Sena. She didn't jump back in when Rob told her to. She ended up stuck waiting on the rock until Grandpa caught up and picked her up. She didn't hesitate that time!
Kylie loved it! What a fun picture....
Our crew...Rem actually floated (with Ashton holding him) to get out there.
Hard to beat an Alaskan summer with amazing weather, awesome family and fun on rivers!
Here's the crew breaking in the raft. They were a bit excited and didn't even need water.
Thankfully Mom and Dad have a raft and are easily talked into joining us on our adventures. The kids love bouncing between the boats.
Our fearless leader....isn't he handsome? :-) I like it when he's in charge of the boat. He tried to give me a lesson. I almost knocked Rem out in the water. It shook me up more than him....not something I'd like to repeat anytime soon, but I guess I need some practice...
Rem did awesome. He loved the boat! Of course, he was happiest with food. We went through lots of snacks!
Rem trying to operate a friend's catamaran. A glimpse of furture trips I am sure. He loves to "help" Rob oar our boat.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I was tagged a few weeks ago . . . I am finally getting my answers "blogged"!
5 things I was doing 5 years ago...
*I was selling Longaberger
*Settling into my new job as Children’s co-director at WBC
*Kylie was in preschool
*Chasing Sena as a toddler
*Had a husband on swing-shift
5 things on my "To Do" list today... (actually tomorrow)
*Get Ashton ready for her recital
*Go to Anch for Ashton’s clogging recital
*Cut out flowers for WBC project
*Pick rocks to get ready for a lawn
5 things I would do with $1,000,000...
*pay off the house
*buy a plane for my husband/pay for flight lessons for him
*have a great family vacation
*have a fun romantic vacation with Rob
*donate (after research/prayer!)
5 places I've lived....
*Kenny Lake, Alaska
5 jobs I've had...
*office help in pediatric office
*risk management admin asst at BSW
*office temp at Lowrance
*admin asst at Academy of Instruction at MSBSD
*admin asst in Finance Dept at MSBSD
5 things I'd like to be doing in 5 years...
*Enjoying my final year with Ashton at home (she’ll be 17!!!)
*Be truly enjoying 3 teen/almost teen girls in my home
*Growing closer in my daily relationship with God
*Active in ministry (maybe still in children’s ministry?)
*Planning a big family vacation before Ashton leaves
5 friends to tag . . .
I think most of my friends have already been tagged. Guess it’s up to you . . . Abby and April. J
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Looking at herself in the paper before the Bee started. The Anchorage Daily News sponsored the event. They had pics of all the spellers in the paper that day.
Waiting her turn to go on stage to spell.
Ashton's turn on stage. Amazing, that part didn't bother her at all. She is so unlike her mother in that area!
Still adorable! Just a more grown up version. She loves it!
Kylie was also ready for a change. Here's her new look . . .
It has a lot of potential. When Sheri styled it, she had it flipped up on the ends. Too cute! Of course, I didn't manage to get a picture of that.
Grandma Spear . . . these pictures are for you. I hope you get to see them . . . Love ya!