Saturday, October 31, 2009


Here are the fabulous pumpkins the ghouls did this year!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fairyopolis Productions

What do you get when you have three super smart kids with great imaginations? Katie, Keith & Morgan all worked together in Sitka to build this Fairy City. Unfortunately, Katie & Keith had gone home, so only Morgan stars in this tour, but they all worked equally hard on it!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Date Night

I didn't make it to the gym, but I did take a nice walk around Auke Lake instead (I wouldn't have had time to shower if I had gone to the gym and gotten all sweaty before our date!).

It was high time we had a date! We went to El Sombrero for dinner (one of my favorite restaurants). A good friend waits tables there on Friday nights, so we got seated her in her section and had a chance to catch up a bit.

We went to go see Law Abiding Citizen it was a great movie. A tad gorey, but great story line!

Date night was great - not even one call from the kidos!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 6

Made it to the gym again tonight! Yeah Me!

Hanging in there

Made it again Wednesday night - just didn't get to blog about it until this morning!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Made it again today

Made it to the gym again today! Yeah me!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Alaska Day Observed

Yesterday was Alaska Day, so I had Monday off in observance. It was Kevin regularly scheduled day off, and Morgan had school (Devyn did not). Kevin has never had a massage, so I arranged a couples' massage. Since he has treated me to so many over the years, I thought it would be fun to share the experience! We both enjoyed a great massage, and I think Kevin would love another one!

We did get a workout in before the massage - so 38 down!

Devyn went to play paintball with youth group and had a blast! She got shot in the face (was wearing mask etc.), but that didn't leave a mark. She has a few other welts on her.

For dinner we made Uncle Fred's Turtle Bean (black bean soup). It was yummy, and Morgan had four bowls!!!!

Successful Sunday!

Day 2 down, 38 to go! Morgan and I took a nice long walk around Auke Lake, it was a little drizzly, but we had fun!

I made a pot roast that was yummy! I did some experimenting and made mock-mashed potatoes using steamed cauliflower. We all agreed they turned out very good. I also made a salad like I had never made before. It was tomato, cucumbers, red onions with a rice wine vinegar-olive oil drizzle. Everyone like that too!

We had our neighbor and Grandma Chris over for dinner, so had great company!!!

An Evening at the Theater

We went with Grandma Chris to see the high school's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Kevin was feeling under the weather (but he escaped a full-blown stomach bug), so he stayed home. The show was great, and we all had a great time! They did a great job with the play, and Morgan was forever trying to figure out how the plant was working in its various sizes. Here is Mo's ensemble:

Day 1

I made it to the gym today! 1 day down, 39 to go!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Morgan Cheers

So Morgan went to a cheer camp Thursday, and was suppose to go on Friday (no school Thursday or Friday), but got a stomach bug. While at camp on Thursday, the paper stopped by, and Morgan got her picture in Friday's paper. She was crushed when she woke up sick on Friday, and realized she wouldn't be able to perform in the parent performance Friday afternoon, but I think that this picture helps make up for it! Their cheerleader captains also decorated the girls' shirts, so I went by after Kevin got home to pick hers up.

Here is the link to the picture:

Stomach Bug Ruins Challenge

First I was struck by the stomach bug, and now Morgan! It is horrible! We have both recuperated (Morgan threw up 8 times in 4 1/2 hours - thankfully hitting a bowl all 8 times!). I let Morgan lay in our bed to watch TV, and Kevin was mortified! I told him he could go stay in a hotel, but he was afraid that he might not ever want to come back. So after Mo was feeling a bit better I kicked her out and stripped the bed. I have also gone over all surfaces several times with disinfecting wipes, in hopes of sparing Kevin & Devyn what we have been through!

So I will start tomorrow (Saturday) with my new challenge. My sister-in-law explained on her blog that it takes 40 days to form a habit, so I will now do the 40-day challenge, starting tomorrow!

Also, take a look at the Loree's Family Blog (to the right) and you can see their marvelous creations from our tie-dye fest.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Baby it's cold outside

Not so much cold as WINDY! 50 today, but 45 mph winds with gusts to 70 BRRRRRR!

But I made it to the gym for day 2 - with my Kevin & Mo! Dev had youth group, so she was excused!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Challenge

So I have challenged myself to workout a minimum of 30 minutes everday for 30 days! I made it today to the gym - so day one is down - 29 more to go! Wish me luchk!

Tie-Dye Results

Here they are - and they are AWESOME!!!!

Morgan modeling her shirts.

My shirts

And we saved the BEST for LAST! Devyn's ROCKED!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sometimes the star align .......

and people come and take both of your children away! While on a quick trip to the store and then the harbor to gather supplies for shrimp tacos, Devyn got a babysitting gig and Mo got an invite to movies with her BFF! Leave Kevin in charge for 15 minutes and he's pawned them off!!!! So we are going to enjoy a nice quiet shrimp taco dinner without the children!

This morning the girls and I went over to the Loree's house for some Halloween tie-dying. It was such a blast. We had a breakfast buffet before we started, because creative juices flow better on a full stomache! Of course no pictures were taken of the actual tie-dying (hands very busy), but I will post the fabulous creations when they have been rinsed and washed! My family will be quite proud of the fact that we all wore gloves, and my hands won't be stained for MONTHS!!!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

What the Heck?

Morgan and I went to Costco this afternoon. It was right after school, so Morgan had the "I was good all day at school and sat in my seat" wiggles, but she was being very good. She kept her hand on the cart the whole time, and she was just singing/talking to herself. I was paying attention, truly I was! I was enjoying the opportunity to shop without reminding Mo to keep stay with me, keep her hands off all the merchandise, etc., while keeping half on ear on Morgan - I can tell you that she was singing She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes, at super chipmunk speed. This kind of constant background noise that is Mo does not bother me, and I actually have come to enjoy it. As we rounded a corner in front of a sample display, the worker looked at her and said "what the heck?" That's right, she's non-stop for 12 hours, but thankfully she sleeps for the other 12 - and I wouldn't trade her for the world!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Devyn's Trip

Devyn also go to visit Grandma & Pappa. She got to visit the Pioneer Farm Museum, the big game park, and Grandma Carole took Devyn & Ashley to FORKS! Twilight Mania!!!

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mo's Trip to Wasington

Morgan got to go to Wasington to visit Pappa & Grandma. She also got to visit with Nanna, aunt, uncles & cousins. She got to visit the Pioneer Museum and the animal park. She had a blast!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

1st Summer Camp Out

Mo and I camped out with the Loree family (Devyn was out of town & Kevin had to work).

The weather was great and we had a blast! Kevin did help us set up and came by in the evenings for dinner - even helping to cook!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sitka, July 2009 Part 1

We had a family reunion in Sitka over the 4th of July. It was such a blast! All but two of our family members were able to make it to Sitka. Here are just some of the highlights!

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Opening Day!

Saturday was an AMAZING day in Juneau! It was in the low 70s for opening day for softball and baseball! We got the field a little early and watched the high school girls play, and one of the girls gave Mo one of her softball medals! She was soooo excited!

Morgan on first base!

Running home!

Hangin' with the team!

It was a great day! They only played two innings, because it was too hot for our little Alaska Girls! They had a great time, and this will be a great season for Mo!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Baby Ingrid Grace

Fred & Allison's new baby arrived early! She arrived February 22, a month early. She had to stay in the hospital for a week, but is now home! Her big sister Ella loves her, and she is settling in nicely! Welcome Ingrid - we can't wait to meet you and squeeze you!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Feast of Kings!

The first king crabs of the season arrived at the harbor Saturday! Grandma Chris called on Friday to make sure we knew the crabs would be arriving. This is the second year that personal use has been closed for kings, so I went down early to make sure we could get us some crab! It has been about three years since we've indulged so it was high time for this treat! It was beautiful day, not a breath of wind, so it was a nice walk down on the docks, and it was nice while we cooked outside!