Monday, December 11, 2017

Big Lake, AK

I just realized I never posted our Big Lake adventure.

The day after Thanksgiving we drove up to Big Lake which is about an hour and a half north of Anchorage. It was a clear sunny day which made the drive just gorgeous. But it was also super windy!

A group of our friends have the tradition of renting a big house together and spending Thanksgiving and the following weekend all together. We spent a very relaxing day with them chatting, drinking coffee, eating Thanksgiving leftovers, watching tv, and playing games. It was really nice.  

This was our room for the night. 

It was really cold but the kids bundled up and braved it for a ride on the snow machines. 

Ethan is on the right.

Juliette, Daisy, and Ethan.

These were taken about 3:00pm. So you can see how low the sun is already.
Early darkness these days.

Good thing there was a big table! :)

Hot coffee and chatting on Saturday morning.

I snapped these photos as we headed home about 10am.
The sun still hadn't peeked over the mountains.

Friday, December 01, 2017


We spent a lovely Thanksgiving day with our friends Adam and Amy at their home.
Sam and Sue also joined us.

Sue brought her famous pies.

Adam and Amy have a beautiful view of the mountains.

That evening we watched the Christmas movie Elf together.

Once we got home the boys wanted to sleep in the living room under the Christmas tree lights.

Geoff had Friday off work so the next morning we drove up to Big Lake to spend some time with some friends. Those photos to come next! :) 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Adios November

November 30th

Up at 4:30am this morning to check in at the hospital by 5:30 for Elijah's pin and rod removal surgery at 7:30. All is well and we were home by 10:00am. All before the sun even rose over the mountains! It's been a long day. It felt like we fit the whole day in before breakfast!

The doctor let him keep the rod from his arm! The medication made him a bit loopy. It was pretty funny. He was all goofy and having a hard time making his tongue work right. Haha!

My sweet friend Sue came to the hospital even though today is her and her husband's very last day in Alaska. What an amazing lady!
We sure are going to miss them! 

Here's a few pictures from the day.

5:30am. All checked in and waiting to be called back.

Geoff is working out of town all week so I had to take Ethan with me.

Ethan and I went down to the cafeteria and got some breakfast after they took Elijah. Sue joined us while we were down there. I wish I had gotten a photo of her. 

Back with Elijah after the pin and rod was removed.
The nurses gave Ethan a popsicle. 

Back home with the rod that was in his arm!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Cast for Elijah

Taking the old cast off... 

The new black cast! At least it's shorter and his elbow is free now.

Elijah did great. The doctor told him usually kids cry when he changes the cast.

We stopped for a treat on the way home.