Tuesday, September 01, 2009

My coffee cup is always empty

Life is flying by here in Alaska. The days are shortening, the leaves are dropping, the kids are schooling.

A lot of you want to know how Riley, Logan and Emmie are adapting to school. They are in week 3, and it's the best week by far. R & L are learning to work faster. It's not a homeschool pace, not by a long shot. They are enjoying their teachers though, and making new friends. Emmie, when asked about K, usually answers "I don't want to talk about it" or "you know I don't talk about that." If indirectly asked, she'll confess to enjoying it.

Carson and Brady just got their heads buzzed as a result of a botched attempt (of mine) to trim their hair. Jeff came home and said of Carson, "He kind of looks like Martin Luther." So I buzzed it. They look manly.

Carson likes to speak in commands. "Wipe it." (pointing to nose.) "No, Brady." "Give it back." Things like that.

Brady starts every morning by finding me to say "Good morning, Mom! How you a-day?" He goes on long hunger strikes, then wanders into the kitchen to say "I hun-gee, mom."

Owen is still Mr. Perfect Baby. Even though he's had a cold and kept me up all week. Last night he "checked to see if I was awake" (as Jeff puts it) about every 45 minutes so I'm kind of delirious right now wait am I awake?

We're getting ready to close on a house in about a week, and are very excited to settle in and put roots down. We just enjoyed having Todd and Lance here for Jeff's installment service - both the service and the old friends were a huge blessing to us. We were taken out on a boat with them and two elders from Anchorage Grace to Blackstone Bay, fed fresh shrimp (pulled up, cleaned, and cooked on the boat) beside some glaciers. I couldn't stop saying things like "Oh my word this is crazy. No one gets to DO stuff like this." I'd say Alaska is growing on us.

Hey Jude, a great update! I love the pictures you sent. You guys are close to heaven.
So good to hear from Alaska. Todd told me and my parents about the shrimp. Man, a beautiful place, on a boat with fresh just from the water shrimp? It could only be better in heaven :) I was glad to hear that you were able to have someone be with the kids so you could go. If you keep up with all the stories of how beautiful it is there you may convince me to get on a plane and come visit! :D I wouldn't have to twist Richard's arm at all.
Hi Judy

Thanks for the update. I'll bet the twins are really cute with the new buzz. Tell everyone we love them and give them a big kiss for us.

Love Grandad
This afternoon Nin was sitting on my bed talking to me while I ironed (big surprise there, huh...me. ironing...imagine that) Anyway, she said, "Mom, do you know who moved to Alaska that I miss really badly?" (can I just say, I love that this kid uses adverbs properly?!!) I replied, "Yes. Emmie!" She smiled and said, "Yeah, Emmie would TOTALLY love Sparkies. [sigh] I really miss her, Mom." Awwwww! {sniff} Glad things are going well. Can't wait to see pictures!!!!!
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