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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Deep Freeze

An uneventful day spent driving my truck back and forth across town running my children to work or practice. Of course, the times did not work together so I literally spent a total of five hours behind the wheel of my truck. An audio book would have been nice. To top it off it was -40* below zero so I didn't stop for any photographs.

I'll leave you with one, though. It is very popular to take photos wearing shorts or bikini's in front of the University of Alaska temperature sign when we have extreme cold. This photo is circling facebook and has to be one of the best I've seen. Aside from the two guys with their skivvies around their ankles the rest of these fellows had to have run from their cars in the nude. The guitar/ukulele placement brings humor to an otherwise chilly day.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Running.....

I stay up late. Too late. I am a night owl like my mother. My father was early to bed, early to rise like my husband is. Emily had an 11 o'clock soccer game that we almost slept through. Crazy! I don't have  photos. You know teenage girls... "don't photograph me" "you're so embarrassing" "why don't you have photos" "you love Lucas more than me". Teenagers are exhausting and my mouthy daughter is double!! 

But she had a game and they won. Or tied. There were a lot of goals. 

We grabbed something to eat and then went to Lucas' 1:00 game. At 12:50 it was discovered that his shoes were at home and he was wearing boots. Our house was 25 minutes from the gym. Impossible. Quick thinking I ran a few blocks away to Walmart to the clearance rack for a pair of tennis shoes. SO happens the price was mismarked. The clearance price was supposed to be $5. The original price was $11.57. They were ringing up $12.87. I tried so hard to just pay the highest price and leave, but noooooo.... we had to go find the rack and see what they were listed as. (Listed for the $11... still should have been $5.....). Wasting 8 precious minutes she saved me $1.30 walking down the aisles. Have you ever seen a really fat woman running from Walmart to her truck? It's not pretty. And if you see me circling the Internet, please, let me  know.

We made it back and Lucas played in bright new non-soccer cheap-ass tennis shoes. 



The second half he played goalie which is his true love. I think that this summer I will try to put him in some goalie clinics and see if this is a position he wants to pursue.


After soccer it was a mad rush home to drop off Olivia (Lucas went with Dad after the game to check the heaters at work) so that Emily and I could make it to a Cheer Meeting. We got to see video of the competition and the trophies they won. It's really amazing when you consider this gym is in it's 3rd year with a limited base of kids to chose from competing against well-established gyms with so many more athletes who get on stages like this almost weekly. To think our little gym brought back two 2nd place trophies and one 1st out of the seven teams that traveled.

Emily's Senior II team was invited to an end-of-the-year competition based on their excellent performance. Only the best are asked to compete. It's only a $100 per athlete fee. The catch? It's a $1000 plane ticket to Rhode Island from Alaska. What the hell?? I live in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful states in the country, but we are so isolated that it is ultra expensive to leave. How will I raise that kind of money between now and May 2?? (And YES I have to go. I have dreamed of the East Coast forever!!). Anyone out there want to sponsor some travel, airfare mileage (maybe it could be a several flight sponsorship hopping us from here to there), a meal... feel free to contact me. This is going to be tough.

Anyhow... after the meeting I ran Em home to grab Olivia to go to the fabric store. When we got here I found my husband sick. He had a slight fever, chills, pounding head, congestion. There have been some nasty flu's, etc.going on around here (in your part of the world, too? I don't watch the news... sorry). He's safely tucked into bed, but I worry when he gets sick with his other health issues (I'm not allowed to talk about).

 Pray that he doesn't get worse. Thank you.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hello From The White House

I wasn't sure where to start, but I guess January 10th is as good a day as any. It's been so long. 

This particular Saturday was the Me & My Guy Masquerade Ball for Girl Scouts and their dads. I spent a good portion of the day making masks. I never dreamed it would take me as long as it did. 



Olivia had the most fabulous time dancing and making crafts.



Sunday was Emily's Cheer rehearsal. This past summer she joined a Competitive Cheer Gym where she practices three days a week four hours at a time as she is cross-competing on two teams. This was our first opportunity to see what she has been learning and that day she was so sick. She tried hard, but ended up in the bathroom for most of the show. It's amazing what she has learned through a lot of hard work. She's never danced or tumbled or cheered or really done much of anything. She has learned how to do back hand springs, dance and catch the flyer's. We are so proud of her. This show was three days before she was to leave to Indianapolis for a National Competition. 

Tuesday's I have Scouts. You're all familiar with my Cub Scouts, but this year I am also a Girl Scout leader. (Oh how I love the girls!!). I have six in my Troop. Olivia and her friend (plus Lucas) were the last three in Cookie Twister. I alternate weeks as to which group I meet with, but next year I will have to take it to every week as we just don't have enough time to accomplish everything I want to teach.

Wednesday evening we hung out (in my new craft room) waiting for Emily's flight out. Olivia painted her toenails. :) I was not able to accompany Emily on this trip. The airfare alone was $1100 (it's so expensive to get out of Alaska). We are fortunate that Emily has a sponsor who covers all her expenses at the gym otherwise she would not be able to participate. It is a very expensive sport. 

Friday night we splurged. Emily was on a big trip so we went out to dinner and the movies. Nick joined us to eat. I cut his dreads off not too long ago and he looks so different. They were almost to his waist. I kind of miss them. 

We went to see Hunger Games and personally I wasn't impressed. I thought it was too slow. It seems like they make it into two movies for more money when it easily could have been one. I think the next one will have all the action.


I was sent a few photos from her trip. I haven't even had a chance to look at the ones Emily took. She's still sick and with being sick and the trip she missed 6 days of school. She's been working hard on that when she isn't sleeping. Poor thing. 

This is her Junior II team which is 8-15 year olds. She is on the far left in the warm-up jacket. 

This is her Senior II team competing. This group can have ages 10-18. Emily is in the back second from the left. 

In this lift you can't see her. Her stunt group is on the left and she is the back spot.

This is her Senior II Eclipse team with the coach praying before taking the stage.

Emily is in the center. The team took 2nd out of 13 teams. That says a lot about our little gym in Fairbanks, Alaska. The teams they compete against go to competitions almost every weekend. Our girls go to two a year as the expense is just too great. This is only the 3rd year of this gym and Emily's only been at it 6 months! The next competition is in Hawaii and I will be traveling with her.

While Emily was in Indianapolis, Lucas was playing his first soccer game in over a year. He had a great time and was definitely one of the best. Taking time off didn't hurt him at all. 


After the game we raced over to the Pinewood Derby for Cub Scouts.


That's me working with an Eagle Scout running the bracketing for the races.

 Lucas' car is the one with all the money glued on for weights. We have not done a good job helping him build a quality car and as usual he got last. So did Olivia in the sibling class. They both had a good time though. I don't why it seems to sneak up on us and we aren't prepared.

This is most of the Scout, Sibling and Adult racers (a few had left). It was a good time.

The day to follow was one I was so looking forward to and it ended in a horrible disappointment. In the last 3 minutes of the game my Green Bay Packers blew it and did not advance to the Super Bowl. I'm still sick about it.

My weeks are a whirl wind. I'm getting older and slower, but still have kids on the go. I don't seem to keep up so well.

Elijah has a job now and I get him to work. I'm up at 5am, we leave at 5:30 and I get home at 6:30. The little ones go off on the bus at 8:10am and I go back to bed until noon. Then I have to leave again at 1:30pm to pick Elijah up getting home at 2:30. Before I know it I have to make dinner, do homework, give showers and it's bedtime. I try to do things after everyone is asleep and don't head to bed until 1:00am. This schedule of sleeping in two shifts it taking its toll on me. Elijah's car is a real gas guzzler, but I think a couple days a week he's going to have to drive just so I can have normal rest and attend to my home. It's a disaster and I'm failing as a housewife.

Well, here we are at 1:33am. Tomorrow we have two soccer games and a cheer parent meeting. We just got several inches of snow and now the bottom is supposed to fall out of the temperatures and be -40*F by Monday. We've had such a mild winter this will be strange.

Nice to be back blogging... let's see if I can keep it up. I wonder if I still have anyone out there who will read?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Scouting

Friday night I went with three of my Girl Scouts to the Go Nuts Fall Product Sale Rally. They colored avatars. 

Played games, did crafts and sampled the products.



Then Saturday morning I drove 70 miles to Lost Lake Camp with Lucas and another Scout from our Den. It was a brisk 21* to start the day off at the archery station.


The next station was team building.


Followed by first aid instruction.

After lunch it was the Polar Plunge. At this time the sun came out and it was about 40*. My den went down prior and made three fires in the burning barrels to make sure everyone could warm up. This was Lucas' third year participating and he went completely under.




Our next stop was arts and crafts.

Then they learned about the flags, folding both the American flag and the Alaska flag.


We then went to the cooking station to roast cinnamon rolls.

 
Our last station of the day was BB Shooting. We had to wait in line for an hour leaving me to entertain our group.

Scouts were fed dinner before dismissal.

The last gathering of the day was the retiring of the flags before our long drive home. Up at 7:00 am and home at 9:30 pm made for a long day.


Yesterday I watched a lot of football and finished mowing the ditch. It was so long I had to mow without a bagger and then rake it into piles. I was out there in the last twilight finishing. The forecast called for snow at 2:00 am so I knew I wouldn't be able to mow today. They were right. We now have a skiff of snow, but my understanding is that it's supposed to rain so it won't stick, but there's no more mowing. I still have a lot to do outside (drain the pond, shut down the greenhouse, etc.) and I'm really ready to go into hibernation mode in the house. Will attempt to drag myself out there today to get it done.
(Jean... the grinder is industrial grade that is a prime example of military waste - it's shocking what is thrown into the junkyard).