What did you do for Labor Day weekend? We started our weekend Saturday at our State Fair with family. As you walk in the Red Gate you notice all the flowers on the left
What did you do for Labor Day weekend? We started our weekend Saturday at our State Fair with family. As you walk in the Red Gate you notice all the flowers on the left
Sitting on the couch as the house shakes, never looking up from what you are doing as you say to your husband, “I guess that was an earthquake.” He replies, “Yep”. No big deal just part of life in Alaska. The next morning you read in the paper that it was a 6.2 earthquake with the center in the Aleutian Chain. We forget up here when we see so much damage from smaller quakes that we are so spread out that it doesn’t really cause much damage to the cities and people. We are lucky in that way. I wonder if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound when no one is there to hear it.
My daughter, Heather, and I have not really had any mother daughter time since I got back from my 5 week vacation. We love our time together and have really missed it. I am usually available but Heather is always so busy. She is the CEO of the biggest manufacturer in Alaska. Yes there are not many manufacturers in Alaska but I am so proud of her. She has grown the company so much since she has been with them. Anyway that is a whole other blog at some time but here is their web page if you are interested.
Back to the subject the one thing that Heather and I love to do is hit Value Village, a second-hand store, when they have a sale. Well Saturday was 50% off everything in the store. Well we had to hit that before we set off for the garage sales. We had given Daddy, Dan, the day off since he is the one that stays home with the girls. When we got there we each grabbed a baby and a basket. Off we went to do some shopping. I do have to let you know that Heather is a real clothes hound. She has this huge walk in closet while poor Dan has a very small area to hang his clothes and it is almost full. It is so big that right now they have the babies’ bassinets in there and still room to walk around. Anyway back to the story. I didn’t want to look at any clothes because I am losing weight and wanted to wait until I could buy smaller clothes. I did need some small muffin tins to make fat bombs and David asked for me to look for him some new work clothes. He had only been wearing the some paint clothes for years and I am not sure what color they are any more because of all the different color paint on them. I wonder if we could start a new thing called paint dyed. I always look at the patterns. I found all that I wanted, so I started looking for little girls clothes. Heather was wanting the next size up 3 to 6 months and 9 months. While I was doing this Heather was looking for clothes for her. I have seen her on the news here and see what she is wearing thinking I remember her buying that at Value Village. Well I was done and had to wait for mom to finish shopping. You can see how interested the girls were
Then we finally got out of there and off we went to garage sales. Moving from garage sale to garage sale Heather would pump. She has this great pump that runs on batteries. She puts in on under her bra and can just keep going. She can pump while driving. Of course, she looks like Dolly Parton with them on. She used to be so worried about things like that now it is like who cares. I think she has turned into a Mommy. We went to lunch and while we were there woke the girls up so they could eat and get their bottoms changed. We hit a sale that was $5 for a grocery bag of baby clothes. The girls got even more clothes. Grandma was looking for some toys and car seats for her house. I found a few little things. I used to have tons and car seats but since I have not had new babies in the family for 6 years I had got rid of it all. Well it was getting to be late afternoon and we decided to call it a day.
Heather asked if I wanted to go to Target with her to help with the girls. I told her fine. It is really funny to watch this short, little Mom try to get a car seat in the seat of a shopping cart. She almost has to lift it up over her head. Anyway, Kate started to fuss so Heather tried something new.
She loved this and spent the whole time looking at her formula. Heather tries to mostly breastfeed but she does have a hard time trying to pump while at work which is making her milk production drop some.
The girls are five and half months old but being 7 week early they are a little small for their age. They don’t do things as fast as a normal baby because of being early but they are catching up fast.
Well we had a wonderful girls day out and Dad got to work in his garage on cars which he loves. He did say he sure missed his girls.
Can’t wait for our next girls day!
I got a couple things done this morning on my list like make breakfast. While on that subject I have to say that I made some pancakes with flax meal, coconut flour, and a lot of eggs that turned out not to bad. I will make them again.
Then I had to go out to Heather and Dan’s to babysit. Dusty and David couldn’t do their paint job because it was raining, so they came with me. Dusty had to fix the two upstairs toilets. Grandpa David had to put together the girls new toy.
Becca really like it.
I was downstairs doing a little cleaning with the help of Kate.
The girls were so good today that I got a lot done.
That means I didn’t get much done on my checklist, but it was worth it to spend time with my two little girls.
Well at least I got this checked off today.
Yes today was weigh in day. I lost 8lbs and David lost 6.5lbs. We are both chuffed. I guess so far the diet is working. Today it went good. We had a blueberry, avocado smoothie for breakfast, brisket for lunch and we were good at the concert and had burger with no bun. Liking our life change so far.
We went out to Eagle River to babysit our girls for Dan. This is how grandma and grandpa babysit.
Let sleeping babies lie. Just can’t stop taking photos of them.
Dan had a concert, so he headed to it after he showed a house. We waited for Heather to come home and we got babies ready, so we could head to the concert. Helped Heather get her girls in the car then we all headed out. The jazz band had already started. Dan had several solo’s.
They sounded great. Good time was had by all. We had a wonderful day.
Well sorry but it was Wednesday which means I had the twins. Katharine is the bigger one and Rebecca is the younger one by 28 minutes. They were 7 weeks early but only had to stay in the hospital for a month. Anyway we are quite the proud grandparents. Of course, we have many others too. These two are our 11th and 12th.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Anyway back to the diet. As I said earlier I had an early doctor’s appointment. We did not eat until we got home, so I just made us some protein shakes. The boys took off to a job and I started getting ready for the twins.
For lunch I had a Skyr, which is Iceland’s idea of yogurt, which is really good. I had some pork rinds too. Supper was a hamburger patty with bacon and cheese. Broccoli fried in bacon grease along with more bacon. It was a nice quick dinner.
I have been staying under on the calories but having a little more trouble with the other things. I haven’t been getting all the fat that I can have. I have been kind of bouncing back and forth on the protein. I was trying to stay at 25 carbs but I always seem to go over but have managed to stay under the 50 carbs. I think it is easy trying to keep track of all this. So far I have been doing fine on the new life style.
Well before I can tell you about our weekend in Soldotna I have to show you a couple new photos I got of our twins.
We left Friday morning to head to Sterling where we were leaving Dusty for the weekend. We were down there for little Charlie’s 11th birthday.
David and I went to Soldotna to stay with our friend, Stella. We all went out to a new Thai Restaurant in the Soldotna Mall. Then we went to the store to get some snacks. Oh but we need popcorn, so off to the Orca Movie Theater for popcorn. This is what Stella and I do when we get together. Then we went home to watch a movie, Wild Horses, which was a good choice.
Before we went to the birthday party at Soldotna park we went to Jared’s, my son, to see what he had been doing to the property. We also met his in-laws who had come up to visit for a couple of weeks. It was their first trip to Alaska.
We then went over to Neese and Randy’s house to visit. They just live around the corner from Jared. I had to take Neese her magnets that I had been getting for her while we were on our travels. I bet she would give the Genius Book of Records a run for their money on who has the most magnets. She loved the new ones I got her though.
Then it was off to Charlie’s birthday party at Soldotna Park. There was a carnival at one end of the park, so we found the grand kids down there. I got some good photos of all the grandkids on rides. Poor Charlie rode the zipper with his Dad and got sick. He could not even stand to go near the carnival. Tayvin made it through the zipper but when he got on the swings with his sister it was just too much for him. He got off the swing and that did him in.
Then we all went for a walk along the boardwalk on the Kenai River.
After we all said good-bye David and I headed back to Stella’s. Stella cooked us a nice supper with BBQ steaks, potatoes, stuffed jalapeno, mushrooms and a salad. It was a great meal.
The next morning we got up and went out for breakfast at King Salmon. I have been going to King Salmon since I moved to Alaska in 1980. I usually always get the biscuits and gravy, but they do have a lot of other good food. I just think of it as a typical Alaska restuarant. It is casual with real, tasty food. They do have a breakfast buffett but I have never tried that. I know a lot of people do. Even the tourist always find it and eat there.
Then we went to visit David’s niece, Diana Honkola. We had a great visit with her and the kids. They are both growing so fast. Grabbed Dusty on our way out of Sterling and headed home.
We did have to stop at the Turnagain Armpit for some good BBQ before we got home.
Calls itself the Southern BBQ on the Alaskan Frontier. Bringing authentic southern BBQ to Alaska is our passion, is our mission. We thrive on being true to traditional southern low n slow smoked meats and classic BBQ sides. We skimp on no part of that age old tradition, we replicate the BBQ masters every step of the way. We honour the ‘Q’ and all that it stands for. We don’t follow trends and we don’t sway from classic BBQ – well sometimes, but only rarely and then not very far. If they don’t do it down south, you likely won’t see it at our PiT.
Saved me having to cook for my boys.
What a wonderful weekend spent with dear friends and a great family!
Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them. We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.
The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair. There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing. We thought this place was pretty cool. As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths. There was really a lot of people though.
Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.
We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.
I got to play with the twins. That was lot of fun. They are really cute.
The next morning we packed up after breakfast. This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.
We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.
Alice got in her truck and was ready to go camping. The poor thing didn’t get to go into the Girdwood Forest Fair. That was okay though because all the people would have scared her.
Our plan for the first camping trip was to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair first. We got up in the morning and finished packing the camper. We didn’t want to get there too early because they close the road for the parade. We parked at Alyeska Resort Daylodge and took the shuttle to the fair. There were a lot more people than I had expected to be there. I guess since our summer is so short everyone goes to anything that is outside. It was a nice day yesterday, but even if it was raining they would have all been there.
There were stages all over with different things going on. Lots of vendors trying to sell their wares. Lots of food vendors doing the same thing. We went in the beer garden for a beer but when we found out we had to pay $8.00 for a cup and then $6.00 to fill it up, we thought that was too high and figured that would fill a growler up at the Girdwood Brewery.
I did think it was cool that they had a baby nursing place set up for the mothers and to change their little ones.
We caught the shuttle back to our truck and off we went to Girdwood Brewery. There Alice could come out with us in beer garden. We all had a beer and filled two growlers up with some of their nice brew.
After our beer it was off to find a good camping place.
We found a place on the old highway road to camp. It was between the railroad tracks and the highway. I know you are thinking that’s going to be loud, but it wasn’t bad at all. The highway was on the other side of this pond we camped by, so the traffic noise was not bad. The train was kind of cool except when they honked their horns when they went by.
Heather and Dan showed up with the girls. Katharine and Rebecca had never been camping before, so we were all excited to see how they liked it. They really did like it. Katharine loves the trees. Rebecca was going to check everything out. They thought the fire was pretty cool. There was another couple parked not far from us. They kind of just stayed to theirselves except when they came to see the girls and talk to the dogs. We were all at our own campsite and we had a fire going when all of a sudden a cop droves up, turned around and stopped. The cop got out of the car as we noticed the K-9 on his car. We were thinking he wasn’t there to tell us we couldn’t have a campfire, so we waited. He then let his dog out. We noticed he had something in his mouth, looked like a toy. Then the cop took the toy and threw it into the pond for the dog to fetch. The dog was having a blast. When he was done playing with his dog he put him back in the car, rolled his window down and told to have a good evening. We all thought that was a cool cop. Then it got to be bedtime and Mom and Dad got their beautiful little girls ready for bed. They took their bottles and decided it was full of caffeine or sugar because they decided it was party time. Well first Dusty drifted off to his tent. Grandma and Grandpa headed to their camper to play a little crib. Then Heather came in to fix the girls bottles again saying goodnight to us. We saw them out walking the girls as we fell asleep.
Then in the morning we woke up first and I made some coffee. Then Dan popped in for a cup and told us the girls didn’t go to bed until 12:30. Next Heather came in dragging. They went and fed the babies while I cooked breakfast of oatmeal and fruit Heather had brought. After everyone woke up things were fun.
After breakfast we decided to pack up because the wind was picking up and we felt a few drops. We all had a good time eating hot dogs cooked on the open fire while drinking a few good beers.
After one last look around our campsite, Alice got a couple more drinks from the pond and we left for home.
We had only gone a few miles when we could see that there was a line of cars backed way up the highway. It took us an hour to get 4 miles. When we stopped I called Heather because they had left before us. They didn’t make it through either and were a couple of miles ahead of us. They finally made it to Bird Creek Campground and told us there had been some kind of accident. When we finally got there it was all cleaned up and traffic was going back to normal. I sure hope no one was hurt.
I know we just got home but we couldn’t wait to get the camper on the road. We planned this trip before we left because we wanted to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair. Then we are off to try to find somewhere to camp which is very hard in the summer in Alaska. July is the worst because the Red or Sockeye Salmon are running thick.
The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage. This year event times are as follows:
Friday July 6 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday July 7 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am
Sunday July 8 ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.
The fairgrounds are located at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with Shuttle service provided. Car pooling is encouraged!
There is no admission fee, only good times! Be sure to purchase a limited edition Girdwood Forest Fair T-Shirt “The Cover Charge that Covers Your Back”!
Camping will be allowed in Forest Fair Campgrounds only for a fee – Camping permit required. Public Camping is prohibited in the town of Girdwood during Forest Fair Weekend. Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Girdwood Valley.
If you live in Alaska come check it out or if you are planning a visit it happens every year. The only bad thing is no dogs allowed, so poor Alice, the chicken dog, will have to stay in the her truck with windows down and water. Yes, I did say her truck. Alice seems to think that every time the truck goes anywhere it must be going camping. That means road trip for Alice. She loves to go camping and is a great road tripper.
Alice did slip trying to get into the camper yesterday while I was getting things ready. I sure hope she is not to scared to jump in today when we go to bed tonight.
This will also be Katharine and Rebecca’s first camping trip. Heather and Dan said they would be meeting us for the night at the campsite. Can’t wait to get photos of the girls first campout.
Well I better go make sure the fridge is cold, so I can put in the food. I need to add a last few things then I think the camper will be ready.
I will be posting pictures and tell you all about our trip when we get back so be sure to check it out.