Friday, November 30, 2007

Another for today...

Yay me, I've gotten 2 layouts done today. I'm about to start another.

Story Time

Here's a new one from this morning. :) I made it for a challenge at Colleen challenged us to use the scraps and odds and ends on our scrap tables.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

'How Lovely Are Your Branches'

Yesterday I finally got the tree decorated. It had been up since Monday. I just couldn't get the motivation. I guess the jet lag got me. lol

So here's my tree. I don't know how you all put your ribbon on your tree, so don't laugh at my technique please. :)

Instead of waiting til I finished, I went ahead and had Chad put the Angel on top. I didn't know if he'd be able to hang in there and stay awake. But he actually did. And I had the tree finished before the kids had to go to bed.

This was actually the first year that Saira got to put on ornaments all on her own. And might I say, she is a DARN good ornament hanger. I told her not to put two ornaments on the same branch and it must've clicked cause she did a GREAT job. I was very proud of her.

With Ryan, I had to tell him a few times not to put two ornaments on the same branch. Once he got it, he was doing a wonderful job. So is it like a girl thing or something, since Saira was doing so good from the start? LOL

Alright, so now it's all done and picture time in front of the tree. :)

And just a couple of pictures of just the tree.

Alaska Thanksgiving Pictures

Well, finally here are a few pictures for you to see. (I'll try real hard not to get carried was my guys first time EVER on a plane. Before take off Ryan and Saira switched seats. It worked out better that way so that Saira could 'people' watch...LOL

The first picture is Ryan and Saira first touch of snow. It was around 1am Alaska time, but my dad and Penny made sure they stayed outside to play with the snow before it was all gone, since it was raining that day. The next two pictures are of the kids in the backyard playing around having a snowball fight.

There's me and Saira all bundled up for the cold. Ryan's getting all revved back to attack his daddy...LOL

Me, my dad and Penny. They are such a hoot together!! Of course Chad and I brought Penny a Longhorns shirt....and yes, you know WE HAD to teach her how to hook 'em. I think she caught on pretty And then here's a pictures of some mountains from the Taxi when my dad took me and Saira shopping on Friday afternoon.

We started out by shopping at the Once In A Blue Moose shop.

Here's Saira with a bear. Saira and my dad with a bear...yeah, they are EVERYWHERE! LOL We ate at the restaurant for lunch behind that big bear. My dad being funny catching me in action eating King Crab legs. OMG, they are soooo awesome in Alaska. You can taste how fresh they were. :) Yummmmmmmmmm!

Am I getting carried away???? I hope not....LOL I have tons more to show....

After we ate, we went into this store called Alaska Mint. There was gold everywhere!! And when we walked out to our left was another gorgeous snow capped mountain. :)

There's Saira with another bear. And then we went across town to the Alaska Wildberry Products chocolate shop. Where they have a 2 story high chocolate waterfall that contains 3,400 lbs of real chocolate. Said to be the worlds largest. YUMMY!

Then we went across the street to Sourdough Mining Company restaurant for hot chocolate and coffee. Let me tell you...they have THE BEST sourdough bread...YUMMM...look at those sourdough rolls! And yes, there was another bear for Saira to stand by...LOL The next day it started to snow again. So me and Chad loaded up the kids including Penny's granddaughter.

We went to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. And after that we went out to eat for lunch at the Sea Galley. Daddy told us to spent at least $150 on lunch. Well we ended up spending $125 on lunch. Not bad huh? LOL I had a $50 lobster. It was soooo goooood! Chad had baked halibut Imperial. mmmm, his was good too. we shared. ;) We had 2 appitzers, fried halibut nuggets and stuffed mushrooms, which were AWESOME! He had an Alaskan Amber beer. One of his first amber beers too. Oh yeah and we have an order of snowcrab legs too. YUMmmm!

After we ate lunch, I just had to show Chad the chocolate factory with the chocolate waterfall. And then we headed back to my dads to rest up and pack before we took off at 1am. I hope I didn't bore you with my pictures. I tried real hard not to post so many, but I couldn't help it. LOL :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I changed the banner and colors for my blog, for the winter. :) Pretty soon I will have a few pictures posted on here for you all. I'll spare you and not post all 300 pics from Alaska. LOL

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What Christmas Gift are you?

Haha, Kari and I are flashy and tacky. lol I'm sure she wears her Christmas Sweater proudly, as I do. :)

You Are a Christmas Sweater!

Over the top, colorful, and totally flashy.
You're not afraid to be a little tacky.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

We're HOME!!

Yay, we're home. We got home around 4:00 pm this evening. And let me tell ya, I'm totally POOPED. I'm just going to fill ya in on one cool event that happened when we left my dad's last night......

There are stories of Moose walking the neighborhoods in Anchorange. Well, here's me, Chad and the kids wanting to see one... knowing one wouldn't ever show up for us of course. Well it was sooooooooooooooooooo freak'n cool!!!!!! We were LOADED up in the taxi to go to the airport last night and we were waving to my dad, I'm about to close the door of the taxi and all at once everyone's yelling... "Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" OMG, there were TWO.... not one, but TWO moose walking through the neighborhood. We were all in shock. It was soooooo cool! We'll never forget that. Of course, don'tcha know, my camera was in my carryon. I mean, it was dark outside. What was I planning on taking pictures of at 10pm at night...LOL I tried getting it out quickly. I managed to get a snap on the camera, but they were trotting down the road so quickly that we couldn't see them in the dark. Our taxi driver tried to follow the mama and baby, but we didn't have any luck. Sooo all we have is the pictures in our minds and the memory of that in our head. No pictures. :( I was soooooo disappointed. :(