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April in Review

Officially posted 1/05/09


4/09 Baby L.’s 1rst Birthday!!! πŸ˜€
Where did this past year go???? I’m flabbergasted…just flabbergasted. She’s so sweet and every one of us loves her so much! Seven children is not too many…it’s just not. I can’t imagine not having her in our family. To have stopped at four, like we in our naiveté originally talked of, it just wouldn’t have been right. I had always wanted a large family but my dh had never really given it much thought so we came to a compromise…both hesitatingly though as that didn’t seem quite right. I’m oh so thankful for what we learned together and for these three more children (so far)!



4/15 1 (L) Yay!! I’m flabbergasted. What is it – a Tax Day gift??? πŸ™„

4/18 1 (L) Guess I was right about them laying in a couple of weeks after I butchered Fluff.

Total = 2 *whoopee* (Tongue firmly in cheek.)


4/15 L.’s 4th tooth! Right front incisor.

4/29 L.’s 5th tooth! Left upper lateral incisor.


I have decided not to put my workouts in my updates here but have revived my workout blog. Link is to the right.


4/23 G & G Baker arrived in the evening to celebrate the two birthdays we had this month. They stayed until the 25th.


4/13 & 14 W. left w/ all the childen (except baby) about 4:15pm to go to Seward. I was abondoned stayed at home to work on tax stuff. πŸ˜› They played around “the property” for a few hours then drove to Soldotna to visit/stay the night w/ my parents and were there for the next couple of days as well. They got back around 4pm on the 15th.


4/02 60°F Really, no kidding…April Fool’s Day was yesterday. πŸ˜‰ It didn’t last though. Mid-afternoon the temp dropped to the hi 40s.

4/05 – 06 Snow = 10″

4/09 Snow = 6″

4/15 Snow = 2″

4/21 64 ° F in the sun!! *whoop* πŸ˜€

4/23 64 ° F in the sun!! The children were so excited they couldn’t resist setting up the kiddy pool and getting in! What could I do except say, “Go for it!” πŸ˜‰

4/25 Snow = 16 ½ ” !! **aacckk** Weren’t the children just swimming a couple of days ago??!!


4/26 Snow = &#189″

Total Snow = 35″ Nearly a whole yard this month…3 ft…just before spring. *sigh*


We caught some photos of a wascally backyard visitor!

Until next time,

March in Review

* Officially typed out 10/02/08

3/12 Whadaya know…an egg! 1 (L) Guess I was right with my prediction when I butchered Fluff – that they were a couple weeks away from starting up again. More guilt…if I hadn’t killed her we would have had that many more eggs. But, no, because she was faster than we were in getting to them although they are right in the garage and we are out there the split second their “boasting calls” are made. Daughter B. even said that she knew one of the other hens was going to lay and she stayed there to watch and make sure she got the egg first but Fluff just hung around the back end of the other chicken waiting and waiting too. If she hadn’t been there, it would have been pounced on. So, yes, I’ll quit beating myself up. Great farmer I’d make huh?! πŸ˜‰ Raised killing meat for the family and yet one itty-bitty chicken made me feel remorseful. *sheesh*

3/14 1 (L)

3/16 1 (L)

3/21 1 (L)

Total egg count = 4 πŸ˜›

3/03 Baby L.’s third tooth is finally in! (Right top lateral incisor.)

When P. is playing Peekaboo with L., she says, “Where is you?” instead of “Where is Leah?” So cute! ♥ ♥ They make me melt! πŸ™‚

3/23 Resurrection Sunday – spent with church family!

3/26 Q.’s 5th Birthday! We love ya guy! Thanks for the great hugs! I thank God for you every day!

I can’t believe it…I really can’t. My baby Q. has definitely moved out of his baby/toddler stage and it staggers me how fast my family is growing up. πŸ˜•

I am so pathetically out of shape. (Hard to believe I was a dancer for ½ my life. πŸ˜› ) Exercise has come in fits and starts around here. I really must do better. I haven’t felt as well after L.’s birth this past year…just in general, nothing specific that I can put my finger on really. Mostly age I suppose…although, I know there are many women older than I in much better shape. I really need to track what I do and have some accountability so here goes (starting from scratch once again):

3/31 50 crunches, 50 reverse crunches, various stretching

I’m thinking of transferring all my previous posts from my workout blog over here too as maintaining more than one blog is difficult during this stage of life. I’d update my stats in the sidebar too but I don’t have a scale. Just go by how my clothes fit…

3/16 First “rock climbing” of the year at our favorite spot around the Arm!

3/04 42°F! Another unusually warm day…feels so nice. πŸ™‚ There was some wind and clouds with occasional flakes but it was nice for the children to have some warmer temps outside.

3/05 Temp dropped again to 33°F. Snowed 3″. Then, went up to 36°F and got windy. Preparing for a Chinook maybe?

3/06 Wow! 56°F and sun!! I know it won’t last of course but I’m definitely enjoying it! πŸ˜€

3/07 Fun while it lasted… Back down to 32°F and snow. 4 ” to be exact. πŸ˜› Granted, it’s not really piling up with the melting spurts we’ve had.

3/10 46°F It’s nice again…but I’m actually getting tired of the yo-yoing temps.

3/11 Snow (just a dusting).

3/12 Snow 2″.

3/17 47°F

3/25 53°F

3/26 48°F I know this is just the lull before the storm… It always dumps on us in April. *sigh*

3/27 46°F

Total snow = 9″ (+ a little)

3/16 Saw our neighborhood coyote in the early evening!

September in Review

Officially typed out 4/1/08
Updated 4/2/08 with pictures, links, etc.


The market is over on the 9th. Please pray that our home business will sustain us through the winter/tourist season slump!


9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday! Happy birthday to our sweet third daughter! Your cheerful smile and enthusiastic bear hugs make our days much brighter! You are growing so fast into a graceful lovely girl and following your older sisters in becoming such a wonderful helper! We’re so thankful to have you in our family!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! Happy birthday our dear dear daughter! You challenge us at times with your feistiness and stubbornness but when it comes right down to it, you have a caring, loving and protective spirit for your family. We wouldn’t change the precious package you are for the world. We love you to pieces Nanna! πŸ˜€


The ladies are still on sabbatical. πŸ˜›


9/01/07 L. is beginning to move one knee forward while on hands and knees! Also, nearly sitting completely on her own! She can push herself up to sitting and will use one hand but hasn’t quite been “brave” enough to lift the other one yet and play with two hands. Close though…real close.

9/02/07 P. has gone a week without wearing a diaper at night! Of course, I’ve been diligent about getting up in the wee hours (2-3am) to take her to the bathroom to make sure she doesn’t have an accident. I’ll keep it up about another week and then try letting her sleep to see if she’ll then wake on her own. The girls’ room gets some light at night from the neighbor’s yard light and the bathroom is right next to their room with a good night light…so, we’ll see if she calls to me or just goes to the bathroom on her own.

L. is solidly on her hands and knees now and definitely scootching herself forward a bit at a time with one knee (always the same one LOL).

9/03/07 L. has discovered her tongue and loves making this “tthbbb” sort of noise. Sometimes it’s a “raspberry”…but sometimes it’s not. πŸ˜› LOL

9/04/07 L. is “military” crawling today! Sorta…she still hikes that one knee up occasionally (the right one).

9/05/07 L.’s first solid food today! (Four days from her 5mo bday.) Following NT suggestion, I gave her a small amount of smashed egg yolk. It was weird for me seeings how I’ve been trained to think that babies *should not* get egg before their 1rst bday…but we’ll see. (I understand the it’s the whites that mostly cause trouble.)

9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday!! ~*~Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!~*~ We love you bunches! πŸ™‚

9/09/07 L. is 5mo today – almost ½ a year already! 😯

9/11/07 L. gets up on her hands and feet now like she’s going to do the “bear” walk!

9/13/07 G. Hunt took everyone to lunch for their bdays and then we went bday gift shopping – fun!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! ~*~Happy Bday Lovely B.!~*~ Love you! G & G B. arrived yesterday to celebrate with us and will go home tomorrow.


9/03/07 I decided over the weekend that I was feeling healed enough to start “formal” exercising again. The PSD has increasingly gotten worse and this time is definitely not clearing up as fast postpartum. But, like I said, I noticed that I’ve been feeling pretty well recently and decided to get on the treadmill today. Here are the stats:

– Cal.: 289
– Fat Cal.: 90
– Incline: 3
– Time: 45min
– Dist.: 2.16 miles
– Laps: 8.6
– Speed: 3 average, 3.7 highest


9/22/07 40 lbs apples! (apprx) (See below under Recreation)


9/28/07 9 ½ pints of Mint Apple Syrup canned!

Recreation & Travel

9/17/07 Day trip to Whittier today! Got to go through (2.5 miles) the train tunnel! Very interesting and fun! Stats about the tunnel:

* Longest highway tunnel in North America (13,300′ or 2.5 miles).
* Longest combined rail and highway use tunnel in North America.
* First U.S. tunnel with jet turbine and portal fan ventilation.
* First computerized regulation of both rail and highway traffic.
* First tunnel designed for -40° F. and 150 mph winds.
* Portal buildings designed to withstand avalanches

Entrance to the Tunnel.

In the Tunnel.

Our playground for the day! (This pic is too small but two of our children are in it…mere specs in this majestic scenery!)

9/19/07 Day trip Glenallen/Kenny Lake area today – where dh grew up. In fact, we stopped at his old house, saw it was for sale so stopped in and looked around/took pictures. So cool for the children to see where Daddy grew up! We’ve been out there before but the older girls were really little and don’t remember. Plus, the house isn’t in the family any more so they only had a glimpse of it from the road. This time they got to wander around AND dh old tree fort (pretty elaborate) was still partially standing! Pretty neato! πŸ™‚

Daddy with all his children at his childhood home! Oh the memories of hauling water and firewood and using this…

It still has his name graffitied above the can that held the toilet paper!

The view dh grew up seeing! (Minus the satellite dish – that’s the current owners.)

9/22/07 Day trip to Seward. (Dh also lived here – from the time he was 14yo through high school.) Picked apples at a small orchard just down the road from our house before heading out though for the first time! Been passing it for years and always said we should stop in there “this year” but wouldn’t and then would say “next year.” LOL This year the sign said FREE and there was no way I was going to let dh keep driving! Got about 40 lbs! We had a lot of high winds and cold weather this year so the apples were small and there were a lot of windfalls so the owner just decided to open it up to everyone (rather than charging) so they wouldn’t go to waste. Even allowed everyone to pick off the trees so we got a good variety. Delicious! I’m going to be busy canning or drying or something! LOL Anyway, a little late heading out to Seward but at least we didn’t pass it up this year! In Seward, we mostly enjoyed exploring and playing at the old “homestead” (dh’s deceased grandparents 30 acres that now belongs to his mother/uncles with one uncle still living there). It’s on the bay and boy was the smell awful because the tide was out (spawned salmon)! :sick: But, the children went out on the beach anyway. When the tide came up, the smell was nice and fresh and salty again. πŸ™‚ We had a bonfire with the uncle and roasted hot dogs, etc. Been a long time since I’ve had a s’more! πŸ˜‰ Great fun and came home pleasantly tired. πŸ™‚

9/29/07 Bonfire at our friends the Mischenkos! Had a great time Grace – thanks for inviting us! πŸ™‚


9/02/07 Saw our third flock of geese flying south today (over the house). Yesterday some did too but the flock wasn’t as big. Last Wed., we saw our first one while at the store. That flock was big and flying high and fast. *sigh* It seems a little early to me…I’m not ready for Fall/Winter/cold weather. 😦

‘Til next time – Blessings,
♥ oxoxox ♥

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