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June in Review

(Officially typed 4/24/10)

This was a month of taking it easy I suppose. I really don’t have that much to write about…it is the month before baby is due so it’s to be expected…

We’ve kept up with our school work pretty well. Mostly Bible, Math, Reading (aloud) and Science. A lot of reading living books!

I had a midwife appt. on the 11th @ 10am after which dh brought us down to the Peninsula to stay with my parents while he did some renovation on the house (kitchen in particular). While there, I ended up sick, sick, sick. *bleh* Eight months pg, staying at camp with no running water and using an outhouse. Most of the children ended up with something in varying degrees too. At least there was no throwing up…that would have been real difficult to deal with in my condition and under the circumstances! We were sleeping in the cabins and did go up to my parents house in the afternoons on most days so it wasn’t total roughing it. But still…hard on this pg lady! Most of us ended up staying a week. My dad did a quick trip up with our oldest daughter and son mid-way through to give dh some help. Son ended up sick in bed those couple of days while daughter pushed through with a sore throat and a few other mild symptoms. She ended up staying while my father and son came back down. Mean while, I spent a couple full days in bed and a couple mostly in bed while they were gone. Thank goodness for my mother and an aunt visiting from VT! They were able to watch over the children quite a bit with my second oldest daughter allowing me that much rest.

We spent Father’s Day hanging around the house just like on Memorial Day. Guess we couldn’t expect much after the week I’d just spent before it.

Hit 37 weeks at the end of the month – not long now until we meet our new little bundle of love!!

Now, this month’s pics.:

We love having so many wild visitors to our yard!

‘Til next time,

April in Review

(Officially typed 4/17/10)

Not real busy again. Still mostly focusing on school work. With all the warm days, it was getting harder and harder to concentrate and stay inside. Reading work was done on the deck when it was extra warm.


4/9 L.’s 2nd Bday!

4/12 Resurrection Day!! He is Risen!! Thank you Father for the gift of your Son!!

4/27 P.’s 4th Bday!

Read more…

September in Review

Officially posted 3/20/09


9/08 C.’s 10th bday! πŸ™‚


9/24 Found a nest w/ 6 eggs and some bits of shell. Don’t know how old but floated them/opened them. All fine and were used.


9/10-11 Trip to Glenallen. Camped out in the ‘Burban. That was an experience… πŸ™„

9/18 – 20 Seward & Soldotna

9/25 – 26 Family in Seward except me. Strange…haven’t been alone in years… Baby so big now. :-/


9/23 Woke to the first frost.

9/26 – 29 Gradually heavier frosts. Really frosty on the 29th.


I leave you all with some wildlife pictures from our drive to Glenallen/Chitna.

Great Horned Owl at dh’s old family homestead in Kenny Lake.

Trumpeter Swans in Chitna, AK

Dall Sheep outside of Chitna, AK

Until next time,

July in Review

Officially posted 1/12/09


7/08 E.’s “Golden Birthday” – wrote a separate post.


7/2 8 eggs found in a nest outside! We knew they to still be laying but looked in all the likely (previous) places and couldn’t find it. We finally did…and unfortunately all the eggs are rotten!! :sick:

7/12 1 (M)


7/03 L.’s 6th & 7th teeth! 6 – right top lateral incisor, 7 – right bottom first molar.

7/17 L.’s 8th tooth! Right bottom first molar.


7/01 2 bear came through the backyard. Youngish…probably siblings that have recently left their mother.

7/02 The bears were in the backyard again. Saw only one but could tell there was another hanging around in the shadows.

Another short update/review. Business keeping us busy per usual. Don’t despair…I leave you with a photo sampling from this month…which shows we did have some fun despite having our noses to the grindstone. πŸ˜‰

Fun on the swings!

Fun in the grass!

Alaskan Wild Rose

A bit of gardening…Yum!

Boys in the trees!

Girls in the flowers!

Reminders of God’s promises!
Double rainbows over our house!
(In the right hand corner, you can see the second faintly.)

Recent backyard visitor!

Until next time,

June in Review

Officially posted 1/09/09


6/1 2

6/2 2

6/6 1 (M) Also, found 3 outside. Believe they are from 5/30 & 31 or 1 might be from 6/3 (the days we let them out.)

6/7 2

6/8 1 (L)

6/9 1 (M)

6/10 2

6/11 1 (M)

6/12 1 (M)

6/14 1 (M)

6/15 2

6/18 2

Total = 21 Good Girls!


Night of the 9th or early morning on the 10th a bear tore off the rubber matting we had covering the cat door on the side garage door.

6/12 Went hiking in evening around Arm – bear made us leave earlier than anticipated! 😯

Night of the 12th or early morning on the 13th a bear tore at a box we had put in front of the cat door to block it off from smaller critters.

In family news, we visited with my dad (who had just returned from VT) at G & J’s house in the afternoon on 6/18. His cousins BJ and Kathy were also there from VT up for my cousin T.A.’s wedding. My cousin S.S. (T.A.’s sister) stopped by with her children a bit later and then they all left for the Peninsula.

Again, a short update/review. Knifemaking still in full swing. Busy, busy, busy!!

Until next time,

Hunting and Fishing Flashbacks

I was browsing through PPP opportunities today and this site featuring hunting equipment and deer feeders caught my attention.

I come from a family of hunters – on both sides – and was quite the shot myself growing up. πŸ˜‰ (I’ll have to get some old photos from my parents to scan and share! πŸ™‚ ) The hunting and fishing in the wilds of Alaska are what first drew my parents here and there was hardly a youngster of my generation that I knew who didn’t grow up tramping through the woods gun over their arm or a have a line in some river or who’s family (or someone closely related) didn’t have a commercial fishing boat (big or small). I spent many an hour on the famous Kenai River and even caught quite a lunker of a King salmon when I was 7yo! Bigger than me in length and pounds! (Have to check with my Dad on the exact stats. πŸ˜‰ ) Many Red salmon tired my arms too. πŸ˜‰

So, hunting and fishing “stuff” interests me. Being in the business I’m in with dh makes it even more so – gotta have antler – beg, borrow or steal. πŸ˜‰ OK – NOT steal…but you catch my drift I hope! πŸ˜€ While it’s been a few years since me or dh have been on a hunting trip, we are encouraging the children to go out with Grandpa. (Actually, I take that back! I took a couple of my children rabbit hunting earlier this year on a trip to my parents! We didn’t go out long and didn’t get anything so that’s probably why I forgot. But I shouldn’t have – my children were so excited that MOM took them hunting! LOL ) My parents too have a great camp on the Kenai River so the children have experienced that awesome Red fishing as well although we haven’t done as much of it as we’d like since our business has kept us so busy these last few years in the summer. Anyhow, back from my tangent…tramping through the woods in search of the elusive Bull is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for old dropped antlers!

My Dad and oldest dd

All that to say that company’s link peaked my interest and I was curious to see what they carried so I popped in for a spell. It sparked some nostalgic thought and so here I am telling you about it! LOL

Did you grow up in a hunting and fishing family? Share some of your favorite memories! πŸ™‚

♥ oxoxox ♥

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,

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