Friday, April 03, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I recently was introduced to a website where a father has truly turned fatherhood into an art form. He is a father who spends his lunch breaks drawings on his kids lunch bags for the following day. Each day he posts his creations on his tumbleblog. These are the coolest lunch bags ever. My kids thought so too. We had a lot of fun picking out the characters and pop references. They picked out their favorites:
Gwenna:Hair Band Unicorn.
Benjamin: Roger, Roger.
My favorite was probably the Surfing Samurai Squid or Armor Mothra, though it technically wasn't a lunch bag. Now, I have to get going . . . I need to find some paper bags and crayons.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Official Iditarod Website: It has all the official stats, updates, current listings, musher bios.
Iditarod Blog: This has personal stories and dog profiles.
Anchorage Daily News: Has stories and read submitted photos.
Ultimate Iditarod: Not official, but lots of cool facts, information, and trivia.
Monday, March 09, 2009
While we were watching a musher prep her dogs--she was putting booties on the dogs’ feet--she started talking to Gwen who was sitting in her stroller. Gwen was really cute and chatty. When she was done she handed Gwen one of the doggie booties and told her it had been on the Iditarod trail. Gwen clutched that bootie the rest of the day. She was really proud of it when she showed it to Rebecca.
For the past three years, we have tried to go the Iditarod start, but for one reason or another we never did. This year we put it on the calendar in advance and kept the day open. Last Friday night, I brought home a huge map of the Iditarod Trail. That night we each picked a musher.
I chose Ed Iten of Kotzebue, AK. I met him this summer in Selawik. I got to know him a little and he is a really nice guy.
Rebecca chose Sven Haltmann of Willow, AK. She liked his name and the fact that he was from Willow.
When William was asked who he wanted he shouted Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, AK. He is the Tiger Woods of sled dog racing. No really, he is.
It came as no surprise to us that Gwenna chose DeeDee Jonrowe of Willow, AK. She is the top female competitor and one of the most well known mushers. She also seems to like pink a lot. It was an easy sell for Gwenna.
Benjamin chose Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, AK. Ben picked him because as Ben put it he is the son (actually grandson), of the King of the Iditarod.
Timothy chose Rick Larson of Montana. It was a tough pick for our four-year-old, with several other mushers being picked then dropped.
Xianli chose Judy Currier of Fairbanks, AK because I have worked with her husband. He races in even years.
Ransom, at six months, played it safe and went with Martin Buser of Big Lake, AK who holds the current record for the fastest Iditarod run ever.
So once we picked our mushers, we headed off to the race on Saturday to cheer them on. We had a great time walking around downtown and watching the dogs. We tried to track down our mushers. William and I got to shout “Good luck!” to Lance Mackey. I don’t think he heard. There were too many groupies in front of us. Gwenna got to see DeeDee’s team but not DeeDee. We saw several others too. In all, it was really fun and now we are tracking them as they race towards Nome.
Monday, March 02, 2009
While unpacking, I found our little propane barbeque. Rebecca had some steaks and asparagus, so we decided to barbeque. Of course it was February in Alaska. And it was about 20 degrees outside. And it was in the middle of a snow storm which dumped over eight inches on us.
Timothy and Benjamin helped me set up the barbeque on the back deck and cook everything. We had to shovel the deck just so the barbeque wasn’t under the snow. The boys had me make up a story about Miss Tongs and Mickey Knife, a story of forbidden love. The steaks and asparagus turned out fine. We had a blast as the snow whirled around us. So the adventures and fun are beginning again in our new home.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Last December I took a trip out to Pilot Point, Alaska. It is about two hours southwest of Anchorage. I was the only person on the flight so they took out all six seats and stuffed the plane full of cargo. I had to sit in the co-pilot's seat. Great view but not so much room. After we took off and the pilot leveled the plane he put it on autopilot. He didn't touch the controls again until we saw the runway at Pilot Point. I have flown a lot and I have never seen a pilot do that before. It was a little weird because there was quite a strong cross wind bouncing us around and he never touched the stick. You have got to love flying in the Bush.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
It has been a while since my last post. A lot has happened since I last posted. Here is a succinct bulleted list of some of the highlights.
- Canoed Nancy Lake loop
- Family camped at Eagle River campground
- First moose hunting experience
- Went to Arizona, visited family & hiked in San Tan Mountains
- Visited Disneyland
- Built a deck
- Ice fished for sheefish on Kotzebue Sound
- First family pinewood derby
- My wife and I painted the complete interior of my house
- Skied the Kuskokwim River
- Put our home up for sale
- Attended the Arctic Thunder Air Show
- Car broke down on family camping trip
- Had three buyers back out
- Took house off market
- Had our sixth child, boy named Ransom
- Built another deck
- Christmas tree hunting
- Put our house back on the market