Not sure what the two boys are thinking???
Adam and his cousin being silly. I guess they filled it with water.
Alex worked in Hooper one day. He works for a company that reseals asphalt. They were at Hooper Elementary. I headed over to see him and took him and his co-workers snow cones. It was super hot and they welcomed the treat.
July 9, 2018
Wonderful advise. We must never give up. We are never alone.
Jaime and I sorted though thousands of pounds of green beans at the Ogden Cannery. It was fun to have her with me. We ever threw a few beans at each other without getting caught.
July 20, 2018
Jaime's first job!!!!
She is so excited and loves her job. She works at Pizza Pie Cafe in Clinton. It's great she has her own money now and especially great when she brings us home left over pizza. Yum Yum.
Snow cones with Ryan.
July 30, 2018
Alaska here we come !!!!
We went on a day cruise out of Seward to the Kenai Peninsula. It was breath taking. We saw humpback whales, orca, seals, otters, bald eagles and a glacier.
Denali park was nice. We took a bus ride in and enjoyed the scenery. We saw some moose and even a grizzly bear from a distance. It rained a little bit, but wasn't to bad.
This bear happened upon us as we were walking a trail. It was running down the mountain about 150 feet away from us. Thank goodness it wasn't headed towards us, but we weren't going to stick around to find out. I started speed walking towards the parking lot with my hands in the air (I am sure I looked like a dork) and then couldn't help but run (You aren't supposed to run. Sorry, if a bear is running, you run!!) When Mike knew we were safe he went back for some pictures. He was plenty far away from it by this time but, I stayed in the parking lot till it was totally gone. My knees were shaking. This was way to close. Had it wanted us, it could have been to us in 10 seconds. It's exciting now, but in the future I would rather see a bear from the safety of a car or bus. After we spotted the bear they closed the trail we were on.
Aug. 7, 2018
We took a glass top train ride to Seward. It was amazing. Words can't describe the beauty. We saw glaciers, waterfalls, gorges, a black bear, a mom and baby moose and much more.
August 9, 2018
This is a baby sled dog. We toured a sled dog training center. It was very interesting. We even got to pet the dog (Shasta) that was in the movie Snow Buddies. We got pulled on a cart by 14 sled dogs. It was pretty fun. The dogs were so excited to run and pull us. The kept barking until the gate was opened and then they were off and silent as they pulled us.
We happened upon this reindeer farm one day as we were driving. We had a blast as we hand fed these cute reindeer. The babies were adorable. They don't have teeth on the top of their mouths and so there was no chance to get bit. And just to clear up all the confusion, reindeer and caribou are the same thing. If it's in the wild it's a caribou, if it's behind a fence it's a reindeer.
Aug. 10, 2018
So I know this looks bad, but he barely touched my nose. The guide told us to stick these leaves in our mouth and the moose would eat them, if we wanted to "kiss a moose". I am not usually daring but went for it. It was later pointed out to me that I am lucky it didn't sneeze in my face. Yikes. That would have been horrible. I now have a cute t-shirt that says I kissed a moose in Alaska. (I had to buy it myself of course.)
We got to hike on this glacier for about an hour. We had to sign a waiver before hand, as glaciers are ice and are constantly melting. At first the ice was covered with gray gravel and then we got to the white parts. It looks soft and fluffy but it is solid ice and is slippery. We felt safe and guides don't let you go to certain areas alone. This adventure was well worth the $30 a person to say we walked on a glacier.
We saw this mom and baby moose from the road. It was pretty amazing. A sun roof comes in handy and I was able to stand up in it and get some good pictures and video from a safe distance. I was glad to get some good pictures of them to make up for the time the bull moose walked 20 feet across the road in front of our car and the camera malfunctioned (ok, I thought I was recording and I wasn't).
We enjoyed our adventure to Alaska. It was beautiful and we have great memories. As much as I loved it, I would never want to move there. There are to many wild critters (mainly bears) everywhere. I did get to mark another state off my list and now have only two more to go!!! Alabama and Louisiana here I come !!!!
We had a long layover in Seattle on the way home. We had hoped to go up in the Space Needle but this is as good as we got. It took us an hour and a half to get there, via tram and walking, and then there was a 2 1/2 hour wait. Darn.
Aug. 11, 2018
But we did get to see the gum wall and Mike was super excited. JK. He was actually grossed out and barely stood by it to take this picture. It's a fifty foot wall covered in thousands of pounds of old gum. I did chew a piece and add to the collection. Mike passed on that.
We really didn't see anything great in Seattle, but it beat a 6 hour layover in the airport. Better luck next time I guess.
Cute little Adam. I guess Jaime does have a sister after all.
Aug 12, 2018
Adam's first locker. I wouldn't let him shut it as we had problems opening it and I didn't want him to get stuck inside. I can't believe he is in Jr. High. Where has the time gone??
August 13, 2018
Fun before going back to school
We went to see (bug) Jaime at work. It was good to see her in action. She was a little embarrassed by the pictures (our job was done!!!).
Aug 17, 2018
August 18, 2018
The boys love to go to Aggie Family/Scrimmage Day each year. They have fun doing all the fun, free activities (climbing wall) and especially love to go down on the field to get autographs and play catch with the players.
"It's the most wonderful day of the year!!!"
The first day of school
Adam- 7th grade
Jaime- 12th grade
Ethan- 4th grade
Three kids at three different schools, with three different start and end times. Bring it on !!