Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Whittier in June 2013

A trip to Whittier! We saw some goats with new babies climbing the steep cliffs with the water right below. It's amazing to me how they can get around.

It is always fun to get close to the glaciers and see them calve off.

Another vessel looking for adventure.

We may not have seen a real whale this trip, but look! A whale!

Ice formations and colors on the glaciers are awesome.

Lovin our little family.

Birds are nesting despite the conditions.

Everyone gets to help clean the catch of shrimp.

A stop at Ester Bay proved to be successful, Fresh Chum Salmon.

Kolby was proud of his catch.

Dawson helped to land a nice Chum also. Fresh Chum from the ocean are actually quite tasty! Once they reach the rivers though, most people only use them for dog food for their mushing dog teams.

May 2013- June 2013

Art class. Luke chose a sea star for his paper mache class this year. He did a great job.

Dawson chose his "own" idea and made a robot cat, complete with a belly button. He did add more colors later, eyes, nose and button got some flair.

As spring thaw came around, our driveway got a bit flooded from the snow melt, but it was still cold enough to get the surrounding snow and ice frozen. So the boys decided to go "float the driveway" with tubs and sleds and inner-tubes. They had quite a good time and it was entertaining to watch as well.

Hoss-man chilling on the porch. Love this doggie! He was such a good boy.

Kolby and Fisher are out enjoying the ice rink we had this year. We did it a bit different than last year and it worked out great! When it got to melted for skates they rode bikes and played soccer on it.

Luke doing some math. He made his hat and was proudly wearing it. The muffs are because he is easily distracted by noise. :)

School work is done and it's time to play! We made trashcan snow forts and had snowball fights.

With the snow finally gone we were enjoying the warm sunny spring. Out on the river we went and got some bait, Hooligan! They are an oily fish that can be eaten, but are an acquired taste, I'm told. 

My 3 little Hooligans ready to net Hooligans.

Hoss enjoying a day out on the river with his family.

Next trip out, we brought some friends along for the adventure. Great fun to be able to share our experiences.

Dawson is quite the sand artist. A moose. I just love these drawings he does!

Jan. 2013- May 2013

The new year of 2013 brought on another year of fun activities for our family. Of course, there is snow on the ground and we can't just let it sit there untouched. So we have fun on the snowmachines, and go out playing and finding new adventures.

All through the winter months we have friendly "little" visitors.

Keith is hill-climbing while a friend videos at the top.

Photo from the top of Mt. Balby, the Mt. behind our house that we snowmachine to.

Easter in Alaska. Luke is helping Kolby collect his find.

And, as has become our little family tradition, after painting eggs...we hide them throughout the yard and shoot them with the .22 or BB guns.

Keith and I were invited to go on a plane flight to a glacier where a group of people were "plane skiing". The plane flies them to the top of the ridge and the people ski down. The snow was so powdery and deep it sucked us off the main plane trail and into the fresh snow.

Keith when down the hill once with some of the guys. This was not where he went down though:). This is just another person in the group.

Flight home was beautiful and we saw many moose and cool glacial formations and an awesome sunset.

One last trip up the hill before the snow went away! We took some people along from our church and had a great time.

Dawson got a puppet for his birthday. He got a pig and named him, Beef! They are quite the team and at times a bit too rambunctious. Beef has had back and tail  surgery already and has had many baths. Beef "talks" to anyone willing to listen.

We added another furry pet to our farm. This is Zeke. He is a Shetland/Welsh mix pony. He is 7 and shares Keith's birthday, June 28. We are working to get him moved to our property as we do not have fencing yet. He is staying with a friend who also has horses and ponies. We love to visit our friends and pony so this works great for now.

When the snow is gone, but the weather is still chilly and the fish are not here, yet, we have to find other things to do. Flying kites is great fun! We have 6-7 of them to have fun with.

Shrimping season has opened in the sound! On the trip out we had some visitors join in the excitement. Dall porpoises! This was so cool to have them "playing" with us. They followed us for quite sometime.

Yes, Dawson is a small boy, but these shrimp are huge as well!

We were able to attend a few golf lessons for free this year and Luke seems to really enjoy it. Although his baseball season got in the way of most of the golfing lessons, we will probably pursue it again.