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Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Milestones,Peaves,Website — Amy @ 7:40 pm

In other news, Kaelin has 2 loose teeth.  Bottom-center.  Most kids don’t start losing their teeth until age 6 or so, but my daughter has always insisted on doing everything early.  She took her first steps before she was 9 months old and was speaking perfectly understandable English long before the other kids her age.  So I guess this just follows suit.

This morning was monumental because it wasn’t raining when I woke up.  In fact, the sun was out and it was quite beautiful outside.  By the time we left for church, it was overcast again and by the time we got out of church it was raining.  It’s now 8pm and still raining.  I forget how pretty it is here when the sun is out.  We so rarely see it anymore.  I feel like Margot in All Summer in a Day.  There were a couple of hours on Thursday that it was sunny.  We high-tailed it to the beach to take advantage of it because it’s been nothing but rain rain rain for 2 months now, with the occasional “mostly cloudy” day thrown in. 

I haven’t been jogging in weeks.  I’m actually starting to look forward to winter when all the rain will at least turn into snow and not be so…wet all the time.  I feel sorry for the kids, they don’t get to be outside much.  It’s a good thing they have a great school program 3 days per week to keep them busy.

I really like the kids’ school.  They do baking, gardening (weather permitting), field trips, and all kinds of other activities to keep the kids busy.  It’s so much more than just the “mother’s day out” programs we’re used to.  They only attend mornings, so I think I might add another day for the winter session.  I wish they had an option for a 3/4 day, ending at 2 or 3pm, but as it is, I either pick them up at 12:30pm or 5pm.

My aunt and uncle are coming to visit this week, so we’re looking forward to seeing them.  Hopefully the weather will give them a break while they’re here.

Spit Pics

Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Photos — Amy @ 9:49 pm

Tea Party

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Oh the Cuteness,Videos — Amy @ 2:16 pm

Get Your Wiggles Out

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Parenting,Seldovia,Videos — Amy @ 9:42 pm

Forth of July in Seldovia

Filed under: Family,Holidays,Kaelin,Koren,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 9:00 pm

This is the second time I’ve gotten to spend Fourth of July in Seldovia.  The first was 10 years ago when I came up with Jens’ family for his cousin’s wedding.  I immediately decided that it’s one of the best places in the country to celebrate Independence Day.

Seldovia is a tiny town.  The full-time population is about 200 people, though that grows in the summer.  Every year, they have a parade that the townspeople and children participate in.  There are costumes, “floats,” food, vendor booths, contests and wood carvings.

I’m not sure what the group in the middle is supposed to be (the tubes they’re blowing in are hollow seaweed stalks often found on the beach), but the back three are three volcanoes in this area: Iliamna, Redoubt, and Spurr.

Junior Bikers

Seldovia Volunteer Fire Truck

George Washington Crossing the Delaware

Tribute to the Harbor Master

Kaelin’s favorite part was the candy. Every group in the parade that passed her threw a wad of candy at her feet. It was better than Halloween!

After the parade, we enjoyed a walk around the town.

I have an appreciation for the slightly irreverent, so I got a kick out of this.

We paused to admire the wood carvings:

Then the kids played around in the grass while we ate lunch (halibut spring rolls) on a park bench with a view of the harbor.

Then we headed over to “Old Seldovia,” where the main part of town was, prior to the Great Alaskan Earthquake that destroyed a lot of Alaska in 1964.  The town used to be built entirely on piers over the water, and was razed to the ground during the earthquake.  As a result, they decided to rebuild on the land, which is where the majority of town is now.  Old Seldovia is a very interesting mix of earthquake ruins and new construction, as they have rebuilt portions of it.

Old Seldovia

After our walk, we admired some more wood carvings, and then headed back down to the dock and across the bay to the cabin for some R&R.

Seldovia

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Koren,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 9:55 am

On Saturday we took a boat ride down the bay a little ways until we came to a stretch of beach that has a waterfall.  Kaelin wanted to get out and see the waterfall, so we did … for a very short period of time, because the little trickle of water was surprisingly loud and sort of freaked Koren out.  He’s not into loud noises, especially when they’re made by water.  He did enjoy the boat, though.

Exploring Waterfalls

Adventure Girl

Boating

Some Beach Pics

Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 9:42 am

Starfish

Filed under: Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 6:22 pm

Kaelin enjoyed watching this starfish grow from fist-size to head-size over the course of a few days. Thanks Grandmommy!

Doggie Chow

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Photos — Amy @ 6:08 pm
Sometimes you just have to pretend to be a dog.  Apparently.

Back Yard Weenie Roast

Filed under: Friends,Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Oh the Cuteness,Photos — Amy @ 4:17 pm

We suffered through about a week’s worth of clouds and rain, and then we finally got a beautiful, sunny afternoon on the last day our friends were here.

The Three Musketeers enjoyed running, running, laughing, playing and running around the back yard, while we grownups enjoyed weenie roasting and each other’s company.  The girls had a blast together and were great about including Koren, who tried to keep up as best he could.

Pratt Museum

Filed under: Friends,Homer,Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 1:08 pm

Kaelin’s favorite part was getting to use the scissors and glue.  They also got to see a little of Alaska’s history and see some life-sized wildlife like wolves, coyotes, bears and fish.

Seldovia Tour

Filed under: Friends,Kaelin,Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 10:31 pm

We still had fun, despite spending more time inside the boat than out of it, and walking around in the rain once we got there.  We saw a lot of birds (who, en masse, are very stinky) and a few otters.  Once we arrived at Seldovia, we ate lunch in town with Jim and Cyndy (and Koren, who had spent the night with his grandparents).  Jim and Cyndy then taxied us to the cabin in their boat so our guests could see what rustic cabin life was like (we call it camping for yuppies).

We all enjoyed each other’s company and Koren even got in a small nap.

But seriously, Alaska?  You’d better bring out the sun for 4th of July or I’m going to have to open a serious can.

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