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First Day of School

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Milestones,Parenting,Photos — Amy @ 2:15 pm

I realize that a lot of mothers enjoy summer vacation and relish the time they can spend with their children.  And don’t get me wrong, my kids are awesome.  But I simply do not possess the ability to play toddler games for hours on end, and I don’t have the mental capacity to read the same 10-word book 2,378 times in a row without going completely bats__t.

Taking the kids to the mall play area wears me out and raises my blood pressure because they’re both running in opposite directions and weaving in and out of other people and Where’s Koren, he was just here, OMG SOMEBODY RAN OFF WITH MY BAAAAAAYBEEEEE OH WAIT THERE HE IS TRYING TO DO A BACK FLIP OFF THE TOP OF THE 5’ BUGS BUNNY.

Besides the mall, the summer entertainment options in Texas are basically swimming or playing at an indoor facility (which, I might add, always costs money).  Both tend to get old after about the 15th time.

So with that in mind, I was equally dreading the waiting period after we moved here, knowing that the kids would have no friends, no school, no babysitters, and no schedule until we could work our way up the wait-list for the local early learning center.

…The kids started school yesterday.  And it totally snuck* up on me.

First Day of School

It seems that we’re just so busy here that I didn’t even notice the 2 months of No! Schedule! going by.  That, and the kids have gotten surprisingly good at entertaining themselves for longer stretches of time.  Kaelin is always coming up with some creative pretend game and Koren is all too happy to play along.  He’s also been taking really good naps – 2½ to 3-hour naps are pretty normal.

The kids loved school.  Koren clung to me for a few minutes until they gave him a carrot and told him he could feed the guinea pigs.  Then Mama was old news.  I didn’t even get a goodbye.

Kaelin got to go down to the harbor on a field trip and tour a “big boat with a gun.”  Koren got to do some gardening, and earned himself the nickname “Mr. O.K.” (apparently he was very agreeable).  When I came to pick them up after lunch, Koren had the full attention of one of the teachers and was bringing her one book after another to read.  Kaelin was socializing with the other teachers and kids in the class.  She made two friends, named Hope and Elsa.  When they came home, both kids took really long naps.

I believe they are looking forward to going back tomorrow.

*Yes, I KNOW the grammatically correct term is “sneaked” but that sounds retarded and I refuse to use it.

Seldovia Wildlife

Filed under: Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 4:03 pm

Here are some shots of the animals around Seldovia.


Filed under: Homer,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 10:47 pm

Frederick got the boot from his mom a few weeks ago in our yard, and we still see him every few days.  I’m not sure if he’s sentimental or if the food is just good here.  I hope he keeps coming around (at a safe distance, of course) because I look forward to seeing him grow his rack.

Seafarer’s Memorial

Filed under: Homer,Photos — Amy @ 1:20 pm


Filed under: Homer,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 12:59 pm


Filed under: Peaves,Photos — Amy @ 3:19 pm

I have Adobe CS3, a software suite that includes Photoshop and allows me to edit my photos.  Photoshop by itself runs about $700.  Photoshop by default can’t open Nikon NEF (Raw) files so I have a plugin that allows me to use Photoshop to edit my pictures – because a) I like the RAW controls PS offers, and b) I need Photoshop to do the batch processing that allows me to put the images on this website and have them look right.

So today I inserted my memory card and SURPRISE!  My plugin doesn’t work for my new camera.

And the updated version of the plugin that DOES work for my new camera doesn’t work on my version of Photoshop.

So I can’t open and edit my pictures.  Which means it might be a while before you get to see any of them.

Nap Time

Filed under: Homer,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 5:52 pm


Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 5:32 pm

That doesn’t stop her from practicing her casting on the beach though.  She picked up the push-release-cast flow very quickly and can now fish with the best of them, minus the actual bate.

She even gives Koren an occasional lesson on how to fish, though mostly he’s content with throwing rocks in the water.  And throwing rocks in the water.  And did I mention that he likes to throw rocks in the water?

Seldovia: Clamming

Filed under: Family,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 4:36 pm

We came away with a nice haul of clams and Kaelin got to play with all sorts of other little critters we dug up in the mud.

Then we came up with ways to entertain ourselves indoors for the next 24 hours in a 500 square foot cabin.

Blackmail Material

Filed under: Koren,Photos — Amy @ 4:30 pm


Filed under: Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 10:17 pm


And then when you download the pictures from her memory card, you might find something like this:


Seldovia: Wildlife

Filed under: Nature,Photos,Seldovia,Travel — Amy @ 4:09 pm

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Hi. I'm Amy. I started this website in 2005 as a place to deposit my journal and photos. It has gone through a few incarnations and masquerades as a family site, but since I'm the only one who contributes to it, it's really all about ME, ME, ME.

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