Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Alaska Fun

We took the kids to Christmas In Ice two weekends ago. It was FRIGID, but so much fun! We went with my friend and her 3 girls. The kids had so much fun trying out the ice slides. Those were quite possibly the fastest slides I've ever seen. Mike tried it with one of kids and said it was painful. He banged his forearms and elbows off the sides of the ice slide. That was enough for me to know that I wasn't going to attempt it. :pMike actually took the kids this last weekend as well. It was free day for Military, I was going to a friend's house to do laundry, he wanted to get the kids out of the hotel for a little while. The ice festival was the perfect thing to do! Plus, it was much warmer than when we went the first time. I think it was a balmy 15 below zero!
Some of my kids have a new found passion....

Yes, they are ice-skating. One of Mikayla's friends asked her to go skating with her when we first got here, and she's been hooked ever since. Actually, the addiction started in Edmonton. We went to the West Edmonton Mall on our way to Alaska. We had planned to take the kids to Glow-in-the dark mini-golf. Until the saw the indoor ice-rink in the middle of the mall. They skated for a little over an hour, and that was it. They were hooked. Liberty actually gave up the cone shortly after this picture was taken. She asked me to guard it for her while she did another lap, just to make sure she didn't need it. Between holding Devin's hand, and holding onto the wall, she made it. The cone was not necessary any longer. Mikayla asks me to take her skating every other day or so. It's a sickness, I say. I'm planning to get the three younger kids in a learn to skate program after the first of the year. Fun times ahead.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Last Frontier!!!!!

So, you may or may not have noticed I've taken quite the blogging hiatus. Once I started attempting to keep up with Facebook, I just didn't have the time to keep up with my blog as well. There may be other reasons for letting the blog go by the wayside, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
See that sign up there? Welcome to Alaska! We drove nearly 4,000 miles in 8 days, with a two night stop in Edmonton, Alberta. Might I mention there were seven people, two dogs AND a hamster in one Suburban? Yeah, I was done. D.O.N.E with that drive. Thank the Lord, we made it safely with one mishap. A flat tire. The Lord allowed us to drive 200 miles on that flat tire before we reached a town with tire fixing capabilities.
We are currently living in a 2 bedroom suite hotel. It's the Hotel North Pole, in case you're interested. It's nice and fairly spacious...if we were a family of 4! But alas, it will suffice. The Army had no housing for us, and wouldn't have any for 4-6 months. Thankfully, we were able to find a 5 bedroom house off-post to rent. It'll be available at the end of the month. That means we'll be having Christmas in this hotel. Fun? Maybe, maybe not? We'll at least be together, that's for sure.