Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

This is the official poster of Earth Day 2009 according to

*****Oh big sis, is this day also the birthday of my newest little nephew, or is he still hanging in there?????????

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weekend in Anchorage

Well, I was lucky to get to Anchorage over Easter weekend. Mt. Redoubt has calmed down and didn't give me any problems. We spent Friday and Saturday doing some shopping. Kohl's just opened up last week and it's right next to Target, so I got to do a little shopping at both places. Friday night we decided to do dinner and a movie. We went to the Bear Tooth Theatre which actually does dinner with a movie (dinner theatre). The great thing is you order your food and then go sit down and start watching the movies and they will bring the food out to you when it's ready. We were lucky enough to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop. We just missed it back in January when it opened. I was suprised at how good of a movie it actually was. I was expecting the typical Kevin James comedy, but it was really good! On Saturday we decided to go to a regular movie. We went and saw Observe and Report. Horrible movie. It's another mall security movie and it is horrible compared to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

On Easter Sunday we decided to take a road trip. We drove down the Seward Hwy to Girdwood. This is the first time I've been somewhere else in Alaska besides Anchorage, Bethel and Marshall!These pictures (above and below) are pictures of the mudflats south of Anchorage. Those big chunks you see are actually huge pieces of ice. The get hung up on the mudflats when the tide goes out.
Here are a couple of pictures of Eric and I. The one above is at Beluga Point. It's a stop on the Seward Hwy where you can sometimes see Beluga whales in the water. We didn't see any. The picture below is the mandatory "in the vehicle while traveling" picture.

The above picture is a view of the mountains from the airplane. I wanted to get a picture of Mt. Redoubt, but we didn't have a clear enough view of it from our flight pattern. The pilot was talking about there being an ash cloud at about 15,000 ft, while we were traveling at 30,000+ ft.

Finally I will leave you with this picture. This is Bethel from the air on April 13, 2009. You think we have a little bit of snow left?????? This is the second pass we had to take for the landing. The first pass we were lined up, hand the landing gear down, descending nicely and all of a sudden the plane starts going back up. Apparently some other smaller plane was either coming in or going out and we had to back off. I like this picture because you can see how far spread out Bethel is. Our house is out of the picture on the bottom right.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone out there in blogging land. (I'm doing a little scheduled post here because if the weather and Mt. Redoubt work with me, I will be joining Eric in Anchorage over the weekend.)

Here are some pictures of the Easter treats I made for everyone at work. I thought they turned out pretty good.
And I just have to show you the cutest card. This little "chick" is made using the Big Shot Top Note die and some punches. I made a few of these for the people I work with.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I'm Going to College

*****Sidenote - Just realized that I started this post on April 8 and never got around to posting it.

Well, actually I've been to college already and I've been working at colleges for longer than I can remember. Okay, I remember, but I've always worked at colleges so it seems like forever. Anyways............2 1/2 weeks ago today, I (my program) helped to host an I'm Going to College program for 4 different 6th grade classes here in town. A total of 64 kids came to the college to learn about different careers.

The kids were supposed to get piggy banks with a penny in them as a start to their college savings. Unfortunately there wasn't enough money in the budget to actually purchase the piggy banks, so I came up with a clever idea for a "nest egg" for the kids. Here's how they turned out. This is actually the matchbox die cut for the Big Shot from Stampin' Up.

'Tis the Season

Application season that is. I always love this time of year because I start getting a whole lot of applications in the mail for my summer camps. This is what my mailbox looked like today.

By measure of the ruler, it almost measured 5 inches. I'm not sure how many applications there was, but there were alot.

On a side note, I made a card to go along with the baby afghan I finished (the moose/plane one). It doesn't have anything to do with mooses and airplanes, but I love how it turned out.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

DU Banquet

I hear $150, who will give me $175.

Well, it didn't raise as much as I would have liked, but neither did alot of the other auction items. The main competition to my afghan was a Flannel quilted quilt. Usually the quilts go for over $300, but last night the quilt only went for $225. With that being said, my DU afghan went for $150. One of my good friends and her husband actually bought it. Their 9 year old son put claims on it before they were out the door. I know it will be well used and cared for. Now, it's time to get busy working on the basketball one I'm doing for cash. I think I have all of the yarns I need, so it's just getting started.

Well, supper should be here soon. We decided to order out since Eric leaves for Fairbanks tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Flying Moose

Well, I have finally finished the Moose afghan. I think it turned out pretty good. Hopefully the recipients will think so too. It's for one of Eric's buddies. Him and his wife are both moose biologists and the guy does a little flying. They had a little girl about a month ago. It will be sent to Kenai to them provided that Mt. Redoubt doesn't decide to throw-up any more ash.

This Saturday is the Ducks Unlimited banquet. I have been told that my afghan will be going on the live auction. I'm so excited. I'll keep you posted on how much money it brings in.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do for my sister who's expecting her 3rd boy here in a few weeks. She's given me some vague ideas, but I haven't been able to come up with anything yet. In the meantime, I was asked if I would make a blanket (for profit ;) ) for a lady at one of the agencies in town. The baby is a year old and the parts are really big into basketball. This is what I came up with for her.