Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ice









Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Carnival of Homeschooling

The weekly Carnival of Homeschooling is up. This week it is being hosted by Sprittibee. You can see it ---> *HERE*



Carnival of Homeschooling

On the 6th Day of Autumn

Today is the 6th Day of Autumn.


My friends back in North Carolina are still sweltering in 90 degree weather.


This evening, the kids and I headed down to the park, and saw this.


Do you recognize that stuff on the water?


Yep, it's ice.


Lots of it.




We were spending some time enjoying the ice, when we suddenly heard the sounds of ice breaking a few yards away. We looked, and there was a beaver coming out of its dam, breaking through the ice.


It's a good thing we got our winter gear yesterday, and winterized our van earlier today. Now we are ready.


For more of this.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Things

The other day, I found out that I have been selected to receive two copies of a new book for military wives. It is called "Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives" The publisher will send me two copies, one for me, and one to give away to a reader out there. I will then read my copy and give a review, both on here as well as Amazon.com.


I'm looking forward to that.




This week, with highs in the 30's, and the chance of the first snow of the year, it is time to go through the clothes, pack away the summer clothes, and assess the clothing for winter. Forget Autumn. It is my favorite season, but only lasts about a week up here.


We all need boots. So we will begin the search for good boots for everyone. We also need good gloves. We already have coats and hats.


Something else I'm going to need to get, is a snow shovel. Didn't really need one of those in North Carolina!


And of course one of the most important things to get to prepare for winter, we absolutely can't go with out. To do so would be detrimental.


Sleds.

Neighbors

Not far from here, there is a family.

This family is very shy, and they don't much care for having their pictures taken, but if I am sneaky, I can snap a few.

Here is the mother and child.


The little one saw me and swam off into their home, but Mom kept on munching.


This beaver was busy, busy, pulling branches and continually working at the dam.


Still working.


In another part of town, not far from here, is a place called Creamer's Field. This farm is a migratory bird sanctuary, and is simply amazing this time of year (last month especially) with the THOUSANDS of birds traveling south for the soon-coming winter.


There are many species of birds coming through, but you really see lots of Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes. It is so cool seeing the many V's of birds flying overhead. Sandhill Cranes in particular are very vocal birds, and you can't miss their passing.


Just a few of our neighbors. These are the best kind.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Apfel Brot or German Apple Bread

This recipe has moved --> HERE

It's That Time of Year

It is that time of year. I love Autumn...the cooler weather (and in my case of a week ahead of highs in the 30's....colder weather)..the smells, and especially the foods.


This is the time of year I start cooking lots of apple recipes like an Apple Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze.


And pumpkin recipes, like Pumpkin Bread and Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies.


How about a Pumpkin Cheesecake?

Be on the lookout for that soon!

What are your favorites to fix this time of year?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mil-Spouse Fill-In Friday

1. What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse?


Well, I have always been a fairly independent person. Being an army wife, we have to be pretty self-sufficient. If a faucet starts dripping, I don't panic. I get out the home-repair book, and fix it. If a landlord turns psycho and wants to take advantage...I walk my happy hiney to JAG and fix that too! Military wives can't be whiney and weak and fall apart just because our husbands have to do their jobs. It is up to hold down the fort until they return.


2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?


Any place with my family out in nature and away from it all. I love the simplicity of it.


3. If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick?


Umm...I am really not a fan of fast food. I honestly can't think of anything.


4. Where did you go on your honeymoon?


We didn't. We were on a weekend pass from Advanced Individual Training, and we went right back to school the next day.


5. If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why?


Right now, I have the job I want. I'm a a SAHM - homeschooling our children. But some day, when this chapter is done, I could imagine being a Biologist, or an Artist, or even a Baker. I'm varied in my passions :-)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We...Have....Arrived!

Okay, yes, I know we actually arrived in Alaska a whole month ago.... but until tonight, we hadn't ARRIVED.



Now we have.



"Why?" You may ask.


Because tonight, on the first day of Autumn, we have finally seen this phenomenon.




The Aurora Borealis


It was simply amazing. I ran upstairs and woke up all the kiddos, and they threw on jackets and ran outside into the 34 degree (feels like 27) air, and enjoyed the view.


NOW we have arrived in Alaska!

Science

Yes, the school year is in full swing around here. Yesterday Jack had a couple experiments. This was one of them.


Note the pink liquid. Originally it was blue...water boiled with red cabbage in it. Then it was poured into the bottle that contained white vinegar. It instantly turned pink. Add a balloon filled with baking soda.


It's starting to bubble.


Lots of bubbles!


And again....a color change.


Taa Daa! Chemical Reaction demonstrated.


And if you thought this looked familiar.... You would be right!

Carnival of Homeschooling

The school year is in full swing for us now in our household, as is in many households.


And so, I thought I would share the new Carnival of Homeschooling being hosted at "As For My House"




Carnival of Homeschooling

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Finally!

Yesterday we got two phone calls of interest.


The first was a phone call from the housing office asking us if we would like a brand-new 4 bedroom house on post.


Umm.....it's a little late since we already signed a lease.


The second was a phone call from the transportation office. Our Unaccompanied Baggage had been found and was here! They arrived this morning at 9am. I was SO happy to see those boxes!


I quickly unpacked the boxes so the movers could take the boxes and packing paper with them.


My counters now lined with all the things that make my kitchen complete. Now to find a home for everything!


We also had the rest of our clothes and linens. That's a good thing!


That closes out all but one chapter of the Military PCS process. The only thing left, is to get estimates, and file a claim with the moving company for the damages to certain pieces of our household goods. And that is that!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heading for the Hills

Yesterday, we once again headed to the hills. As in, we once again loaded up a pack lunch and headed out of Fairbanks to enjoy the nature all about.


We were enjoying the 58 degree temperature with the sun, and the Autumn air once again. I took a picture of my daughter.


and she took a picture of me.


The boys spent some time fishing, and unlike last weekend, this weekend they caught some.


These fish are called "Grayling."


They caught quite a few, but they all went back in the water.


While the boys fished, Jen and I found a few geocaches, and found a few things like this as well.



Another lovely Autumn day.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Winner!

Well, the consensus of the love of Autumn seems to be that we all love the cooler weather, the smells, the color and the harvest-time foods.

Ahhhh Autumn!




And so on to the "Alaskan Themed" Giveaway.



The names have been written, papers cut into strips, folded and mixed around.

A name was drawn, and that name is.....

#22 - Sheri!

Contact me to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that entered!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oh Where, Oh Where have My Little Boxes Gone...

...Oh Where, O Where Can They Be????


Well, remember these things?




These were all of my essentials. The extra linens, clothes, uniforms....and especially....my herbs & spices, my cookware, my cast iron dutch oven, all my utensils, all of my personal recipes, aprins, etc, etc.


The vital things that were to be waiting for us when we got here.


Well, I got a call today, and they are now contacting "Quality Control." They have no record anywhere of this shipment.


The army has no idea where it is.

GULP!

I am hoping we get word VERY soon that it is located, and HERE!

Everything in the shipment could be replaced if it is utterly lost, with the exception of the recipes. And I REALLY don't want those to be missing. Especially the recipe for the Ice Cream Dessert that my grandmother wrote in her own hand before she died. How can you replace something like that.

So I'm being positive. It's not lost, it's just temporarily misplaced.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Things to See

This evening, my boys went on a bike ride to a nearby park. A few minutes later, Jack called to let us know there was something we needed to see.


So I grabbed my camera, and the rest of us hopped in the van to run on over to the park so we could see it....




A young moose, just laying there taking a nap on the other shore of the river.


The funny part, was the day the kids and I found the little park, I actually said to them, "Wouldn't it be neat to see a moose over there?"


After a little while, we left him in peace, and headed back to the van. Over head was something else to see.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autumn Scenery

With a beautiful day of sun and 67 degrees, we loaded up the cooler with a pack dinner, and headed out of town.


A quick shot of the Alaskan pipeline...this wasn't our destination, so we kept on driving.


A stop to take in the view.


The birch trees have turned to gold.


Our destination, the Chatanika River.




I found a geocache along the route today. Took several pictures of the scenery.


Jack did some fishing.




And speaking of gold.....the birch trees have turned the color, and my husband spent some time looking for some.


A classic Alaskan passtime, panning for gold. We think he may have actually found a few crumbs. Brought them home in a container.


It was a lovely, lovely day.