Sunday, August 29, 2010

Soon to be back to our regularly schedualed program

Yep....Hopefully soon we will be back to our regularly scheduled program of homeschooling! We leave Tuesday morning for Alaska and with good luck we will be in our new home Wed night. Please pray that everything goes smoothly.

Dh starts his new job on Sept. 7th, and I am looking forward to so many things in our new life, starting our homeschool year, having our own space again, the sweeping and majestic beauty of the island... but the thing I am looking forward to the most is the stirrings God has put in my heart recently. He is drawing me closer to him, putting it in my heart to steer our family towards him. I have been thinking of so much, that it is hard to put into words...but I will try

I have been thinking that the consumerism and materialism that so engulfs this world and wraps up so much of our life, takes us away from God and his message. Not just takes us away, but actually serves in place of him. Money and things have become our God. I feel I am being called to make a change in my life. To simplify. To become mindful and attune. To live an authentic life. I do not yet fully understand what this means. What God is calling me to do. But I feel him at work. I feel his hand on our lives...and I am so excited about where he is taking us. I have faith, fully a heart of faith for the first time in my life.

I am still in the process of understanding. But I am so excited to begin this journey!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I can't wait to be settled again

And I know that goes for all of us in our household. I can't wait for DH to be back to work, for us to be settled into our own place again, to have our own space, and to start homeschooling again. A and I have both missed it. I know it will take us a while to get up and running once we get there....but it is so close...I am not a patient person LOL. Although God has definitly shown me that things are not in my control over the past few years. I am a planner, and well I am having to learn to take things as they come and embrace the unknown.

Tomorrow we take the last of the boxes of our things to be shipped, and on Monday we drop of my car for it to be put on a slopw boat to our new home. They said it would be about 6 weeks! I am really looking forward to hiking through the tundra and picking blueberries with A.
Headed to bed to dream of Unalsaka


Saturday, August 21, 2010

So....we are moving


..........to Unalaska. Yep, DH was offered and accepted the job last week. We are leaving here end of this month, so I have a ton to do. It's not an easy move....we have to ship everything as it has to be either flown in or sent by boat because there are no roads onto the island. So we have to have my car shipped. Luckily Dh will have use of a company car there for 6 months, so he will then buy one up there probably...no use shipping 2 cars, way to expensive.
We will continue homeschooling A for now. They do have a preschool at the school, and the school has been really good to DH's new bosses son with grade skipping him several times, but it appears early entrance into K is not something they do. And even then, I don't know how that would work a year from now when she is already currently on a 1st/2nd Grade level. I don't know, so much just hits me when I try to think of her educational future, and i really wonder if any type of schooling will work for her besides homeschooling. And I just keep watching her get further and further ahead. Okay, enough rambling, but I will leave you with pics of the views from the windows of our new place in Unalaska.






Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Unalaska

So we are in Anchorage...heading home tomorrow. I can't wait to hug my sweet little girl, although I am so glad that she had a really good time. She never melted down, never really even cried or anything, infact I have had a much harder time then she has. We did have a great time. First I have to say, it is actually the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Words and pictures can not describe it. Well, onto pics cause that's the best I can do LOL.

Here is the plane we flew in on, we didn't make it the first night because of weather, so we had a 4am flight the next day. We had to make 2 fuel stops (something they do when they are not sure if they will be able to land in Dutch Harbor or not) but we finally made it in at 8:30.
Now on to the pics of Unalaska and it's International Port of Dutch Harbor.








Tundra Golf Classic- Day 1. This was a ton of fun. Basically you go out and hack it at makeshift tees and greens in the tundra of pyramid valley...all for charity. It was a lot of fun. Tom and I were invited to play by the Executive Director of the Clinic and her husband.





Tundra Golf....day 2. Rain and Wind
The picture above is one of the many remnants from WWII. I never knew, but Unalaska was the only other place on American soil bombed during WWII besides Pearl Harbor. The Aleuts were actually forcibly relocated during that time and their villages destroyed.
Look at me stylin in my borrowed rain gear. I had on 4 layers on top and 2 on bottom. It was rainy, windy, and 48 degrees, but it was a whole lot of fun, and I actually hit the ball much better that day.
Unalaska wildflowers. I took all of these pics as we walked along playing tundra golf. It is amazing how beautiful it is. These are just a few of the varieties of flowers that grow on the tundra. There are almost no trees, as trees are not native to this area. The few trees that are here were brought by Russian settlers long ago who attempted to grow a forest so they would have a ready supply of wood. These trees that still survive today are now hundreds of years old and most are only 3 feet tall or so.

























Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I got peed on by a fish today....and other random musings

Yep, today I got peed on by a fish today. Quite a good bit to, I might say. That is honestly a first. I mean I guess fish have to pee to, but the thought had just never occurred to me. Today we took A fishing again, and after reeling on up, I went to help her take it off the hook, where it promptly proceeded to spray me with pee! A of course thought this was the funniest thing ever....so yep, today I was officially peed on by a fish!

In 1 day Dh and I fly out and head to Alaska. I am excited, but am really nervous to. I pray we like the area, pray they offer him the position and are as serious as they seem, pray the job search will be over after this trip, but most of all I am nervous because the longest I have ever been away from my child is 5 hours! Yep, 5 hours. I know, she is 3, and many people have been away from there child for long periods of time already, but not me. When she was a baby, she exclusively breastfeed. When I left, she refused to take a bottle even of pumped milk, then we tried formula, thinking she just didn't want mama milk not from mama....Nope....she would not eat the entire time I was gone, twice going 5 hours without eating, at an age when she was nursing every 2 hours. Hmm...should have been a clue into the persistence of my child LOL. Anyway, I have always been a stay at home mom, and well she did not ween till almost 2 and 1/2, so we have never spent a night apart. Now we will be apart Friday to Thursday, and I honestly don't know how I will cope. I have a feeling I will worry constantly. She will be in good hands. My MIL is flying down just so she can watch A during the day while my mom is at work. My mom will be home by 3:30 and then A will have both Nana and Memom, but she won't have me. I am trying to not really think about it all to much. I need to go, they offered for me to, and wanted me to. I need to see the area. It is remote, no way on or off but by plane or seasonal once a month ferry service that takes 7 days to the mainland. So if they offer the job to DH and he accepts I need to be sure I love it to. But I am nervous, and I will miss her so much.

My 3rd random musing for tonight when I should be sleeping LOL.... well I have been scoring with the school supplies and curriculum for when we do start back for real. I am hoping he will be settled in a new job by mid September and we can officially start our school year. I went to a used book store yesterday and found some great resources. (I love the Even-Mor books, but they are expensive if you use them as a single workbook as we do instead of a teaching tool at a school) Anyway, I found 3 great books, 1st grade reading fluency, 2nd grade word families, and then another book of word searches for 1st-2nd grade....for a total of $5, with a grand savings of $46 off retail price!!! Yea! And as it is almost back to school time at my mom's school and all the teachers are getting there rooms ready and getting rid of things they will no longer be using, my mom has scored some great 1st and 2nd grade resources which are right on level. The teachers are great and often bring it to her to see if A would like it before they throw it out. I will have to take pictures when we get back next week from Alaska. It is quite the haul.

Alright I have a lot of other random musings tonight as I can't sleep. But I need to at least try to. So I am off to bed. Good night!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Reading List

So while we haven't been homeschooling much par say  this summer, what we have been doing is reading. I have been keeping a list of all the books A has read on her own this summer and I showed it to her tonight.

A - "what is that?"

Me- "A list of all the books you have read this summer by yourself"

A- Looking very carefully at the list "Wow! I have read a lot. I am so proud of myself. I am a super reader."

Yes A, you are a super reader and mommy is very proud of you too.

So without further ado....her is our summer reading list

Books A Read Alone
Silly Pig- Laura Rader
The Croc by The Rock- Hilary Robinson and Mike Gordon
Are We There Yet- Dale Gottlieb
Arthur's Reading Race- Marc Brown
The Best Nest- Eastman
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat- Karlin
Cooking with the Cat- Christopher Moroney
What is That Said The Cat- Grace Maccarone
Can You Play- Emily Bolam
Found and Apple- Elliot Kreloff
Bears in the Night- Stan and Jan Bernstain
May I Please Have a Cookie- Jennifer Morris
The Bus Stop- Nora Gaydos
The Horse in Harry's Room- Syd Hoff
Wait for Us- Richard Brown
Morris the Moose- B. Wiseman
Morris the Moose Goes to School- B. Wiseman
Hiccups for Elephan- James Preller
Arthur's Lost Puppy- Marc Brown

Books Read Together (ie...A reads a page, mommy read a page)
Mouse Soup- Lobel
The Fire Cat- Averille
Oliva and the Missing Toy- Ian Falconer
Last One In Is A Rotten Egg-
Frog and Toad All Year Long- Lobel
Little Bear's Friend- Sendak
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
Madeline- Bemelmans

And then of course I have read numerous books to her as always. I have to say, the greatest thing to me, is to walk into a room and hear her reading a book to herself, or to her dolls, or to Nana completely unprompted. Anyway, there you have it....our summer reading list.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Preparing for sleepaway camp

That's what we are calling A's time to stay with Nana while Dh and I head to Alaska next week. A has never spent a day away from me, nor a night. And we will be gone for 6 nights! So tonight, for the first time ever, someone other then Dh or I put her to sleep. Nana read her her story and put her down....and she went right to sleep. If she wakes up tonight and calls out, Nana is going to take care of her. A knows we are practicing and right now seems pretty excited about sleep away camp. I am excited about our trip, but very nervous about leaving her for the first time for so long. I know she will be happy with my mom, but wow, it will be hard for me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Louisiana Widlife

So since we are in Louisiana I thought I would post some pics of the wildlife we have been seeing...... Ok, just kidding, that is the Alfred, not wildlife, although he came from the swamps of SC. Found him roaming wild and saw him get hit by two cars. With ticks the size of quarters and heartworms, he was truly a wild dog....but look at him now. LOL.


Okay, on to the wildlife....

These ducks and geese are as big as my 3 year old! And they come right up expecting food. If you brought none....you better RUN!

A was infatuated with this. I am not exactly sure what they are called. I think I remember them as katidids when I was a child. I know they leave their shell and I used to find these all over growing up...and you can hear them in the trees all day long. This shell still had the animal in it.

A found this inch worm while at the splash park and begged to bring it home.....it stayed there LOL

We took A fishing a couple of times. Here she is with daddy...he cast the line for her....


But I think her favorite part was playing with the worms!


Her first fish....I can't say she really hooked him though LOL. Look closely you will see the worm is still on and the hook is not through the fish mouth....yep not sure how she did it, but she snagged him on the side and reeled him in LOL

Beautiful Ducks

Her second fish. This time a real catch.

The famous NUTTRIA. Also known as river rats. You know I never saw these growing up until Tom and I went on our honeymoon and took a swamp tour in South Louisiana. Apparently they have moved up here too now.
Look at his orange teeth!!!!!!!! Very freaky when he is standing a few inches from you.



Louisiana giant catfish! She said " I wish the fish I caught was this big!"

The Louisiana Black Bear! Stuffed of course. She loved this thing.

You can tell we have been having fun. Took A fishing at a local lake today, and it was awesome. She caught over 15 in an hour and a half. Pics to follow.













Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Headed on a trip.....

Ok, first off...I really need to download my pics on my camera tomorrow night of things we have been doing around here. I have 2 great posts...one about the Louisiana wildlife we have been experiencing, and the other one of homeschooling pics with A, but seeing as it is almost midnight here, that will have to wait until tomorrow.

For tonight, the news is Dh and I are headed to Alaska in a week and a half, sans A. And not just anywhere in AK, but to an island in the middle of the Bearing Sea. The only way on or off is by plane, or a ferry that seasonally runs once a month. I will miss A, she has never been away from us, so this will be hard on all of us, but I need to go. Dh has been talking to a company there and they are bring us up. I am trying to wrap my mind around life there, and well it is hard to imagine. I think I would love it. I really do, but that's what this trip is for I guess. To find out what it's like not to be able to drive to the nearest bigger town for stores, shopping, etc. To not be able to leave the island on a whim. The price of a flight for one person from Louisiana is nearly $2500!!!

So at this time next week, I will be packing my winter clothes- the highs right now there are in the 50's compared to triple digits here. What and experience!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our busy week....A sort of vacation I guess

So last Sunday, we headed off to Texas for a very busy week. Tom had a all day long interview in Corpus Christi on Tuesday and they brought us down for a few days to see the area. On the way there we stopped for lunch at Joe's Crab Shack and A ordered the steam pot, just look at her face LOL.


We made it to Corpus Christi. The company he was interviewing with put us in a very nice hotel right on the bay. This was the view from our hotel room.





And the full moon over the bay


We went to the pier Monday morning. It was cloudy and overcast, but still really fun.


A found a shell and opened it open and was very interested in the animal that lived inside.




A Brown Pelican perched on top of the light post.






That afternoon we headed to Padre Island National Seashore,

And it started to rain,

Hard,


So Dad carried her out and we drove further down the beach towards a blue patch of sky,

And tada! Beautiful blue sky and warm beaches LOL.
A found some interesting seaweed and collected lots of shells.



We had to stop at this store so that A could go to the Shark's mouth door. She saw it on our way to Padre Island National Seashore, so on the way back we stopped.

Later that evening we went to dinner and then took a walk along the bay.
This is a replica of Columbus's ship the Nina. It is in Corpus Christi bay, and well it is so much smaller then I thought it would be. I was shocked and the size of it and the thought of crossing the ocean in such a vessel. WOW




It was a perfect night



We flew from the sun to Neptune. This was also along the bay. It was to scale and allowed you to see how far the planets were really spaced. Considering how interested A is in space and space travel, well this was right up her alley LOL.

On Tuesday, A and I had lunch at a very nice restaurant on the bay while dad was in his meetings. She loved it because it was on a boat, but as she told Nana when we got back, "it was tied down so that it wouldn't float off." I never mentioned this so I guess she observed this and figured it off.
We saw this boat coming in with its catch. The birds were following it hoping to get lucky. Later we walked down and watched them unload the nets.

When DH was done for the day we headed back to Padre Island National Seashore. It was even more beautiful that day.






Just so so beautiful....and peaceful.



Wednesday we headed to Dallas. DH had a flight early Thursday morning and an interview Thursday night, and then flying back Friday morning.
The view from our hotel room at the Dallas airport....A loved it!

At Rainforest Cafe...Just the 2 of us while daddy flew out for his next interview.




We picked DH up from the airport and then drove the 3.5 hours back to Nana's house. He had about an hour to recuperate before he had another interview at 7 that night for a position he had been speaking with for a while in Unalaska, AK. It sounds like a very good position from what he's told me, and I think it would be a very interesting place to live. It is an island in the middle of the Bearing Sea. For those who have seen the show Deadly Catch, this is the island it is filmed on. It is definitely beautiful. Not sure where we will end up and trying to trust God completely. It is definitely very hard, not knowing where we will end up, but I am actually not feeling worried, which if you know my personality you will know that is a miracle in and of itself.