Monday, March 29, 2010

last 2 months...

...have been leading up to this day. I just returned from the airport where I dropped off Sam. He will be on a plane shortly to take him back to his home in Chicago. Not sure when we'll see each other again but I know we'll be chatting and texting constantly. But it is sad. The circumstances could have been different but he is lifting his head up high and will come out stronger than ever.

Take a look at his farewell video he posted on his blog this morning. It speaks volumes.

Goodbye Alaska from Samuel Shea on Vimeo.

You will be missed Sam!

Friday, March 26, 2010

blue ball olympics has RETURNED

Yes, you read that right...Blue Ball Olympics. It is an event created by a group of late 20 to early 30 year old kids (circa June 2006) who saw two giant blue ball as an opportunity. An opportunity to prove who could stay on top of the ball the longest. Only rule is: ride the ball all the way down. Never give up!

So here are some pictures of the original festivities (original blue ballers include Vanessa, Ben & Lisa, me & Lisa).

Notice the concentration.

Nice form Lisa.

I made an observation during this second round of the olympics. I thought maybe it was a fluke the first time but evidently not; side effects include screaming, laughing so hard that your cheeks hurt, and involuntary expulsion of flatulence.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What's going on with us?!

Just a quick update to share what the latest news is in Brownville. Sam is leaving us for Chicago at the end of the weekend. Since the movers got a head start with his stuff, he moved in with us Monday evening. So we've been having nonstop fun these last two days and plan on maintaining or increasing the level of fun through the next 5 days.

As for the girls, they are growing up so freaking fast. I know I say it all the time but REALLY, they are. Even Sam, who visits often, said today that their talking has really increased in the past week. They, especially Alyssa, are talk-talk-talking! They're telling stories and really aren't being too shy.

Today we took them for their first visit to the dentist. It was more of a trip to get them comfortable and used to a dentist. They did 1000% better than we had hoped for. They were excited the whole time...talkative...and listened to and did everything out dentist asked. They each took turns sitting in Lisa's lap and let Dr. Mabry count all 20 teeth...and even let her scrape some gunk off one or two teeth without flinching or complaining. AMAZING!! We really rewarded them for that. We were so thrilled it went so well.

Later this evening, we were doing our normal dance time. Lately, they have both been trying to sing along with some songs. This is the end of Dr. Worm, a classic from a group called They Might Be Giants.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Weather Nerds...Unite!!!

Because it's a slow evening shift and the webcam down at the Kodiak Airport caught a pathetic cumulus cloud trying to develop into a real cloud. The inversion at about 4500 ft had other plans.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

sledding at Kincaid Park

A couple weeks ago, we took the girls to a decent size hill to go sledding down. It was a bit breezy and there were tons of kids there but we still had a great time. The girls loved it and walked back up the hill on their own...for the most part.

At the end of one run, the girls decided to take off toward the snow that wasn't packed down. They made it pretty far before....

Headed home and we were having so much "warm" weather that I had been able to clear off most of the driveway. The girls caught some spring fever.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Feel better, Mom

I called my Mom yesterday only to have her neighbor answer the phone and tell me Mom was just put in an ambulance! Her heart was racing over 200 for 25 minutes straight. The paramedics had to push some pretty serious drugs to "reset" her heart...actually STOP it and then let it start back up on its own. A little scary. But she is home now after a night at the hospital and diagnosed with a condition called SVT (Superventricular Tachycardia). So here are some pics and a quick video to lift her spirits. We love you, Mom. Feel better!

Heart shaped pancakes yesterday morning and then cute babies watching Sesame Street.