Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are very blessed

"No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jusus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Happy Thanksgiving! We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with our friends and neighbors from Eagle River. Thea's husband Mike is deployed to Afghanistan until February, but she and her daughter Lily, and her sister, Brita joined us at our house for lunch today. Lily wore her special dress she has been saving all year until Thanksgiving, and she entertained Duke
by reading to him from her Barbie coloring book while the adults played Catchphrase. We all came up with the top 10 things we were thankful for this year (we all have much more than 10!), we had a wonderful lunch, doing some major damage to a 17lb turkey, which I am proud to say I didn't burn :) Brant and I finished the night off by watching Home Alone, our yearly tradition and trying to feed Duke the giblets, which he is not too fond of :)

Tomorrow, we are going to get our Christmas tree and start decorating! Only 29 more days until Christmas :) We hope everyone had a nice holiday today!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pictures from the 2009 Alaska State Fair!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Summer in Alaska

So, we are quite behind on updating our blog and so much has happened since mom and dad's visit in May! Brant has spent a lot weekends fishing this summer...I went along on the ones that didn't start at 5am!! We didn't have much luck fishing for red's this year, but Brant did get a couple silver and a halibut - which will fill our freezer until next summer. The summer weather has been absolutely gorgeous this year - mostly in the low to mid 60s. We've enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, and having dinner

on our back porch. Brant's birthday was July 13th, and we celebrated by having a cookout with a few friends. It was the first year in a LONG time it was not celebrated out on Lake Hartwell. Brant
was thinking of

running over and jumping into Lower Fireweed Lake just to say he did get in the lake on his birthday, but we weren't prepared with our wet suits :)

We moved out of our home in Eagle River and up the road about 15 minutes to Chugiak, AK. The owners of our home in Eagle River are coming back from their deployment in mid-September, so we began looking in July for a new place. The first day we went looking, we found a house that both Brant and I really loved. It's a great log cabin home away from town, and has a big yard that Duke loves! We have a few neighbors, and Brant can't wait to build a firepit in the backyard. The first day we were out here, Duke ran circles around the house as fast as he could until he collapsed, so we knew he liked it too! With the he
lp of a few of

Brant's buddies from the dental clinic, we got all of our furniture moved in in 1 day. then we spent about 3 weeks going back and forth
everynight after work and every weekend until we got everything moved out and the house cleaned. We are finally in our newhouse, although boxes are still everywhere! It has a great little wood stove that we can't wait to use this winter and a great backyard where we put up an outdoor kennel for Duke during the day.

Brant graduated from his residency on August 14th - YAY!! He is now officially on his own and loving it. He wasted no time starting to use his accrued leave time after graduation. He left this morning at 5:30am for an 8 day float fishing trip down the Kasilof River with 2 other guys from the clinic. They were flown out this morning in a small single engine plane and
dropped off with their gear and a boat in the middle of nowhere, AK. They'll float for 8 days, catch and release trout. He gets home for 1 day and then leaves for 4 on a moose hunting trip with 2 other friends. Hard life! haha. Brant has been working with Duke, training him, so he is able to accompany him on some hunts next year. As of now, he's still a wild man :) He just turned 7 months and is 70 pounds! He loves running through tall grass, stealing neighbors' newspapers, swimming, playing ball, and hiding his tennis balls under the couch and then crying until we dig them out for him.

The leaves have started to change this week and fall is in the air! The weather is still beautiful, but we know snow is only about 6 weeks away! We're going to enjoy as much sunshine until then as we can!