30 October 2008
Speaking of raining......
Juneau has set a record for rain this month. This article was in the paper yesterday...and it rained a lot yesterday...so the total days is up to 33 at least.
Capital gets wet for 32 straight days
JUNEAU - Alaska's capital has posted a precipitation record.
The National Weather Service said Juneau has received measurable precipitation 32 straight days, dating to Sept. 26. That tops the previous record of 31 days, set in 1991.
Measurable precipitation is anything equal to or greater than one-one-hundredth of an inch. It's tracked at the city's airport.
Meteorologist Aaron Jacobs said the city has received 61.52 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. That's nearly 15 inches above the annual average and does not include Tuesday's total.
The city has until Dec. 31 to reach the 1991 record of 85.15 inches.
Jacobs said the short-term forecast calls for more rain.
27 October 2008
Normally, this would be a picture from years ago...but since my computer crashed right before we moved, this is the 4th picture, in the 4th folder on my computer.
This is my best friend Elena and I at our last get together before I moved. We went to her sisters house to have a kind of good-bye party for me. There was probably one or two pictures where we were both smiling for the camera. This was not one of those... =) I can't remember what exactly we were laughing about for this particular picture, but I laughed so hard that I spit my hot chocolate out (luckily back in the cup) and couldn't breathe for a minute. I miss her dearly, and actually tried to call her earlier tonight, but I didn't have a signal inside the school during Caleb's soccer practice. She is an amazing person, mother, sister, and friend. I'm so glad I met her and we could make each other laugh so often. =)
Now I will tag the following people... AJ, Emily, Heidi, Jen, and Shaneen
24 October 2008
I have no excuses...I've just been completely lazy! Sorry!
It looks like the last time I posted was the 11th of Oct. On the 11th, the boys had their first indoor soccer games. I was proud of Isaiah...he chased the ball the whole time he was out on the court. I like the indoor games better than the outdoor games, because there is less for Isaiah to look at, and he pays a lot more attention to the ball! Caleb is doing really well too. They have played two games each (both teams won both games...except they don't actually keep score) and tomorrow we have their third games.
Here he is as goalie.
Tuesday the 14th, we had our homestudy for adoption done. Mark from the Washington office came up and was in our home for about an hour and a half. I was not nearly as nervous this time around as when we did the first one. We have to redo a lot of our paperwork, so we can transfer our adoption stuff from Hawaii to Alaska. We had to be refingerprinted, all of us had to go get a new health checkup, we have to have a new approval letter from our bishop, four new reference letters (from people who have actually stepped foot in our new home here), a new application, and of course new fees...it is $500 for the homestudy update, and we had to pay $50 a piece for the fingerprinting and background check. I called our worker, Nickie, today, and she went over our Dear Birthmother letter with me, and then gave me instructions on how to update everything on the web. She said she got all of the papers we sent her, and that our reference request letters and bishops letter request were sent out yesterday from her office. Hopefully this won't take too long!
Friday the 17th, I had to give an informative speech at school. This is how I started it... "I bet many of you didn't know that I was expecting. I've been an expectant mother four times before this, but this one has been very different. I have lost 10 pounds, I have no due date, and I am 18 months along." Most of the class was very comfused, until I told them I was going to speak about my experiences on getting approved to adopt an infant in the United States. I got an A- on the speech, because I didn't do the outline like she wanted me to, but she really liked everything else. Also on Friday, Darwin, Brooklin and Caleb installed a new mailbox for the house. The other one was really wobbly, so they put up a new snow plow proof one.
To add to our little list of Smarties...London came home with the Extended Learning letter this week! I found out it is only for math in elementary school, but it is exciting to have kids who are doing well in school, and that other people notice it. None of my kids went to organized preschool, and when I went to meet London's kindergarten teacher for the first time, (a few years ago) she actually made a comment about how she couldn't believe that I'd never sent her to preschool, and made a note something like she would be one of the "not so smart" kids in the class because of it....and gave me that look, like wow, you don't really care about your child's early education...!!! WELL HA! I proved them wrong! Staying home and teaching your children in your own home works just as well as dumb preschool! I think even better, but that is my opinion. I think more moms should try it! Ok....venting over... =)
Today, the weather couldn't decide what it wanted to do. It hailed 4 or 5 times, rained inbetween, and it snowed a little two or three times.! It was even clear and sunny once today! Nothing stuck, but it may by in the morning. Right now it is 35 degrees and my desktop weather station says it is snowing, but it is too dark for me to tell if it really is or not, and I kind of don't want to look.
Ok, I will try not to go this long again without posting, unless I have a really good reason. I have enjoyed reading all of your blogs...thanks for not being as lazy as me!
11 October 2008
07 October 2008
This morning it is 27 degrees! and clear. No snow, but the frost is thick on the ground. I've decided to change out of the short sleeved shirt I'm wearing and into something much warmer.
06 October 2008
Now to my second smartie...Caleb. He handed me a note this morning from one of the teachers asking my permission to put him in the Extended Learners Program. He was too smart for his britches also! He gets to go to another room and have more challenging lessons in Math and Science (I believe) for an hour each day.
We are so proud of our two smarties!
05 October 2008
04 October 2008
That's about all we really did today. Can't wait for Conference tomorrow! I loved L. Tom Perry's talk, and my kids liked the one about what they were supposed to be doing during sacrament meeting. Darwin said the priesthood session was really good to.
Blog ya later!
Oh!! And for my blogging friends who have no idea what half of this blog is about...twice a year, our church has a worldwide conference where the prophet (leader of our church), Thomas S. Monson and other church leaders address us. It is broadcast from Salt Lake City, UT by satellite to every LDS (mormon) church building in the world, and can also be seen on TV and the internet (and in some places also on the radio). We get to watch it at home on BYUTV, which I enjoy. You're all welcome to watch or listen...it is pretty good. I love hearing the prophet speak! Anyway, you can see it by clicking here and it is on at 10am and 2 pm Mountain Daylight time.
03 October 2008
Brooklin had her last cross country meet last night. They had an extreamly short season...only three meets...because there just aren't that many schools to compete with here. There are two middle schools here, and then yesterday they raced with Sitka. They would have had another meet, but school started really late this year (due to the new high school not being done on time), so they didn't even get to travel this year. B. was kind of bummed. She had fun, but I think she likes running the shorter distances from track better. I'm glad she went for it and improved each time.