Monday, June 29, 2015

Summa Summa Summertime

First - I want to say that if you live in Arizona or have ever lived there or have visited a lot - send me your Arizona recommendations for Friday's post!!! I hope that one day all of the state round ups will be helpful! I'm working on getting them put on one spot for easy access!


Last week was our first real week of summer and we had a fun but busy one.

Tuesday we met some friends to see "Inside Out".  I didn't take a picture but we had a lot of fun.  Will Holden didn't sleep a minute during the movie but he was really good.



After the movie we met some more friends for ice cream at this old fashioned ice cream shop on our town square.  It was a HOT day so it felt good to get inside.


Then we let the kids run around and play on the square and put their feet in the fountain.  We went swimming with friends the next day but I didn't take any pictures.  The girls LOVED swimming.  I've got to figure out how to take them more often.  It's a little tricky with a baby.  :-) 


Will Holden had his two month appointment on Thursday.  He has grown a lot.  He weighted 12 lbs 10 oz and was 23 inches long.  Doesn't he look THRILLED that his sisters are holding him? He had to get shots and he did really well but he wasn't a happy camper the rest of the day so I pretty much just snuggled and loved on him until bed time. 


We also fit in a birthday party at a jump place. It was 5000 degrees in there but we had a lot of fun! 


Saturday we met Scott's parents halfway to send the girls to "Grandparent Camp" for a week.  I don't know who was more excited - the girls or their grandparents.  I used to spend a few weeks every summer with both sets of my grandparents.  I can honestly say that those weeks are the BEST memories I have of my childhood.  Not that I don't have amazing memories with my own family but there is something extra special about grandparents.  Maybe it's that they let you ice cream any time you want and spoil you and rarely say no.  Hmmmmm......... maybe that's it. ha! 

Harper called me today from their home phone and said "Mom - I am calling you from a REAL telephone."  My poor children have never seen a real telephone.  I tried to explain to them the other day that when I was a kid we didn't have cell phones or computers or iPads.  I think it blew their minds a little.  And made me feel like I was 87. 


This little buddy is spending the week with me.  I wish I could say I was getting a ton done but he's not fond of daytime sleeping.  So I mostly carry him around but I'm getting a few things done and enjoying some one on one time.  



My friend Julee and her daughter Preslee were in town this weekend and came by for a visit.  I was SOOO excited to see them.  I wish they lived closer.  They were headed to a fireworks show so they were festive and patriotic.  


Meanwhile the girls are fishing and having the best time.  Harper LOVES to fish - she may get on the FLW tour one of these days! 


I will just leave you with this little smiling boy in case you are having a bad day - hopefully it will make you smile! :-) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

ALASKA




So I wasn't sure how much feedback I would get on Alaska.  I didn't know if I knew anyone in Alaska or if anyone would read this blog from Alaska! But apparently there are more than I think.

All of the following advice comes  from people who are from Alaska or have lived in Alaska (Thanks especially to my friend Tara!!)  And if you have any more to add - please do in the comments!!!

ANCHORAGE:
Eats
Moose's Tooth pizza -we've been all over the world and this is still one of our favorites. http://moosestooth.net/

Orso on 5th Street http://www.orsoalaska.com/

Glacier Brewhouse on 5th St.  http://www.glacierbrewhouse.com/

Double Musky in Girdwood 
Alaska Ana Gwennie's in Anchorage for a more Alaskan experience

Fun places to visit in Anchorage:  
zoo

Wildberry Chocolate Factory

Earthquake Park

Flattop Mountain- you can climb up to a viewing station without much exertion or climb all the way to the top

Lots of trails for walks and biking

Outside the city-  even in the summer you can visit establishments for sled dogs.  Plettner Kennels was great when we were there- I'm not sure if Lynda still runs tours but she was located in Wasilla which is a town up in a valley north of Anchorage

Denali Natl Park- who wouldn't want to see Mt. McKinley!?

You can cruise the Prince William Sound- going through the tunnel through the mountain is kind of fun and there are various day cruises- we always saw whales and sea otters and you can get into coves where the glaciers are calving

Bird Point is a fun stop on the way to Seward.  If you're lucky you might see beluga whales in the water.

If you were to fly into Anchorage, you can take the train to Seward and cruise out.  Lots of wildlife on the way.  Exit Glacier is in Seward and that's fun to visit.

Seward has a lot of day tours to see wildlife.

For military peeps, TONS of MWR options to check into!!  Rent campers on base, commissary is very large, great cabins and such to rent around the state.

We went to Homer once and enjoyed a B&B there and then took a water taxi to a place to hike.  Beach is nice to camp on.

If you go during the times salmon are running, it's crazy on the water, but definitely fun for the fishermen.  Little Russian River was a nice spot.

VALDEZ:

Valdez is the Hawaii of Alaska! Absolutely beautiful and a summer vacation spot for a lot of Alaskans! The Chugach mountain range, Mt. McKinnley, North Pole. In Valdez you must eat at The Harbor Cafe: Off the Hook--amazing cuisine! Horsetail and Bridal Veil falls are beautiful waterfalls in Valdez.