Saturday, June 30, 2012

10 Years of Marriage

On June 29, 2002 I married my best friend. It is so hard to believe how quickly we reached the 10 year mark. We celebrated our anniversary by going out to dinner and then out for frozen yogurt. We exchanged beautiful gifts. Most importantly, we enjoyed the company of one another... Just as we have done over the past 10 years of marriage.

One of my favorite children's books is You Are My I Love You. It is about the complimenting love between a parent and a child. I took the concept and wrote my own 10 verses.


I am your trusting passenger; you are my soaring plane.
I am your morning coffee; you are my late night.
I am your rock; you are my rushing waters
I am your words; you are my listening ear.
I am your sun shades; you are my clear blue sky.
I am your melody; you are my steady beat.
I am your plate of salad; you are my bowl of ice cream.
I am your Alaskan Spring; you are my cozy fire.
I am your running shoes; you are my Sunday drive.
I am your heart; you are my I love you.

I love you Brandon!

Midnight Sun Run

Brandon, the boys and I took part in the 30th annual Midnight Sun Run 10K at 10:00pm, this year. It poured rain most of the day, but thankfully, only rained momentarily during the race.

Dillan slept most of the way until towards the end when Tanner, who had been awake the whole time, decided to wake him up. He still didn't fuss. Both boys were troopers!

My friend Sjaan walked with us. It was fun getting to spend some time with her, while getting our big walk on.

There were 3,000-plus participants in this years race. Some wore costumes, some did it bare foot. The ones that wore sandals confused me the most, not sure why anyone would do that to themselves! OUCH!

We walked the first 5.5 miles and jogged the last mile. We finished the race in 1hr 45min. :) We had a great time and I hope I'm able to talk Brandon into doing it with me again next year!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Flipping the Klutina & Dipnetting the Copper

First camp trip of the year was started off at 10:34pm. That's not the time we set up camp, but got in the road. With Brandon working swing shift we had to wait for him to get off work. Then we had to get our stuff as well as Brandon's sister, Bridgett, and her boyfriend, Charles', stuff all packed into the boat. The drive was beautiful; ranging from clear blue skies to stormy, windy downpours. One of the advantages of the midnight sun is getting to see everything this beautiful state has to offer, 24 hours a day!

Tanner thought he was riding the part bus! He wanted to snack, watch movies, talk, mess with his sleeping baby brother, mimic his auntie and uncle. He managed to wake his little brother up at 12:15am, then he fell asleep at 12:40. Dillan didn't fall asleep until a little after 1:00am. This picture was taken at 11:11pm.

Our campsite, the first night, was near Copper Center. We set up camp and crawled into our sleeping bags around 4:30am only to be wokken up by Dillan at 6:30am. Not much of a sleep.

It was Dillan's first time camping. Tanner's first camping experience was near Copper Center at about the same age that Dillan is now.

Brandon and Charles threw their lines into the Klutina a few times. People were catching big ol' Reds where they were fishing, but no luck for our boys.

We drove down to Chitina and set up camp on a sandbar, along with many other campers. It was extremely windy and the sand blew everywhere. I have to say that I am thankful that it wasn't raining as well.

The scenery in this area was beautiful. With snow covered mountains, the river, plenty of green vegitation, bald eagles, and seagulls I can see why there is such draw of people to the area.

The boys and I spent a lot of time in the tent playing or in the Tahoe watching movies while the others dipnet.

On rare occasions, when the wind did die down for a bit, I took Tanner for walks along the river. We watched the fish wheels turn and threw rocks into the water. Tanner found a stick and pretended he was fishing.

The Reds weren't running, like we'd hoped they would be, while we were there. Not many people were bringing many fish back to shore with them. Brandon did catch a King Salmon though. It was his first time catching one. It was 36" and 20lbs.

After we wrapped up our dipnetting adventure we headed back up North to the Klutina, messed around there for a while and eventually headed back home.

We didn't catch anywhere near as many many fish as we'd hoped to, but the experience as a whole was great. Just as the Billy Currington song claims, A BAD DAY OF FISHING BEATS A GOOD DAY OF ANYTHING ELSE.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dillan 20 Weeks

Dillan is now 20 weeks. He now has his two front bottom teeth and is rolling over. He wants to sit up so bad!  If he's laying back he tries grabbing and straining to pull himself up.  He is always on the hunt to find stuff to play with and stick into his mouth.  His favorite thing to do is to touch Tanner and laugh and and scream with him. 
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