Wednesday, November 10, 2010
We had a small turn out, but the zoo held the class for us any way. The instructors were wonderful and enthusiastic teachers. They had several tubs full of animal pelts, horns, antlers, quills, and feathers.
My kids are still new to Alaska, so although they have read a lot about Alaska's animals this was the first time the got to touch most of the items.
Linnea, who is just barely one, loved all the fur! It was kind of funny how much she wanted to feel the furs and did not want to pass them back. :)
It was the first real snowfall in the city, not just up on Hillside. So, the zoo, was practically empty. We only saw one other mom and daughter the whole time we were there. It was so lovely to walk through the quiet zoo. Many of the animals were out to see us. The wolverine came over several times to check us out, the foxes were very social, the tigers were enjoying a cool spot and didn't seem to notice us at all.
The falling snow soon changed to rain and luckily, we had already visited everyone's chosen animal so we dashed home to warm up and have some lunch.
Another great day spent learning with my kids.
At an elevation of 3000 feet, Hatcher Pass usually has snow before the rest of the area. Although we had snow at our house, it was super fun to head out to Hatcher’s Pass with the Bolds (Bruce, Hilkka, Finley, and Kira) for the weekend. Our family did not quite have it together to get on cross country skis this weekend, but the Bolds got out on skis before we got there. We were prepared to do some sledding. So, we got a little in before dinner. We had fondue and dinner at the lodge, followed by a little time in the sauna, with a creek running underneath, and a night in the cabin. The cabins are nothing fancy, but they were clean ,warm and served the purpose of a get-away spot for outdoor adventures.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We woke up to 4 or 5 inches of snow this morning. I loved watching the the boys reactions when they noticed the snow out the window, so full of surprise and excitement. Oliver has been kind of a pain about the cold lately, so I wasn’t too sure how easy it would be to get him outside, but as soon as I said “let’s go,” he and Benton were dressed and out the door within five minutes. Linnea and I were a bit slower, but we made it out and spend a couple of hours playing in our own yard.
I got to pull everyone around in our new sled, endure snow balls and shovel the walks and the driveway. Fun, but not as much fun as the kids had. It was so nice to have all three kids enjoying themselves. We were all ready for some snow. It felt so refreshing.
They all enjoyed sledding down the hill in the front of the house. Oliver and Benton both wanted to help shovel, so I let them. Oliver and Benton both used some snow related birthday gifts, the snowballer and snow block maker (Thanks, Cousin Erin!)
There was a lot of figuring stuff out. Like how to put mittens on, when to take them off and where not to leave them, It was mostly Oliver who had to figure this stuff out, but our snow fun ended when Linnea took a mitten off and didn’t want me to put it back on. It was naptime, anyway.
Eventually, we all came inside, had some hot drinks, and then Grammma Kathy came over to help with the playroom and fold laundry (Thanks, Gramma Kathy).
This is where my computer has been located for the last three months. That is a kid sized table and chairs. You have probably guessed by now, I haven’t sat there much. But, I have a new desk and I think I am almost ready to show a few pictures of our playroom. I actually hung some artwork today. I can’t believe we have been in this house for over 3 months and this is the first time I have put anything on the walls.
So, I’ll get a few photos of the playroom in progress soon. In the meantime, I may do a little catch up on my blogging, including birthdays, halloween, and our real first snow (today)!