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Heather, Kurt and Ashton all visited us over the weekend!

heather

heather

Judah was highly disappointed when she woke up this morning and could not find Heather. She looked all over the house for her; she even checked under the blankets of Heather’s bed.

kurt

kurt

We were also so happy to see Kurt, after what seemed like years…

ashton

ashton

Ashton really cracks me up when he talks to Judah. He pretty much ignores her until they are by themselves, and then he really tries to engage her as though she is his peer, talking to her on a five year old level and really trying to understand her babble. Judah says, “ba ba das ba” and Ashton asks quite seriously, “what did you say, baby? what did you say?” It makes me laugh. He is a very nice cousin!

Fortunately, the sun was shining in Homer all weekend although Heather was freezing, having come straight from a Fairbanks heat wave.

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Swimming

We sunk our car this afternoon. Right into the ocean as the tide was coming in. Clever.

oops.

oops.

There it is. You can see it down there in the water.

Just kidding. A nice French man sunk his Jeep this afternoon in Homer, and we were called to come to his rescue. And rescue we did. photo(53)Well, Zach and his friend mostly did the rescuing. Heather and Judah observed while I took pictures. photo(54)It was unfortunate of us to find so much amusement in someone else’s misfortune. But our French friend was good natured about the incident. When Zach Brown arrived on the scene, the French man said to him, “are you Geico”? No, in fact, we were not representing Geico, in fact Geico did not make an appearance in spite of having been called…I don’t know if his situation really qualified for road side assistance however.

Everything turned out well in the end though; Zach was able to pull out the submerged vehicle and hopefully it will be up and running again soon. photo(55)Such an eventful afternoon!! Mostly because Heather showed up in town today! We are all very excited.

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DaDa

Judah and I have quite a few things in common. We both love swimming, yogurt for breakfast, picking flowers; we both have very immature reactions when things are not going our way. We also share a pretty short attention span, and neither of us really like watching TV, although it often seems so enticing.

The most remarkable thing that we have in common though is that each of us have a really amazing dad. And how amazing is that, really, in a time when so many parental figures fall short…the two of us have clearly lucked out. We are so fortunate to have dads that are generous enough to cheerfully take care of their families (even though I am technically an adult and should have figured out how to take care of myself by now…), love our mothers (which would be my mom and uh, me), and enforce important safety guidelines in spite of much resistance.

At our house, being a Really Nice Dad looks like: letting the baby help make coffee in the morning, although that means that the coffee beans will inevitably be scattered throughout the kitchen and making coffee will take approximately four times as long. Mowing around the dandelions in the yard because well, Judah really likes picking them. Most recently, cleaning the dog’s bowl after the baby sat and peed in it, on purpose.

peeing in the dog's bowl

peeing in the dog's bowl

I hope that both of us girls can express at least half as much thankfulness as our dads deserve.

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clearly outgrowing the Learning Drawer

Well, the Learning Tower is out. I wrote previously about how we were considering purchasing the very spendy but desirable Learning Tower for kids. I struggled with the cost, and also the fact that we could not seem to find a used version of the LT for sale, but it is such a useful contraption…and I really thought it would be a worthwhile purchase. While still researching around the internet to hopefully find some retailer willing to provide free shipping to Alaska, Judah fell off of her Learning Chair (also known as a standard kitchen chair) onto the floor. It was an impressive fall; she landed flat on her back, still clutching the wooden spoon she had been using to stir up some delicious concoction.  This furthered my determination that a Learning Tower was needed in our house.

Then Zach Brown pointed out to me that the said Learning Tower is made in China. This device costs $180.00. Do you think that is how much it costs to mass produce said item in China? Do you think alot of Chinese people are getting a superior wage for working in the Learning Tower factory so that alot of American yuppies can have fancy step stools for their babies? Well, one might hope…but that is likely not the case.

Given this recent development, we have decided to take the advice of Brenda and commission a local Homer carpenter to craft something in the fashion of the Learning Tower, pay him a fair wage, and sleep well at night knowing that we avoided contributing to this unfair system that endeavors only to exploit.

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Oh Hello Moose

Blaster and Amesa almost died today at the hands of a moose. It was actually at the feet of a moose, rather than the hands. I raced outside this morning, when I heard frantic barking in the yard, to discover the dogs darting back and forth between the legs of a mama moose. She was chasing them in circles, and her baby was running away from the scene. It was a little frightening…but thankfully the dogs came in the house and the moose departed. Alas, I was unable to capture any amazing photos of the nearly fatal incident.

However, moments later we were graced with the presence of yet another mama moose and these two cute babies. photo(50)Here is the mama with her twins: photo(49)These are not the best pictures. I took more with the good camera, but am having some trouble getting those onto the computer. So these are from Zach’s phone and were taken later on in the day…the moose were hanging around incessantly all day long. Also, they were intent on eating out of the garden. I was nervous to leave the house, lest they mistake my absence as an open invitation to feast upon our greens!  I did find tiny, baby moose tracks in one of our boxes…I’m hoping that they will manage to stay out of the garden henceforth!

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Good Morning Mimosa

Well, Judah and I set out to water our prosperous garden this sunny morning, and discovered that Amesa had dug up half of the Kale, a box full of lettuce and green onions, and traipsed through the spinach.

In our despair, we determined that the only reasonable thing to do would be to walk down to the Mermaid Cafe for a 9 o’clock mimosa. Not only did this little jaunt successfully ease the trauma of the Ruined Kale Incident (hereafter known as the RKI), but I think we also discovered the perfect meeting location for our book club. Hurray for mimosas and book club on Fridays! The day has brightened after all, despite the RKI.

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Moo

Someone asked me why Judah is still breastfeeding instead of drinking cow’s milk.
I told them, “because she is a human; not a cow”.

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