Saturday, July 28, 2012

Reaping the benefits ....

... of Bmen's hard work on his Cub.

This week we got to fly out as a family and stay at a friend's cabin for the night.  Mellow, simple, and laid-back.  A stunning spot, back out of the way, that has history for Bry and just the right amount of comfort for me.  In the fall there are horses there, so there was a corral and a tack cabin which, as you can see, was a real treasure trove for Ever.  So grateful for the little escape and uninterrupted time together.  Flying home with both kiddos squeezed on my lap, I realized I was experiencing a dream fulfilled.  So grateful.

Today we got to go to a wedding just up the road.  Ever was so excited to pick out her "wedding dress" and made sure to wear her jewelry, although was VERY disappointed she couldn't wear all of it at once .  A very sweet bridesmaid even gave her her bouquet, which was very special for her.  It was such a good reminder for me of how many wonderful people are in our bigger circle of acquaintances.  Sometimes I get a bit anti-people and this wedding was an example of things that are still right in the world.  Families, love, celebration, home.
So glad to have been reminded.

Gorgeous valley.

Tack room. Giddy Ever.

Scopin' for critters.

Ready to go for a hike.

All hiked out.

Lucky girl. Lucky Papa.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Camera Heartache.

It was bound to happen.  
I lose just about everything, except for my children and wedding ring (knock on wood).  
Last week I lost my nice SLR camera while we were visiting Seward.  The lost pictures, the lost camera.  Heartache.
Now I'm in the market to buy a new camera.  The last one was a surprise Christmas gift, so I wasn't involved in the choosing.  Any opinions out there??
I know some people are shifting away from the bulky SLR's, but I kind-of feel they're key when it comes to capturing small kiddos....  Point-and-shoots seem to have come a long way though.  The pictures below were taken by one of Bry's crew with a point-and-shoot.  Very beautiful pictures.  Although, you'll notice, no small children he's trying to catch with their eyes open ;)

Bristol Bay. Photos by Dan Gransbury, Keystone crew

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mrs. Mallard

So, when we got our baby ducks it was obviously a grab bag.  We knew the white ones were Pekin, but not sure about the rest because all the eggs were supposed to be Pekin, but were obviously not.  Well, after a quick google search we have confirmed that "Duck" is a female Mallard.  Of all things, a pet Mallard?!?  I plan to start calling her Mrs. Mallard, but Bry doesn't believe in re-naming.

"Moses" is a Cayuga, but we're still not sure of his and the Pekins' gender.  It appears the drake feathers that would signify a male, may take up to four months to show.

In other duck news, they are starting to try and fly.  So far Moses has a personal best of about 20 feet :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Missing Some Folks + Haggard Mom/Summer Re-Cap

We had such a wonderful, wonderful time these last 2 weeks.  Some highlights:
~ giggles, laughs, and kisses multiplied by 6!!
~ picking out sea shells at Second Run in Anchorage
~ Moose's Tooth freezing cold picnic at Point Woronzof
~ watching the mini van (and cringing) as it went up Archangel Road
~ definitely thinking of and missing Uncle Josh at this point
~ learning a new road existed that I never knew at Hatcher's Pass
~ hanging out at Worthington Glacier with Stace, Ever, Saige, & Tell
~ waiting and watching with the Nebraska crew for Bry to land coming home from Bristol Bay 
~ the train!  Especially hanging out in the vestibule with Tell, enjoying the gorgeousness and fresh air
~ getting a moment sans kiddos on the train with Maggie and laughing when she said, "Wow. Are we really alone? Don't touch me." :)
~ packing the mini van TO THE BRIM with Bry and 4 babes. That may have been a selling point for me.  That and seeing the seat literally disappear in the stow-and-go.
~ picnicking on the sunny Seward beach with Bry and seeing everyone exploring and appreciating the beach
~ finally got to sleep in a yurt!
~ beautiful sea lions at the Sea Life Center
~ watching Maggie spend 30 minutes at the sea life touch table and still asking questions :)
~ coffee, food, coffee, food, coffee, food ....
~ sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, FAMILY.  Priceless time.

On a side note.  It has been suggested, by my brother(s), that I rename my blog from "Bright Eyes in the Morning" to "Haggard Mom." 
But....some supporting evidence and a glimpse into the nitty-gritty of summer life without dear Papa....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012


First time smoking salmon from the fish wheel.  A learning experience all around ....

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July.


God Bless America and God Bless the World.  
However, I am always thankful to have been born and raised in this wonderful country.
Today will be spent with loved ones -- fighting the wind, enjoying pint-sized fireworks, simple delicious food, and freedom. ...
Maybe we'll even have a picture or two to share when the day is through.
Happy 4th to you and yours. xo