Thursday, June 18, 2009

Minus Two

I am minus two children since yesterday!  David and Eli took off to camp yesterday and boy- were they excited!  Our church's children's minister put together a 3 day camp for our kids.  They are about 30 miles out of town in the Alaska wilderness! :)  Yes- it's bear country and no- I'm not too nervous about it.  They are in good care! 
 So- the girls and I have been hanging out.  This morning we met a friend for coffee at Barnes and Noble (love that place!), came home and did a little laundry, cleaned a little, hung out with Jeff before he had to go to work, played some games with my two sweet girls and now just finished dinner.
We spent this last weekend in Anchorage.  We had an amazing time with Jeff's sister and her family!  It's a 6 hour drive- but one of the most beautiful drives in the world!  It takes you through Denali National Park, then Denali State Park.  We had fun keeping our eyes open for moose and dall sheep.  On Sunday night, after making sure Jada's numbers were good and a list of what to do and when to check her, we left the kids with our older nephews and went on a double date with Jeff's sister Kelly and her husband Clark.  We drove down the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet to Girdwood- home of the famous Alyeska Ski Resort and ate at an amazing  restaurant called The Double Musky Inn.  MMM! My seafood pasta was amazing!  On the drive down we saw a bald eagle and a mountain goat!  On the way home- we saw the tide going out! It's cool because the Cook Inlet is one of the few places in the world where there is a phenomenon called the bore tide- basically- when the tide goes in and out- it's a wall of water moving pretty rapidly- rather than a gradual coming in and out that you see on a beach.  It's been on my list of "must see in Alaska" and I finally got to!  I wish I had a picture of it!
Jada has been doing great!  She bounced around a lot over the weekend with being off schedule.  At church on Sunday morning, we ran into some friends of my sister in law's whose little girl was diagnosed with T1 diabetes a few months before Jada.  Her name is Riley and she is 3 1/2.  Jada and Riley got to be in Sunday School together and it was SO strange to check them in together- going over symptoms of hypoglycemia, whether or not to have a snack, etc.  Jada was very excited to meet Riley (they had met before but were VERY tiny!) again and later told me that they played baby dolls together.  It's the first time since Jada was diagnosed, that I have been able to visit face to face with another parent about the ups and downs of this disease.  It felt pretty good!
It was a much needed get away.  Jeff has been working about 6 1/2 days a week and will need to do so for a little while yet.  It was nice to have my husband "back" for a few days and I know the kids ate up the time they had with their daddy.

The boys (on the left) and their crazy cabin mates! 

Twin Bears Camp- Quintessential Alaska!


Wendy said...

WOW...Alaska is GORGEOUS!!!!

Yippee for getting a date with your Honey :) Good for you guys!!

It is a great feeling to meet another mom who can relate...I hope you guys are able to stay in touch. The girls are perfect age for playdates! Addy found Janelle when she was barely 3 -- they're like 2 peas in a pod and it really does help as they get older and have more questions.

Good job, Mom. God is GOOD!

Rocksee said...

It's awesome that everyone is doing great!!

I heard that about the Cook Inlet.. definately on my things to do when I get to AK

Jill Johnson said...

Aw, man, you said the C-word..."camp." Are we 16 again and laughing and talking about crushes and singing in the chapel and talking about guys and getting Kristi to come out of her shell and talking about guys (sheesh, did we really talk about the guys that much at BIBLE camp? LOL). Miss you girl!

Shamae said...

Oh it's gorgeous there!! Glad you are enjoying it!!