Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summertime in Flagstaff

Chris and I really lucked out this week because Chris was accepted to a workshop on teaching genetics to 8 graders. He's actually getting paid for it, and we get to spend the week in Flagstaff, which is soooo nice this time of year.

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Noah says he thinks we should move here. After going out watering with Nana and then making pancakes, plus all the other fun things to do, I can understand why.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blueberry morning

Making pancakes on a weekday morning is not a common practice for me. We do pretty much cereal or oatmeal on those days when (no matter how early we get up) we're scrambling to get everybody ready and out of the house (these days to get me to work by, oh, ten o'clock. yikes.)
Friday morning though, even though I had to get to work, when Noah got up and wanted pancakes I just couldn't refuse. Blueberry pancakes seemed like the right thing to do. And by the appreciate I got, I was glad I made them!

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I thought I was going to have more photos to post, but it turns out that being Tucson in the summer and 110 degrees or so every day this week, all the photos I had included toddlers not wearing any clothes. We're headed up to Flagstaff tomorrow so maybe I'll have more photos to post soon :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Home Again

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We've been home for a few days now, but it's taken me a while to feel settled again. That's what you get when you don't clean up the house enough before you leave on vacation...
Halfway home in the airport we realized that our car was still at the mechanic and we didn't have anyone to come pick us up. So we started making phone calls. Not only did Tasha come pick us up at 9:30pm, she brought us yogurt and peaches and some of her incredibly awesome granola (recipe on her blog here) for breakfast in the morning since she knew we wouldn't have much food in the house. Thanks again Tasha!

We also had three ripe tomatoes our garden when I went out in the morning. I was so excited to see the red peeking out of the big bushy plants (thank you to Kite and Maya for stopping by and making sure everything was being watered while we were gone. We're lucky to have such nice friends!)
It's feels good to be home, except for the fact that we're stuck inside most of the time to avoid the temperatures in the 100s outside! Welcome back to Tucson.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A little alaskan tourist town: Talkeetna

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On Sunday Chris and Noah and I borrowed Amy's car and headed up to the little town of Talkeetna, where we found a delicious brewery, some local artists, and a view of Denali. We loved it there.

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Asking foreigners with fancy cameras to take your picture is a good idea

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Should I have told him you don't blow the yellow petals away?

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heading back to town from the river

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Family of snowmobilers

Best Smores Ever

Maybe making them in broad daylight helps? It was probably close to nine o'clock at night though.

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The trick, it turns out, is to put the graham crackers and the chocolate on the grill while you roast the marshmallows.

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Alaska campout

Thursday we headed down to the little harbor town of Seward and picked an awesome camp spot about 20 miles outside of town. Not too many mosquitos, a lake close by, and trips to a glacier and a sea life center. We were pretty tired at the end!

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This was an amazing beach filled with little round flat stones perfect for skipping. The next day, we headed to Exit Glacier. A short hike, but still a feat with three toddlers.

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Exit Glacier - Noah hiked almost all the way up!

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If you know me very well, you're probably not surprised that I was coming up with fancy hairdos on the hike

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Dandelion crowns too

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Captivated by the sea lion

Friday, June 10, 2011

Alaska, Dandelion discovery

Anchorage has a lot of dandelions. We don't see to many of them in Tucson (although we did get a few bags of the greens as part of our CSA share last year). We'd picked a few yellow ones, but this evening we took some time to really appreciate the dandelions.

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With a fistful of yellow dandelions to release one by one into the stream and watch them float away

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Discovering the white ones

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Make a wish!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alaska Zoo

The Anchorage zoo has plenty of traditional "zoo animals". But there are also plenty of Alaskan animals too, and if I don't get to see a moose in the wild (which I'm still hoping for, although not too close), I guess I'll have to settle for this. We had a great time at the zoo. Lots of shade and streams running through, and catwalks to get up above the tigers and grizzly bears.

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Look at those claws! Glad we're at the zoo...

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Up close to a moose (at least, I think it was a moose. Noah was pretty sure it was a horse)

Noah especially loved the seals and otters. I can't wait to take him to the marine park in Seward this weekend!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Alaska Trip, Mine Train

After a nice, mellow day on Sunday (at least for Amy and I, I think Chris and Adam went on a long bike ride), the kids and Adam and Chris and I headed north to an old mine site. I can't remember the name of the pass, but it was way up high in the mountains. I think the hike seemed longer than it actually was due to Noah crying for me to carry him all the way up (we're trying to let him get used to Chris carrying him when he wants to be carried in hopes of saving my back). Getting to the top and seeing a Noah-sized train and this view made it all worth it for everybody though.

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Most of the old mine buildings were crumbling back into the landscape

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Good thing the train stays in one spot...
June started to get a blister on her foot, and Noah got tired after walking quite a ways down the mountain. Here are the daddies carrying all the kids and all the stuff (while I took pictures, of course), just chatting like a pair of pack mules.

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Enjoying a well-deserved pasta dinner out on the deck

Alaska Trip, day 1

We arrived at Adam and Amy's house in Anchorage, AK on Friday night, and we've been busy ever since. It's hard to get ourselves to go to bed with the daylight until well after midnight, but we're actually catching up on sleep. Noah has been sleeping more here so far than he does at home. I guess he's a good traveler. Plus, having June and Miles to play with ALL DAY LONG probably helps tire him out a bit.

Our first morning was spent wandering around downtown Anchorage, which is a very pretty walk from the house. A great bakery/coffee shop stop halfway didn't hurt. A cozy place with chocolate croissants and roasted veggie focacia... We were already happy with the trip.

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Chris, Amy, and Adam on the river walk just behind their house on the way to downtown

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Fire Island Bakeshop

After the bakery we walked through the neighborhoods admiring all the flowering trees and picking out which house we liked the best on the street. I love these pink flowers, and of course the pretty ladies in front of them.

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Amy and June

After naptime we headed to the little town of Girdwood, home of the best playground I've ever seen in my life. Noah thought he'd like to stay right there forever.
We ate dinner at a fancy restaurant and then went out for ice cream. I got the feeling Adam and Amy were trying to get us to like Alaska. What do you think?

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Enjoying the playground

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These boys made short work of their ice cream