Friday, April 27, 2007

not disappearing

this will probably be the last night i will have internet for a week or two. im not gone, just without interwebz

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

becoming an eskimo isn't easy

I'm so sorry for the lack of updates, it's amazing how much stuff has to be done in such a short period.

Here's the Kaeden update:
Growing a bushel. He learned how to flush the toilet this week, and is working on learning the word "no". My gosh, this kid loves to go for the dog food. He seems to take things in stride on some days, but others he is just so upset. A combo of teething, not having any toys, and living in a 300 sq ft area; I'm sure. Here is a pic I just took, sorry it's sideways I don't feel like changing it.



Here's the Chad and I update:
We are fine. In fact, we really love what we have seen so far. It's beautiful up here. The air is really dry here, so it doesn't seem as cold but its doing a number on my skin.

Here's the housing situation:
Everything was accepted. We were supposed to take early occupancy Saturday, but some paper work on the new construction wasn't finished so we have to wait until Wednesday. We will probably stay with our friends on base for a couple days so that we can actually cook a good meal or two and not be in a hotel for once in a month. We had the walkthrough today for the house, so everything seems peachy.

We saw moose today. In fact I took this pic while we were stopped at a red light. Crazy huh?



I am thinking of getting a vanity plate for my car since they are all the same price here....any one have any suggestions???

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Short update!

Okay our offer was accepted although we haven't seen it on paper, so while things aren't official yet it is good enough for me! Here are some pics of our new place.













The specs for those who don't know:

It's considered a condo, so we are in like a duplex style. It is new constuction, we don't even have a driveway yet (haha), almost 1600 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage. In the neighboorhood there will be 15 units (so 30 couples) living there. There is an elementry school RIGHT across the street so there are no sex offenders close by. Also if we stay here when Kaeden goes to school I can watch him walk across the street right into the front door. Just keep praying things go our way.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Long story short...

We are here. It's beautiful. Looking for a house to live in. Put in offer today. Find out tomorrow if it's accepted. Say prayers. In extended stay hotel now. Really need to do laundry. Tired of fast food. Kaeden is teething horribly. Miss my best friend, and Ella too. Boobs.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The last olive garden

Since there isn't an olive garden in Anchorage we just gorged ourselves on soup, salad and breadsticks. Oh, and I can't forget the bellini tea. We really haven't done much today. We just went to the coin laundry place to do laundry before we get on the ferry tomorrow. We don't leave until 6pm pacific time, but I still feel like this is our last day here. I hope we get to see some whales on the ferry ride, I'd love to get some great pics of wildlife. Well, since I don't have too much to say I won't waste too much time. I won't be updating on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday unless we happen to have internet on the ferry (seriously doubt it). So here goes the second part of our journey.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Just another day

We actually got to sleep in today which was nice. We also decided to check out of the Best Western since they were charging us $80 per day for the pets where as Holiday Inn Express charges $15 for the whole stay, needless to say we are at the Holiday Inn now. We went by and checked out the port we will be leaving from and then went to the mall to find some clothes. Kaeden got his first Build-A-Bear, we actually it's a monkey. I showed him all of the different ones that he could get and when we passed by the monkey we grabbed for it and made it fairly obvious that was the one he wanted to chew on the most. When we got to the stuffing machine I let him stand on the switch to make the stuffing come out and he got really scared. So I comforted him and then he picked out his own heart to go inside. So now we have a new addition for the trip and his name is Nanners.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Finally.

We are in Bellingham, WA! This is the place we are catching our ferry on Friday. So we have a few days just to chill out. Today was good, we hit snow in Idaho and in Washington so Chad got to deal with that. It wasn't so bad, in fact is was beautiful! Kaeden went swimming last night in the pool; it was his first time. After he got used to the water being really cold he had a lot of fun. I will post some pictures later; I'm being too lazy right now. Well, I gotta go make Kaeden some food.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Are those clouds or are those mountains?

Passing into Montana we encounter endless rolling hills of white snowy goodness. Not really a whole lot to blog today other than that Montana is by far the most beautiful state we have been through as yet. The mountains and rivers are simply gorgeous. They give you that, I'm happy to be alive, feeling. Kaeden is getting a bit sick with a sniffly nose but other than that he is a fantastic car rider. The only time today that he cried was 5 minutes outside of Missoula, MT which is where we are now. Oh yeah and if you are ever in Missoula then go to eat at Johnny Carino's....DAMN GOOD FOOD. For those of you closely following my gas mileage stories....there will be no more. Ethanol still sucks.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Eventful Easter

So I was kinda bummed out that this was Kaedens first easter and there wasn't going to be much going on besides a car ride. Boy, was I wrong. Not only did he get an easter basket from the hotel we stayed in last night, but he also got to see Mount Rushmore; as you can see from the pics below.

My mom called somewhere in South Dakota, we didn't have service but I knew if she was calling Chad's phone it wasn't a good sign. My mamaw (my great grandmother) passed away this morning. She was 99 and really not doing well at all. My nana and her sisters were taking care of her at home, but not being as youthful as they once were it was starting to take its toll on them too. I am very bittersweet right now. On one hand, I don't want anyone to die. On the other hand, I don't want anyone to suffer. What better day to go home to the Lord on Easter Sunday, too. Even though Kaeden won't remember it I am so glad he got to meet his great great grandmother.

We are in WY now. The town we are staying in is hella small. We have a Mcdonalds, taco johns, and pizza hut. FUN! It is VERY beautiful here, but hard to get a good picture while going 75 MPH. Our next stop is Montana!

Great Faces Great Places

The night was wonderful with much more sleep than the previous two days, thanks Kaeden! We woke this morning to 11 degree weather but strangely it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. The hotel we stayed in, Comfort Inn, left K an Easter bag of candy which was really nice. Since we got a late start on the day we also enjoyed the free breakfast which got us going. After reading last night about my horrible gas mileage I found that this "GASOHOL" shit they have up here, 10% Ethanol mix, was killing my mileage along with going a little too fast with that crap strapped to the roof of my car. So I slowed down to 70mph even though the limit is 75 and i got some regular gas...BOOM from 10 to 16mpg like that! We were making good time so when we got into Keystone, SD we decided to go see Mt. Rushmore!!! It is truely more amazing in person than I could have ever imagined. It was 27 degrees and snowing a bit so K wasn't too happy but the 15 minutes that we were there were breathtaking. We ate some lunch at Taco Bell and headed to Buffalo, WY where the mountains are gorgeous....more later

Saturday, April 7, 2007

corn, corn, and um yeah more corn

So overall today was uneventful but when driving across the country that is very well a good thing. We left Columbia, MO early this morning while it was a lovely 22 degrees, thank god for my parka. the drive drug on across plains of nothing but corn for miles which was nice because traffic was almost non-existant. on the bad side of things the Tahoe is getting increasingly poor gas milage. We started the trip already getting a horrible 14mpg due to the big luggage carrier on the roof which is anything but aerodynamic. As we trudged along I found I had to stop more and more often, each time with less miles to the tank. Arriving here in Sioux Falls, SD we bottomed out at 10.5mpg. If this trend continues we might not make it due to lack of gas stations. Wish us luck

Friday, April 6, 2007

I have a feeling we're not in the south anymore

Alright so our day started at around 5am and we got on the road around 630 or so. After 600 miles we are finally in Columbia, MO. We went through 5 states today. WOW. Kaeden has officially been in as many states as he is months old (8). Kaeden did super well on the trip today, I can only pray he will do as well tomorrow; and for the rest of the trip as far as that goes. It's cold here. I mean cold. I think when Chad looked it up just a minute ago it was 26 feels like 9. Holy Moly! We went over the mason dixon line today which is the saddest thing I have ever had to do. Here is a picture of the Ohio River right before we cross the KY boarder.



Here are some pics of the arch in St Louis. I think its called "the gateway to the west"









I should have known that I wasn't in the south anymore and that I was probably not going to be able to order sweet tea, but I tried anyway and failed miserably. The waitress said "We have tea, and sweetener." I wanted to say, "Do I talk funny to you?" but I didn't.

Oh yeah I had a great moment this morning while getting breakfast at the Krystal. It for sure gave me a wonderful lasting memory of Chattanooga. So the girl inside got my order wrong, no big deal I just let her know what I ordered. She proceeds to start yelling and the guy who made it and was like "This is supposed to be an original scrambler compende mother F-er." It was so crazy. Then she hands me my bag o' food and says "sorry about that have a GREAT day" LMAO.

Well, I am going to try to compress the suitcases down to just one since I know it will be cold the next couple of places we are going.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Never good at goodbyes

I hate saying good bye, but sometimes you have to. That being said we got everything packed up today and we will be headed out around 5am tomorrow morning. I got my hair done today. It's a darker color with some carmel highlights and I got it cut all funky. I'm still unsure of what I think of it at this time, but everyone else says they like it. Anyway, I'm really tired and I know I'll be getting up really early tomorrow. Our first stop is going to be in or around Columbia, MO.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Nothing creative to put here

Today was good. It finally rained HORRAY! Hopefully the pollen count will go down now. I went to the cemetary with Gran and Aunt Linda today. Chad took Kaeden to see his Aunt Gloria, and he said they had a great time. I took Jamie some flowers, and I got to spend some time just sitting there talking to her. It felt so good to have some time alone with "her" to say "I love you, I miss you." So that was that. I cried, I takled and I got it all out. I know I'm rambling at this point. Gran, Aunt Linda and I went out to lunch at Chilis after we finished out in the country. I came home and Kaeden was having his first dinner with meat in it; he seemed to really like it. Chad and I took Kaeden back over to Aunt Lindas house to look at some memory sticks of Jamies. It was all pictures of her senior trip. What a beautiful girl. Well, that is pretty much all that went on. So I'll wrap this up.

Oh, Kaeden says "Happy 9 months, Ella"