Saturday, June 25, 2011

Highland Games = a very fun day

Today we drove up to Eagle River and went to the Scottish Highland Games. It was a fun day! They had booths set up in one area. Then they had the field events going on. They had weight toss, caber toss, hammer toss, and the rock throw. It was really fun to watch. There was also bagpipe bands playing, and dancers. They even set up an area where the kids could try the rock throw, caber toss, and the weight toss. So Jackson had fun doing that.

The weather today was kinda rainy, and cloudy and well glummy....It almost reminded me of the time I spent in Scotland and Ireland two years ago. The funny thing is yesterday was sunny and warm...lol...oh well.

While I was walking around the booths there was a vendor who was writing names or saying in the ancient Irish language. He was surprised when I told him that I did know about it. Then I told him about my soon to be stepfather, Chris who works at Dublinia as Olaf...the viking coin minter. This vendor was quite impressed. In fact the vendor was telling me that he was planning on going to Ireland this summer and was hoping to make it to Dublinia.

These are two pictures of the professionals doing the caber toss...He won the Caber Challenge...that was 20ft tall and 120 lb stick...It was soo cool to see.



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This is video of the Caber Challenge....


Here is Jackson doing the kid games...
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Jackson doing the caber toss.

Here is Jackson doing the weight toss.

Sir Jackson with his sword and shield

Jackson as a knight...
Qyanna as a lady

Luke with fairy princess Qyanna

Luke and the kids as we were watching the caber toss.

The kids and I watching the caber toss

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This is one of the bag pipe bands that were performing....they were all soo good.

Irn Bru....yummy....
I first had Irn Bru when I was in Scotland two years ago...it is good stuff. I was so excited to see it there today and just had to get some.
Well I would guess you could say that I am an Alaska Transplant....I just loved the shirts...

Irish Alaskan....Yeah that would be Qyanna and I....


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lots of fun stuff in the Anchorage area!!!!

Hi and hello all those out there. Well we have been doing well here. We have been enjoying the many things that come from living outside of bush Alaska. We took the kids to a park that is near by. Jackson had tons of fun playing with the kids. Also the equipment there is a rocket ship, so of course he loved it! Qyanna got to swing for the first time on a park swing...for the most part she likes it, as long as she doesn't go to high.

Jackson wanted a picture in front of the sign...cute huh?
Swinging....
and swinging...
and swinging!!!

We have been taking advantage of a $1 special that the movie theater has. It has selective G and PG movies for $1. It has been nice seeing them. We also have been going to the library for story time and checking out books...soo nice to be in a city again!!

We went camping last week too. It was fun...execpt that the night got a lot colder than we are used to. So I don't think any of us really slept well. Poor Jackson and Qyanna were shivering while we were packing up camp. We will go camping again, but we need to get some warmer sleeping items. We also had the hardest time getting the fire going...we at least had enough to cook hotdogs, and make smores.
Luke and the kids
Qyanna and I
and my youngest camper...the hat didn't stay on much longer than taking the picture...but it is a cute hat on her.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Going Good

Well Qyanna and I have been in Anchorage for a little of a week. Things are going pretty good. Luke and Jackson got in on Saturday morning. They did Houston TX to Anchorage in 5 1/2 days. They were tired!!! It is good to have both of them home. For the last two Sundays I went to our new ward. So far I love it! It is a very welcoming ward, with lots of families with young children, which will be nice for Qyanna. On Friday the Relief Society had a camp out, with my camping gear on the Al-Can with Luke I went just for the evening. It was a great chance to get to know some of the sisters in the ward. I have a feeling that we will have a great time living here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cook book

So we have been in Anchorage for a few days now. Sunday Qyanna and I went to our new ward. It was nice. There are lots of little girls around her age. That will be nice! Yesterday we went to a friends place to check on it for her. She is driving up with Luke with her things. Today we did laundry and other boring errands.

Over the last two day I typed up all of my recipes. The site is www.loriabneycookbook.blogspot.com/ Everyone is welcome to use the recipes. They are all really yummy! I will add more as i find them. I love finding new recipes to try. So if you have any...send them my way :D.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Moving....yeah moving....

So I really haven't been a slacker this time per say...the power cord on my laptop broke, and I only had three weeks left in Kotzebue, which means I did not have enough time to order a new one and get it there before i left, so I just held out until I moved to Anchorage and got one Friday.

So school was out in the beginning of May and I stuck around and did the extended school year. I packed up my apartment, worked and played with my baby. Poor baby girl in the last few days every time she fell asleep for a nap something would disappear from the apartment. Last Tuesday the guys from our branch came over and helped me load the pallet to ship all of our stuff to Anchorage, she fell asleep right before they came, when she woke up everything that had been in boxes was gone. Then the next day she went down for a nap and some guys came and picked up our futon. When she woke up the living room was completely empty.

Getting out to Anchorage was quite the adventure. Thursday we checked out of our apartment at 11, then headed over to the airport. Our flight was suppose to start boarding at 2, so we had some time. Then the evil evil fog rolled in. Alaska airlines canceled the flight and rebooked everyone on the 6:30 flight. That means that we got into Anchorage at 10:30 pm. Then as wonderful friend of ours is letting us use her car while she is driving up with my hubby. So I get a cab, I have mind you Qyanna, her car seat, stroller, a small duffel, a backpack filled to the ends, a huge duffel, a large tub, and Qyanna's pack n play. The cab driver got lost going to find the place where my friends car was. Then by some miracle I found our way to the apartment where we are staying. Now it is past midnight. I get Qyanna to bed, and of course she fights it tooth and nail.

Friday we sleep in..well as late as a baby will. Then we ran errands. Today we went the the Saturday Market in downtown Anchorage. It was fun. One of booths was a guy who made shirts and signs that bashed TX...here are a few of his signs.....




And of course some really cute Qyanna pictures...These are all from when we were still in Kotz

Look Mommy's new bed.

Is this how you wear sunglasses.....


AAAAAA...its moving day soon!!!!!


My master piece is NOT finished....come back later.

I am going to be a chef...now let me study the Food Network Magazine.



End of May and beginning of June is when the ice finally starts to break up in Kotzebue. This is the first year I stayed long enough to see it....so here are some pictures of break up.