Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Big Brother



Thomas seems to like being a big brother. When Isaiah cries, Thomas brings him his hat or toy bottle. Also when Isaiah takes a nap in his bouncy seat, Thomas likes to check up on Isaiah and ensure that the seat is bouncing.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Little Isaiah

Here are some new pictures of little Isaiah


And a video too:
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Special Christmas Delivery

We received a Christmas present a little early this year. Our second son arrived on the evening of December 23rd. We were expecting him to arrive on or about December 31st, so him coming before Christmas was a pleasant surprise. Isaiah checked it at almost 21 inches long and 6lbs 11oz (although that seems like an iffy weight as he was reweighed the next day and came in at 7lb 2oz.) Both Isaiah and Adria are back from the hospital and glad to be spending Christmas at home and not in the maternity ward. Isaiah is a cutie.

A Snowzilla Visitation


I was able to visit Snowzilla today. Due to his much larger bottom section, Snowzilla seemed larger than last time we saw him. While there was a small crowd gathered the people were pleasant. They waited for their turn to stand in front of the giant snowman. It certainly didn't seem like the safety hazard and/or public nuisance that the city says that it is.

Like a phoenix, Snowzilla rises from the ashes

It appears that reports of Snowzilla's demise were greatly exaggerated.

Under the cover of darkness Monday night, Snowzilla was completed. No one has come forth to claim responsibility for it. Since the city deemed Snowzilla a public nuisance there have been a handful of mini protests including a snowman being built on the steps of city hall bearing a sign reading "Snowmen of the world unite!"

Monday, December 22, 2008

Goodbye Snowzilla, we hardly knew ye

Anchorage city officials served the builder of Snowzilla with a cease and desist order, halting construction of the massive snowman with threat of jail time if the project is restarted.

R.I.P. Snowzilla
2005-2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Piano Recital

Adria's piano students had a recital tonight. It was at one of the local rest homes. Adria figured that the residents would enjoy hearing some Christmas songs and that it would be fun for her students. She even got me to play a duet of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" with her as well. It was a fun time and Thomas was a perfect gentleman during the event.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Santa!!

We had the ward Christmas dinner tonight. "Santa" showed up. Thomas wasn't interested in sitting on "Santa's" lap in his get up (although he is totally willing to sit with "Brother Seymour" on Sundays), so Dad acted as an intermediate. Thomas asked for a camera for Christmas.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fun in the Snow

It snowed a bit over the course of the past few days. Because it was a balmy 28 degrees today I bundled Thomas up and we played in the snow for a bit. Thomas had a fun time grabbing the snow and then trying to shake the snow off his mittens. He also liked watching me throw snowballs.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Topple the Tower

I had Veteran's Day off from work. We spent a good part of the day stacking cardboard boxes on top of each other and watching Thomas knock them down.

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Later Thomas discovered that he could put the cardboard box over his head.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jazzercise

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thomas the walker

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Monday, November 03, 2008

A Quick Trip To Utah

We recently returned from a quick trip to Utah for the wedding of my brother Jeff. We were able to visit with all of my siblings, most of Adria's siblings as well and many extended family members while on this trip.

We arrived in Salt Lake City on Friday morning. After taking a nap at my Aunt's house we drove down to Provo to visit the Monte L. Bean Museum with Adria's brother and sister. Adria and I visited the Bean Museum the last time we were in Utah and thought that Thomas would enjoy it too. He seemed to like walking around the museum until he got scared by a lion that he got too close to.
Adria and Thomas in front of a rhino
Adria and Thomas in front of a bongo
Adria and Thomas in front of a beaver
Thomas, me, and Adria's brother Hayden in front of many animal heads
Adria liked the variety of pigs, rodents and primates on this wall


A family photo with a polar bear


Jeff's wedding was on Saturday. It was a nice wedding. After the wedding there was a wedding luncheon followed by a reception.

The Tingey clan including its most recent addition, Jeff's wife Jamie



On Sunday, we attended the the blessing of Adria's cousin's child. Afterward there was a brunch. At the beginning of the brunch, all of the children of Adria's cousins were rounded up to take a picture with Adria's grandfather. Thomas was far more interested in walking around the house than getting his picture taken.


After the brunch, we made a detour through Draper to visit the Draper Historical Park. I had wanted to see the statue of Ebenezer and Phobe Brown. Ebenezer Brown is my great-great-great grandfather and was one of the founders of the town of Draper (the town carries the name of his brother-in-law William Draper). Thomas was so tuckered out from traveling and the festivities that he stayed in the car while Adria took a picture of me next to the statue.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Aviators

When we were last in Oregon, Adria bought Thomas some sunglasses. We forgot the sunglasses there and Grandma just sent them to us. Thomas was glad to get his sunglasses back.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Fine Dining

Thomas has started to feed himself. He gets messy sometimes.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thomas and his Dumptruck

Saturday, September 20, 2008

End of Season Yardwork

Despite Anchorage having one of the coldest summers on record we were able to enjoy some peas, chives, a little basil, cabbage and strawberries from our garden. Today while we were moving our raised beds, Thomas insisted on helping. He had a fun time moving the shovel around in the dirt.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Thomas' Frankenstein Walk

Thomas started walking about a week ago. Adria thinks that he walks like Frankenstein.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

The Alaska State Fair

We went to the Alaska State Fair this weekend with some friends. We had a fun time eating fair food (I had a caribou steak sandwich), and seeing the giant vegetables. This was viewed as a tough year for giant cabbages; the winner tipped the scales at a mere 79.1 pounds.


Cabbages weren't the only really large vegetables, there were also pumpkins that weighed 300 and 900 pounds.


We also saw a lumberjack show. During the show they had lumberjacks throw axes, saw through logs, climb trees and participate in a log rolling competition. Here are some videos of the lumberjack show.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Alaskan Primary

Tuesday was the primary election for Alaska. While the state held a Republican primary and a Democratic caucus for the Presidential race back on Super Tuesday (with the state being won by Barack and Mitt), the primaries for the other races were held off until today. This also marked the first time that Adria or I had needed to go to a polling place to vote as Oregon moved to vote-by-mail prior to our being able to vote. We both felt that going to a physical place was a more rewarding experience than vote-by-mail. Plus you get a sticker when you turn your ballot in.

This election cycle figures to be an interesting one as Don Young, Alaska's long-time Representative, and Ted Stevens, Alaska's even longer-time Senator, both are facing stiff challenges in their re-election bids. Stevens will face Anchorage's mayor Mark Begich in the general election. This is, if he isn't a convicted felon by then. Don Young is currently about 200 votes ahead of his closest challenger Sean Parnell with the absentee ballots still to be counted. Their race turned surreal last week when both Parnell and Young appeared on the same talk radio program where in response to a caller asking the 75-year old Don Young how much longer he intended to stay in office, Young replied:

"I'm more physically capable than most people in this room. ... I challenge anybody in this room if they want to go three rounds with me down at Sullivan Arena,"


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thomas eating a banana

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thomas eating an apple

Here is a picture of Thomas eating an apple that didn't make it into the previous post of Grandma and Grandpa Tingey's visit.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A visit from Grandma and Grandpa Tingey

My parents recently came up for a visit. We had a fun time and were able to show them some of the sights of South-central Alaska.

On one of our trips we took a drive down the Seward Highway to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and to take a cruise to see Portage Glacier. My parents really liked the scenery along the highway.


The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center had a lot of neat animals to look at. One of the first animals that we saw was Snickers the porcupine. We got there just as a worker was going to feed Snickers some apples. We also found out that porcupines have needles everywhere but their paws and faces, which makes the joke "How do porcupines kiss?" not very accurate (Punchline to the joke: Very carefully!)


We also saw a bald eagle who is a permanent resident of the center. He was brought to the center due to being shot in the wing by a hunter. His left wing had to be amputated due to the injuries sustained.


Here are some more pictures that we took at the Conservation Center.


After visiting the Conservation Center, we took a short drive to Portage Lake. The lake looked a lot different than it did when we visited back in January. While Portage Glacier seemed less blue in January, on this visit in many ways it seemed bluer than Portage Lake.



Here are some more pictures from our Portage Lake cruise.


For another of our trips we drove north to drive through Alaska's agricultural center and to visit the largest musk ox farm in the world.

The Matanuska River flows through the valley where most of Alaska's agriculture is performed


The musk ox farm harvests the soft inner wool from the musk oxen. Musk ox wool (formally called qiviut) has many beneficial properties which include being 8 times warmer than wool by weight, being finer than cashmere and never shrinking.


We had a fun time learning about musk oxen. Thomas had fun walking around the farm and trying to mimic the sounds that the baby musk oxen were making.


One night we drove out to watch the sun set over Mount Susitna. On the drive my Dad was mentioning that he still hadn't seen a moose in the wild. I mentioned that I often saw mooses around the corner that we were approaching and the tell tale sign is there are lots of cars pulled off to the side of the road because tourists will stop and look at the moose. When we stopped at the corner, I looked to my right and sure enough there were a bunch of cars pulled off the road. So we went past and there was a bull moose with a large rack of antlers standing not far from the road.


After watching the moose for a bit we continued on our way to watch the sunset.




The very top of Mount McKinley is visible above the lower set of clouds


Our other trips included:

Visiting Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage to watch salmon fishing


Visiting Cheney Lake Park and watching some ducklings swim.

And visiting the Alaska Botanical Garden