Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Fun

We had a fun Christmas. I think the highlight for Thomas was coming downstairs to the presents after breakfast and finding a tricycle waiting for him. He started saying "Bike! Bike!" and wouldn't open any other presents because he just wanted to push the tricycle around as it is a little too big for him to peddle. We eventually had to take a break from opening presents to let Thomas push the tricycle around in the garage. He seemed to like that.


Isaiah liked all of his presents. He also liked the birthday cards that he got from his Grandparents. Here is he playing with one of the cards.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Isaiah @ 1

Isaiah recently had his first birthday. Here are a bunch of pictures from his first year of life.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Coming Soon...

Everyone's favorite snowman, Snowzilla, is in the process of being built and it appears that the city government isn't going to interfere with its construction. This is a change from their attempts last year to classify Snowzilla as a public nuisance. However Snowzilla "magically" appeared overnight to help combat what its creator deemed "the ba humbug"

We think that Thomas will really enjoy seeing Snowzilla once it is finished. The only thing that he seems to think is more exciting than a snowman are snow plows (or 'no cows' as he calls them).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Family Picture

The "photographer" is trying to make our stoic boys smile, but he is only successful at making Adria laugh.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick Or Treat

Thomas went Trick or Treating for the first time this year. We went to 6 houses before we saw some kids throwing a football in the street. Thomas thought this was far more interesting and fun than trick or treating so we watched them for a while and then went home. After we got home Thomas helped pass out candy. I think he liked that more than trick or treating too, but he sure was a cute trick or treater.

Playing in the living room

Thomas and Isaiah both have been having fun playing around the house recently. Although Isaiah recently started crawling he still likes sitting with a box of toys. Thomas likes to be more adventurous and jump on Daddy and play horsey.


Sunday, October 04, 2009

Thomas and His Trucks

Thomas likes to play trucks and to link them together. It might be hard to see in these videos, but he is trying to figure out how to get a small truck to tow a much larger Transformers toy.



They said it couldn't be done

When I mentioned to people that I was trying to grow corn in my garden, I was often told that you needed a green house to grow corn in Alaska. Well, I harvested our crop of corn this week and here is what I got.



Adria had the same attitude about growing tomatoes. She had more success with her tomatoes than I had with my corn.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Trip To Oregon

We recently returned from a trip to Oregon. We spent the first week with my parents in Corvallis, then I left to go to Denver for a work trip and Adria and the boys spent the second week with her parents in Portland.

We had a good trip. Here are some pictures from it.

A day in Newport
We had a fun time at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Thomas liked looking at the fish a little bit, but he liked to walk around and scuff his feet on the gravel pathways even more.


Thomas didn't want to try out the touch pool, but Adria, and Grandpa and Grandma liked it.


After lunch we were planning on going to the beach, but the boys fell asleep in the car so we visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse instead. Grandma and Grandpa stayed in the car while Adria and I climbed to the top. It was interesting to learn about the history of lighthouses.


Here is Thomas playing with a toy shark that the waitress at lunch gave him. I named him "Sharky"


Corvallis
The boys also had fun in and around Corvallis. They had fun at the park:




And they had lots of fun playing the old toys at Grandma's house. Thomas spent a lot of time linking the cars together in a string and pulling them around.


Cannon Beach
One day while Adria and the boys were in Portland, Grandpa and Grandma Davis took them to Cannon Beach. They had a good time, although it took Thomas a little bit to decide that he liked the beach. Isaiah seemed to like it from the start.



Here is a slideshow of all the pictures from our trip:

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Alaska State Fair 2009

I took the boys to the state fair this week, to take advantage of the last bit of summer weather. We saw more huge veggies (last week at the u-pick farm we bought a zuccini the size of a watermellon for a little more than a dollar, but I thought of making it into muffins before I thought of taking a picture of it)...


...cuddly animals (Thomas especially enjoyed the ones whose language he speaks)...




...and racing pigs.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

More Pepper Please

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dipnetting Extravaganza

What is dipnetting? Here is the explanation in 3 easy steps:
  1. Take a large net (the legal limit is 5ft at the widest point) and attach it to a long pole (10ft+)
  2. Put the net in the river
  3. Wait for salmon to swim into your net and get caught

Here how it plays out in real life.

I went dipnetting for the first time last week. It was fun. I was pleased with the 13 salmon that I caught.

It was a really busy on the river the day that I went. It looked like there were hundreds of people on both banks trying to catch salmon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thomas at 2

Thomas recently turned 2 years old. Here are a bunch of pictures from his 2nd year of life.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

4th of July Weekend

We had a lot of fun over the long 4th of July weekend. Here is Isaiah giving a recap of the events.



On Friday we went to Potter's Marsh to go for a walk and see some birds. We had a nice time looking at the birds while Thomas had a fun time climbing on the benches. While we were looking at birds, just another visitor was telling us that there was a bald eagle nest nearby one of the adult eagles came into view, flying low over the marsh. That was pretty neat. (One of the neat things about Alaska, is that it seems that whenever you start talking about how you hope to see some animal, that animal tends to come into view. This has happened to us with beluga whales, moose and now a bald eagle) We see bald eagles all the time though.

Potter's Marsh


Adria with the boys

On the 4th we went downtown to watch the 4th of July Parade. Thomas had a fun time running around before the parade started, but once the parade reached our location he was captivated by the classic cars, marching bands and paraders.


Plus there was time for the boys to be silly with each other

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Boys

Although Thomas can't say many words, he is quite good at letting us know what he wants. This usually involves pointing at something and then pointing at where the thing needs to go. If Isaiah is sitting on our lap, Thomas will often point at Isaiah and then point at Isaiah's chair. Once Isaiah is placed in the chair, Thomas will pull his chair next to Isaiah's and they will sit next to each other. This is how the pictures below came about.



Seeing how Thomas wanted to sit next to Isaiah, I am not sure why he looks like he'd rather be someplace else. Thomas has also been potty training and is getting better about making it to the potty in time.

Here is a video of Adria and Thomas reading the classic book "Snoopy on Wheels"

Friday, May 29, 2009

2 Days in Sitka

I took a trip to Sitka for 2 days this week for work. I was able to spend some time seeing the sights. Because there are only 14 miles of road in the entire island I was able to give myself a walking tour of the island and see almost everything that doesn't charge admission. Here are some pictures I took from my walks around town and through the national park inside the city limits of Sitka.


Here is a statue of an Alaska pioneer in front of the Pioneer House


A view of Sitka from atop Castle Hill, which not only used to be the location of a Russian castle/fort, but was also where Russia formally ceded Alaska to American control.



St. Michael's Cathedral



A statue of Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Russian Alaska.


A view of some of the smaller islands around Sitka. I sat on a bench and watched 3 bald eagles fly around in the sky.


And I saw a bunch of totem poles.

I also ate at a restaurant that I had read about in an airline magazine article about Sitka. It was the first and likely only time such a thing will happen as I seldom find myself in cities that are profiled in airline magazines.

While it was a fun trip, it would have been better if Adria and the kids were able to come along. It is also good to be home.