Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nature's Fury

(it really didn't look like this, this is from Mt. Redoubt's 1989 eruption event)

Mt. Redoubt, one of our nearby volcanoes, erupted multiple times this week. The ash from the first couple of eruptions didn't come Anchorage's way, however that changed on Saturday when the winds shifted and we received a little bit of ash. We were out running errands when the ash cloud arrived in town. What had been a sunny day quickly turned into a hazy day. We headed home and spent the rest of the day indoors.

Below is a time lapse movie that captured one of Redoubt's Friday morning eruptions

Redoubt Eruption March 27 2009 from Bretwood Higman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Smiling Isaiah

Dancing Man

One day last week I came home to find Thomas sitting on a stool and shaking his head to some music that was on the radio.

Thomas' Favorite Chair

Adria recently made Thomas a little chair for him to sit in. A picture of it is below

Thomas likes to sit it his chair and play with his toys and "read" his books

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Fine Art of Shoveling Snow

Two Christmases ago Adria and I were walking through the store when we came across a child sized snow shovel. Adria thought that we should get it for Thomas. After some discussion we decided to wait and get it later because:
  1. We live in Alaska, there will always be another time to buy a snow shovel.
  2. Thomas couldn't walk and you need to be able to walk before you can shovel the driveway.
This year we decided that since Thomas could walk, he could help shovel snow. So before Christmas I took Thomas on a trip and we found a kid sized shovel for him. In the store, Thomas really liked the shovel. He didn't want to let it go for the cashier to ring it up. As we were leaving the store, we walked past a man who said to his daughter, "Look at that little boy. He has a shovel." I said to the man "It's time for him to start earning his keep". When we got home I hung the shovel in the garage. With all of the excitement surrounding Christmas we forgot to give it to Thomas as a Christmas present. After a light snowfall last month we decided that it was time for Thomas to start putting his shovel to good use. Thomas didn't seem like he was a fan of this idea.

Adria and her boys

And cucumbers are good for...

Here is a video from about a month ago of Thomas having fun with some cucumbers.