besides the moose…

28 05 2009

there’s not much else to say. No, just kidding. The moose pretty much trumps anything else. But given that, it’s incredibly fun to be with the

Broder, Kajsa and Sunny at Earthquake Park

Broder, Kajsa and Sunny at Earthquake Park

Lawrence clan, to see Entropy, and to be in Anchorage.

We arrived Monday night. Tuesday morning, before Dave arrived home from Prudhoe Bay (work) and Sandie came home from work, the kids and Jim and I walked (with Entropy, of course)

Sunny, spinning and spinning and spinning

Sunny, spinning and spinning and spinning

to a park nearby, where the kids enjoyed spinning on some funky playground equipment.

On our way to the airport to pick up

Jim, spinning and spinning and spinning...

Jim, spinning and spinning and spinning...

Dave, we stopped at Earthquake Park, where all sorts of displays tell the story of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake. Lots of mosquitoes. Lots of fun for Kajsa, holding hands with Sunny and Broder.

After picking Dave up at the airport, we all went to Moose’s Tooth for dinner. INcredible pizza. Moose’s Tooth is my third favorite pizza in the world. That’s right, the world. of course my other two are also in the US. (1: Giordanno’s, Chicago… 2: a place in New York City). But still.. out of all the pizza I have eaten, Moose’s Tooth pizza is my third favorite.

Little E, while Jim is driving

Little E, while Jim is driving

Can’t hurt that the restaurant has “Moose” in its name. But also, the pizza rocks.

The other night we were headed out to see some Falls, but it looked like rain that direction, so Sandie said we could go on our moose hunt instead. (See the “I saw a MOOSE” post.)

Kajsa, spinning...

Kajsa, spinning...

We drove around. Or, I should say, Sandie drove around, while Jim, Sunny and I peeled our eyes open, searching the highways, byways and woods for moose.

Sandie and Entropy, at Chugach State Park

Sandie and Entropy, at Chugach State Park

Kajsa was basically in her I’m-so-tired-I-can’t-fall-asleep funk.

Sunny and Kjell, at Moose's Tooth

Sunny and Kjell, at Moose's Tooth

But eventually settled down. We ended up at Chugach State Park, where we hiked part of FlatTop Mountain. Only part, because there were too many dogs off-leash, and Entropy was with us–ON leash, let me add.

Sandie's, Entropy's, Sunny's, and Cathy's feet in the snow... at Chugach

Sandie's, Entropy's, Sunny's, and Cathy's feet in the snow... at Chugach

So it was a bit frustrating that other dogs kept running up to Little E. That, and the girls were freezing cold. Sunny only had a sleeveless shirt on. And Kajsa was in the backpack, but we didn’t realize how cold she was getting.

a cold Kajsa, and Jim

a cold Kajsa, and Jim

Of course, there was snow. But not a ton of snow. So we wrapped up Kajsa in Jim’s long-sleeved shirt. Anyhow, gorgeous walk. Besides the cold.

I’m liking Alaska.





i saw a MOOSE!!!!!!

27 05 2009

two, actually! a mother and her calf. Sooooo cute. not such great pictures. but still, we saw two moose!!!!

First of all, Jim, Kajsa and I are in Alaska! Anchorage, to be exact, visiting the Lawrence’s. Second, I’ve been on this “moose hunt” for several years. It’s become a family joke, that Cathy is constantly on the lookout for moose. And, just to be clear, my definition of “moose-hunt” involves driving around rural areas (someone else usually driving), camera in hand, windows down, shoes on–usually… ready to jump out of the car and photograph. the moose.

moose poop

moose poop

the elusive moose that seems to know when I’m in town, and hides.

So I told Sandie L., that if I did not see a moose here in Alaska, I would be bummed. Really bummed. Especially considering that they seem to have moose wandering all over the area.

after mama moose noticed me

after mama moose noticed me

And I figured the moose would hide, once they knew I was here. Last night, Sandie was a good friend, and drove us around, for a moose hunt. I said I was giving up on the moose. 24 hours in Alaska, and no moose-sighting yet. Sandie even called some friends in various areas of Anchorage, to put the alert out. Moose-sightings? call Sandie, so her crazy visitors can go see it….

so this morning,

the moose walking away... check out the cute calf

the moose walking away... check out the cute calf

Sandie heard about a moose and her calf bedded in someone’s backyard. Sandie made the call. We received the call. We got in the car (Jim, Cathy, Sunny and Kajsa), drove up to the moose-sighting home… but missed her by a few minutes. We hung out, walked back into the woods a bit.. but no luck. Nice people, and I’m grateful they allowed these strangers to wander their backyard. But no luck. Lots of moose poop. As pictured. So we got back in the car, and drove around a bit more… and then, we saw them! the moose and her calf…

so cute!

so cute!

I put my zoom lens on the camera, jumped out of the car–barefoot–quietly snuck down someone’s driveway, and took some photos. I was so incredibly happy. Elated. Thrilled. Ecstatic. I can’t believe we finally saw a moose. I have heard that in real life, the are actually ugly. I disagree. I think they are beautfiul.





the monona terrace

24 05 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Jim and I received an award from the Madison Police Department. (for some neighborly watchfulness from last summer.) Jim’s parents were here for the award ceremony, too..

from inside the terrace... Kajsa walking on the window sills.

from inside the terrace... Kajsa walking on the window sills.

which was held at the Monona Terrace. Before the ceremony, Kajsa was loving the big “narthex” of the Monona Terrace. And afterwards we walked up to

the roof and took some pictures. I’m playing with the media settings on my blog, and trying to post different sizes.

Kajsa's "reddish carpet" photo at the Monona Terrace

Kajsa's "reddish carpet" photo at the Monona Terrace

family photo

family photo

Grandma and Grandpa E. and Kajsa

Grandma and Grandpa E. and Kajsa





a little vocabulary

21 05 2009
her "baba".

"baba"= baby

"ou-dide".. and the tantrum when we go inside...

"ou-dide, ou-dide..." and the tantrum when we go inside...

"O-da-da"... = "Go, Cubs, Go.."

"O-da-da"... = "Go, Cubs, Go.."

a-wa (more or less) = water

a-wa (more or less) = water

uh-oh.... which Kajsa thinks is to be said when she does anything intentionally, as well...

"uh-oh".... which Kajsa thinks is to be said when she does anything intentionally, as well...

"up-uck"= look up, duck! (said when we're washing her hair.. because she washed the rubber duckie's hair once, and we had just told her to look up... so she told the duck the same thing.

"up-uck"= look up, duck! (when we wash her hair, we tell her to "look up" so she won't get soap in her eyes.. then she sometimes washes the rubber duckie's "hair" and tells it to "up-uck".





the four dogs

11 05 2009

so I’ve had a few questions about the four dogs on one  of the Easter day photos… going counter-clockwise, starting with the dog at the top of the picture, the dogs are: Sky, Gaiden, Kaya and Abby. Abby is, of course, our dog. Kaya… Jen and Roy’s dog. and Gaiden and Sky are two of Kaya’s 11 puppies that she had in December. (Gaiden is the puppy Roy and Jen kept.)

so cute. For more puppy pix, check out Jen’s website, “Sugar River Chinooks”.





it’s been awhile.

11 05 2009

DSC_1186Dairy Queen joy with “Uncle Roy”…. “Girl Cousin” power with Hannah… Kajsa’s sunglasses that make her look and feel way cool…. hugging “Ahb-wah” …. and trying to fit into Daddy’s shoes.

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