Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Here is what we woke up to on Christmas Eve day!

This is as close as we get to waves now that we don't live in Hawaii anymore....
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Christmas eve continues!

A shot of Lisa after her first run up Chair 4... We had a hard time of it, halfway up the lift we entered the clouds and on our way down there was vitually zero visibility! It made each little bump a disaster....

this is the view as we started to come out of the clouds...

Here is a shot of the view from chair 7... we love this one as it let us see the 33" of fresh powder that we got overnight at the Base of the mountain!
The two snow mongrels after shredding the gnar... it was definitly Deece.... We learned that new term from a snowboarding santa on the slopes!
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas in Alaska!

So it seems like we are playing santa this year being so close to the north pole and sending out all the gifts and cards and stuff that we have already... If you haven't goten one yet, be sure that you are on our list..... We decorated the house a bit and, as promised, here are some pictures including the tree that we chopped down in the forest and stuck in the living room! When we first saw it we thought that it was a bit small, but when we put it up in the living room it bent over the ceiling and we had to chop about a foot and a half off. Gotta get back to mailing things to good little girls and boys!

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Girls Girls Girls!!!!!

Within a week, I found out that my sister is having a girl, our friends Andy and Lisa Browns are having identical twin girls, and our friends Treena and Jason who we met in Hawaii but now live in Northern California, are having a girl as well. I am so happy for all of them and cannot wait to meet my new niece, Kayla Marie, when I visit next March!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

This taint funny!

A great video we stumbled upon lately that we had to share. It was taken last March when Casey and Annie and Kevin and Spring came to visit for an awesome week o fun. Kevin was tryin out cross-country skiis in Denali National Park.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Holy Happy Surprise Thanksgiving Batman!!!!

Thanksgiving this year was probably one, if not the most, of the greatest ones yet!!!!! After a day at the gym, Andy Brown was supposed to come over with some beer and hang out. After 2 hours of waiting, I called him and he said he was just pulling up. Then I heard him running on the porch toward the front door, so I got up to see what was the deal. The door flings open and its Vanessa saying "He's late because he had to pick us up from the airport!!!!!!!!"! Behind her follows our friend Brian and then Andy! It was the best surprise! I guess they had kept this surprise secret for 2 months too! It was such great timing, Ben and I had just been talking about how much we missing Vanessa and Brian, and were trying to figure out how to see them next. And here they were!!!!

We had a spectucular 11 days with them. We were so busy everyday trying to pack in as much fun as possible, I didn't have time to post anything to let everyone know. So I'll post a few here, but I need to go to bed (I'm on midnight shifts now). I'll post more later!

The partystars together again!

The Thanksgiving Feast! Good thing they came, it was way too much food for just the Browns and us!

Took some time to go rock climbing.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Happy Delayed Halloween

Sorry for the delay in the post, but had technical difficulties getting this picture. For Halloween, we joined the Brown's at their house to hand out candy to the kids. Guess we were dressed up a little to scarey for the wee ones though, we had a couple turn around and leave until we took off our masks!

Ben, Lisa R., LisaB, Andy....causin trouble.
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Monday, November 06, 2006


Our friends Andy and Lisa have a huge surprise!

Check out their blog to see what it is!

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Monday, October 30, 2006


We woke up Sunday to our second snowfall of the season, this one bringing more snow than the last. About 6-7 inches Sunday, however its still snowing today, Monday.
Our roommates car buried!
Kaena almost disappears in the snow!
We finished the night off with some awesome chili and wine by the fire with the puppies.
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Hatchers Pass Season 2!

Since it was such a clear beautiful day on Saturday and we were so excited for winter-time sports, Ben and I headed up to Hatchers Pass after my midnight shift when someone told us there was some good snow up there. Turned out to be about 2 feet so far, just enough! So we spent the day cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Can't wait til it snows a little more so we can tryout our newly purchased Denali snowshoes!!!!!!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

CO Baby Shower Trip

In early October, I went home to Colorado to attend my sister Amber's baby shower...she's due in late January. We still don't know the sex of the baby, hopefully by November! As soon as I arrived to my parents house, 15 deer came through the fence to say hello to me!
My mom and I had some mother-daughter time and drove up to Nebraska to see their new house. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I woke up to coffee made and sat in this living room shown below to look out at a forest and even some deer where around. And only a few miles away from my grandparents, it was great to see them. Anyway, my parents are planning on moving into it next summer, where they will begin a bed and breakfast in this 4,000+ sq. ft. house with 40+acres. So put in your reservations now!!! :)
This is one of my gifts I bought my sister, it says "Polar Pals" on it, pretty fitting with me living in AK.
I had a great time with my mom. She was such a happier person this time, probably because she is making a huge effort to become healthier and lose some weight that she's wanted to for a long time. Her effort is paying off, already losing 20+ pounds! Shes looks great! (sorry for the cleavage shot!) :)
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CO Baby Shower Trip cont'd

Amber's friend Lisa (shown below with mom-to-be!) threw Amber a great baby shower, complete with a scrumptious cake made by the same people who made Amber and Ty's wedding cake!
My mom made her first quilt ever!!! It turned out great, I'm sure the baby will really enjoy it
Some of the guest, my cousin Tonya and her princess daughter Claudia (she stole the princess title from me when she was born, I'm still bitter!) :)
The sisters....or soon to be Mom and Aunt Lisa
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CO Baby Shower Trip cont'd

After the shower we went out to dinner with the family. Here's my mom and aunt Angie swinging their great=niece Claudia. I was jealous that I couldn't do that anymore!
Amber and I went and joined Ty, Ty's mom and friend, and one of their friends at Old Chicago. Man I miss Old C's!!!!! We enjoyed some pool, drinks and even some Dave Matthews on the jukebox!
I'm totally showing this picture to Ty and Amber's kid!!!!! Show them that their mom was sharkin at pool with them in her belly!!!! :) (she's an amazing pool player!)
How cool is this place?!?!?! Not only the name, but they have swings over the bar you can swimg on!!!!!!!!!! This place should go nationally, instead of just spoiling the freindly people of Ft. Collins, CO!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fall Fest '06 in Alaska!

Ben and I decided to continue the annual Fall Fest that we started with all our friends in Hawaii for the last 2 years. Mike, Hilary, Vanessa, and Joe...we really missed you guys and were thinkin of you the whole time! Anyway, it was started in Hawaii because it really never was fall there, so we got together bringing our favorite fall dishes then ended it with a pumpkin carving contest. The tradition continues! I attempted Vanessa's scrumptious Butternut Squash Soup, turned out pretty good, not as good as her's though, oh and made my famous Cheesy Heaven! All in all, it was a great time had by all, about 20 people came and joined in our Hawaiian tradition.

Here's our new roommate Sergios, our friend Kevin, my coworker Jeff and his wife Audra, and Ben startin on their pumpkins!
Lisa and Andy Brown, and Mickey and Rhett thinking of their designs (actually Lisa was trying not to hurl, she's had a tough 1st trimester!)
Ben and I starting on our design: actually Ben dug the guts out and I had to think of and make the design while he was trying to get everyone to take a shot of Absinth!
Jeff and Audra diggin in, they ended up doing a great "FSU" design where they both attended!
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