Blogging? Blogging? Blogging? Who’s got time for Blogging?? Not I!

So what have we been up to since my last blog post…..back in July!?  Yeah we’ve been busy.  Blogging has definitely gone to the wayside.  The only reason this blog post happened is b/c I’m home sick from work today with an ugly cold.  So I offer you this picture post!  Here’s hoping it doesn’t take another 7 months before I post again! :-) As you can tell from the pictures below….Our life is amazingly awesome!  So far we’ve come this past three years.  It’s been three years now since I escaped an abusive relationship….ooh how far we’ve come!!  Here….see for yourself…..what we’ve been up to….004

Made Cece a fleece Angry Bird Kuspuk!

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Glenna chose pink with butterflies.

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The Strongheart Girls!  Must have been after work b/c I still have a scrub top on.

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Another Angry Bird kuspuk but this one is cotton.

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Painting

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Look, Mom!  Angry Birds!

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Learning to cook…..mmmm fry bread!

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Me too, Momma!!  I’m a great helper!!

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Hot!  Owie hot, Momma! Be Careful!

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New wintergear!

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A present for Cecelia….9 rolls of masking tape….she’s in heaven!  Loves to tape!

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Me too, Mom! I’m here too!

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Let the taping begin!

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1st grade school picture

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Watch out!! It’s the backwards kuspuk monster!! Eeeek!!

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Look, Momma!  Cece’s dress fits me!!!

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I like my weighted sensory lap pad!

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Writing practice!

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Inside picnic!

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Making rose topped cupcakes!

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Glenna @ halloween @ the headstart it was pirate day!

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Cece making playdough cupcakes

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Glenna’s headstart school picture.

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making what I call my Death By Chocolate Cake.  Chocolate fudge filled chocolate ruffled cake!

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Glenna’s Birthday Cupcakes….pink!!

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I’m FOUR now, Mom!

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Her present.

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Cecelia was the only girl in her SPED class last year.  This year there’s another lil girl and Cece told me “Cece a girl now!! Ponies (Ponytails) please, Momma!!!

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Self portrait

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Making an Angry Bird hat.

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Which she had to wear…..even at breakfast!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Graham cracker house building.

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mmm candy!

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Can I eat it now?

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Making salt dough ornaments.

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Push!

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I did it!!

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Now to paint them.

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I’ll do the gingerbread men!

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I’ll do the stars!!

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Decorating the tree.

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I’ll do the top!

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Now for the glitter!

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No, Glenna!  Gently like this!

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Beautiful!  Now they need to dry!

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Cake I made for my coworker/teacher’s birthday.

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Sisterly love!

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Cece’s obsessed with tangrams!

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Learning to cook!  Go Cece!!

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Enjoying our weekly…ish breakfast at a local restuarant!

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Signing Christmas Cards

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Signing Christmas Cards

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Making and giving away Christmas Cookies!

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Fun decorating cookies!

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Stringing popcorn and cranberries.

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This hard mom!

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Christmas!!!

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My present from the girls!  Love it!

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Time to play with our presents!

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I asked Glenna if she could hear her heart going “Thump thump”?  She said “No, my heart says Daddy Daddy Daddy, cause I carry him in my heart, Momma!”  Yeah I cried too!

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Helping make a Death By Chocolate cake for Christmas dinner at my sisters.

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Let me check your blood pressure Uncle Tony!

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Christmas at my sisters.

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Strongheart Nail Salon is now open!

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Learning to color draw and write.

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Sledding with new sleds from Auntie, Uncle and Cousins!

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They love each other so much!

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Christmas Cookies for school/work/daycare.

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Eating lots of healthy and organic foods now!

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Loves to help cook!

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No thank you, Mom!  Can I have an apple please, no cookie!

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At Glenna’s daycare.

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Good Morning, Mom!!  Are you awake?? Time get up!!!

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Making princess hats.

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Getting a balloon from a stranger….random act of kindness.  The lady said it was her birthday and that she had too many balloons and thought Glenna needed one while we were walking to daycare one afternoon.

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Learning to sew.

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More yummy organic yumminess!

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I have a princess hat now too!!  Forget the Angry Bird one!!  (REALLY!!???)

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Amazing progress!!  Cece couldn’t hold a pencil or write a year ago! Look at her now!!  Look at the detail! Cecelia Skateboarding!

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Cece dancing!  See the music notes so that we know she’s dancing! :-D

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Making fry bread….all organic with coconut oil!  Yum!

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Waiting for her first dentist visit.

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Go Glenna!!!  Perfect check up…no cavities!

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1/2 and 1/2 cupcakes for Valentines Day!

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The 1/2 and 1/2 frosting was too much work so we switched to just vanilla.

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Nothing better than Chocolate Roses for Valentine’s Day!

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Even Glenna is drawing more and more.  Cece on the school bus!

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Growing girls!!  They both asked for an apple after a big brunchy breakfast. They just keep growing and growing!

So there’s a picture summary of what we’ve been up to since July.  :-D  Catch y’all later!

Growing, growing, growing, busy, busy, busy

Another picture catch up post.  It’s summer….what else can I say? :-D Hope y’all are having as amazing of a summer as we are! There are older (before) pictures and then current pictures taken 7/28/13.  You can see all the amazing growth our garden has done this past couple weeks!

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Before…

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After!

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Bye, bye, Glenna’s long hair!

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Wall of Salad! Made/transplanted 4th of July.
Materials: Toddler bed frame, lots of water/pop bottles, staple gun, soil,  and Rocky Top Heirloom lettuce seedlings!

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Rocky Top Heirloom Lettuce mix seedlngs

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Spinach that didn’t like the shallow container and went straight to seed :-(

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More lettuce seedlings

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Some herb seedlings.

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Cuke? Zuke? ~~Shrug~~ Only time will tell!

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Buckets  o’ Potatoes are growing well!

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Broccoli

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Onions

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More homemade planters from recycled juice containers.

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Petunias

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peas

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Vertical pallet planters full of flowers.

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Flower tower

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More bottle planters

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Poppies

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Lettuce

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Poppies

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Salad/herbs

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Topsy turvy planter

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More planters

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Mischief girl!

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@ the Movies

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Silly girl

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Look, Momma!  I drew a family potrait!

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Cece kept trying (and sometimes succeeding) to draw/color on this wall
so I finally circumvented that battle and just put up freezer paper for her to color/draw on! :-D

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You clean, Momma….we’re just gonna hang out here and be very very quiet and make you worry!  HA!

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Flower tower is almost as big as Gege.

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Blooming!!

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Severe Weather Warning….Only in Alaska!

Only in Alaska do we get a weather warning because it’s gonna be 80F!  LOL

Western Kenai Peninsula
Special Weather Statement in effect

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED SUNDAY THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK

AN UNUSUALLY STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO INTENSIFY OVER MAINLAND ALASKA. ALONG WITH AMPLE SUNSHINE THIS WEATHER PATTERN WILL USHER IN SOME OF THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES SEEN IN RECENT YEARS. THIS INCLUDES LOCATIONS FROM THE KENAI PENINSULA TOANCHORAGE AND ALL POINTS NORTHWARD. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH INTO THE 80S AT MANY LOCATIONS. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE UNUSUAL IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA. INDIVIDUALS PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY

NOT ONLY FOR THE HEAT BUT FOR POTENTIAL RISES IN RIVER AND STREAM LEVELS DUE TO INCREASED SNOW MELT AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THE DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED THE FIRE DANGER OVER SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA. EXTREME CAUTION IS ADVISED FOR ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY INVOLVING BURNING. HERE ARE THE ANCHORAGE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AND FORECAST HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. IT IS POSSIBLE SOME OF THESE RECORDS MAY FALL IN THE NEXT WEEK. THE FORECAST HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE FOR THE WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE ON SAND LAKE ROAD

TEMPERATURES IN EAST ANCHORAGE AND EAGLE RIVER ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE LOWER TO MID 80S. DATE RECORD HI FORECAST HI JUNE 16

..79 IN 1936 76 JUNE 17

..84 IN 1948 80 JUNE 18

..80 IN 1926 77 JUNE 19

..77 IN 1961 74

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So what do ya do when it gets hot?  We break out our swimming pool we got last year and fill ‘er up! Even our neighbors helped out and had fun too!

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It’s cold, Momma!


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Just jump in like this, Glenna!

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Awww the water’s much warmer after naptime!

 

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Life just doesn’t get much better than this!  Well if my washer/dryer wasn’t sitting there waiting for the insurance to replace it then it wouldn’t be an eye sore in my pictures!  HA!

#Enjoyin’Summer!

Pansies, petunias, potatoes, peas, pretties and pictures?

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Well our container garden is off and growing!  After such success with our first container garden last year we are going bigger and hopefully better this year!  ~~knock on wood….fingers crossed~~ Since it’s finally….dare I say….gulp…summer, here in Kenai our garden is doing well.

So far we have:

8 containers of carrots
3 containers of onions
11 containers of sweet peas
6 broccoli plants
3 buckets of potatoes
2 tomato plants
4 cukes or zukes (don’t know which they are LOL)
6 containers of greens (lettuce mixes and spinach)
2 containers of herbs
3 vertical planters of flowers
2 flower towers
1 hanging topsy turvy planter with flowers
and 115 flower seedlings left to transplant into….some kind of vertical planters!

Here are some pictures of what’s growing so far….

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Yes….Pansies… My favorite flower!

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Petunias

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Cannot have too many pansies….I tell ya!!   (I have another 30 plus pansies to transplant too! :-D)

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Containers of carrots.  They are growing like crazy and I’m excited to see if we get actual carrots big enough to eat from them!

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Marigolds

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Broccoli….I think….

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Potatoes!

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Tomato in it’s own mini hothouse is growing very well!

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PEAS!  Already have to pick and eat some of them!

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Zuke or Cuke?  I dunno but whatever it is it’s doing much better since I made it it’s own little hothouse/greenhouse.
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Another Zuke or Cuke thriving in it’s mini hot house.

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Peas!

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Carrots close up.

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Flower tower is starting to fill out.

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Topsy turvy hanging planter is in full bloom!

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Baby lettuce

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Baby greens…Lettuce, lettuce mixes, spinach, herbs….. YUM!!  Can hardly wait!

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Pansies ready to transplant!

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Petunias…I think?

So there ya have it….Our container garden is off and growing!  I’m especially proud of this years garden.  Except for the flowers in the flower towers and the topsy turvy hanging planter everything else I started from heirloom seeds this year!   Life. Is. Awesomely. Amazing!

Plus I’m learning to make time for myself too!  Am hooked on having my nails done every couple weeks.  Here’s shellac part two…Teal!

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Lovin’ the teal!

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This is Glenna’s first self portrait!  Isn’t it awesome!?  I love that it has pony tails!

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And here’s her first picture of me…Mom!  Notice the curly hair?!  LOL

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She’s so precious when she’s sleeping.  She spends the week with me at Summer Camp.  The preschool class takes a nap every afternoon and they’re just so cute when they’re all asleep!

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Well that wraps up this post.  Will try to keep y’all up-to-date on how our Alaskan Container Gardening goes this year :-D

I hope y’all are having an amazing fun and safe summer!

Ohh yeah…I have a blog…a picture catch up post

Well as y’all may have guessed we, Strongheart girls, have been busy.  Busy, busy, busy, busy.  So busy that, as you can see, it’s been months since I last posted anything.  Being a single full time workin’ Mom has just left me with no energy nor time to do any blogging.  Now with Spring/Summer here I suspect I’ll have even less time.   

So I thought I do this quick picture post of recent pictures…in no particular order…it’s better than nothin’ right? ;-)

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Cece enjoying the sunshine at our first of many Saturday adventures that include going to the Saturday Market, picnicking at the park and soakin’ up the sunshine.  Only this year instead of walking….. (see later pictures)

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Gege having fun at the park.

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We now bike around town.  Or well I bike and the girls ride in the trailer or…..

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If I just have one of the girls then she gets to ride the tandem behind….

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my Trike!  Yea…as you can see we’re bike/trike poor around here LOL

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Cece’s first spontaneously written word.  She even came up to me and sounded it out for me … Bah uuh Ssss Says BUS, Mom!


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Starting my own seedlings this year with Heirloom seeds from Baker Creek  Heirloom Seed Company.

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LOL Glenna calls Raisin Bran…Purple Poopin’ Cereal!  HA!

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Glenna playing in the rain at the Head Start one of the last days of school.

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Peddle Cece!  Peddle!

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My Mother’s Day present from Cece.

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and one from Glenna.

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Glenna’s Best Friend at Head Start wrote her a letter with a picture.

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Before we got the tandem or the trailer Gege would rde to school in the basket.

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Practicing our letters and numbers…homework.

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Momma, I’m just gonna sit here until I’m big enough to ride this on my own.

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Reasons why this didn’t work….. 1.  Single speed trike + 1oo+lbs of little girls = too hard for me to pull up hills.  2. The trailer is made for a bicycle and with it’s bowed tongue when I managed to hook it up to the trike I couldn’t turn Left.  Might be important to turn left on occasion so I got a 7 speed bike to pull the trailer.

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Cece decided she had to put on her raincoat, sandals and wrap herself in a blanket and sit down with Hippo and Elephant to play with her tablet…~~shrug~~

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Ohh I forgot to mention that I got the girls each their own Nabi Jr. Tablets.  They love them.

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Ordered in Chinese food one night and Glenna was so excited when it was delivered she started yellling “Yeah CARFOOD, Momma!! Carfood!! LOL

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Glenna talks nonstop now and explores everything.  Here she’s smelling my cup and said “Mmmm Momma, it smells like P!”  No Glenna…Tea!!  It smells like TEA!  LOL

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Cece received a mini grant from Stone Soup Group to get a SPIO Suit.  It is amazing how much it helps with her SPD!  BUT…yeah there’s a BUT…. it’s too hot to wear now that it’s getting warmer. Sigh…

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Cece’s Service Supervisor/scheduler made the girls these.

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Some of the seeds I ordered for this year.

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Another reason we’ve been busy!  Perfect Attendance is not an easy thing to get!  Way to Go, Cece!

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I got flowers for my birthday.  Am sigh…over the hill now!  Lordy, lordy, LOOK I’m 40! ;-)

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Love this just had to share!

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Purple Kuspuk I made.

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Let the gardening begin!  So far I have 3 vertical planters, one topsy turvy planter, and 41 containers planted. Not quite half way done yet.  Still have 150+ seedlings to transplant and need to start my salad greens, onions, and some other seeds outside.

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My topsy turvy planter hanging there all planted and below is my first flower tower…yeah I got the idea from the Home Depot commercial!  I think it’s gonna be awesome.

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Glenna loves to help Momma in the garden.  Really!  I am helping, Momma!

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Gege enjoying the swings at the Soldotna Creek Park yesterday.

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Buckets o’ Potatoes..only time will tell!

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I hope these are flowers!  Ha ha ha my seedling labeling system failed.  Note to self….Do not label the removable covers b/c once the seeds start to sprout and you take the covers off then you won’t know what you have HA HA HA HA HA  aka…Mystery gardening!

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I was commenting with a friend on Facebook earlier this week and I had to pause to dress the elephant so it could ride the hippo with the puppy, horse and leopard.  My friend probably thought I was nuts when I said what I was doing so I took this picture to show that I was indeed telling the truth and had not gone insane! ;-)

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Cece loves to garden too!!  Next payday I’m getting the girls a covered sandbox and maybe a slide/swingset for the backyard!

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This was our first really warm day (65F+ it was sweltering, I tell ya!) and Gege and I took a break from gardening to bike to the coffee shop for yummy blended drinks!

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Individual Tomato Hothouse….we shall see…only time will tell again.  I just wonder how pollination occurs? ~~Snort~~ that would be assume that they actually grow and flower!

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See I am helping, Momma!! I have to catch the water from the sprinkler…No I’m not getting wet…much!

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These ones were thirsty!

And finally….
I am off for a short 11 day break before Summer Camp starts up next Tuesday and I’ll go back to work.  Sooooo…..

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I took an afternoon for myself today and got my nails done and….

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Got my hair permed…only way I can stay sane since I decided to let it grow out after chopping off 26 inches two years ago and keeping it short until last December.  It’s much curlier than this picture lets on b/c I had to pull it up.  By the time I biked home in the wind I looked as though I had a wind blown afro! LOL  Oh and got my eye brows done too!!

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The girls loved my nails so after dinner “Momma’s Nail Salon” opened in our living room and I had to make their nails sparkly too!

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Gege was ecstatic!  Cece loved hers too but didn’t want to have a picture ;-)

So there ya have some of the highlights of the last couple months.  I have huge plans for my “garden” this year so I hope to atleast try to post pictures of that over the summer.   Hope y’all are having as amazing summer as we are!  Catch ya when we catch ya!  ;-)

Catching up…. 90+ days, pink eye, Spring Break, illness, words, words, word

Whew….finding time to write…well that’s not that hard since it’s Spring Break but having the energy/desire to do so…not so much.  First let me clear the title up…NO we did not have pink eye for 90+ days LOL  Yeah after I typed that I thought that it could be a bit alarming.  The no days refers to my making it through well past my 90 day probationary period in my new job!! Woot, woot!!! ~~Happy Dance~~  YEAH!!!

Now I’m officially a full time employee with FULL benefits with K.I.T.!  YES!  So why did I mention pink eye, you’re wondering?  Well Cece had pink eye a couple weeks ago.  Yeah…fun!  (NOT!) But I did learn something very important that I didn’t know before.  The incubation period from when Cece had pink eye until little sister got it was 10 days!  Blech!  Throw in double ear infections, sore throats and coughs…yeah we’ve been sick.  Oh and lets not forget Gege picking/messing with a hang nail that then got infected and had to be treated and is now coming off.  UGH.  I have been sick for 7 weeks now.  Not debilitating sick but irritatingly so.  Starting 3rd round of antibiotics today so …. crossing fingers…. I’m frankly sick of being sick!  Sigh…

But any who… Life goes on and is still amazingly awesome despite invasion of germs/bugs.  Cece has had an amazing couple months.  She’s had an explosion of words and skills.  She can now answer questions, ask questions, and almost have a conversation.  She’s learned not only her entire alphabet by sight but also all the sounds the letters make and can tell you words that start with the letters.  Plus she’s learned all her numbers 0-10 by sight along with some sight words too.

I changed her mega vitamin/supplement regimen at the beginning of the year and the difference has been phenomenal!  She’s doing all the things I mentioned above plus staying on task longer, drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing, and creating like crazy.  Her social skills and eye contact have increased by leaps and bounds.  She’s getting a SPIO suit here soon with a grant from the Stone Soup Group.  She’s been using one at therapies with wonderful success.

We still have a very very long ways to go but she amazes me everyday!  We’re working hard on sentences and asking for things and responding to others while making at least minimal eye contact.  Impulse control or well lack there of is still a huge issue.  She’s been having to adjust to having a new primary care provider as the one we had for over a year gave her notice and took a job working for a doctor in Soldotna.  Not that I can blame her!  Cece wasn’t her only client, she had another before she came to our house at 7 a.m. every week day morning.  She worked with Cece for atleast an hour every morning, 5 hours on therapy days, took her to school, picked her up and finished her day here in our house at 6 p.m.  So her moving on to a regular hour full time job that didn’t mean getting up at 4 a.m. yeah I totally understand that! :-D  We miss her but Cece’s adjusting surprisingly well!

Gege…oooh Gege.  She’s had amazing changes too!  The most recognizable ones are 1. She’s grown 2 and 1/2 inches since Christmas. 2. She’s talking nonstop.  3. Her social skills have grown like crazy!  She not only keeps me on my toes but boy does she make me smile and laugh.  The things she says…wow!

In other news….I’m not going to make my goal of being closer to what I weighed 20 years ago after Navy bootcamp by my 40th birthday…BUT I am down 41 lbs and 24+ inches!  Now that I’m working I’m steadily losing more weight plus able to buy more organic, nonGMO and natural foods.  Now don’t get me wrong we’re not total health food consumers….coffee creamer is my down fall…SMH…and a few other things are hard to give up (Gluten free…sigh…probably won’t happen), but we are eating much healthier I think.  We’ve cut down/out HFCS, reduce our soy intake, increased our supplements/vitamins and drinking more water (well I am, the girls have always pretty much only drank water :-D)

I think that about catches us up.  OOH we did have our 2 year anniversary back on Feb 10.  Two years we’ve live here in Kenai!!! YEAH!!!  Plus my 11 year anniversary of turning 29 years old is only days away too! (Eek hardly 3 weeks left in my 30′s!!  YIKES!! where’s that first 40 years go?)

So in closing here are various pictures from recently.  I hope y’all are doing as well as we are!  Enjoy….

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Gege playing with the mini sensory container at school (That’s ground coffee for the dirt!)

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Enjoying some “Mommy and Me” time for lunch before a doctors appt. Mmmm french fries, Mom!!  A rare treat, indeed!

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Bye “Most Wondeful Care Provider”!  We’ll miss you and wish you all the best in your new job!

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Glenna doing a counting exercise (Counting raindrops) at school.

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Gege’s turn to cut a raindrop and put it on the corresponding number.

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Learning to hammer.

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Building…and demolishing…with big blocks aka boxes.

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Oh, Mom…the sensory input I get from brushing my hair is better than stimming!! LOL  She loves to brush her hair!

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Wish I had gotten video of this b/c she was “reading” the book to herself.  I couldn’t understand any of it but she was loving it!

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Hippity Hop!

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Look, Mom!  I no more eyes pink!

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Yeah, I know, Mom!  Head butting sister gave me a black eye :-( It’s not a good choice, not okay!  But look my pink eye’s gone!!

Catchin’ up….Head Start, Valentine’s Day, Fun…Fun…Fun…

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Gege playing with puppets at Head Start

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Glenna’s circle time label for head start for February

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

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fun during active play

look...red and white make PINK!

look…red and white make PINK!

waiting on Mom and Sis...they're so slow when Momma is pulling both Cece and the groceries home in the sled.  Guess I'll just sit here and wait....  Come on, Mom!  We got cookies and cupcakes to make!

waiting on Mom and Sis…they’re so slow when Momma is pulling both Cece and the groceries home in the sled. Guess I’ll just sit here and wait…. Come on, Mom! We got cookies and cupcakes to make!

No, Mom.  I'll sit here and play with the new stapler while you mix cookies with the scary overwhelming mixer!

No, Mom. I’ll sit here and play with the new stapler while you mix cookies with the scary overwhelming mixer!

okay...I guess I can help lick the beaters, though!

okay…I guess I can help lick the beaters, though!

me too, Mom!

me too, Mom!

Mixing up cupcakes

Mixing up cupcakes

practicing frosting...

practicing frosting…

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Stay very still, Cece.  Cece's primary care provider is tracing the outline of Cece's face :-D

Stay very still, Cece. Cece’s primary care provider is tracing the outline of Cece’s face :-D

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First set frosted, not liking this frosting so next I'll try royal icing....

First set frosted, not liking this frosting so next I’ll try royal icing….

aww that's better!  Much better!

aww that’s better! Much better!

Got them all decorated.  Now it's time to add all the names...students, teachers, coworkers....

Got them all decorated. Now it’s time to add all the names…students, teachers, coworkers….

a fine paint brush and some gel food coloring and VIOLA!  They're all labeled!

a fine paint brush and some gel food coloring and VIOLA! They’re all labeled!

next frosted the cupcakes

next frosted the cupcakes

made some chocolate covered strawberries...the berries were on sale so I couldn't resist making them for my coworkers!

made some chocolate covered strawberries…the berries were on sale so I couldn’t resist making them for my coworkers!

After all that work and a long day filled with Valentine's celebrations it was time for some rest and dinner ordered in.

After all that work and a long day filled with Valentine’s celebrations it was time for some rest and dinner ordered in.

Tons of Valentine's for the girls from their classmates and from my students too.  Plus I got this beautiful rose too! :-)

Tons of Valentine’s for the girls from their classmates and from my students too. Plus I got this beautiful rose too! :-)

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A few of Cece's lunches because although Adventures in Lunchdome didn't get posted her lunches stll had to happen :-D

A few of Cece’s and one of Gege’s  lunches because although Adventures in Lunchdome didn’t get posted her lunches still had to happen :-D

Mmmm....smells very good, Mom!  Gege smelling our dinner for tonight that she helped make.  Beef pot pie!  Yum!

Mmmm….smells very good, Mom! Gege smelling our dinner for tonight that she helped make. Beef pot pie! Yum!

dinner is served!  Yum!

dinner is served! Yum!

and finally...Cece decorating the living room this evening..LOL

and finally…Cece decorating the living room this evening..LOL

It’s been a busy week.  Lots of treats, parties, coughs, runny noses, and sore throats but lots of fun.  We stayed in this weekend and rested.  Tomorrow we’ll dive into a fresh new week!  Hope y’all had a great Valentine’s Day!

 

2 years! Yeah!

2 years

It’s hard to believe that it was two years ago today that my girls and I moved here to Kenai.  What an amazing couple of years it’s been!  Life. Is. Awesome!

Hope to write more later this week.  The girls have been sick this past week with colds, ear infections, sore throats and coughs.  Because we’re a “Sharing” family I now have it too.  So will try to do some catch up later this week.  It’s a very busy week with Valentine’s Day and a surprise visit planned.  We spent this weekend baking and getting ready for the week’s upcoming celebrations.  Stay tuned…..

 

 

Soap Hope – Upscaling production helps us tackle Western Alaska’s economy

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Who is Arxotica and What Do We Do?

ArXotica is an Alaska MarketplaceTM winning concept that literally started from the tundra up. The Sparck Triplets used start-up funds in due diligence to prove that Alaska’s high arctic flora would be a superior source material in cosmetic and skin care applications. Our R&D confirmed traditional ecological knowledge that tundra botanicals are micronutrient treasures high in antioxidants and demonstrate an efficacy and sense of wellness like no other. We’ve actually had customers cry when they’ve opened our packages for the way our story, sense of purpose and how our ingredients touch them.

Much like our ancestors, our little family is out in a roadless terrain the size of Illinois, bent in stoop labor to pluck petals and berries into containers. The only difference is, we engage these materials in innovative low temperature processes (so as not to burn off the nutrients) and appropriating them for cosmetic applications. Our roots may be provencial, but we are no cottage industry, we are serious in producing premier items rolling off the same lines as well known top shelf brands you’d find in major department stores around the world. Our committment to a sustainable resource and protecting a cultural identity while participating in the marketplace takes diligence, foresight and determination. These qualities have landed us in obvious outlets like the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Magazine, but we’ve also graced the pages of Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Huffington Post, and SELF Magazine and SELF.com.

Our Personal Story and Ultimate Goal

We grew up in Chevak, a Cup’ik community of less than 800 people in Western Alaska where community members continue to live a traditional subsistence way of life, fishing, hunting and gathering from the land around us. But living in an area so remote isn’t easy, the cost of living is high, and jobs are hard to come by.

ArXotica hopes to act as an agent of change to improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for our people, so they no longer have to leave their homeland to find work. ArXotica strives to produce products without compromising the integrity of our isolated culture and our remote, resource-rich land.

How You Can Help

We have come a long way in seven years to come out with the first of our formulated high end skin care line called Quyung-lii (in Cup’ik Eskimo, it means The Potent One,) but we need to expand our soap production and we have the source material to do it, just not the capital. Your investment would not only help us build brand awareness, but enable us to meet higher volume demand and distribution. And we need to do it if not in Alaska, then in the United States. We are proud to be Made in America. This is where Rock The Post comes in, this is another step in the long journey to establishing our place in the market.

Adventures in Lunchdome days 78, 79, 80

Whew….blogging is falling to the wayside lately.  Hard to find the time let alone the energy when working full time.  Today I’m home with Gege who was fevering last night and this morning, thus I have time to blog ;-)  So here’s a catch up lunchdome post for y’all….

Cece's lunch last Thursday... W/W Chicken nuggets with organic ketchup, veggies with diary free ranch, chow mein noodles, and fruit for dessert.

Cece’s lunch last Thursday… W/W Chicken nuggets with organic ketchup, veggies with diary free ranch, chow mein noodles, and fruit for dessert.

Friday's lunch for Cece... Natural hamburger sloppy joe, green beans, olives, orange pieces, p/b crackerwiches, and two vanilla wafers for dessert

Friday’s lunch for Cece… Natural hamburger sloppy joe, green beans, olives, orange pieces, p/b crackerwiches, and two vanilla wafers for dessert

Cece's lunch today (Monday).... W/W chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce for dipping, dairy free cheese quesadilla, veggies, and bowl of fruit for dessert.

Cece’s lunch today (Monday)…. W/W chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce for dipping, dairy free cheese quesadilla, veggies, and bowl of fruit for dessert.

Adventures in Lunchdome day 76 & 77

Gege's lunch for monday... Peanut butter and honey rollup, carrot sticks and snap peas, grapes, crackers and granola bar for dessert.

Gege’s lunch for monday… Peanut butter and honey rollup, carrot sticks and snap peas, grapes, crackers and granola bar for dessert.

Cece's lunch for Monday... Baked chicken legs, carrot/celery sticks, snap peas with salsa for dipping, grapes, crackers and a peanut butter granola bar for dessert.

Cece’s lunch for Monday… Baked chicken legs, carrot/celery sticks, snap peas with salsa for dipping, grapes, crackers and a peanut butter granola bar for dessert.

Cece's lunch for Tuesday... (I got her a new container we're going to try out tomorrow it's stackable) Sloppy joe meat in the bowl, dairy free roll, french fries with organic ketchup in reusable container, snap peas, orange slices and two coconut cookies for dessert. Cece’s lunch for Tuesday… (I got her a new container we’re going to try out tomorrow it’s stackable) Sloppy joe meat in the bowl, dairy free roll, french fries with organic ketchup in reusable container, snap peas, orange slices and two coconut cookies for dessert.

Adventures in Icedome, Lunchdome (days 72-75), and general catch-up post

Wow, am I behind on blogging or am I behind?!  Life has been busy here in the Strongheart household and the weather has been crazy here in Alaska.  Monday the 14th school and work were closed down for safety reasons, ie: this….

rain on snow = puddle covered glare ice!

rain on snow = puddle covered glare ice!

So we stayed home and tried to stay busy….

sewing

made Gege a “Pretty pretty princess” dress but without a pattern it ended up more like a long ruffly shirt..shrug…she loves it!

Tuesday it was back to work and school….

Glenna signing in at Head Start

Glenna signing in at Head Start

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Look at the bugs, Mom!

Look at the bugs, Mom!

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learning how to do a somersault

learning how to do a somersault

then utter exhaustion after dinner...think they're tired?

then utter exhaustion after dinner…think they’re tired?

Gege and I have lunch at head start but here are a couple of Cece’s lunches last week (that I remembered to take pictures of)….

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Today we've been playing fort in the living room and this afternoon I made playdough. Finally found a recipe that Cece won't eat!!!

Today we’ve been playing fort in the living room and this afternoon I made playdough. Finally found a recipe that Cece won’t eat!!!

and I've been doing laundry and beading when I'm not playing with the girls or doing chores.

and I’ve been doing laundry and beading when I’m not playing with the girls or doing chores.

Adventures in Lunchdome day 70

Yeah we skipped a day b/c I forgot to do a post.  Yesterday was the first day with our new students in our new head start class so I forgot all about blogging.  Plus I walk to work and now Gege comes with me since she’s in our class.  Well being that we live in Alaska (just in case y’all forgot or are new LOL) I pull her in the sled.  Well I’m now pulling her about three times farther than I was before.  You combine that fact with lots of sand down now on the roads/sidewalks/walkways/parking lots that create a lot of drag/friction and coming off of vacation and getting up and down all day while teaching little preschoolers and I have been exhausted and frankly quite sore LOL  So bedtime has been coming early here in the Strongheart household.

Early to bed, early to rise?!  The girls are in bed at 7 p.m. and I’ve been going to bed at about 8 p.m. and then we’re back up and going again by 5:30 a.m. (5 a.m. for me)  But I’m lovin’ it!  Plus it’s a great work out, too!  Since I made some life changes (not dieting) back last year in May I’ve now officially lost 36 lbs and 23 inches overall.  I hope to get down to within 10-15 lbs of what I weighed when I joined the Navy 20 years ago, and I want to reach this goal by my 40th birthday.  So far so good!  I have a little less than 4 months left to reach my goal!

So anyway….back to Adventures in Lunchdome….bum bum bum…..

Cece's lunch for Thursday (Gege and I now eat our lunches at the head start)Breakfast for lunch!  Yum!!  Hard boiled egg, bacon pieces, hashbrowns, homemade dairy free blueberry muffin, a couple slices of a sausage patty, banana and some raisins.

Cece’s lunch for Thursday (Gege and I now eat our lunches at the head start)
Breakfast for lunch! Yum!! Hard boiled egg, bacon pieces, hashbrowns, homemade dairy free blueberry muffin, a couple slices of a sausage patty, banana and some raisins.

Adventures in Lunchdome day 68…back from Winter Vacation…YEAH!

Well we survived 18 days of Winter/Holiday vacation…barely…sigh.  Long periods of time off from our regular schedule is …to say the least… difficult for Cece.  Not only was school out for Winter break but also all  therapies were closed for the holiday vacation AND her primary care provider went on vacation for the entire time too.  She did have a back up provider but that was only for three hours for seven days.  Cece just doesn’t understand why she isn’t going to school and why she’s stuck at home with Mommy and sister.

Overall it went well until Jan. 2 when her sneaky enamel deficiency rared it’s ugly head in one of her upper molars.  Without the protection of enamel of course the tooth decayed and broke.  I’m amazed how quickly this happened and don’t understand how neither her provider or I  never saw any signs until the entire corner broke off.  To further aggravate the problem her 6 year molar is trying to come through that same molar.  So this precipitated a visit to the dentist which was a new dentist because her regular dentist moved out of Alaska.

So we had to go to this new dentist, who is a male (remember since Segundo, Cece’s Daddy, passed away she’s had issues with males).  Although she did panic and try to bolt and cried, she overall did amazingly well.  The best she’s ever done at the dentist matter of fact!  She let him examine her teeth AND gave him a high five when he was finished.  So he confirmed the decay and will need to go in to take a better look so later in the month Cece will go under anesthesia so he can fix everything up.

The day after her tooth broke the neighbors clogged the sewer line up and it backed up into our kitchen sink…UGH!!  It was awful but the plumber made short work of that.  Thank Goodness!

Now vacation is coming to an end.  No longer will we be able to enjoy lazy sleeping in mornings and it’s back to our full schedule tomorrow morning.  The girls are immensely excited about going back to school tomorrow.  I am excited to go back to work and starting our new head start class on Tuesday!  YEAH!

So now that y’all are caught up with what we’ve been up to somewhat, we’ll dive right back into our Adventures in Lunchdome…bum bum bum…..

Teriyaki chicken, a rice star, carrots, baked beans, 1/2 hard boiled egg, fruit, crackers and a cookie for dessert.  All for Cece's lunch tomorrow (Monday)

Teriyaki chicken, a rice star, carrots, baked beans, 1/2 hard boiled egg, fruit, crackers and a cookie for dessert. All for Cece’s lunch tomorrow (Monday)

Glenna has the same as her sister's except instead of a tub of fruit she has raisins.

Glenna has the same as her sister’s except instead of a tub of fruit she has raisins.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

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Season of giving…Can you help?

Kuya Qyut`anen Early Childhood Center

(Little Children of the Kenai River)

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The Kenaitze Headstart is in need of donations.  I am hoping that y’all might be able to help them out.

The Center serves about 60 preschool children and 40 afterschool children.

Here is their wishlist:

Walmart or Carrs/Safeway gift cards (they prefer these over cash donations please)

A couple of 5 shelf wood book cases

3 heavy duty shelving units

6 heavy duty Tonka trucks for playground (trucks, pickups, bull dozers, etc.)

Two 45 gallon trash cans with hinged lids

30 rubbermaid cloth/metal/plastic organizer totes various sizes

three 2′ x 3′ foot floor size 24 piece puzzles

Other items are always welcome such as: books, art supplies, etc.

If you’re out doing some Christmas/Holiday shopping maybe you could throw a couple of items in your cart and send them this way.  This is the perfect time of year with all the holiday sales occurring.

So can you help me help the Head Start help the children this holiday season?  If so please send donations to:

Early Childhood Center
attn: Devin Johnson
130 N. Willow St.
Kenai, AK 99611

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information.  You can email me at: nunamiquayouth (at) yahoo (dot) com

Thank you in advance for any help that you might be able to offer!!