Thursday, August 13, 2009

Third Grade

Well Maci was all ready for school to start this morning. She got new clothes, new shoes (I give them a week before they are no longer white) a new backpack, and a new haircut. She was up this morning at 6:20 -that is 40 minutes before she was suppose to be up but she was so excited and couldn't sleep. Her friends Haylee, Shayna and Abbie are all in her class (that poor teacher) and she came home saying that she loves Mrs. Ross and did not want to come home, Yea you heard me right, now if only she has this kind of attitude every school year we will be just fine. Here's to no more sleeping in durning the week and homework after schools- I say "Bring it on!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

10 year Anniversary

Ken and I hit our 10 year anniversary and decided it was time to get away and head to Alaska. We took a 7 day cruise on the Princess Sapphire Ship and loved every second of it. On a scale of 1-10 ten being the best it was at least a 12. We had such a good time relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The weather was AWESOME, it never rained on us and was about 80 walking around the towns. Our one cold day it was about 40 and that was up into College Fjord where some glaciers are. One thing we learned pretty early was "man you will never starve on a cruise". There was food every where we turned and it was all you can eat, so of course my diet ended this week and was out the door the whole trip. We were so spoiled the whole trip and were waited on every second. We loved it so much we are already planning to go again.

We flew into Vancouver, Canada and that is where we boarded the ship. On the way into port the ship hit a whale (they think the whale was already dead) so that was the start of our trip and the first pictures I have of our ship.
Vancouver was so beautiful the city is surrounded by these gorgeous mountains and then the ocean is right at the base of the mountains-so pretty!

Keep on scrolling down for tons of pictures of our cruise.

Day two

Day two of our cruise we were just cruising the whole day. It was about 522 Nautical miles to our first port in Ketchikan. We were so lazy the whole day and sat back and enjoyed the beautiful views.

How many shoes do you need for a 7 day cruise?

Day three (Ketchikan)

We were so excited to get up today and go into Ketchikan and do some kayaking and shopping! We first loaded a bus and took a 20minute ride outside of town to some Islands called Eagle Islands. It was so beautiful there and so peaceful. We had a tour guide that we followed around all these little coves of the islands in a kayak. My arms were a little sore the next day but well worth every minute of rowing.

Around lunch time we still had a few hours before we had to be back on the ship so we walked around the town for a few hours and shopped. The town of Ketchikan is so tiny but absolutely beautiful. We found this stream up behind the town and the Salmon were spawning up the stream, we just stayed and watched them try to swim up stream for a while and walked around.

Our sunset that evening when the fog was just barley coming in around the different islands, it never really got totally dark there. The sun went down close to 11:00pm but it was never all the way dark and then the sun would come up about 4:00am (it took some getting use too).

Day four (Juneau)

During the night our ship traveled 272 miles to the town Juneau. I had butterflies in my stomach today because I was so excited to go on a Zip Line through the Togass National Rain Forest. I felt like Tarzan flying through the trees, I loved every minute of it. We also went to the Mendenhall Glacier the first one on our trip to see. We could not get that close to it but it was beautiful to look at. Next time we would love to take a helicopter ride to it and land on the glacier, they let you get out and walk around and even go dog sledding-boy does that sound fun? We saw the Capital building and the Governor's house (no, we could not see Russia). It was a great day and the weather was perfect.

Day five (Skagway)

This was Ken's favorite town to walk around. Located on the Alaskan Panhandle it was first made a town in the early 1900's. It was a popular town for the gold miners during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Between 1897-1898 it was a law less town described as "a little better than Hell on Earth" Now with a lot of the original buildings it was so much fun to walk around. The people in this town really play to the tourism and dress the parts of the 1800-1900"s.

Day six (Glacier Bay)

Glacier Bay National Park is in the South-Eastern part of Alaska. Here we found Whales, Seals, Sea lions, Brown bears and Eagles. It was a beautiful day and we did absolutely nothing but eat and kick back in the lounge chairs and watch the glaciers go by. This was one of my most favorite days of the whole trip. These pictures don't really do any justice on how big these Glaciers really are.