Friday, September 30, 2011

Answer to Yesterdays Song

Warning  ***spoiler***

I’m about to reveal the AC/DC song that Jarrett asked me to play the other day in the truck … if you haven’t already done so, read my post from September 29th called “Looking Forward”.

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Shook Me All Night Long

Yup … that’s it!  That’s the song that Jarrett was asking me to play the other day in the truck.

What’s that?  You haven’t heard that song before?  Well … click on the song title above and a new window will open for your listening pleasure. (There are various videos of this song out on You Tube, but I couldn’t get past some of the language people were using in their comments … so I posted this link instead.) This is truly great AC/DC from … ahem … a few years ago. Winking smile

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Too funny not to share

Just discovered this website:

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That is some funny stuff out there I tell ya! 
Click on the link above to see it.

FUH-KNEE STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking Forward

It’s no secret … my children like the music of AC/DC.  While I totally smile at that and enjoy it with them of course, there are times when I know it’s probably a bit early for some of the language they are hearing.  The fact that they love all kinds of music is totally wonderful and amazing!!!

When I heard Jarrett ask for one of their songs yesterday, I had to stop and make a note of the words he chose … LOVE LOVE LOVE this kid!!!!  Now tell me … do you know what song he’s asking for?

“ … play that song where that boy said that bad word and that girl cleaned the motor …”

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Update … the marker was recently installed for Alan, and I’m so happy to see it.  (Truth be told … I should say “I’m so happy to see that it’s all correct!” … I was a little stressed about having to get something fixed.)

I have stopped by a few times to look … and touch it … and read it … let it all sink in.  Wednesday evening after dinner at church, the boys and I picked up the Custers to go see it.  All the boys ran around and played, but they did get a good look at the stone – and of course loved seeing their handprints.  Here is a photograph:

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And the back looks like this:

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That is the view you can see from the road as you drive by.

I do think it feels different for me now when I visit the cemetery … maybe because he was such a big presence when he was here, I felt empty going there and seeing nothing to represent him.  This doesn’t do him justice by any means, but at least it’s something … it tells just a very small bit about him … and it’s a place to go to “be” with him in a sense.

I feel better knowing that there is something there for our family and friends – and especially the boys – to be able to visit.

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Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looks like today … new lighting … woohoo!!!  Payton is checking out the floor joists above his head …

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Here is the new lamp above my kitchen sink:

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Today there were two trips made to the hardware store … first a new sink was purchased for the downstairs bathroom … later we bought some sheetrock to close up the hole in the kitchen ceiling. 

Grandpa Lee met me this morning to help pick up the new sink.  Then he stayed at the house a while to help me take things off the walls in preparation for new paint … it was mostly the dead stuff I needed help with. Winking smile  Thanks so much Lee!!

I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings. Thumbs up

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This evening I made pesto in my VitaMix for dinner with pasta.  Can I just say YUM??!!???!!!  No, the boys didn’t eat it.  Why not you ask?  Well, of course, because it was green.  That must mean it’s good for you!

No matter.  They ate.  And they never go to bed hungry.  And in the morning after I make a full serving of hot cereal and toast with juice and fruit, they’ll ask for more.  Because they are growing boys.

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And that just means that I get the good stuff, like pesto, all to myself!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Changes are a’comin!!!

Used to be that I looked at my blog every day … sometimes a couple times a day!  I changed the layout or the background … shared something new that I learned or saw … it’s no secret … I’ve been away … maybe out of it is a better description … ha!

I do miss sharing on this blog, so I hope to communicate through this site a little better about what’s going on in our world.

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Right now – big changes!!  I’m having a little work done on the inside of the house.  We got a new roof this summer and the gutters were recently installed after having some of the siding fixed … oh the joys of homeownership!  All the changes have been necessary, but were not planned … so now we’re giving some love to the inside, and THAT makes me so happy!!  These are the things I’ve been planning on doing all year … just had a few delays. Winking smile

A little paint here, some new lighting there, and even different trim.  It’s just time.  Here are a few photos of the project so far:

Our kitchen last week …

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Our kitchen on Monday September 26th …

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This is just the start!
I’m excited to see what things look like tomorrow. Smile
(Yes, breakfast and lunch-making this morning proved to be interesting … but ALL totally worth it … I know the end result is gonna rock!!)

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Other new things …

Today the boys wore winter coats to school … yes, it’s true.  Why?  Well … it’s around freezing at night now here in Anchor Town.  In the morning when we’re leaving for school, it’s hovering around 40 degrees.  Thank goodness for the sunny days we’ve had lately.  It makes things a little warmer.

Payton started basketball yesterday – woohoo!  He’ll have a few practices before any games, but this year he moves up one level higher due to his age … he will have “real” practices where they do drills and run lines … yes, you saw that right … they “run lines”!  I love it!!!  That boy loves to run, and this mom loves that it’s gonna tire him out.

LIFE IS GOOD!!!

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Despite Jarrett’s attempts at getting me to take him out of school (it’s “baby stuff” and it’s “stupid” according to him), I still leave him there a few days each week.  And you know what?  Funny thing … I think he really does enjoy it.  (I know I do!!)  He loves the singing and playing and crafting and reading … he enjoys his friends there and he really likes the teachers. 

He would just rather be home playing video games … which is only allowed 3 days a week in our house with limited playing time and many breaks.  There’s just nothing like “jammie days” I suppose …

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To end on a positive note, I’ll share something with you that I found on Facebook.  Although I don’t remember how I stumbled across this, I try to look at their profile often … check out Pure Inspiration on Facebook when you get the chance.

joy

May your day be filled with JOY!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Few Things

A few things have happened around our household in the past few weeks since I last posted.  The best thing recently is that I finally sold our boat! 

Unfortunately. 

Okay, so it's good AND bad.  The boat was the one toy - THE one toy - that I really wanted out of all the toys we had ... snow machines, 4-wheelers, bikes, you name it. 

I love the ocean.  No question.  Grew up on and around the water, and feel a need to be close to it.

I am not qualified, however, nor do I possess the urge to get qualified any time soon, to operate the amazing boat we had.  You may have read other posts when I was trying to sell it.  The boat was wonderful.  A river runner jet boat.  Could turn on a dime.  Had amazing horse-power.  Sounded just like a Harley!  But it needed a new home ...

And this weekend it found one.
A nice young man drove here all the way from Whitehorse to get this boat.  He will treat it well and get good use out of her I'm sure.  That makes me happy.  I did cry when we last said goodbye.



Payton shakes hand with the new owner of the Harley D.









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Jarrett has started preschool again since my last post.  He's going to a new school this year, so I wondered how he would like it ... but no need for my worry.  He enjoys himself every day - despite the fact that some mornings he whines about not wanting to go.  Every time I pick him up, he is happy to see me AND he has wonderful things to say about his day.  We both love his new school.
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Today is another anniversary of Alan being gone.  It marks 19 months.  And today I finally received a telephone call that I've waited months for ... a call letting me know that the marker for Alan finally arrived.  It may take a few weeks before it's installed, but I breathed a sigh of relief at this news.

When I'm home (Valdez), I go to the cemetary to "see" people that I've lost and it's a positive thing ... my grandmother ... my godmother ... other friends ... and I learn about people from Old Town.  I think of all the good times I had with the people that were a part of my life and how wonderful it was that I was blessed to know them.

For some reason I'm unable to go to the cemetary to "see" Alan.  Instead I go to the bench on the park strip.  The only thing I think about when I go to the cemetary is the loss I feel.  It makes me sad ... and it makes me angry that he's gone.  The question of "why" will never go away.

Ever.

I hope that my boys will grow up feeling different.  I want them to not only be proud that they are the children of Alan Gage, but to feel good about going to the place where he now rests.

Time will tell.
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