Posted by Rita 12/14/2011 04:33:00 PM
So I built something that would normally take about 3 hours to complete but it took me 3 weeks thanks to snow and cold, and kids getting in the way. Love my kids, which is why I built this kids picnic table for them! You've probably already heard of Ana White's website - that's where I got the plans for this table. I've actually never built anything in my life but Ana's blog was very inspiring and her instructions easy to follow. I now have a long list of "to build" items from her blog. Funny but building actually brought another inspiration to paint all the walls in my house. I started with the kitchen/dining area. Next is the girls' bedroom. If summer would ever come to Alaska, I could really get things done!
It's not perfect but I love it and I think it's beautiful :)
Posted by Rita 5/05/2010 09:57:00 PM
A friend of mine has this awesome blog where she also plans her weekly menu and shares with the rest of us. I thought I'd try creating my own menu for the week and see if I can follow through with it. What are you planning to cook this week?
Week of 3/22 - 3/28:
Monday: Zesty Ravioli Skillet and green salad (30 minutes)
Tuesday: Pork Enchiladas (Chelsea's recipe) (start the night before: 4 hours in crockpot)
Wednesday: Hawaiian haystacks (40 minutes)
Thursday: Lentil Soup (1 hour)
Friday: Caribou Roast (10 hours in crockpot) with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms
Saturday: Salpicón - salad with leftover caribou meat (20 minutes) and bean quesadillas
Sunday: Shrimp stir-fry (30 minutes)
Posted by Rita 3/22/2010 10:34:00 AM
A random post.. I suspect the professional photographers out there might just laugh at this, but it's so easy I wanted to share how I've been creating passport-sized photos for all our documents (immigration papers, visas, passports, etc.) for years. Why not save $20 or so if you can Do-It-Yourself? I think some of you may find this helpful.
Open your picture with Picasa. Go to Basic Fixes and Crop it to "Square: CD Cover" (after I took this picture of Eva's Bratz girl and she saw her on my computer screen, she grabbed her right away and won't let go of her, in fact, she and Jemma are now fighting for it because Eva won't share!):
Under 'Tuning' you can edit your picture by adjusting the lighting, color, etc.
Jemma's 1st Birthday:
1. which meant we would miss one extreme Alaskan winter. Always a plus. (Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Alaska, though people here say you should either love it or hate it!)
2. Arrived in Sierra Vista, AZ a few days before Thanksgiving; had a big meal with just the four of us.
3. On the very first Sunday we found ourselves in an awesome ward with most people of our age. Another plus.
4. Drove to Mesa to pick up our brand new Mazda-5!
5. My brother came to visit us for the holidays from Pittsburgh, PA. Then we all (b/c we were within driving distance from Jesse's parents) drove our shiny Mazda to Tupelo, Mississippi! OK, so what if the drive was about 20 hours long...
6. The girls (but mostly Eva because Jemma was only 8 months old) got seriously spoiled during our stay with Nana.
7. Back to SV and oh, I just couldn't get enough of that warm Arizona winter sun. Enjoyed pushing my double stroller down Town&Country Rd. And our playgroup, we loved those days, of course, at the mall, on the playground, at the Aquatic Center, at the zoo (the Tucson zoo is a perfect size for the little kiddos, by the way).
8. March. Jemma turned 1 and we threw her an awesome party with our playgroup friends and a homemade strawberry cake (from scratch)!
9. April... we just tried to enjoy as much of the outdoors as possible - it felt like the warmest summer month in Alaska, in the mid-70s.
10. In April we also decided we could hop across the border to Mexico. It was easy, though entering back into the U.S. took longer than we desired, with two toddlers fidgeting and screaming from their car seats. We did that a couple more times though and had some yummy authentic Mexican meals. We learned that when the border patrol guys asked us what we were doing in Mexico, we could just say "Oh, we just came over to eat dinner".
11. All those trips across the border gave us another brilliant idea: Before we head up north, why not take a week off and drive down all the way to the beach! So in the first week of May we had our first family vacation. I can't say I enjoyed the driving part - you really have to ignore all the red lights and stop signs - if you don't, you might get hit from behind. But Jesse is a good driver, we survived, made it to our little beach house at Kino Bay and pretty much had the beach all to ourselves. Complete peace, though I did have to chase the kids and make sure they don't drown themselves!
12. So tanned and recharged by the beach sun we were now ready for our long journey back home to Alaska. We stopped back in Sierra Vista for a day to pack. To say our little van was packed with stuff would be an understatement. We drove from Arizona to California, rested and visited some friends for three days - huge thanks to the Jones family for hosting us at their beautiful house in Lake Arrowhead! Also, thanks to the Gardners who welcome us at their home each time we are in LA. That city just wouldn’t let us out of its borders. We finally made it out of LA and were on our way to Seattle to visit some more dear friends, then to Vancouver, Canada. Luckily, I have a friend who had arranged a room for us so we were able to rest overnight and do some sightseeing in the first half of the next day. After a week of visiting and driving we were exhausted and determined to get to Alaska as soon as possible. I think we beat the record, as we drove through Canada without any stops, except for gas and food, and it took us about 36 hours from Vancouver to the land of the midnight sun. Ah, there are just too many stories to tell. Is there such a term as “binge blogger”? I might be one of them, but I am going to stop for now!
Posted by Rita 9/05/2008 10:14:00 PM