Sunday, April 05, 2009

Marjanen update

Saturday we made a delicacy my mouth has been watering for. Turtle cookies. Yummy. :)

Then we watched the boys play hockey last night. Amazing difference from the beginning of the season until now. Quite fun. Jari has not been playing ... but these 2 guys of mine are getting good!

In other updates:
Spring is coming. The temp reaches some nice readings in the afternoons. Snow is melting, ice is melting ... just not ready to take the plow off the 4-wheeler quite yet. Last year we had a massive snow dumping on April 25th. No more snow by May 1st and we'll consider it over for the year!
Jari has been working on starting a few businesses and working from home. He was laid off from the North Slope job in November and has been home since. Took a little jaunt to Florida/Arizona several weeks ago to move his aunt's things. Other than that ... he's been working around the house, doing odd jobs when he has them, and playing house dad. I'm still working 40 hours a week at the local hospital which almost pays the bills.
Blayde is working at the newspaper as a Manager. We submitted his application today for financial aid and will see what happens in the next week. He aims to start school June 15th and continue working full time.
Alyx is working at an Assisted Living facility and enjoying it. Between work and school, she doesn't have too many hours left. She's heading for AZ/MN for several months this summer and looking forward to seeing everyone.
Brock is working at catching up with school work. The ever present roller coaster grade ride ... but he's working hard. :) He's hoping to have his drivers license in July when he turns 16 and then hopefully a job to pay for the cost of car insurance.
Anna spends her time hanging out with friends as much as she can when she isn't in school. It is always a treat to grab the camera after she's had it for a while and see what goodies she's been snapping pictures of.
Tia ... the youngest of our brood is fast approaching the teen number years. She can be a bit scatterred all over the place. Interests change day to day. :)
The house project moves along as money rolls in. The laundry room is nearly done. Am ready to start adding some fun things in there. Will show you pictures when that happens. Soon we'll be working on the yard and the house will be left for next winter again.
Other than Alyx's travels this summer, our plans don't include a trip to MN right now. If anyone is interested in visiting here ... check out Sun Country Airlines right now. They have tickets at $198 one way. Not a bad deal. I think you need to travel by 6/15. The guest cabin is empty. And I mean empty. Only a clock on the wall and a shower curtain on the shower at the moment. Blayde is moving out there shortly, but we'll displace him for a bit if you come to visit. Hopefully Mt Redoubt doesn't mess up too many travel plans. It blew again yesterday morning, sending ash to 50,000 feet above sea level. Apparently we had ash in the neighborhood last weekend, I just didn't see it!


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Thanks for posting. Nice to hear
what everyone is doing. I hear
there are lots coming to Alaska but not necessarily to your place to stay. Charlene Karvonen and a
daughter, Priscilla Ylitalo and Lisa, Don and Eva Wuollet. We hope
to arrive in June and will be
staying with you. Was going to add
something else but can't remember.

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

I really want to make it out there, but just can't pull it off yet. Anita, thanks bunches for the package. Can't wait to put Heidi in her "first Alaskan t-shirt". We've been out with the stroller almost everyday, somedays going for a mile long walk, and other days, she hangs out in the stroller while Mom works. Can't wait to put the mosquito netting on this summer and continue being outdoors!!!