Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Update and a Week with my Parents

First of all, Brad is still employed for now, but it's any one's guess as far as how long. We can't apply for anything outside his company until he is officially laid off since they just paid for us to move up here. So, since there aren't any jobs for him here in Anchorage with his company, the jobs he is applying for would require us to move. It's been difficult for me emotionally; we might move and we might not. To make things even more complicated, I've been asked to lead our MOPS group here. I don't feel like I can take it on while I'm in limbo, though. Frustration!

On a totally different note, my parents were here last week and we had a great time. Here's our week in pictures:

On the boardwalk at Potter's Marsh.

Click on the picture above to enlarge it and you'll see the bald eagle in the tree.

A bench at the Saturday Market. (Brad works for CH2M Hill.)

Fun at Chuck E. Cheese, where I took an inordinate amount of time deciding what to spend our accumulated tickets on.

We took a trip to Homer, "the end of the road", in the middle of the week. Here's Homer spit, which we drove on several times and even ate a delicious dinner there with a view one night. It was cloudy and rainy the whole time!

We were able to see the most extreme tides of the year. One morning, we walked along the huge beach during low tide. That afternoon, the water covered the whole thing.

More bald eagles.

Catie and Nick indulging in their new obsession: rock collecting.

Fireweed is plentiful in Alaska. It's called fireweed because it is the first wildflower to come back after a fire. Also, you know summer is almost over when the tops bloom.

An Alaskan rest stop.

The day after our trip south, we headed north to Matanuska glacier. Along the way, we stopped for a short hike to Thunderbird falls.

Matanuska Glacier.

Mom and I walking up to the glacier. It's deceptively far away from the parking lot and enormous! We only explored the very edge.
Standing on the glacier.

It was sad to say goodbye to my parents. The kids had a great time, and I got a little spoiled with all their help. :) Thanks for a great time, Mom and Dad!

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