Wednesday, June 30

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Well it’s already the end of June… I don’t know how the year is just blowing by so fast… The island is finally starting to turn green, the salmonberry bushes are flowering, my strawberries planted in my old bbq are starting to flower, and the putchky’s are ready to be picked and eaten! Seems pretty mild this summer, temps hanging in the mid to high 40’s with the usual fog in the AM’s. Some days the sky is clear and the sun comes out warming us up into the 50s and sometimes 60s, but that’s only like maybe 2 times a month in the last 2 months… Not too many bees this year… been looking for them and only see a couple here and there… not like they used to be. I really wonder what is happening with the bees and why they are disappearing like they are??

We went over on the state ferry Tustemena on Saturday the 26th. Went over to pick up some stuff for our store and to hoard up some champagne for the wedding. So far I got 10 bottles of bubble and one bottle of sparkling cider (for myself). I got our favors in and the cute little satin bags with our names and date on it for the favors. I got my cake stand in and my cake pans! I am thinking of having chocolate cake in the big one with cherries in the center, yellow or white cake colored pink with salmonberries in the center, and maybe a carrot cake for my smallest tier all covered in white frosting with a pink ribbon wrapped around the bases. Nothing too fancy, as long as it looks good and taste just as great! I am planning on making my own cake I can’t wait. Too bad I can’t get any white fondant to wrap the cakes in to give them that perfect smooth look… maybe I’ll look online and see if I can order some or something... if not regular butter cream frosting will have to do. J On the next ferry I will start to pick up stuff for the potluck/reception and the ferry after that to meet up with my sisters and “bring” them home with me! We had a great time in Dutch Harbor for the day. That was Roni’s first boat ride!! She did great over and back! I enjoyed a great tasting burger with sweet potato fries at the Harbor CafĂ©!! Thanks to CB for introducing me to those fries, I love them!! Speaking of CB, it was great to have him finally meet my little Veronika!! We stopped by the hotel and spent some time with him! He bought Roni this cute blue and green dog that she was fascinated with, she loves it thank you!

I’ve been trying to upload pix of Veronika to share with everyone. I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since I last posted pix of her! Time goes by way too fast! Before I know it she’ll be running around with all the rest of the kids! She’s slowly moving out of her 3-6 month clothes and getting ready to wear 6 month and 6-9month clothes!! I can’t believe how fast they grow out of stuff… I just hope I let her wear everything at least once before she can’t fit it anymore! Time to go clothes shopping… I think I might have to save up and go to Anchorage for shopping….. We’ll see on that one though.

Fish are slowly starting to show up. We got one the other day and got it ready to be dried… but in the middle of the night last night a fox or cat or something got into our dry rack and we woke up to no fish hanging… I was mad about that… time to rig something to keep the animals away… what a waste... at least it was only one fish I guess…. But still L

So I’ve started up workout every day again, feels good to get a good sweat and to feel sore the next day! I have 25 more days until our church wedding, so time to try to lose the last of the baby weight so I can look good in my pictures! I’m getting excited! Both my sisters and my nieces are going to come down, I’m excited to see them, it’s been since my older sister Shannon’s wedding 4 years ago that my whole family have been in the same place at the same time! Plus my younger sister Ivy hasn’t been home in like 4 years, and this time she gets to bring my niece Aaliyah with her!! Plus we take picture of our 3 girls together for the first time!!

4th of July is already sneaking up on us. I can’t wait to enjoy the festivities. I heard we are having a couple contests like Pool contest and a “Rock Band Battle of the Bands” contest. There should be the usual games like: egg toss, balloon toss, bobbing for apples, pie eating contest, watermelon eating contest (the eating contests are what people love to watch and root for people in), the 3 legged race, the one where you balance an egg in a spoon from your mouth, pass the lifesaver from a tooth pick in your mouth, dizzy lizzy, pass an orange using your neck, men vs. women in tug of war, along with a handful of other games. A potluck with great food cooked up by volunteers, followed by a great firework show around midnight!! It’s going to be so much fun!!

Well I hope the best for everyone, take care and TTFN (that’s Ta Ta For Now if you didn’t know)

Monday, June 21

Monday, June 21, 2010

Well today is officially the first day of summer... it's cold and windy here in Akutan, doesn't feel much like summer... oh well hopefully it warms up and we see some non-windy days with lots of sunshine!!

I took Roni down to the clinic this morning to get weighed and measured. She is officially 25 inches long and 14lbs 2oz!! That's around 3lbs and 2 inches in a month!! Goodbye to #1 diapers, hello #2!!

We have decided to go over to Dutch Harbor on the ferry Tustemena this coming Saturday. I'm trying to make a lunch date with our beloved CB (Dutch Harbor Dirt). That's if he isn't too busy. :) Pizza sounds good... so does a juice burger!! I found a dog sitter for my chihuahuas so I figured we can go shopping for some of the stuff we need for the wedding and anything Roni might need. That and to get off this Rock for a bit. I have to make sure I pack everything Roni will need for a day, including her car seat and maybe her stroller. Next I have to see about renting a car while we're over there! Yay this will be Roni's first boat ride!!

Nothing new has really happened here over the weekend. The weather has been pretty crappy so we haven't had any planes. My hubby got to celebrate his 1st official Father's Day yesterday! I made sure to make the day as close to perfect for him! I love him so much!!

Tonight we get to enjoy some good ole homemade lasagna from my momma, but first going to enjoy a nice hot steam bath right after work. I had both grandma's wanting to babysit for us, but my mom said that since she gets to be with her all during the work day (since Roni's in the office with me) that her other grandma (Kooka Alice) can watch her :) I'm glad they don't argue and make me pick who gets to watch her!! I still can't believe Roni is going to be 3 months next week, time goes by way too fast!!

When I get time and when blogger lets me get them uploaded. I will post some pix of Roni's baptism/christening :) She was sooo cute in her dress we got her!!

Well until next time, take care and TTFN!

Friday, June 18

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just an early post to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there in the world. Without you we wouldn't be here!! Hope you all have an awesome weekend!!

On Monday I'm planning on getting Veronika weighed and measured to see how much she has grown in a month. On the 21st of May she was 11 lbs 3.6 oz and 23 inches long! I wanted to wait until the 21st of this month to get her stats done up again :)

Happy Early Birthday to my friend Jessica B!! May god bless you with many more happy years to come!! I can't believe how fast 27 years has blown by!!! Much love to you!!

Think I'll go see how big the putchkies are and maybe have some with sea oil!! Yum!! I heard that some people were already picking some and eating them... they might be small but hey they are big enough to eat!! :D I got some awesome sea oil from my mom the other day!! I love her so much!!

Wow 5 weeks and 2 days until my big church wedding!! How exciting!!!

Have a great weekend everyone, until sometime TTFN!

Thursday, June 17

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Well lots have happened since my last post.

On June 10th Veronika got baptised/christened with her cousins J.B.3 and Tasha B. in our Russian Orthodox church by Father Kashevarof. She had her first communion on the morning of June 13. She looked so cute in her dress we got for her baptism! Roni's godparents (krusnas) are Kaylyn and Iggy.

Tasha had her first bday on June 7th, but celebrated with a big birthday bash on the 13th of June. We all had a great time and there was a lot of great food! I brought 2 sea gull egg custard pies and a big bowl of potato salad! Roni didn't enjoy having the birthday hat on, so only let her wear it for a picture (which she was super mad and screaming at me until I took it off her).

The state ferry Tustemena came in on the 12th. A handful of people did the round-trip run over to Dutch Harbor and back. I sent my hubby over to get some of the supplies that we need for the wedding and some stuff for Roni. He picked up these super cute vest and rain jacket from CB!! Thank you so much!! I can't wait for her to start fitting them, they are so cute!!

I had my wedding date changed to July 25th - Father Kashevarof let me know of fasting days and when he's going to be available. So I had to change my dates.... I don't mind as long as I get to have my wedding in our church in our faith and I'll be happy! I was happy that both of my sisters were able to change their travel dates so they can still attend my wedding! I love them so much for going thru the trouble of changing their schedules to make it here in time! <3

Roni is growing fast, I can't believe she's going to be 3 months here soon already! On the 21st I plan on going to the clinic to get her weighted and measured so I can put it in her baby book! I have to look for something for her to wear to the wedding.....

I got my hubby a beautiful Tux! I love the way it looks on him! The last wedding he went to he rented a tux, this time he owns his own! I got him Joe - by Joseph Abboud... He seems proud to own his own tux now!

I ordered almost everything I need for the wedding: cake pans, cake tiers, my favors and little bags to put them in. I have napkins (with the original date on them but they will work), the garter set, plastic toasting glasses for everyone else, glass toasting glasses for my hubby and me (with the original date enscribed on them). I have my cake topper and bouquet. I ordered white shoes. I have my dress and veil. I have all the stuff to eat with. Now to start on a menu and to start asking people what they can make/bring to the reception/potluck. So far I know I want: a turkey, spiral ham, roast, halibut fish pie, salmon fish pie, baked halibut, baked salmon, deep fried halibut, aaladix, halibut chowder, potato and macaroni salads, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, assorted veggies, and whatever else I can think of... :) I am trying to think of punch ideas and drink ideas other than the champagne for toasting. So far I've hoarded up 4 bottles of Korbel Brut. Will pick more up when the ferry returns next weekend. I figured 10 bottles will be enough :P I need to get myself a bottle of sparkling apple cider (no alcohol for me since I'm breastfeeding). I'm getting excited!! I asked my younger sis Ivy to be my Maid of Honor. I love her so much for helping me out!! My hubby still have to come up with who he wants to be his best man... he hasn't hinted to me who that is going to be yet... but I told him to get it figured out soon!

I just hope that I didn't forget anything. I have all my invitations out in the mail and receiving my RSVP cards back already! I hope everyone heard that my date was changed to July 25 instead of Aug 14. I tried to make sure I let everyone know!! SO EXCITING!!!

The island is slowly but surely turning green. We mowed our lawn again last night. The foxes are starting to hang out close to town, we have no big dogs to chase them away anymore. All the sea gulls are out laying eggs so we barely have any around town right now. The eagles are plentiful and doing their mating rituals - flying high into the sky and falling back to the Earth entwined to each other. The salmonberry bushes are starting to push out leaves and some flowers - they have a ways to go before you can't see between the bushes though. We've been having pods of humpback whales hanging out in the harbor. One day there were at least 20+ whales in the bay! It was so cool to hear them singing, watching them splash the water with their flippers and seeing their huge tails (flukes) slowly sinking back into the water after they come up to breath. None of them were jumping out of the water though (breeching), at least none in our harbor were but I know that they usually do on the North and South sides of our island. So spring/summer must finally be here if all the signs show it. The temps sure aren't agreeing. It's been pretty chilly out and we've been dealing with a lot of strong Northerly winds. Can't wait for it to warm up, but it's been raining a good amount lately.

Life is good here on "the Rock". We have a lot of contractors here working on numerous projects. A main one being our boat harbor project at the head of the bay. They have been working long hours ripping up parts of the land, digging and moving tons of dirt. They have a lot of heavy equipment and living quarters set up. Pretty exciting to see everything come into play instead of just looking at plans of what we'd like. Still waiting for our restaurant to open back up, I know we have a lot of people who are waiting for the cooks to come back from their vacation!

Well until next time, TTFN!