Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since last writing- summer was jam packed with travel and weddings and baby showers, oh my! I thought I would get more writing in, but I was so happy to be surrounded by all the people that I loved (…and okay, Netflix too) that I didn’t really get anything in.
Now, however, I am back on the tundra, and getting everything ready for baby’s arrival, and I thought I would add writing back into my routine. The routine that will be surely shattered with the lovely newborn cries arriving in just over six weeks, but I can try right?
Okay, so summer… let’s recap the adventures! And what better way to do that than with pictures?
Sammy’s 1st Birthday:
If you are new to the blog, you may not know the story behind how we adopted our puppy, but we don’t know exactly how old she is. We guessed based on her teeth, but she isn’t any one breed so it was still pretty subjective. We knew she was probably born sometime in the spring or summer though, so we picked her birthday to be May 25th. We celebrated with some treats and ice cream!
Great Theatre by Friends:
We saw the Comedy of Errors and later in the summer Almost Maine both produced by our awesome friends atGhostlight Productions in Clarks Summit, PA. We enjoyed both shows so much, and loved seeing live theatre again. If you are ever in the area, they put on really professional quality productions, and don’t charge admission to their outdoor shows- you can’t beat that!
Ballet in Roanoke:
The first weekend back, Nathan and I traveled down to Roanoke, VA to see my brother and his fiancée perform in Sleeping Beauty with Roanoke Ballet Theatre. The area was beautiful, and it was so special to see the two of them dance a pas de deux knowing their own personal love story- it just added so much to an already amazing performance.
If you ever get the chance and are driving through the middle of Virginia, check out the drive through Safari! Nathan and I got the chance to see a bunch of animals up close and even feed them. Llamas are really pushy, a highland cow drooled all over Nathan, and a camel stole our bucket! All in all it was a great time!
It was up in the air for a while if I was going to stay with my family in New York and deliver the baby at the end of September, or if I was going back to Alaska. It hinged on a lot of things, but primarily the fact that if I were to return, I had to spend the last month of pregnancy living apart from Nathan in Anchorage or Bethel in order to have access to proper medical care. It’s not just a matter of opinion either, I actually had to sign documents stating that I would leave the village by a specific date; after that they would not be liable for any problems with my pregnancy, and they wouldn’t be responsible to medivac me out. This was serious. So we decided to take some childbirth classes at a hospital in New York where I would be delivering if we decided that was the best course of action.
I learned a whole lot, and hopefully armed with that knowledge I will be better prepared for the craziness that is childbirth. If anything it was nice to meet other couples going through the same things, and have someone to commiserate with.
In the end, we were cleared by all doctors to come back to Alaska and for me to deliver in Anchorage. I’m really excited that this means less time away from my husband, and hopefully an easier journey back to the village after birth.
Conference in Vegas and my week in Rochester:
The school district set Nathan up to go to a professional development conference over the summer in Las Vegas, NV and at first I was super excited. I knew that Britney Spears (don’t hate!) had her show out there, and I was dying to see my favorite pop star from my youth- I had heard really great things about the show. Unfortunately, when looking up the dates, it appeared that she was on vacation from the show the entire time we would have been there. So, with a heavy heart, I decided to stay behind.
In a really great turn of events though, I was able to spend most of the week with my two best friends from high school who live together and work in Rochester NY. We had an awesome time playing mini golf, cruising on the Erie Canal, going out to eat, and just generally hanging out. I didn’t even think about missing Britney Spears once 😉
Both my sister in law and I are expecting this year, so we had two baby showers this summer- and lots of fun! We are both expecting boys, and I couldn’t be happier- I never had cousins close in age and this is going to be great for the boys!
So, we had fun with showers and baby related goodness:
Nathan and I had always talked about how we wanted to get a boat before we had a baby. It was one of those fanciful dreams you have, that doesn’t always work according to plan. So we found ourselves expecting and alas- no boat. Then by random happenchance we were at the mall and walked by a display with a blow up style dingy boat that said it would hold 4 adults. You could even put a motor on it! And it was less than $100- so we jumped at it and are the proud owners of a boat- BEFORE baby
My brother and his amazing (and beautiful) fiancée got married this summer at the picturesque Potomac Point Winery. I was super bummed that I had to abstain from the wine tastings, but I did get a bottle that we are going to celebrate with as soon as Baby is born!
It was a beautiful day for the ceremony, and both William and Caitlin were so full of love and happiness- you couldn’t ask for more.
3 year wedding anniversary:
Only two days after my brother got married was my three year wedding anniversary with Nathan! I can’t believe that time has gone by this quickly. Leather is the traditional gift for year three, so in our yearly picture we made our sign out of some craft leather from Michaels.
Here is a collage of the other years, and the photo that inspired this tradition!
Shortly after our anniversary we headed back to the Tundra, stopping in Anchorage for shopping and doctors appointments before returning to the bush. It was an amazing summer for us, with lots of travel, smiles and family, but it is sure good to be home.