New Goodies

So, in case you were all wondering, we did make it home okay :) I haven’t been around, so I feel like people may have been thinking we crashed and died… or maybe no one cared :P The drive was long, but pretty–it would have been beautiful if everything was green instead of brown, but what can ya do? It was nice not seeing anymore snow!

Easton is now 1 year old! It’s so crazy to think how time has flown over this last year. It feels like just yesterday we were bringing him home for the first time! I have also realized how BIG he’s gotten! It’s crazy! He’s already about 25 lbs. Doesn’t sound like much until you try carrying it for an extended period of time… like, 5 minutes :P

Yesterday, John and I went to the Apple store down in Madison in hopes of getting an iMac computer… I’ve been wanting one forever and since John’s laptop died a few months ago, it was becoming more of a possibility. We ended up leaving with an iMac and 2 iPads!!! John’s parents internet sucks here at the house, so I’m STILL trying to install the software update that it says I need to, it keeps saying that I’m not connected to the internet when it gets close to done, even though I AM so I’m getting really upset. When it finally DOES install the update, I plan on syncing my iPad and iPhone with the computer via iCloud :) Also, bought Photoshop Elements, as the normal Photoshop is $700 and I don’t want it that much :P I really need to get back to work on my fanlistings though…

Driving Me Wild

After almost a week, I am finally feeling better :) For some reason, I felt nauseous and weak for about 4 extra days after our entire household was sick. I think it was because when John was sick, we went to the hospital and they pumped 2 liters of fluid in him, and I was sick the next day and just dealt with it. Oh well. All better now :)

It is getting so close to moving time! I’m really excited, but also nervous at the same time. This is my first move from Army base to Army base and also my first drive across the country. For those that don’t know, we originally wanted to leave Alaska and drive the whole way down through Canada, to Wisconsin (where we are originally from) to spend a few weeks home with family, then drive the rest of the way to our new home in Kentucky. Well, we decided that it being March, the roads in Alaska and Canada might not be too great, so we are bypassing Canada and flying to Seattle, WA, picking up our car (which we dropped off Monday to get shipped down there) and then driving to Wisconsin, and then Kentucky. Here’s our tentative route with a few stops we want to make along the way:

A: Starting in Seattle, WA. We are picking up our car here, also planning on buying a portable DVD player for Easton and spending the night with a family friend of John’s dad.
B: Spokane, WA. John has family here, so we are staying overnight here as well.
C, D & E: Sioux Falls, SD, we aren’t really staying or going anywhere here, but I put that as a stop on the way to Le Mars, IA (D). I went to college in Orange City, IA (E) and Le Mars is where they make Blue Bunny ice cream. While in college, I fell in love and I hardly buy any other brand :P We are planning on stopping at the ice cream shop in Le Mars so John can taste the amazing FRESH Blue Bunny, then spending maybe an hour or two in Orange City around my old campus at Northwestern College. I miss it.
F: Reedsburg, WI this is where John and I went to school. We met in band in high school and even dated our Senior year. We went our separate ways as John joined the Army and during his second tour in Iraq, we began talking again and fell in love <3 We plan on spending a few weeks home with family as everyone hasn't seen Easton since he was 4 months old and now when we're home he's turning 1! XD G: Fort Campbell, KY. This is going to be our new home. For at least the next 3 years. I’m just glad to be out of Alaska. ;)

In other news, I said I would post a video of Easton in my last post, so here it is:

Also, I made some Strawberry Cupcakes that turned out amazing! I’m going to be adding the recipe to the site soon :) (like, now, actually)

Time to Bid Adieu

I am so ready to get out of Alaska. The last few days it’s been close to -50* F out and I’m getting sick of it! At -40* if you take boiling water and throw it outside, it turns to straight fog. It’s insane. I’m sure if you could find it on YouTube. Actually, let me do it for you…

It’s craziness. I couldn’t find the video one of our friends made, but this one was done on campus less than 10 miles away from here.

For those that don’t know, John, Easton and I will be leaving the state of Alaska on March 1, 2012. Our plan is to fly to Seattle, WA, pick up our car that we are having shipped down there, and stay with family overnight. Then drive over the next few days to Wisconsin, where the bulk of our family is (also where we are from), stay home for about a month while John takes some leave time, then off to Kentucky sometime in April once we have a house on the Army base down there. Going from Alaska to Kentucky is going to be weird, but I think I will like the winters much better :D

I’ve been meaning to write an article about Alaska (it was going to be a funny one, of course!) but, sadly, didn’t get around to it. Maybe I’ll get one out before we leave. February 23rd our household items will be packed up, and I will no longer have internet. I don’t know how I will survive! >D I am just hoping that any pending fanlistings that I have currently applied for get approved (or rejected, I guess) before that so I have time to get them done before my computer is gone!

Amazing Sky

So, yesterday I got a text from my husband, John early in the day saying that the Northern Lights were projected at a 5 on a scale from 0-9 (according to the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska, Fairbanks). We’ve never seen them project it higher than a 4, usually because we don’t check it everyday because I’m sure it’s higher than a 4 a lot. However, I was all excited so we were going to go out and try to see the Northern Lights up here in Alaska.

I’ve seen them a few times in the past couple years since I moved here, but never really was that great. I’ve only seen the green lights (I REALLY wanna see blue or purple) and never really seen them move much. Well, last night was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! We stayed out til about 2:15AM watching them (they only came out just before 2) and then I continued to watch as we drove home. They were all over the sky. Sadly, they weren’t too bright, so my pictures came out crappy (and I tried to enhance them, but the quality sucks but the green at least got a little brighter :) ) I didn’t see blue, we only saw green and they were pretty dim, but it’s the most I’ve ever seen them “dance”. It was definitely the coolest display I’ve personally seen so I totally think it was worth it :)

In “website” related news, I’m getting rid of my photo blog and plan on working on some more WordPress themes for this site :)

Happy Birthday to Me

Yup, so today was my 26th birthday :D It’s kind of bittersweet though… great cuz it’s a birthday but not so great because now I feel so old! I’m now closer to 30 than 20 and I’m not sure how I feel about that… :X

In happier news, John got me a great present, although I saw it before today because he picked a bad hiding spot… He set it in the downstairs bathroom under the sink. Where the extra toilet paper is, so when I went to change the roll, I saw it sitting down there. :O It was a cake decorating kit!

I’ve never decorated a cake other than put frosting on the top, but I’ve been getting interested in it more :) This was a great surprise, and below are some pictures of the birthday cake! I had to make my own birthday cake, which kinda sucks, but John has to work so I can’t really be upset about it :P I really tried making the decorations looks good, and they don’t look bad, but in the end I just started playing around with the different tips :D