Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lazy Week in Alaska

This was probably the most uneventful week for our family. I had the week off to help with the baby. I usually have projects planned for any time off work but this week slipped away with a bunch of lounging around and reading. About the only thing I did was start running. My brother Neal somehow convinced me to start running and getting ready for a 1/2 marathon in about 4 months. Im not a bad runner, I just have never really liked it. I am 6'4" tall, 250 lbs, and flat footed. On top of which I have allergy induced asthma during certain times of the year like right now. So I weezed, ached, and pushed though a 1 mile run, a 2 mile run, and a 3 mile run. Neal calls and tells me what I need to run each day and on Saturday (the long run days) he is running with me.

Mommy & baby Calvin are doing well. Not much to report, he eats, she feeds, then he poops and pees, usually while she is burping him, and thus since she is holding him I always seem to get out of diaper duty. Then again I get diaper duty with Porter, who is 2 years old now and I don't need to go into the difference between a newborn's poop and 2 year old poop.

Elizabeth, Henry, Lydia, and Porter are enjoying summer. We had a bon-fire one night this week and made 2 batches of home made ice-cream. Other than that we spent the week playing games and relaxing.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Grandma and Grandpa or shall I say, Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa wanted a few more pictures.  The problem with new born babies is that they sleep all the time. Sure they are nice to hold for a few minutes but Mommy gets mad when you start playing with them.

Here is a picture of the house, yard, and the red-neck green house. And yes that is Lisa soaking up some sun one day after giving birth.

New Garden Plot still needs some work but it will do for this year.

The red-neck greenhouse made from PVC, vapor barrier plastic, and black Typar on the ground. We cut the top off the tires and filled them with a mixture of composted goat manure and composted durt from the old pig pen.

Got a few tomatoes started. I think these are the sweet 100's,

Chevron also lounging around soaking up some sun recovering from his broken foot.

Daddy pretending to be "Super Daddy".

Porter's Birthday.

Also I "found" a new blog with some interesting stories I thought might be interesting to those who follow our blog.

It seems after some pressure from certain family members, this cop in Alaska started writing down his experiences into some short stories and will be trying to post a new story each week on Sunday nights. This means his grandparents will have another blog to read Monday Mornings. I didn't think it would be appropriate to link it directly to this blog since the author is "anonymous", so you will need to click on the address below and then save it to your favorites.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

As always life has a way of getting busy and I fall behind in updating the Blog. Sometime it is easiest to just add a bunch of pictures and slip a little comment between each one. 
 Elizabeth loves to jump on the trampoline. It seems if we can't find her in the house she is bouncing on the trampoline. I broke my arm on a trampoline once as a kid, but we are not going to let that stop her from doing the same thing.
Kids found Daddy's Boxing Gloves and it didn't take them long to work up a sweat 

When a friend calls at 10PM saying he has an extra seat in his boat you don't turn him down. I was off by 5 AM the next morning with my friend and his father-in-law in search of Halibut. We caught our limit and I was fortunate to catch the 2 biggest fish of the day. No record by any means but the largest I have ever caught, an 85 pounder and a 40 pounder. Before going out for the day the Owner/Captain explained that they generally spilt the catch equally at the end of the day. At the end of the day I was surprised when my 2 fishing partners helped fillet, cut, and package all the meat and then give all but a few small fillets to me. We are so thankful for their generosity.

Chevron is recovering from a broken foot. During the recovery he has become a house dog and I'm afraid we have spoiled him and he will never go back to being a kennel dog again. 

 Quick photos of the kiddos, Lydia
Porter & Henry
And our newest addition: Calvin Thomas Miner
Born 6/22/14 @ 0219 hours
7 lbs. 1 oz.
Baby and Mommy are doing great.