Happy Halloween 2017

So whatcha whatcha want!?

Beastie Boys toured Valdez today!! Their biggest fan (that’d be me) followed them around town with a speaker blaring tunes. It was by far the best Halloween we’ve had in Alaska….ever! 46 ABOVE ZERO! No snow pants, no hats and gloves!! It was great!

Businesses around town decorated and handed out candy. It was great to get out of school, go trick or treating then head home for dinner. I’m not sure how much dinner will be consumed because on the way home I heard, “I think I’m going to puke.” Sweet! Halloween complete! If there is one word to signal Halloween night to be over I’d say that word is “puke”. Gratefully no one has puked…yet.

We did pumpkins this year. Below is Barrett’s.


And Kierran’s

Scott had a great idea for a pumpkin but didn’t have a chance to carve it. I ended up doing it for him and it turned out just ok. Maybe next year he’ll attempt it again so I won’t ruin the surprise by showing you a picture of my lame version.

Barrett is taking Home Ec in school and started the sewing portion. Today he brought home his Halloween pillow case!

He did such an amazing job!! I am so proud of him!


Merr Turns 9

We celebrated Merrick’s 9th birthday this past week. There’s nothing like a child’s birthday to shove time in your face. We started the day with our ritual chocolate chip pancakes.

For dinner he chose Cuban sandwiches, fries and Shirley Temples.

A new catchers mitt for the baseball this summer!

And of course the cake. I didn’t put much effort into the cake because I had something up my sleeve. None of the boys have made good friends here yet so while we were in Fairbanks we orchestrated a surprise birthday party at his favorite swimming pool. Aunts, Uncles, grandparents and close friends all came. Despite the planning, the surprise was a dud since our phones have little to no reception in the pool building. Scott texted to say they had arrived but I got it 2 minutes after he arrived. When we walked down to greet Merrick we walked in the waiting area the same time he did. Surprise?? Oh well. He still had a great time with his best buds! He had the coolest cake! Made by my dearest friend, Tana.

His favorite books lately are the Dog Man series. So Tana decorated the cake just like the character in the book. She did such a great job. The creases in the cake came from the transport but it didn’t ruin Merrick’s love for it or the yummy taste. All in all he had good quality time with his favorite people, cool gifts and delicious cake. Not much more to crave when you’re nine.