Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kitchen Projects, Snow Machine Projects, Spurs Game, Chicken Scares, Carolers, Dinner, Dominion...A full day!

Meanwhile, back at Wibbly Wobbly Acres*, the ovens were lit, aprons on, and wooden spoons in motion. I was glad Stacia (#4 daughter) opted to stay and help me today. We like to bake together. She had hoped to get to a sewing project today - but didn't make it. We had several other things we considered making and baking, which we also set aside. 

The kitchen haul today.....
Christmas Crack(ers) from Krista

Crust-less Quiche and Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies 
 We are thankful for our walk out freezer this time of year! Keeping Yuuki inside became a chore. 

We made good use of the walk out freezer. 

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies 

We also made Chicken Salad and Peanut Butter cookies with Kisses on top. 

When the girls huddle together like this we know something has alarmed them. 

Do you see the problem? Way up high?
Our resident eagle or owl or hawk

Nolan (#4 son) is on day 4 of the flu. He could get up today without throwing up. He plans to be at work at 0500 tomorrow. He and Stacia watched a movie and an episode of  Nailed It while we baked.

Michael and Alex cleaned fish while Josiah, Jamin (#2 son), Krista (#2 daughter) and Izaak (#1 SIL) got the snow machines running.

Josiah (#1 son)
Krista (#2 Daughter) rode the machine in the woods.....but I have no photo of her adventure. 

This sweet family makes all other Pastor's families look like Christmas Slackers! ::wink:: We were surprised by carolers....the poor girls were traumatized by Yuuki's howling charge. 

Everyone came inside in time to catch the Spurs Game. Grrrr.....every. single. time. Josiah and I watch a game together - they lose! They were doing great today until the last quarter. It's becoming an unfortunate trend.
Nolan, Arielle (#3 daughter), Josiah, Alex (#4 son), Stacia & Jamin (#2 son)

We kept dinner warming in the oven until the end of the game. Arielle and Benny (#3 grandblessing) came up to visit while we ate. They wait for Cory to come home on his dinner break to eat. Benny loves bells and always fixates on the bell over the table.
Benny and Arielle 

After dinner clean up, Michael, Josiah, Alex and Krista played a round of Dominion. 

Stacia fell asleep. Benny was having none of Auntie Stacia checking out of play time. 

He got her attention. 
Ah, Cory (#2 SIL) is home for dinner. Benny is mesmerized by his Christmas tie - it plays music! 

CoRielle went down for dinner. Josiah and Jamin headed to Eagle River. Nolan had gone to bed right before dinner - poor guy. One by one everyone else headed for bed, I decided to blog.

While I blogged, I turned in my chair, and the CHAIR FELL APART. I think I've re-injured my ice injury - the tailbone one. My shoulder and thigh don't feel great either - but it was hilarious and Michael and I couldn't help laughing. He plans to check all the chairs again. We have too much company in and out of our home to take chances with collapsing chairs.  Maybe Life Group will have to be "Bring Your Own Chair." ::snort::

It's been a while since I've blogged so it may be helpful to identify folks - thus the #'s in today's posts.
BreZaak - BreAnne and Izaak's blog name
CoRielle - Cory and Arielle's blog name
JaRissa - Jared and Larissa's blog name

*Wibbly Wobbly - one day Bella called Michael and I wibbly wobbly. Which we thought was hilarious. We've come to think of our place as Wibbly Wobbly Acres...and had a fun idea for a egg carton label....but haven't executed the plan. We haven't decided which one of us is wibbly and which is wobbly - both labels fit fairly well for either of us. LOL

Ice Fishing - Mirror Lake

Josiah (#1 son) serves as our advanced scout for all things fishing. He's been telling the rest of the family tales of limiting on land locked King Salmon at Mirror Lake.  Today, he, Jamin, Izaak, Michael, Alex and Krista went ice fishing.  (The rest of the family's activities will be in a blog to follow).

This was Alex and Krista's first time ice fishing.

Josiah, Izaak, Michael, Alex
 Alex (#5 son) & Josiah drill a hole with the ice auger

Michael is happy to try the fishing hole out for everyone. 

Yep, they're biting today. 

Izaak and I planned to smoke and can fish.....I didn't get to it today - maybe he did. Our 15 are in the freezer. 

Krista's first catch of the day 

He followed the rules
Everyone caught their limit and were home with lots of time to continue to play at home.  Stacia heard we had 15 king salmon that Dad and Alex were cleaning. She wasn't very impressed when she saw these fabled kings...."THOSE are Kings?" ::snort::

We'll get some real Kings yet. We plan to stay in Alaska a nice, long time. No need to rush all the adventures.

I used to take the older ones to Mirror Lake for the afternoon. I've not been back since we moved up here, but I know it's fun for the kids to revisit as adults. Krista had a good time trying something new, getting out in Alaska, and meeting up with Josiah - her first chance since arriving this week.