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Sep 08 2016

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Gorgeous animal, not as elegant moving on land, but amazing swimmer in the water!

We were able to visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska before cruising out of the port.  The Alaska SeaLife Center is located at 301 Railway Avenue, Seward, AK 99664.  It is only a couple miles from the port terminal and the city bus comes by the terminal every 5 to 10 minutes will take you to a number of places around the city of Seward (with the Alaska SeaLife Center being one of those stops).  The Alaska SeaLife Center is part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums so if you are a member of one in your area you will be able to get into the center at a reduced rate.  We are part of our local Greenville Zoo which allowed us to have 50% per persons admission ticket which was a huge blessing and savings

The Alaska SeaLife Center was a lot of fun!  The kids loved seeing a variety of different marine life and the exhibits were very interactive and educational.  You could get fairly close to the animals and they even had a touch tank.  WARNING the  touch tank water is freezing cold so you won’t be able to keep you hand in it for very long. I thought my hands were going to go numb before I had a chance to touch each of the different marine critters in the tank.  They had several interactive talks with the animals.  We got to watch them feed, train, and care for several of the animals.  The animals were content and were showing off for the guests.

It was a cool and misty day when we arrived at Seward that day.  The Alaska SeaLife Center was a great task to do on a rainy day.  There are a couple of places you can go outside, but you can see the majority of the center from inside.  It is a wonderful place for anyone that enjoys animals, marine animals, and the opportunity to learn more about the native critters that can be found in Alaska.  Thankful for an opportunity to visit the SeaLife Center.  It was a hit with our kids.  There are also plenty of places for adults to sit down and relax as well.  It is a great activity for the whole family.  The girls loved personalities of the birds exhibits, the way the HUGE octopus spread out across the glass in front of them, the Artic Seals performed tricks for treats, that the touch tank was ice cold, that the fish and other animals were very active, and that the Sea Lion loved rubbing its belly on the glass window right in front of them.  It was a wonderful place to visit while we were in Seward.

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 Brina and Karlie in the boat at the Alaska SeaLife Center

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Beautifully colored starfish.  He was waving at us!  Even the starfish were active while we are the center!

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Small yet beautifully colored bird

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Taking a swim around the pool!

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Coming by to say “HELLO”!

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SeaLIfe workers checking the seals out and giving them treats.

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Performing tricks

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Enjoying the swim

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Playing around in the pool

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Doing a dance for us!

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Beautiful and fast!

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Watching him swim underwater from a viewing window at the bottom of his tank! Fascinating!

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Showing off and diving right in front of us

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He obviously was having a grand time!

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Loved watching them glide so smoothly through the water

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The Sea Lion rubbing his belly up against the glass in front of us.  He did it several times!  The kids thought it was hilarious!

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Huge male octopus!

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He was very active while we were there too

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He decided to spread himself out across the front glass of his tank!

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 He was very big, pretty sure I would not be excited about running into him in the ocean!  So neat to see!

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Relaxing in the water with his nose out and the rest of his body just floating in the water!

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Diving directly in front of us!  Really loved how the  animals were very interactive with their audience!

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Camouflaged ray….

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VERY COLD touch tank!!!

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The freezing water was not stopping our kids from checking out the animals in the touch tank!

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Beautiful and showing off for us!

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He hung out near us, watching us move around the bird exhibit!

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Karlie all smiles as Brina soaks in all the birds zooming around the exhibit

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Brina loving time with these beautiful Alaskan animals!

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Keeping one eye on us as he watches the other birds….just in case!

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Aug 29 2016

Date Night - Jake and Bridgette

Date Night!

The girls had a church Youth Group event on Friday night so Jake and I were able to get away for a couple hours together.  LOVE spending time with Jake.  Always enjoy a date night when we can relax, talk as a couple, laugh, and catch up with each other for a little bit.

I dropped off the girls at church and met Jake at Los Amigos restaurant in Powdersville.  He already had a table saved for us!  When I arrived I found a beautiful rose laying on the table waiting for me! Love his thoughtfulness and the way he makes me feel appreciated.

We had an enjoyable dinner, other than we probably ate too much, ha!  We didn’t have a whole lot of time after dinner before we had to pick the girls up from the church event so we headed over to Walmart to pick up a couple of items that we needed and to stretch our legs after a big dinner.

We picked up the girls and headed home.  Once the kids were showered and tucked into bed we headed back downstairs for an at home movie night together.  It was wonderful spending the evening with my Handsome Man!  Always enjoy these moments together even when they are more spontaneous.  It has been very busy lately so it is nice to be intentional and carve out time when we can relax together as a couple.

I love you Jacob Wesley Hayes!  Thanks for everything you do for me!!!  You’re the best!!! XOXO

Date Night Rose from My Man

Love my beautiful rose!  Thanks Handsome!

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Aug 29 2016

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We are starting to establish more of a school and work routine.  I would be lying if I said everything has gone completely smoothly, ha!  A couple of nights this past week after a full day at work, picking up the kids so we can do homework, dinner, get everyone settled into bed, I was exhausted and ready to go to bed as well.  Typically, I am good staying up late and love getting up early, but with the transition I have had to go to bed around 9 or 10 at night (for those who know me that is early)!

Thankfully we are getting settled into the routine.  I think this week will be easier now.  This week I have some special events going on and I need to utilize the items in my pantry.  Trying to keep it healthy, yet simple since several nights we are tighter on time.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree):  Beef, Tomato and Noodle Soup, French Bread
  • Tuesday (Seafood, Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Entree):   Baja Fish Tacos, Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree):   Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Rice
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook): BLT Sandwiches, Pasta Salad
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or pasta entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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Aug 23 2016

It was a crazy fun week as we spent fun time with friends visiting from Maine, the girls starting Middle School, and adjusting to the new work schedule.  Thankful for the amazing blessings in my life.  You don’t have to look very far or hard to find something to be grateful for in your life.  It can be a simple smile from a stranger to sharing laughter with a friend or spending quality time with someone you love.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful day off work and spend the morning with our friends from Maine.  In the afternoon I was able to hang out with the girls and have fun on their last day of summer.

Tuesday – Thankful that Jake went with me to take the girls to their first day of Middle School.  Glad that their first day went smoothly for them.

Wednesday – Thankful that when Jake travels he takes the time to talk with me and catch up.  It’s not the same as having him at home, but it is always great hearing his voice and chatting about our days.

Thursday – Thankful picked up the girls right when school got out and went “clothes” shopping for new school shorts.  Grateful they are growing, but it doesn’t take long for them to grown out of their shorts.

Friday – Thankful for safety as we traveled, it was rainy and was slowed down multiple times by car accidents, but everyone arrived back home safely.

Saturday – Thankful for a quiet and productive day at home and around town with the family (first Saturday in a long time that we were not traveling or running around with a lot of activities going on).

Sunday – Thankful for a husband who enjoys and is a great cook.  Love it when he pitches in around the kitchen and house.  I am one spoiled chick with him around.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

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Aug 22 2016

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It has been a whirlwind of activities around our house this past week with getting back from Alaska, work, transitioning the kids to a new school, friends visiting, and a large amount of other fun activities going on.  Thankful to be back home again and getting started on a more consistently (and somewhat) normal school again.

Since this week we have a mix of activities on the agenda including school and work we’ll make it simple and easy.  I based our menu off some items that we need to use up from our pantry.   Hopefully once we get into our new regular routine I will be able to catch up on more long term projects around the house and yard again.  Our menu is going to be simple and easy.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree):  Beef Pasta Casserole, Steamed Vegetables
  • Tuesday (Seafood, Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Entree):   Homemade Individual Pizzas, Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree):   Chicken Vindaloo, Homemade Naan Bread
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook): Pork & Vegetable Stir Fry, Udon Noodles
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or pasta entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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