It has been a whirlwind, this first week back in Alaska. It has been good. From the moment we stepped off the plane it has been busy and fun and exhausting.
Some dear friends met us at the airport, Harry is a police officer and met me right at the gate. Cheri, his wife, met us just after security. I am sure that the other passengers on my flight were wondering what was going on. The police escort to baggage claim probably made a couple of them a bit nervous.
Broder got to ride in the police car to the station, where all the kids then took a ride in a fire truck. Not a bad way to spend their first 2 hours in Alaska.
Then it was out to the MatSu valley, where we lived before. A home cooked meal and a late night visiting session rounded out our first day.
Friday we headed off to a Farmers’ market and checked out a couple of new shops in the area. Then it was back to Anchorage for the kids and me. We met the landlord and got the official tour of our new house and all it’s little secrets.
An hour after that, some more friends came up to spend the night. We hadn’t seen each other in 5 years, since Sunny was a baby, and they have had 2 more kids since then. It was great to catch up and watch the kids play. We ate pizza off paper plates and had a wonderful time.
Saturday, after a morning of visiting with our friends (and one run to Home Depot to pick up a much needed plunger), it was back out to the Valley. Stayed with our friends Julia and Tyde. They have 4 kids, 3 of whose ages line up with our kids. Driving up to their house, it was as if I had been the last week, not 6 years ago. The kids played and played and played, and Julia and I drank wine and talked and talked and talked.
Sunday, off to church at MatSu Covenant, our Alaska church home. Things have changed there a bit, there is a new building, a different pastor and some new faces, but the same old love. It was wonderful to worship there once again.
Sunday afternoon took us to a wedding reception. And then to visit with our friends the Becks. It was an afternoon and evening filled with 5 kids, 3 horses, 6 dogs, 2 cats. The kids rode horses, and the adults, you guessed it, talked and talked and talked. Drank some coffee, a glass of wine, and talked some more.
Monday we were tired. Ran around Anchorage a bit, ordered some school clothes, wrote thank you cards, got my library card.
Tuesday was a big big day. The movers came and unloaded all our stuff. It was a bit overwhelming. Dave came home and some more friends came by. Sandy and Shawn. They were passing through Anchorage on their way to go sheep hunting. Again, it was like it was yesterday the last time we were all together.
Wednesday. Boxes, boxes, boxes. At least 100 boxes unpacked today, and probably that many more to go through tomorrow. The kids all have beds to sleep on, and their books are now on their shelves. Tonight we ate our first home-cooked meal in our new house. Salmon. Imagine that.
Tomorrow the kids will register for schoool and we will unpack more boxes. Probably make a a few trips to the grocery store to pick up that one more thing we forgot, or couldn’t ship.