Michelle and baby Alex leave today. It has been a busy and fun fun fun week. We managed to have a party on her first night here. Stayed up way too late laughing and talking with friends. On Wednesday afternoon we trekked out to the Valley to descend on friends I insisted she meet. We left all the kids with my friends’ teenage daughter and went to a coffee shop where we laughed and laughed until our sides hurt. Thursday found us shopping, Michelle is a power shopper, her ability to find the unusual at a bargain is truly admirable.
Friday we drove to Soldotna so Michelle and a dear friend of mine could meet face to face. My friend and Michelle have been reading each other’s blogs for sometime now, and recently started chatting via Facebook. It was very fun to watch them interact. I really love it when the people I treasure get to meet each other.
We stayed up WAY WAY too late on Friday night, eating truffles, drinking coffee, playing cards and solving the world’s problems. The 7 kids played well together and overall, it was a success!
Saturday was a lovely day, we took off from Soldotna and drove back to Anchorage with the sun shining the whole way. Saw 7 bald eagles, 3 Dall sheep, and when we got back to Airport Heights, 1 moose. The mountains were glorious, the conversation was fabulous….
Sunday we went to church, and then to Sunny’s ski lesson. After visiting with a couple of people from school in the chalet, we buzzed over to a sledding hill and took little Alex sledding for the first time. he was not entirely sure what to think of the experience. He did enjoy watching my boys rocket down the hill, but I got the impression he would have been ok if he was watching that scene from somewhere a bit warmer.
Today has been a quiet day, doing laundry and packing bags, the baby is a bit worn out and Michelle is ready to get back to her other kids, and Lonnie. My kids went back to school today, last week was Spring Break, everyone is falling back into the rythym of life.
I don’t think there was a night this last week where I got to bed before midnight, and a few where it was much much later. But it was worth every bit of sleep deprivation!
Michelle and I grew up together, but as adults we have only seen each other a few times. I have been here in Alaska most of the time and she has been in Mexico. Occasionally our paths have crossed on visits to Minnesota. But this kind of time, we have never spent together. We have talked for years about doing something like this, and now, we have, and it has been great.
Next stop, Egypt, to visit our cousin Kim. It is the Showalter cousin worldwide tour.