Thursday, January 16, 2014

The wheels on the bus...

The bus stop that we go to is just over a 1/4 of a mile from our house.  Not anything terrible, but in the cold and wind it can be a trek.  This week Noah's regular driver has been out and in the mornings especially the driver has been running way behind.  Even worse, he changed up the route and ends up driving right past our house!  So the kiddos and I have stood out in the morning cold an extra 5-10 minutes every morning this week only to then watch the bus drive right down our road.  It builds character, right?

Well this afternoon the snow has been steadily falling and the wind blowing since just after 11am and I decided it was probably worth actually driving to the bus stop this afternoon.  Boy am I glad that I did as the bus was 15 minutes late!

I got home to the following email:

Due to inclement weather busses from Beechview are running late today. 

Thank you for your patience!

The time stamp on the email was 4:46 pm.  School gets out at 4:07 and Noah's bus usually pulls into his stop at 4:20.  Gee, what a helpful email that was!

Around here we wrote one of our postcards to Carl and Monica to thank them and tell them about what we've been up to and then the kiddos colored Alaska this afternoon when we eventually made it home from the bus.  Dinner was a yummy Alaskan Salmon in a Creamy Dill sauce.  (Side note if anyone is trying these recipes - I swapped 1 cup of mayo for plain yogurt and the regular mustard for dijon mustard to attempt to not lose all the benefits of the healthy side of the fish ;-) )  Mikayla was in 7th heaven with more seafood!

Looking forward to Friday and the weekend.  Not sure what it all entails, though Mom and Dad are coming in on Sunday to help with wallpapering the bathroom which has now officially been under construction for well over a year now.  Then we'll just need paint and we can finally get it all back together.  Not sure what tomorrow looks like, but we'll be checking in!  Until then...

Alaska Fun Fact of the Day:  In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7.2 Million or 2 cents per acre, for Alaska.

 Working on the event schedule for the Olympics

 And the medals  (Hey Noah, I'm obviously all over this but I have yet to see the mascot you're supposed to be making. ;-) )

 Our postcard back to Alaska

 Mikayla coloring Alaska

 And cutting it out

 Noah's finished Alaska - bonus note:  As he was coloring it Noah suddenly says "Oh Mom, I have to remember to draw in the pipeline!"  He remembered our discussion of the Alaskan oil pipeline from Monday and included it in his drawing.  On the back for his paper he then wrote "There is a pipeline that stretches all across Alaska"  Go Noah!

Baked Alaskan Salmon in a dill sauce - yum!

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