I kept meaning to update before the end of November, but obviously that didn't happen so this will be a lengthy post to catch up! Life is just moving right along here in Fairbanks, Alaska. And wow - what a difference a day or week can make. I'll talk more about that later but first I'll get you caught up on what we've been up to!
So while the temps were still really low we did a little science experiment! Click the video below to see what happens when a cup of boiling water meets -38 air! It's pretty amazing!
It's been more of the usual here- Hockey practice twice a week and games every Saturday! Here's a short video of Tristan's last hockey game- He is #88. I am still amazed watching him skate around knowing that 2 months ago he could barely stand up on the ice.
Abby has swimming practice three times a week! No swim meets since the one on November 19th but she has one coming up on December 10th! We enjoyed going to her Swim Team Christmas party this past Saturday night. She, Madison, & I went and had fun swimming then enjoyed a pot luck dinner.
Hope has XC ski practice 6 days a week unless it is cancelled for some reason. She had her first race (a local one) this past Saturday out at Birch Hill. This was for skating (in case you didn't know - I didn't- there are two types of XC skiing ~ skating and classic and she is learning both)! It was a great learning experience and hopefully helped her get over her nerves before her next race which will be this coming weekend in Anchorage! She has a friend from back at Fort Campbell whose family just moved here this summer and he happens to be XC skiing for his high school so they run into each other and he will be going on the trip this weekend too so I'm glad she sees a familiar face from time to time. Here's a pic of them from this weekend!
I'm really excited she has opportunities like this yet I'll admit I'm nervous about her traveling so far but what can you do- you have to let them go and trust all will be well! They will leave on Thursday around lunch time and drive to Denali National Park where they will stop for a 30 minute run then hit the road again for Anchorage. Although it's only 359 miles - it can take sometimes take a lot longer than normal to drive there because of the weather and snow is expected the whole weekend!
The Saturday after Christmas Charles and I decided to go ski for a few hours at Birch Hill! It literally is just a little over a mile from our house! There's just a few runs but it is going to be fun to just go ski for a while then drive right down the road and be home again! We bought season passes and are currently looking for some used skis so we don't have to rent them every time. The kids will all be taking ski and snowboard lessons as soon as the weather cooperates! Anyways- we had lots of fun! We hadn't been skiing in over 17 years- once the kids came that was just one of those things that never happened again. We had thought about taking a family ski trip several times but the thought of getting little ones dressed in all that gear and skis, boots, poles, etc well- let's face it the ease of a cruise always won out!! Here's a pic looking up the ski run and then one at the top of Charles!
December 1st was a special day! Charles was promoted and we are proud to call him Major Allen now! There was a nice but quick ceremony on the 1st at his office then a pot luck lunch. Charles' Brigade Headquarters is in Hawaii and there is a small 6 man team stationed here at Fort Wainwright so his Colonel flew in from Hawaii to promote him and spent a few days at Fort Wainwright. Friday night everyone from his work (all 10 of us (including spouses) and the Colonel went out to eat about 10 miles out of town to the Turtle Club and we had a really nice time!
Now let's take a look at sunrise and sunset differences since the last post I made and then I'll fill you in on the crazy weather we've had too then you'll understand my post title!
Last time I posted the update on sunrise and sunset it was this (On November 10th sunrise was at 9:09AM and sunset at 4:00PM ~ On November 20th sunrise was at 9:43AM and sunset at 3:29PM)
Now see the difference between the span of this post- crazy isn't it?: Our shortest day is fast approaching though and once Winter Solstice hits on December 21st then we will start gaining that sunlight back :)
The weather has been just plain nuts the past 2 weeks: Here's a look at the highs and lows we've experienced!
November 21 -23 -37
November 22 -1 -24
November 23 2 -16
November 24 -2 -11
November 25 -4 -15
November 26 -6 -25
November 27 -10 -28
November 28 -11 -23
November 29 -7 -23
November 30 14 -5
December 1 10 -7
December 2 25 2
December 3 30 0
December 4 41 28
December 5 18 -4
This warm front actually prompted school to be cancelled today! Is that crazy or what? -38 school, XC ski practice etc life goes on like just another day. The temps warm to 38 for a day and then school has to be cancelled- but trust me when it warms up and everything starts melting then less than 24 hours later it drops below freezing again - well the roads are like an endless skating rink! Anyways- it's been a nice excuse to just stay in today and get caught up on some things like this blog! Still had my homeschool kiddos do their work this morning but this afternoon they are all playing and watching movies together- sometimes they amaze me at how well they all get along!
We've had snow on and off since late yesterday so the roads are covered again! It was really sad watching everything melt and I realized just how much I love the snow and yes- even the COLD! We were all sad yesterday- the kids, Charles, me, and even Izzy just didn't like seeing our Winter Wonderland melt away! Hopefully that was the one and only (rare Chinook wind to hit us this winter!) Well- it's that time again ~ another hockey practice so I'll be posting again soon but in the mean time wishing all our friends and family a great December!!