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Saturday, December 22, 2007

This Time Last Year In Anchorage

My oh my how things have changed in just one year, here is a picture of Griffin at our apartment in Anchorage about a year ago..........look at all the beautiful snow. Griffin was never a huge fan of snow partly because he wouldn't leave his mittens on his hands so they of course got quite cold and I suppose that it would have been more fun if we could have made a snowman but the snow was always too powdery/dry for that. Powdery snow is good for driving, shoveling, and it is more beautiful than slushy snow but it just doesn't work for creating masterpieces, not unless some water was added by some means. The snow sculptures that we had downtown worked out wonderfully but I swear that they must have used some kind of means to keep them together. This time last year (winter of 2006) we were in Anchorage until December 2nd and then moved to S.C. and Griffin took quite awhile to make the transition but has come a long way since then. There are a couple of things that Griffin misses in Anchorage, first he misses his kitty "Pisgah" and asks for him almost every single day and he doesn't understand why we cannot have a kitty (because my dad said that it would shed everywhere, like he would have to be the one to clean it all up..............right dad!). It makes me sad that he cannot have a cat here and I often entertain the idea of going to the shelter to pet the kitties but I am concerned that it might bring on a meltdown if he is teased into thinking that he might get to take one home. What do you guys think? The other one that he seems to miss is Kathleen, he loves to look at the photo album and the pictures of them together in the classroom.

Gone are the days of thinking about snow and worrying about sub-zero temps and looming darkness throughout the winter. It is so nice to be able to have more freedom of movement and regular day/night hours in a 24 hour period.

Griffin has been eating really well the past few weeks, granted it is still the same foods over and over, but nonetheless he is still eating more food more frequently. He isn't getting fat by any means but I suppose that he is going through a growth spurt and getting taller.

It is time to get up from here and do something else, I will do my best to write more often and keep you updated on what's going on here. I hope that you all are enjoying this winter break and I hope that the kids are not bouncing off the walls, so far Griffin is doing fine but it has only been a couple of days so far. I wish for you all to be surrounded by those you love and feel pure joy in your everyday life. If you want to check out what we were doing this time last year here is the link.

Hugs to all of you!


Maddy said...

Last year, last year? Let me think about that for a while, my memory bank is failing Im afraid.
Best wishes

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kristi said...

I am so glad you all are doing good. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

KC's Blog said...

Lora you take beautiful photos! Griffin is so darn cute! I love the little hat :)

Be careful about visiting the kitties, I did once with Big Brother and told him a bunch of times we were just going to visit but once we got there he wanted to take one home badly.

I wish Griffin could have a kitty. I remember Pisgah and Abby. Does Griffin remember Gayle?

We love you guys and are so happy you are away from the cold and darkness :)

Melissa H said...

What does dear ol' Dad say about a guinea pig? I bet Griffin would love that just as much!

I laughed when I read your "bouncing off the walls" comment because Conor has been relentless today! I was thinking, "Whose bright idea was it to have kids stay home from school after Christmas?" LOL

So glad to hear from you. Miss you, dear friend! HUGS!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful picture of Griffin! Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Wendy