home at last

Woo-To-The-Hoo!!!!  We are officially home and settling back in after a whirlwind 15 day vacation to Alaska.  While I attack the mountain of laundry, find homes for the souveniers and upload a bajillion photos to shutterfly I will leave you with a top 10 list of our adventures.

Top 10 things we discovered in Alaska

1.  The air is unbelievably clean and fresh . . . . so noticiable and fabulous I wanted to bottle it up and bring it home.  It reminded me of the air in higher altitudes of Colorado, but minus the huffing, puffing and stinging of the lungs when you walk up an incline.

2.  You cannot go more than 50 feet in an urban setting without seeing a ginormous stuffed bear.

3.  Sticker shock at the prices of goods and services will cause you to inhale sharply and grasp your chest and make you think you are having a heart attack.

4.  Yell and wave your hands at a bear, run from a moose and take 1000 photos of a whale's tail.

5.  Prepare to meet the medical team/room onboard the cruise ship due to your child's T1D, then be suprised when your other child meets them first to get stitches.

6.  Fully understand how the words to "America the Beautiful" perfectly describe the scenery of our 49th state.

Mt. McKinley

7.  Zip lining through the trees of Alaska with your teenager daughter is a fabulous way to spend a morning.

This is a photo from the zipline's website - I did not take my camera due to the high probability it would become a falling 'rock' and be destroyed

8.  The mosqitoes are big, aggressive and laugh at your botanical 'all-natural' bug mist.  Deet is required.

9.  21 hours of light and 3 hours of dusk a day perk you up more than a trenta double shot latte whole with whip.

10.  Cruising along the coastline of Alaska will cause your stateroom window to be smattered with noseprints.

I will be posting many, many, many, many many, (did I say many?) more photos in the days to come . . . . including ones of 2 D-Mom meet-ups!  And, to break the suspense; T1D did NOT rule the vacation.  It certainly came along for the ride and demanded attention at times, however, for the most part behaved well-enough. (for being the ugly-forever-colicky-newborn it is)

Glad to be home and ready to start attempts at catching up with everyone!!!!


Stephanie said...

OMG, you took an Alaskan cruise???!!! Totally awesome! That is something we'd love to do one day. Did your kids just love it? I can't imagine the beautiful scenery...can't wait to see the pics!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

21 hours of sunlight. Oh man. I CRAVE sunlight (making Iowa winters fairly rough) but I crave SLEEP too...that's a rough position to be in!

Welcome Home. Can't wait for the many, many, many pictures!!

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

OMGness!!!!! I need to know how overwhelming it was to experience God's splendor as you peered out at the beautiful scenery????

I'm so glad that you all had a wonderful and safe vacation (minus the stitches - OUCH!!!)

How awesome that T1 did not interfere with all of your fun! I cannot wait for all the pictures and stories! I'm nearly jumping out of my seat with excitement!

Joanne said...

Glad D behaved for you... it must like you better thn me!

Seriously, glad you're back. I've missed you!

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Welcome Home! Glad the cruise was awesome...and Bug wasn't the cause of the stitches! ;)
Looking forward to hearing more. LOVE the new picture on the blog...such great kids!
I so need to post about our meet up...will give me something to think about while Bean is at camp! Email those pics when you have a sec...

Diane D said...

We are going on an Alaska cruise in August. I would love to chat with you about any d tips you may have? (if you are comfortable with that?)

Roselady said...

Missed you while you were gone. When you're not around, we notice! Glad things worked out. And, I particularly liked #5.

Reyna said...

WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise said...

can't wait to hear more about your trip....and your D meet ups! :-)

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

So glad you're home sweet home and that you had a wonderful trip.

The DL said...

I also did a cruise to Alaska a few years ago and to this day it's still one of my favorite vacations I ever took. Just so beautiful. I am so happy to hear you also had a good time. The whale photos are AMAZING. I can't wait to see more!

busymom said...

If your amazing pictures are any indication, you had an AWESOME time!! Wow. Your picture of Mt. McKinley and whale tales (and stitches!?) were so good!

But the sunlight for 21 hours? That sounds hard! I'd need sleep! : )

muffinmoon said...

Wow and wow again! That whales tail! Your view from the window! Stuffed bears! I amsuper excitedto heasr about this holiday. Glsad to hear`your voice again. Welcome home.

Jen said...

WOW Amy! I don't know how I seemed to have missed all three of your Vacation posts! But Here I am catching up. So glad D did not rule the vacation. Your photos are amazing as always and I can't wait to read more about your meetup with Denise! Welcome home and so SO glad to hear your stories!