Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jake's amazing Easter

If anyone follows the National news, you probably heard about the fish processing vessel that sunk off the coast of Dutch Harbor, which is about half-way down the Aleutian Chain. Well, the Coast Guard Cutter that responded to the scene was Jake's ship, the CGC Munro. They saved 40 people from the water in an amazing rescue! Here is a letter from the Captain of the Munro, Captain Lloyd:

Please pass the following to our Spouses and friends:

By now, I suspect most if not all of you are aware of how we spent our Easter Sunday. It started just after 2:30 this morning when we were notified of a fishing vessel with more than 40 people on board, taking on water and sinking about 5 hours from our position. The engineers did an amazing job as we achieved speeds I've never seen before in my life aboard a 378. As they were tweaking the engines, our Corpsman and a huge team of people turned our mess deck in to a triage and hypothermia treatment center. Up on the flight deck, helo team personnel worked in high seas, icing, air temp of 16, and sea temp of 32 with freezing spray to get the helo ready to launch when we were close enough. Then those same people worked all day refueling helos, carrying survivors from the flight deck inside, and much more. The Cooks were up early getting hot food ready and kept it comin' all day long. In Combat, our OS's were constantly on the radios, coordinating, managing the change, and trying to keep a whole lot of people on the beach informed. While I know I could go on and on and on with details of every rate and would love to tell you the personal stories of what your love ones specifically did, I'll let them tell you in their own words. Though, it might not be this evening as there are quite a few folks running on coffee and adrenaline. We have 20 survivors on board. The crew has donated ball caps, t-shirts, pants, and the latest, someone noticed they had flip flops so we are busy getting them all shoes. They've got smokes again, playing cards, bibles, and all sorts of toiletries. The plan, at this point, is to catch up on the endless paperwork that we've ignored for most of the day as we continue to search the area for the one remaining missing crewmember. We're planning on searching the area with the ship tonight and flying again at first light. At some point, we'll head to Dutch Harbor to drop off our guests, refuel, take a deep breath, then get back to work. The crew, as you might imagine, is pumped. Today is why many people joined the Coast Guard. One last funny thing. For the survivors that didn't need much in the way of treatment, we moved them down to the Rec Decks to relax, hang out, etc. They requested and we obliged them with their choice of movies... Their first pick - The Guardian. Take care and thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Captain Craig Barkley Lloyd
Commanding Officer
USCGC MUNRO Kodiak, Alaska

My little Bubble Gum Girl

Joanna learned how to blow bubbles before we left Kodiak! What a cool accomplishment! Way to go, girl!!

Easter and stuff

We had Easter at David and Mari's house. My parents came down from Sequim and we all celebrated together. I just have to say how thankful I am that we have the parents that we do. We are so fortunate to both have great parents. I love the fact that we can all celebrate holidays's really fun! That being said, the kids had such a great Easter! The Easter Bunny (AKA Mari and David) left them some super cute baskets and tons of eggs to find. My mom brought down some Easter outfits for them...Joanna looked like she could have been in a wedding, she was so beautiful. David put two pork loins on the BBQ...he is the best BBQer in the whole world. (And I've known some good ones.) It was a delicious meal. All in all, it was a really fun Easter and we are SO glad to be in Washington! (But we DO miss our friends in Kodiak.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

We made it!

We made it to Washington! The kids did great on our air journey. Here are some pictures of them at the airport. I'll post some Easter pictures as soon as we get back from...EATING MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!! Yay!! :)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ode to a Daddy

Well, yesterday was a sad day for us. Jake left for a two-month patrol. We miss him's never easy to say goodbye. Last night Joanna was sad that her Daddy wasn't there to sing her "Twinkle-Twinkle" like he does every night. I told her that we would just have to do something fun EVERY DAY until he's back. We're leaving this coming weekend for Washington. Thank goodness...I need a break. Joanna and I thought of all the fun things we were going to do while we are down there. Here are the top 10 things we came up with:

1. Eat strawberries every day

2. Go to Costco

3. Eat at Red Robin

4. Buy some new spring/summer clothes

5. Help grandmas and papas with their yard/garden work.

6. Play with Tony. (David and Mari's dog)

7. Go to Auntie's baby party!

8. Go to Target

9. See Uncle Chuck, Uncle Don, Great-Grandma Hope and all the family in Hermiston!

10. Feed the ducks at the park by Papa Carl's house. (I think that's aginst the rules now, but we can still go see the ducks.)

I'm going to add in my own personal #11 and say that eating Mexican food is going to be great, too.

Anyway, we have lots of fun plans to stay busy and make the time fly by until Jake will be home again. We love you, and miss you so much!! (Just in case he can see this at some point on his trip.) xoxo

Wide-mouthed Bullfrog

So, there's a song called "Wide-mouthed Bullfrog" that the kids learned at Music With Mar classes here on base that they LOVE. It's a little song about a frog that goes around and asks a mouse, a bird and an alligator what they eat. Well, I thought it would be fun if we made puppets of the animals to go with the song. We all picked an animal and went for it! They turned out pretty cute! Jake did the alligator, I did the bird, Joanna had the mouse and Nate made the frog. Here are some pictures of the crafting fun!

Sorry for being such a slacker

There's been a lot going on around, here's a little idea of what we've been up to.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

If you want to know how we spent our day...

Click on Christie's Blog up on the top-right to find out! Action and adventure await!

Monday, March 3, 2008

My love/hate relationship

Yes. I confess that I am in an unstable and volitile relationship. Love/Hate, thy name is Kodiak. I need an intervention. Yesterday. Today was one of "those" days, and it is such a fast-paced rollercoaster. One second I'm staring at literally probably 25 eagles in the trees. The next second I'm back in disheveled Kodiak town being jolted out of my reverie by monsterous pot holes 3 feet wide. Only 2 1/2 years left, wheee! Let's talk about the eagles, shall we?

Here are some photos I took this morning on our way into town to the library. This is on the road to town near the fish processing plants. The eagles sit in these trees hoping they might get some lunch from the leftovers at the processing plants. I love driving into town and seeing 12 eagles in one tree and 15 in the's amazing. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. I won't even go into to the "hate" part...I'll leave this on a positive note. :)