Monday, March 23, 2009

Mount Redoubt Erupted!

Mt Redoubt
An erupting Mount Redoubt exploded again at 4:31 this morning -- its fifth and strongest discharge yet -- sending an ash cloud to new heights, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported. Ash has now been detected at 60,000 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service reported.
Mid-level winds are still carrying the ash plume north over the Susitna Valley, and minor ash fall has been reported in Skwentna, Willow, Trapper Creek and Talkeetna, according to the Weather Service, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and eyewitness reports.
High-elevation winds above 40,000 feet are beginning to veer toward Anchorage, but no ash is expected to fall on Alaska's largest city at this time, Bob Hopkins, the meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said.

So, here in Wasilla, we are not receiving any ash. You can't even tell the volcano blew. Mt. Redoubt is about 145 miles from Wasilla.

Mt St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens was more active then this. With Mt St. Helen, I was in Stake Conference and by the time we left, there was ash all over the cars. We had neighbors out hosing off all the cars for us. For days you had to stay indoors and if you went out you had to wear a mask and also change your car filter often.
Mt St. Helens is 53 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Miracle we received

Well the story goes like this. We have an used, older van and car. The van David drove and the beat-up car I drove. They were good for their purpose and took us where we needed to go. The van started giving David a lot of problems and finally he couldn't drive it anymore and so their went my car, as David needed to use it to go to work. We knew the car would not last long also. We decided it was time to start looking for a new car for ME, as David would use the old car and fix the van, then sell the old car. We have been looking and nothing was looking good. Finally two weeks ago I saw a car on a web page. I told David about it as I felt it was our car. He told me that car (Ford Cobalt) was way too small for us. Last Saturday he came home and I told him I still wanted to look at that car as I felt really good about it. We went to the dealership and saw the car. I noticed the car was a lot smaller than I thought. There would be no way we could survive in that car. A salesman (we call them Vultures, no offence to those anyone who is a salesman) came up and started talking to David. He showed us two other cars. I looked at them and thought they look promising. I asked if I could test drive them. I figured might as well have fun since I was here. We test drove the first one...Malibu Maxx. As soon as we got in the car, the KIDS fell in love with it. We then test drove the other one and straight away the kids hated it. Now let me tell you why. No perks in the last one, where as the first one had lots of perks. I also liked the first as (Sara get this) it had a "butt" warmer!! We then talked with the salesman and an hour or so later we were driving out of the parking lot with a new car (OK used, yet new to us). We knew this car was ours. We were shocked, as we did not even think we would be buying a car that day. It was a wonderful miracle. Our Heavenly Father gave us such a wonderful blessing.

Febuary's Craft Project

Here we have a Home EC. project going on. For Christmas the kids had a craft project they could make once a month until we went on vacation. This last month was "Crayon Roll-ups". They picked their own material and had fun making them. Even Eilish was able to do quite a bit. Stay tune for March's craft project.

A stranger in my bed

One night I was going to bed and this is what I found. I couldn't believe it. What was she thinking when she went to sleep? Oh, maybe she read somewhere that your feet need to be elevated past the heart. What do you think? She was shocked the next morning when I showed her these.


Eilish wanted me to put these pictures on the blog. She was working to earn money and wanted me to take a picture of her sweeping. So, this is Eilish sweeping. I think she did a better job then her older brothers.
Here she is vaccuming. She is not getting money for this as it is one of her daily chores. If only she would of folded the laundry in the background. No such luck!!
Eilish wanted this posted also. For school one day she had to read this worksheet. So, she wanted everyone to know she read this. She is doing well in reading.