Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday-Adventures with the parents addition pt 2

1. We ventured down to the Kenai Peninsula. I'd never been down South that far, so it was a new adventure to me. My parents had been there when they had come down a few years ago. Its a lot warmer down in Kenai that it was in Denali, so we got to enjoy the gorgeous fall sights a little more than in my last weeks post.

She loves "jumping" lately

2. We checked out some pretty gorgeous glaciers in Whittier, AK on the way back. These pictures are kind of muted, because it was such an overcast day, but they are the prettiest blue color.

Watch out Titanic, the water is full of icebergs!

The salmon are done spawning, and are turning white... their lives are nearing an end.

3. We also checked out Jim's Creek Gold Mine in Girdwood, Alasak
$20/day to pan, and $10 to walk the grounds and see all the relics left behind by the miners

The miners used "hydraulic mining," which basically means that they blasted the mountains with water and washed the gold out (my dad is obsessed with mining, and loves learning about it)

Who needs ice?! In Alaska all you need is a spring to keep your drinks ice cold!

My heart shaped rock

Critterbug loves picking up rocks. She always has pockets full.

Collecting rocks in her cup

She crossed this bridge 23458304953 times. She thought she was so big!

We even spotted part of the famous Iditarod Trail that starts in my town (Wasilla)

(These two were taken in Wasilla, not in Girdwood, but I wanted to share them also b/c they go with the Ititarod trail picture we found.

4. My dad & I did some salmon fishing. Pardon the fact that I look like a sumo wrestler. It was cold and I was wearing two pairs of sweat pants, and like four shirts. Ha!

Sockeye Salmon

Look, my dad caught a King!! Ha ha!

5. We also visited the Pacific!! Not technically the ocean, but we checked out the Cook Inlet, which is part of the Knik Arm that connects to the Pacific. This is my first time on the West Coast, so I'm still fascinated with the Pacific Ocean. Its on my Alaska Bucketlist to swim in it (and dip my toe into the Arctic) which I will try and get posted on my tabs up top as soon as I find the notebook I wrote it in :/

She looks thrilled

Low Tide

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

That time I spent $100 on "garbage"

I had to run to the bank yesterday, so I went to the Wells Fargo in Walmart. I wanted to get some glue for a craft project I wanted to try out. I got to get a few small ones accomplished this past week while my parents were here, and I can't wait to share them with y'all soon. I've also got a ton of pictures from our adventures to share. Right now I'm just trying to catch up on laundry, and get the house ready for the husband's return tomorrow. Poor guys been in the field for two weeks while it's been snowing here.

Anywho, on the way back from Walmart I noticed there were a lot of cars outside Salvation Army. The hubs and I stopped there once when we first got here because he didnt want to sit on the floor for 3 weeks while we waited for our furniture to get here from NC, but they didnt have any couches at the time, so it was just an in and out trip. This time I actually got to scout around, and I found some great little goodies for $42 bucks. Since I got such great items at the Salvation Army, I scooted down to my favorite second-hand store, Value Village. This is seriously the cleanest thrift store everrrrr!! Everything is organized, and its the size of a smaller supermarket (think piggly-wiggly). All the money they earn goes to big brothers/big sisters.

I ended up finding a TON of great fall decorations in there, and a few other pieces too, spending another $61. So, for a grand total of $103, I ended up with a trunk load of amazingness. I have a list a mile long of crafty projects that I want to do already, so I really didnt NEED any of this, but who can pass up cheap decor?! Now I think I have enough "knick-knacks" to finish decorating this house, and I'm just on the hunt for a few larger furniture pieces.

Check out all my great "crap" that people got rid of!!

My haul!! Look at all that crafty goodness!

Fall lovelies

Some fun glass pieces and galvanized pails... each piece less than $3

Picture frames galore

Critterbug loves sticking her finger in the eyes of this pumpkin

I got a whole box with a dozen of these candle jars for $5.50. I dont really need 12 of them, but for less than fifty cents a piece, I'm sure I can use them for something.

My favorite score was this dresser wanna-be. It's actually a chest that gives the appearance of a mini-dresser. It needs a little TLC, but overall, its in good shape. I think I may just paint the top since it has a little water damage, and add some new knobs. Wanna know what I paid for this beauty?!

Yep! $6.99!! Can't beat that price

It lights up! Too cute for the porch. I think it was $5.99. And like I said, Critterbug loves it. She's been carrying it everywhere

I also got this cutie for around $3. 

This was the most expensive thing I bought. I spent $18 for the set of 5... which I think is a decent price b/c Walmart was selling the little ones for around $5/a piece

Grand total-$102.65

My future crafter :) $2.75 for the letter organizer

Check back to see what I do with all of this thrifty goodness!

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