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Adventures in Burkeland - Friday, 28 April 2017
A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 
 Saturday, 29 April 2017
We made it!
We made it!
We made it!

Our flight landed around 6am at the overcrowded airport. Since Iceland is, apparently, the place to go these days they don't have gates for all the planes so we "parked" alongside other planes that were arriving, walked down the outside stairs into about three inches of snow that had fallen during the night and took a bus to the main airport. Someone from our rental car place found us outside of immigration and an hour or so later we were set free with our 4x4 to explore Iceland! (With a stern warning that the #1 issue with rental cars in Iceland is doors blowing off in the wind. Yikes!)

We ventured through the snow down to the Bridge Between the Continents, which spans the crack forming between the European and North American tectonic plates. It was a quick (and WINDY!) stop and only 20 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon!!


We spent three hours drinking champagne at the swim-up bar, masking our faces with silica and algae and generally enjoying the smooth, 90-100 degree water, while being surrounding by snowy hills (and a few hail storms that blew through). Our first hot spring was incredibly awesome!

All good things must end, and eventually it was time to head into Reykjavik, about 45 minutes from the lagoon.
60% of Iceland's 330,000 people live around the capital city, which makes it just slightly larger than Salem, Oregon. In other words, easy to navigate! (It is also the worlds most northern capital.)

We found our hotel, the Leifur EirĆ­ksson, quickly and set off on foot for the rest of the day. Reykjavik is very walkable! The main shopping streets are just behind our hotel so we explored our way down to the KolaportiĆ° "Flea Market", found the Sun Voyager sculpture and the Icelandic Phallological Museum before heading to Tapas Barrin where we had reservations for an Icelandic Feast!


At this point we had basically been up all night (other than a few hours of sleep on the plane) so we returned to our hotel for the first good nights sleep in two days!
More pictures from our first day are posted here.
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 Friday, 28 April 2017
Two months ago when Scott asked me what I wanted for my 40th birthday I answered, "I want to go somewhere that requires a passport!"
So we're on a plane, passports in-hand, to ICELAND!!

04/28/2017 08:47:36 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Sunday, 16 April 2017

If Scott's current path doesn't work out, his Plan B appears to involve Easter eggs and Sharpies.
Check out this collection he put together for the boys!
  

Mr. C sported a tie and slacks all day. He looked sharp! (And old...!!)
This was about all we saw of Nolan all day, thanks to he and Sadie's general independence combined with an inability to be contained (or sit still). Ever.



And some unexpected cousins joined our gathering! It's been years since we saw Rebecca and Justin's family! Hooray for reunions!
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 Saturday, 08 April 2017
Adding something new to the garden this year... let's see if we can increase our success by starting a few veggies in a greenhouse.

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 Wednesday, 05 April 2017
First mow of the year!
It's been a very wet spring, which means the grass is LONG, but not dry enough to mow.
It let up enough that we can at least attempt to knock the grass down today (even though it's still very wet). Carson was very excited to be driving again!

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 Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, Bella came home with a hole in her side
She was acting strange in the morning, but neither Scott or I noticed it before we went to work. Carson was home with Poppy & Nonna and spotted it later in the day.
We watched her for a bit after I got home in the afternoon and finally decided about 4pm that we should take her to the vet before they closed to see what they thought.
As the vet said, "Most injuries are quite a bit smaller than this when people are 'on the fence' about coming in."
Well, heck.

He had to knock her out to the the surgery, which meant she ended up spending the night at the vet. He told us the next day it looks like a puncture wound (like she ran into or fell on something) because it went pretty far back under the skin. Seven stitches and some antibiotics, which means we need to figure out a Plan B for this weekend when she was supposed to be at the kennel.

UPDATE: to Poppy and Nonna for keeping her for a few days!
 
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 Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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 Sunday, 12 March 2017
Maureen, Chris, Jaden and Casey came down for a cousins + projects weekend! (The projects part was a happy side effect of Jaden being completely willing to take on some farm projects.)
We lit the burn pile, cleared blackberries, knocked down bird nests I can't reach and even started the job of moving the barn pasture fences to extend the front yard.
Woo-hoo! There are few things I like better than occupied kids and completed projects


  
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 Monday, 27 February 2017
So the rest of our trip went like this:

1. Mom gets very sick after the Knights dinner and spends all day Sunday in bed.
2. Boys decide they aren't thrilled with Las Vegas (we had booked two nights at the Excalibur on the strip) and opt to return to Karen and Jimmy's where they can play more VR games.
3. Mom is finally able to drag herself out of bed Monday morning, for the early flight home with the boys - still not eating, just in case.
4. Scott stays in Las Vegas for his conference.
5. Boys and Mom land in PDX, take the shuttle to long-term parking and discover the battery on the van is dead.
6. Carson kicks van tire until we're sure it's dead as well.
7. Shove all luggage in through the passenger door because it, and the drivers door, are the only ones we can open with the manual key.
8. Turns out PDX has a guy that will jump your car for free! It takes 1.5 hours for him to arrive... time spent in the van with no heat and two tired children. Mom is still sick. Carson needs to pee.
9. Nolan wants McDonalds, Carson wants Subway, pick up the dog.
10. Home sweet home, just six or seven hours after we landed.

More pictures from the trip posted here!

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 Saturday, 25 February 2017
It's Scott's 42nd birthday today!
We celebrated with at party at Karen's and dinner at the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur Hotel!

 
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