The Alaskan Adventure Continues

The adventure continues.  I left you yesterday thinking our first day at Sea went smoothly.  That really was not the case.  Alexis was not impressed with the way the boat rocked.  We had a pretty rough ride.  She continued to complain about her tummy hurting and didn't want to do anything but stay in the room.  My biggest concern was that she wasn't eating anything.  I figured this was a case of Sea Sickness.  I decided to walk down to medical (aka-personal excursion when it comes to the cost) and get her something to make her feel better.  I had her wear the sea bands and they gave me a pill to give her. After she took it she was out cold for 3 hours.  Knocked her on her butt, poor thing.  She really felt bad the entire time and after a few days I came to the conclusion it wasn't sea sickness.  We had rented a movie in our room and we were all laying under the covers snug as a bug and I looked at the kids and said, "This is the best family time all snuggly watching a movie with the two of you!"  Alexis piped up and said, "This really isn't FAMILY time since Daddy isn't with us!"  <sigh>  I think my girl just had a nervous belly. 

Our first port was Ketchikan, Alaska.  Such a quaint town with a lumber jack feeling.  The weather was a little cool but not bad at all to walk around.  I was ready to get off the ship!  The kids didn't care to see the town.  The only thing they cared about was buying a toy in one of the shops.  Brandon made the comment there were too many jewelry stores. LOL!  Here are a few pics of our time in Ketchikan!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator

 

 

I love the bright colors of the buildings.  Just a happy town. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator

 

You can tell from the background here it's so green and lush in Alaska.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator

 

 

Keeping with the lumbar jack "feeling" I wanted to look the part.  I think there were only a few days that I actually wore makeup and didn't have a hat on.  What a great feeling.  This is the ONLY picture I have besides the professional ship pictures of me with the kids on the trip. Thank you to Natalie Travis for taking my camera and capturing the fact I was really on this vacation with the kids.  <smile>

My only regret in Ketchikan was not seeing the totem poles.  I'm not sure how we missed them but we did.  We hurried to get back on the ship because the kids wanted to be back in their favorite place… the Kids Zone.  They loved it.  At first  I was bored out of my mind.  I know, silly!  That boredom did pass. I spent a lot of time on the 11th Deck watching whales and sunsets.  It was breathtaking and a quiet time to reflect on past, present and future.  I thought a lot about Russ and how much I missed him with me.  Missed his giggles and missed him seeing the kids on this trip.  I was also missing the communication I normally had with him. 

Overall, Ketchikan, Alaska was GREAT. 

I was playing with My Digital Studio again.  I have now completed TWO pages of our trip.  I'm on a mission.  Let me share:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator

 

 

I love the Travel Log Digital kit.  You can check out all the digital content in my Online Store!

Also, click HERE for a complete list of the May Digital Downloads.  You are going to love them! 

Don't forget the Last Chance (Retired List) is out for you to see.  Click HERE to view all the retired items.  Get them fast.  Accessories are on a first come first serve basis. There are a few items I think are MUST haves. 

Jumbo Eyelets– can't live without!

Watercolor Paper– You have to have it. Perfect size for cards!

Ribbon- You can NEVER have enough!

I could list lots more but I won't overwhelm you!  Just go take a look. 

Have a fabulous day! It's time to start my day and clean off my stamp desk.  Time to put ink to paper and more digital work.

XOXOXO

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3 thoughts on “The Alaskan Adventure Continues”

  1. Love your comment about the ship doctor! 🙂 Mike took me to urgent care before we got on the ship because of the cost. Yes, my first cruise I had the pleasure of that excursion!

  2. These posts are precious Kimberly – you need to copy them and put them in a journal to keep.  They are such a great chronology of the time and I just know you all will love reading them again later.  I did this when I was in Iraq – I chronicled my daily happenings and not only did it help ME, but we read them now and remember together how it was.
    Love you girl! You are doing superb – and you are a rockin' mom!!!!!  *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  3. Oh, Kimberly! Your kids are adorable and your photos are fantastic!  Love them all dressed up and silly at the same time on formal night!  I had to giggle at your comment about how Brandon wears his food….I remember him looking so sweet and innocent with that warm gooey chocolate chop cookie on his cheeks in the shop at the Gold Dredge!  It was pretty cute!  That was one tasty cookie though!   (sorry I posted this here, it wasn't working on the other post, so I added it here!)
    Sorry you only got the one photo of you and the kids. ..next time I won't ask if you'd like a photo of you with them on your camera …I'll just 'politely' get one for you somehow!  🙂  
    I bet you're lovin' the coffee since you got home (or to a Starbucks)?!  …we sure are! 🙂
    Glad you're enjoying being home!

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