Sunday, February 22, 2009

Random thoughts by Chris Olsen

Things have gotten a little more complicated for the Olsen's. I am now commuting back and forth from Wasilla to Kotzebue for work. Although in this day and age we just have to be thankful that we are employed and that the family is healthy... I just finished my first two weeks on the new schedule. I tried to come home a day early so I could make sure I got home in time but the plane broke down in Nome and Alaska Airlines put us up in the Aurora Hotel. It was really nice... much better than anything in Kotzebue. I was surprised how much Nome is like a real city. They had little shops and everything. People claim that Kotz is a city,but it is just a big Village. There really is nothing in Kotz. Nome actually has a swimming pool, a movie theater and at least one fast food chain (Subway)... The next morning another Jet landed and took us on to Anchorage. I got home and we immediately had to prepare for Emma's baptism. Mel bought her a beautiful white dress, she looked like a little princess. And if you know Em. She put it through a fair amount of twirl practice. It was a very nice night. I got to baptize and confirm my little girl. We had some family over and I got to see my lovely wife for the first time in a month. I really appreciate her for all the work she does while I am gone. It is amazing how being away for a while, magnifies all of the things we love about a person...Man I love that woman...

This week we have been having blizzards left and right. The day before I came back to Kotzebue there was a big storm and one of the cargo planes crashed on the ice. No one was hurt thank goodness. I was kind of disappointed when I went out to take a picture of it and it had already been moved. One of my co-workers got a good picture. Maybe I will get a copy and post it. This is a picture of the mailbox out front of the post office. This might be the reason that mail delivery is so slow here.

Emma had her 2ND grade concert last week. (She is the one in the middle with the blue dress) Mel and I went and was expecting the same o'l kid concert, but the music teacher had other ideas. Instead of a holiday concert they took a few more months and worked really hard on a Broadway theme. Each class sung 2 songs and then they had a big finally at the end. It was amazing!!! they were all in tune, they knew the songs and it was the shortest concert ever at 25 minutes, Perfect!!!






Aidan is the funniest little guy...He loves music. He likes to borrow Emma's I-pod. He has the music bug. The little man can remember lyrics to almost everything he hears. Although in the car when Mel and I are talking he is always yelling "turn it up" He loves the radio blaring while he sits back in his car seat and belts it out...Man we get a kick out of him...



Raylene is quite the little character. She loves to dress up and play superhero. Although I am not sure what she is suppose to be in this picture... Kind of looks like a sword fighting super airline pilot... although if you can fly with a cape why would you be flying a airplane.. and how would you get the sword pass TSA?




3 comments:

Cara said...

Oh my gosh, it is so great to see the kids...they are so cute. We sure miss your family but your favorite movie choices really reminded me why you and Dan are friends...Best in Show??? Really?? Anyway, give Melissa my love...

Heidi said...

Sorry Chris this is mostly for Mel, you look so great. And your family is so cute. I did not know that you were back in the Valley that is great. Hope that you are doing well, we will have to get together some time.

Mammoth said...

Reading through the blog Sir Chris, even though you do not know me I purpose a viewpoint of Kotzebue that typifies, most exclusively, all whom travel and even work there. There is within the village a deep magic of a history that can be found in every step in any direction. Times prior have been preserved as if it were frozen berries in a market. There have been others living in Kotzebue when it was called by many other names for tens of thousands of years, just under the airport, near the power plant, all of it. Staying instead in a tent on the tundra is an awakening that can be absorbed in a shift of thinking, wonders happen and the village of Kotzebue are rows of earthen mounds and mammoth skin boats...Bill