|Sitka in summer|
Anyway, I'll start out after Easter and see if I can make it through summer hitting our highlights so far.
A little more than a week after Easter I got to celebrate another birthday. Next year will be a big one for me so this year it was a pretty low-key event, so low key I wasn't even home for the day. One of our boats needed to be put in dry dock so I spent several weeks in Ketchikan helping out on the project. A week later was our wedding anniversary, and again next year will be a big one for us so we kept this mellow as well. I did at least make a quick surprise trip back to Sitka for the day so I could spend the time with Nicole. March, April, and May saw me working between 60 and 80 hours per week so I really didn't have much time for anything other than sleep and work.
|Our little Earth Day squid|
|Owl talk at the park|
|Storytime at the library|
June saw the beginning of my on-going medical fun, but it also meant Madeline and Nicole got to reconnect with our friends in Seattle while we were all there. During my surgery recovery and during subsequent visits, our friends Dave and Judith have been incredible in their generosity. With a comfortable place to stay and a vehicle to use when we need it, not to mention good friends to share our down time, it has made a bad situation considerably better. Add to that having more good friends right next door, including Madelines friend Amy, it provided some enjoyable times during our visits. I lucked out and was released from the hospital in time for Nicoles birthday, probably not an overly memorable birthday but at least the celebration didn't take place in a hospital room.
|Fishing derby bait|
|Tor, Jess, Lars and Odin|
|Uncle Lowells birthday|
Later in the afternoon we had a party with some of her friends, with pizza and birthday cake. We had the party at the local brewery (much to the horror of my mom I'm sure), but it turned out to be a great idea. If you are going to ask adults to go to the birthday party of a four year old, with a bunch of other screaming four year olds, you might as well pick a place that has beer readily available. I think the majority of attendees both young and old had a good time so I'm going to call it a success.