I am getting very excited about coming home and having dreams about it almost every night. I couldn't take it anymore so I made my arrangements to fly home today. The last day of school with the kids is May 15th. I will fly to Dillingham on May 18th and fly from Dillingham to Anchorage on the evening flight of the 18th. I am going to stay at a bed and breakfast with Piper for a night or two until Meghan and Andy get to Anchorage. Then I am going to spend a week with them at their house in Homer which I am very excited about! Meghan is going back to Anchorage on the 27th so I am going to go back with her and then fly to Seattle that evening. Once I get to Seattle Piper and I are going to stay at the only hotel I could find that would allow a big dog to stay. On the morning of the 28th we fly out of Seattle and arrive in Philadelphia by 5! I can't wait to see my family, I miss them so much!
Life is still chaotic at the school. Being lead teacher is no fun and I'm glad I only have a couple weeks left of it. A couple weeks ago Helen came out for a walk with Piper and I. We walked all through the tundra, down to the river to look at the chunks of ice pushed up on shore, and then around the village. Piper ran into the brush and came out with an egg shell. I looked it up and it's a raven's egg. When we got home Helen realized her glasses had fallen out of her pocket. We retraced our steps but didn't find the glasses. The next night I let Piper out in the tundra and she ran right to them! I was glad Piper was able to do something nice for Helen since she is always chomping on her arms.
On Sunday we got invited to two of my students' birthday party. I ate crane soup, reindeer, and potato salad. Then for dessert I had berry akutaq and green akutaq, both of which were delicious. It was fun to go and eat with everyone. I told the four-wheeler story and how the two gusuks got stuck at the beach and needed to be saved. :)
The mukluks I ordered came in the mail this week. They are BEAUTIFUL and so much nicer than I expected. They are just a little pair that I am going to keep as a decoration. Piper wanted to eat them but did a good job with leave it.
Here are some gorgeous pictures Helen took of the sunset here last week. We will be seeing less and less of these as the sunsets later and we will be in bed!
Our cook Gladys gave Helen some dried smelts. They were okay, very fishy with a strong after taste. Not bad though.
Last but not least, the big finale of this post! Last Sunday at 3:30am I get a text from Meghan saying they were on their way to the hospital. At 7am I get a text that the baby is here! Liberty Alice Redmond was born at 6:21am on March 2nd. 7lbs 2oz and 19 inches long. Here are some pictures I stole from Meghan. :) She is beautiful and I can't wait to meet her!