Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Less than 60 Days 'till Christmas!

Yep... the countdown is on!  The girl will be coming home for Christmas after all!  I was really beginning to wonder how we could get it worked out.  I had always reassured people that she was just a day away from us but now we have come to realize that in all likelihood, she is two days away.  At least she will be when we move to Perryville.  You can't hardly fly from one place to the other without spending the night in Anchorage.  Bummer.

For those who care and might want to come see us or visit Sitka:  A round-trip ticket from Anchorage to Sitka was $441 and from Anchorage to Perryville was $804.  Luckily Alaska Air was giving 3 miles on the dollar!  We were able to use miles for the Perryville flight. 

Point of interest:  Alaska Airlines offers a mileage plan through VISA that anyone who is moving to Alaska or thinking about visiting more than once should think about getting.  We put EVERYTHING through that card.  The mileage adds up quick and it sure makes travel a lot easier when you can use your cash someplace else.  AND, you get a companion ticket for $99, too.  Check it out at:  http://www.alaskaair.com/

The Mister called this morning from Port Alsworth.  The team played last night and won their game.  They say they are having a great time. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time Marches On

The Mister went to in-service in King Salmon this past week.  The district office (DO) told him that a plane will be here in Pedro Bay on Sunday, the 14th, to pick up us and our belongings and fly us to Perryville directly.  To understand this a bit better --- I have nearly 17 Rubbermaid totes in my classroom of just school stuff.  AUGHH!!!  We have eliminated books and clothes at a record level at the apartment.  It will take at least 4 or 5 pick-up loads to get our gear down to the airport.  We will have to keep out our heavy winter gear because of weather --- you never know what it's going to be like and we will cover over 400 miles of terrain.  While the airplane should be comfortable --- you always have to plan for the unexpected!

The DO told the Mister that I would be substituting for the secondary Reading, Writing and Social Studies teacher while they are out for personal business.  I don't know how long that will be.  The Mister is set to teach the 1-3 graders.  Later on I will return as his aide for the rest of the year.  Maybe. 

Who knows?!  You know how people laugh and talk about some people who wake up in a new world every morning?  Well, that's us.  We just live with what we've got and either hope that we can hang on to it or that tomorrow morning will bring something better....

We went to church this morning.  I will miss the singing and visiting with folks.  It has been a good time for our family to have this extended family.

In case you're interested.... I am finally buying tickets for the Girl to come home at Christmas.  This has turned into quite a job.  She can leave Mt. Edgecumbe after school on the 16th but the late flight is apparently filled -- this happened while we were waiting to find out just where we should buy the for!  Now we know where we're going to be and the logistics are difficult to say the least.  I can get her to Anchorage or King Salmon but somewhere she'll have to probably spend the night in the airport.  Then flights to Perryville are limited so I'm trying to get the timing right on that, too.  AND, I'd really like to use my mileage with Alaska Air so that seems to be putting a wrinkle in it, too.  If you're still interested, Pen Air is advertising the price from Anchorage to Perryville at $804 round trip ---- by the time this is all said and done I could just as well send the Girl to Oklahoma for the break!!!  I'll let you know what I finally get worked out.....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It happens just like that...

We knew when we came to Pedro Bay in August that there was a chance the school could close before the end of the year.  This week, we came to that spot in time where the decision was made for us.  At last word, we were told that the school will in fact close down.  Our timeline is still sketchy but it looks like November 19 will be our last day of classes.  The district will charter a plane for us and our belongings soon after that --- probably the 20th.

We will be moving to Perryville.  It is at the southern-most tip of our district.  The village runs about 100 during the winter months and drops to around 15 during the summer.  Most people go to Chignik to the canneries or they fish for themselves. 

Perryville is beautiful we have been told.  The pictures certainly are.  There aren't any trees but there are mountains and even an active volcano.  The village faces the Pacific Ocean and has a 3mile stretch of black sand.  The teachers there have caught salmon and halibut on the beach --- however, the teacher who told the Mister this, says he doesn't go to the beach without his rifle and bear spray!

The Mister will be the 1-3 grade teacher and I will be his aide.  We are hoping that next year we can both be teachers.  There are 2 other teachers there now.  It will be good to have the company.

The Boy has enjoyed his time here at Pedro Bay.  He has been able to play volleyball and will even get to travel with the team to the volleyball Jamboree next week in Port Alsworth.  He has made friends with all the kids and seems to like the discussions they have in class.  He has also started learning to play the piano.

The Girl called us yesterday.  She had written songs as an assignment for choir.  She said the kids all really liked her songs and the whole choir is going to learn one of them.  Apparently, she is going to sing another one that she wrote for graduation.  She is really enjoying choir this year.

The grandparents are back in Oklahoma after spending 2 weeks in Sitka with the Girl.  It sounds like they all had a great time.  Plans are already being laid for the next round of visits!

We are out of school this week for teacher in-service.  The Boy and I are home.  The Mister has flown to King Salmon.  The Boy and I are catching up on video time and cooking.  I'm trying to learn how to play on the playstation II but he doesn't have much hope for me!  The volleyball team is practicing every afternoon and I'm packing things away in my classroom.  The next month will fly by, I'm sure.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It Snowed!

The salmon pond is nearly empty. 

Yep... those are bear tracks.

The day after it snowed.  the mountains are just beautiful1!