Memorial weekend 2011 marked Dereck and I living in Alaska for 4 years now, so I thought I'd share a bit about the both of us, how we got together, ended up in Alaska, and a few other things.
I met Dereck in my home town in Minnesota at a local bar shooting pool in 2005. I was finishing my last few generals at the community college before heading off to radiography school, and he was going to school for NDT. I was at the local bar celebrating my 25th birthday with some girlfriends and shooting pool. I went to shoot the 8 ball in when this guy, Dereck, walks up and puts a $3 bet on the table that I wouldn't make the shot. We started dating shortly after that.
I had 2 semesters left of college when Dereck decided to take his job on Alaska's north slope. The next 8 months were rough since I was only seeing Dereck about 3-4 days a month, but we made it work. When I finished college the following spring Dereck asked where I wanted to live and I decided Alaska sounded awesome. We moved there about a month and a half later, on Memorial weekend of 2007, taking only what we could fit in my Jeep. We also got to drive on the beautiful Alcan Highway.
I fell in love with the state instantly. I have been in the best shape of my life since moving here almost 4 years ago. Tons of places to hike, bike, ski, run, camp, fish, etc., and the 20 hours of daylight in the summer are awesome! We have tried to see as much of Alaska as we can, if your not aware this state is HUGE! I even started scrap booking to record all of my Alaskan adventures in. I just love it here and have made some amazing friends.
We got married on October 18, 2008 in Alaska. Our only guests were a few Alaskan friends, no family. It was small, but that's all we wanted. One day we might have a reception back home for all of our friends and family. The doctor that I work for was also the one who married us because anyone in the state of Alaska can marry a couple one time, and that sounded pretty cool to me, so that 's what we did.
We bought our first house a year and a half ago, which means we are definitely staying here for awhile. We also are lucky enough to have the Chugach Mountains practically in our backyard, making for beautiful views. We also have two dogs; Sadie my sweet Airedale and Kodiak my Miniature Schnauzer who suffers from some serious small dog syndrome. They are family and go everywhere with us.
|Liam Maximilian 1-3-2011|
We wanted to have kids and started trying right way. Between trying to get my body to actually function to ovulate, getting my cycle to work with Dereck's work schedule, taking chlomid, and two IUI's later we were finally pregnant with Liam. Check out Liam's story if you haven't already read it.
At the end of June we will be trying for our second child.
If you want to know a little more then I finally did the ABC's of me
The ABC's of me
A. age 30
B. bed size- Queen
C. chores I detest- I hate dishes, even with a dishwasher, and vacuuming also, I would rather scrub toilets
D. dog or cat person- definitely dog, have two, Sadie and Kodiak
E. essential start to my day- I love me some coffee, a latte or an americano
F. favorite color- green, pretty much any shade of green
G. gold or silver- white gold
H. height- 5 foot 9 inches
I. instruments I've played- clarinet and piano many years ago, I wouldn't say I was any good at either
J. job title- Radiologic Technologist
K. kids- my sweet Liam
L. live- Anchorage, AK for 4 years now, the 27 years prior were in Minnesota
M. moms name- Lucinda
N. nicknames- Becky, Beck, by one friend Brookie Becky
O. overnight hospital stays- the night before the fetal surgery and then the 4 days following the fetal surgery/c-section
P. pet peeves- people that are always late, I'm a like to be a few minutes early kind of girl.
Q. quote from a movie- don't think I have one, not a huge movie watcher
R. righty or lefty- righty
S. siblings- one older sister
T. time you wake up- pretty much up by 7:00-7:30 am everyday work or no work, my body doesn't understand the term "sleep in", it is rare but has happened
U. underwear- bikini or sometimes none
V. vegetables you don't like- olives- are they considered a vegetable? Either way I hate them!
W. what makes you run late- I am usually the one who is always 15 minutes early to everything, I hate being late
X. x-rays you've had- geez, too many, elbow, knees, feet, hip, shoulder- I'm a huge klutz.
Y. yummy food you make- tacos, mini pizzas, lasagna
Z. zoo animals- the cats; the lions, tigers, cheetahs, cougars
Such beautiful pictures Becky! Thanks for sharing a little more about yourself. I feel like I know you much better now. Have a good week and hugs to you. ShellyReplyDelete
Very nice and i love your height. Am just a pathetic 5 foot. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your story. Alaska looks beautiful; I bet you have a lot of fun there :) Praying for you guys this June!ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing. your story is so awesomeReplyDelete
Beautiful. This one looks like an optical illusion, and I've gone back to look at it about 12 times to try and figure out whether it's a wave of water about to wash over you, or what the heck it is! ha! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V62dqy_8Q_8/TeScv9c0xdI/AAAAAAAAAYo/rMWke6jYEAA/s1600/P6300221.JPGReplyDelete
Ya Laura that picture is pretty awesome. It is not a wave, the lake was completely calm, but half of the lake was still frozen, and has a great reflection off of the mountains.ReplyDelete
Lovely to hear your story and see your photos... thanks for sharing them xoxoReplyDelete