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MASCOTS: The Big Adventure Continues

Driving through British Columbia. Lots of great scenery, plus smoke from the many wildfires currently raging.

2018_08 07 BC smoke from wildfires

Crossing a cool bridge on the way into Vancouver.

2018_08 07 Bridge Continue reading


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Despite having only 20,000 miles on it and having been serviced right before they left, the Buzzers’ truck broke down in British Columbia, stranding them for 5 days. The folks in the little, no-cell-service town were very nice to them and Mama Buzz said they really needed the rest after going full bore for far too long packing, cleaning, and saying their good-byes. So, yes, their carefully planned travel schedule got messed up, but the truck is repaired and they’re back on the road. Please pray for them to have a safe and uneventful trip from here on.

2018_08 05 On the road again

While surfing for a local Mass, Mama Buzz came across this lovely church notice: Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Children are a gift. The way we welcome children in church affects the way they respond to the Church and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house.  So, welcome them and give a smile to their parents. Children, we like having you here! Parents, relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. Sit toward the front, even in the first row. It is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Bring items to help your small child during the service and don’t forget the coloring pages and crayons in the lobby. Quietly explain the parts of the liturgy and actions of the priest, servers, etc. Sing, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn by copying you. If you have to leave with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back!

Speaking of children … please keep our youngest grandchild in your prayers. He isn’t due to leave the womb until October 29th, but his mama went into preterm labor on Friday. The docs have stopped it and she is resting at her far-from-home hospital. It isn’t clear if she’ll have to stay in the hospital for the duration or if they will let her come home to bed rest. Either way, they’ve got a lot of support at home from friends and family in their rural community, so hubby and #1 son are in good hands. The main concern is that our grandson stay tucked inside until his lungs are fully developed. Thanks so much!

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MASCOTS: Cruise Day!

From Mama Buzz: “We went on a cruise out of Valdez yesterday. We saw Columbia Glacier.”

“The crew fished some glacier ice out of the water for us to touch and hold.”

2018_07 27c Touching glacier ice Continue reading

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MASCOTS: Saying good-bye

Yesterday afternoon, they left their home town and today are enjoying a one-day cruise to see glaciers and wildlife. On, Saturday they say “so-long, can’t wait to come back” to the state that has been their happy home for six years.

Bunny has been very verbal about her anxieties and sadness. Mama helped her pick out an Alaska bracelet to help her with those feelings. Buzz’s autism makes it very hard for him to express himself and Bootz still doesn’t have enough language to say how he’s feeling either. The boyz comforted each other in the hotel.

Bridge crossing: You can see the Alaska Pipeline to the left.

0726181846 bridge pipeline

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July 20 from Mama Buzz: “Most of the house is packed and multiple crates have been loaded on to the truck.  Last night, after the excitement of staying at a hotel wore off, Bunny was laying in bed telling me she misses her home and she doesn’t want to leave. We talked about how we are all sad to leave and its ok to cry about it, but to also remember we have exciting things to look forward to with our move — mainly getting to see so much family more often! I’ve been reminding myself of this a lot too. Tomorrow, we have our good-bye potluck picnic at the park with whoever wants to see us one more time.  We have to clean the house, get it inspected, etc., then we’re going to do a day cruise to see glaciers and ocean wildlife before we leave. Lots of prayers please!”


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MASCOTS: Last visit to the Botanical Garden

The movers come tomorrow and the Buzzers are simultaneously sad and excited about their move. If all goes as planned, they’ll be here at Casa Hyphen for a short visit in about four weeks!

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MASCOT UPDATE: Saying good-bye to the gardens

Mama Buzz took up gardening when they moved to Alaska six years ago. I used to love gardening, but it’s been many years since I was well enough to indulge myself in planting, pruning, and yanking weeds. So Mama Buzz’s garden was my vicarious garden too and she always kept me up to date with lots of pictures from spring to fall.

This is the last Alaska garden. I feel kind of sad. She’ll plant again as soon as they get settled in their new house, which is all reserved, yay! It looks a lot like this one on the outside, but is bigger inside, since they didn’t have Bootz when they moved to the north country.

Anyway, this week-end, Mama Buzz and the kids tidied up the Alaska gardens, got them pretty for the next tenants, and gave some flowers for remembrance to friends they’re leaving behind. (She always kept a pretty planted pot on the utility cover, but that pot is going with them.)


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Mascot Update: Summer in Alaska

Mama Buzz sent these. She took the photo at 12:30 am today.

2018_07 01 Fairbanks light2018_07 1230am Fairbanks sky


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MASCOTS: Water Play

What better time to mess around with your water toys than right after it has rained?!

2018_06 10 Mascots Water play

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MASCOT UPDATE: This Week in Buzz Land

Bunny composed a beautiful little story. I’m so impressed. It has all the elements of a good story and she’s only in kindergarten! Plus, they don’t even have a dog. 🙂

“I took the dog to the vet. The dog is sick. The dog has a medicine. The dog gets his heart checked first. Now the dog gets his eyes checked. The dog gets his leg checked. The dog is sad because he wants to go home. The dog is mad because he wants a treat. I am waiting for the dog. The dog is happy to go home. The end.”

Bootz and Buzz got painted.

2018_05 26 Bootz Buzz paint

(Bunny and Mama did too, but their photos show their faces, so I can’t share them.)

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