Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Ever Elusive Lingonberry

I had read that Prospect Heights, a trailhead in Chugach State Park, near our home was a place where we could pick lowbush cranberries (aka lingonberries), so one afternoon earlier this month I convinced Kara that we should take the five kids out hunting on the park trails.

We did not find a single lingonberry, but I did see a few (very few) bushes. What we did find was a couple of climbing trees. Climbing trees are hard to find in this part of the state, so the kids took advantage of the opportunity.

Someday we will find a good lingonberry patch!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Backyard Exploring

We have had such awesome fall weather that the kids have had more chances to explore outdoors. The summer was pretty great, but we had an abnormally high bee (wasp, yellow jacket, etc.) population so the children were not excited about playing outside. However, with the cooler (but not cold!) fall weather the bees seem to have fled and the children are willing to go back outdoors.

One afternoon (back in September!) Kara told the kids to go in the backyard and scavenge outward into the 40 acres of wetlands that our homeowners' association owns to find the small stream they had found last summer. From the stream they were supposed to collect some pond water for examination under a microscope.

They took off on their own, but after a while I decided to go check on them and see how their mission was going. They hadn't found the stream or if they had, it was just a trickle. They weren't willing to collect the water because they said it was too dirty. !!! I collected a small sample for them. Bentley found a few low bush cranberries. They had a good time.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Evan's 4th Birthday!

Evan made it back from Idaho just in time to celebrate his 4th birthday at home!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Everyday Life: More August

The kids had friends (Evan and Reed) over!

We got rid of some younger kid toys!

B chose these sunglasses.

J blasting on his trumpet behind closed doors.

E in a box

L enjoying V's castle!

V wearing mom's shoes. E wearing B's shoes.

E enjoying V's castle.

B being a good sport while E beats him up.

L's airplane that he built.

L changed his airplane, but not his smile.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Tooth Be Gone!

Lincoln lost his first tooth this week - he was a bit traumatized about the whole thing, but it ended well.  :)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Everyday Life: August

The children spend time in the schoolroom hitting the books even in the summer!

Construction Guy

Cool Guys

Cool Guy with Top Hat Guy

Climber Guy

Fearless Guy

Dangling Guys

Puzzle Guys

Dinosaur Guy

Not a Guy!

Train Guys

Death Star Guys

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Evan's Birthday Cake!

This year Evan told me he wanted a rainbow cake.  I made the mistake of asking him if he wanted a rainbow on the outside of the cake or on the inside, with pictures of both, which lead to him informing me that he wanted the rainbow on the inside AND the outside.  Of course!  :)

Evan helped mix up the colors for his cake, he helped put all the batter in the pans (all three of them!), he helped swirl the cakes, and he helped build the rainbow on the top!  He did a great job.