Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Twins!

It's been a crazy week!  Viva's 3 week dance intensive finished with a performance downtown Friday night, and Boy Scout camp wrapped up with a camp fire evening on Friday evening.  Then at 1 am on Saturday morning Matt, Bentley, Jake & Viva hopped on a plane for Idaho.   Matt's family was having a reunion day at the park Saturday afternoon and so we figured it would be fun for the kids to catch part of that before heading off on a road trip from Idaho to Las Vegas with Grandpa Tim.  Crazy times.  :)

They made it to part of the event and have been keeping up the non stop fun.  Meeting new cousins, swimming at the hotel pool, golfing at 7 am (yikes!), learning to clean trout, climbing trees.... !  Jake tells me there will be smores tonight.  Awesome!

Most importantly they've had a chance to spend some time with their Great-Grandma Darlene.  We will celebrate more when they get home.  Happy birthday to my favorite twins!  Can't believe they're "half" grown.  :)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Snapshots from the week

We've been keeping busy and time keeps flying, here are a few fun pictures from the past week around here!!  Water balloons have been a big hit around here.  My fingers were a bit numb after the first couple hundred and my Mom taught the kids how to tie them.  Now my life is golden and they are having fun too.... :)

The playground!  I like the new spinning discs some of the new playgrounds have installed.  They can go awfully fast sometimes though.... :)

Art time at dance camp!  I like her headdress.  :)

It's exhausting around here.  I totally relate.

A scary amount of enthusiasm for 6:45 in the morning.... (on the way to Scout camp!)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy (Belated!) Father's Day!

Not the best photo, but all photo subjects were captured with smiles!  It has been a crazy few weeks and Matt was out of town for ASRC's annual meeting over Father's Day weekend.  We combined a Father's day dinner (spaghetti, a favorite!) with an early birthday dinner (spaghetti, also a favorite of Viva and Jake's!) on one of the two nights everyone was in town this week.  :)

Happy Father's Day, Matt!  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Boy Scout Camp!

Cub Day Camp has been this week - a bunch of early mornings and long days, but the boys have been having a great time.  Some of the leaders with them have been kind enough to send me a few photos from their adventures:

They've had relatively good weather for most of the week.  They came home wet a few times but that's because of water fights and fun on the water... !  I'm glad they have fun out at camping getting in some experiences that we don't normally have access to.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Robotics Camp

Our first camp of the summer is officially over, and it was a great time for Bentley!  This past week he has been at UAA all day every day participating in their engineering summer programs.  The only session open to entering 5th graders is the Lego Mindstorm Robotics ones so that is what he did.  I was very excited about it because we bought some Mindstorms a year ago but haven't really gotten into them much yet - I was hoping this would kindle a fire and help us figure out how to use the set and have fun playing with it - I think it has helped!

Bentley's robot won the sumo wrestling show off on the last day during the official demos, here he is with the lovely creation:

His teacher for the week told me he did great and he's a hard worker, very patient & persistent.  Always good to hear.  :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Dance Recital!

I liked the description of Viva's summer dance performance:

"Witness the immense skill and profound artistry of the next generation of dance stars up close and personal in the the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy’s Dance Under the Midnight Sun. Featuring cutting-edge works, this dynamic mixed program is a demonstration of 3-weeks of intensive training featuring local dancers will thrill you, your friends, and family!"

Not *too* much to live up, right?!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fun in the backyard

We were setting up another hammock out back the other night and I asked Evan to hold my camera.  I had some treasures on it when I came inside, both of people and the scenery!

I get credit for the last picture - the reason we were outback - mission, accomplished!

It's been a great summer so far.  Nice warm weather, just a bit of rain, and a lack of mosquitoes.  Pretty much perfection.  :)