Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some turkey art, from Viva/Lincoln/Evan:

We have a new "tradition"!  For the second year in a row some of the kids have gone to check out the Great Alaskan Shoot Out with their Dad.  We'll see if the tradition lasts, as apparently the Shoot Out is struggling/may not be around next year....

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Pumpkin Day!

The kids did some pumpkin carving and Charlie Brown watching w/Daddy and Grandma Vicki:

We also did some Trunk or Treat at the church:

And a fun Halloween party evening w/Grandma Karen (and a quality picture of a picture being taken.... !!!):

We also did some door to door time on Halloween evening, but it was dark out so my pictures are.... non existent.  But here's a shot of the older kids having fun with their candy swapping after the load was all hauled in and examined!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Everyday Life: More September





Twin Bonding

(Jake's pansy's first bud!)


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Snow! Beautiful Snow!

We finally got our first snowfall of the season on Friday. We woke up to a Winter Wonderland. The kids played outside in the back yard. (Look for three colored blimps in the snowscape. L & E had already gone inside before I took the photo.) Then on Saturday I took all five children over to our favorite sledding hill at Service High and they had a blast. Evan joined his older siblings in the fun! (Last year after being crashed into by another toddler, he was very reluctant to get on a sled.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Everyday Life: September

Viva purchased a wax sealing kit, so here she is playing with fire.

A Tent Fort

Evan is still small enough to fit in a toy cubbyhole, but not for much longer!

Enjoying a fine fall day--the umbrellas are to keep the sun, not the rain off.

The boys took the summer off from scouting and returned to their troops in the fall.

Water balloons were a big hit this summer.

Water Balloons Photo Two (Where are L & E?)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reading Progess!

Lincoln and Evan are doing fantastic in their reading program. Today they finished the first half of the course--40 lessons completed! They are now reading short, short books that come with the course. They will start the second half of the program tomorrow. We are all looking forward to having two more avid readers in our home.

Monday, October 17, 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!