Saturday, July 23, 2016

Birthday Bash Pics (The Twins!)

When Jake & Viva (& Bentley!) returned from their Idaho and Las Vegas adventures we had a belated birthday celebration.  Jake wanted to do it the evening of their arrival, and I can totally relate - he wanted to open those presents he had been thinking about!  So, of course, we obliged.  Viva wanted a german chocolate cake this year and Jake opted for a chocolate bundt cake with reeses and mini M&Ms on it.  And then we opened presents and joy reigned in the land.... or, at least, in the house. 

Love these twins!  And now they are "half grown".  Way scary... !

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bee Stings!

It's been a fantastic year for the bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets in South Central Alaska. The past two years of mild winters helped them grow their populations. Add to that the fact that I planted flowers in our planters and put them on the front porch and...Eureka!...we have a nest under the deck that Mark has tried to remove repeatedly, but he can't see it so his efforts have been in vain. Earlier this week I moved all the flowers away from the front porch and Kara created a home-made hornet trap. Three hornets (or whatever) flew in. Viva created a hornet trap, too, and caught one. ARG!

Why is this a problem? Bentley has been stung twice while outside and says he's done with going outdoors this summer. I was stung while clearing out invasive vetch. The USPS, UPS, and FedEx people have been seen swatting away hornets (or whatever) when delivering packages to our front door. Kara would be very sad if our home went to "no delivery possible" status! We need to solve this problem even it means calling in outside help.

Everyday Life: June

I took Lincoln and Evan to park day with the cousins. 
The B, J, & V were at camps that day.

Same park day!

Bentley, Lincoln & Water Balloons

Another Day, Another Park

Viva transplanting the flowers she started from seed indoors.

Viva having a playdate with Chloe from church.

Lincoln and Evan playing ping pong! 
(They aren't very good, but they are cute.)

A Super Bubble Bath

A Bubble Monster

Bubble Monster's Older Brother

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Idaho Las Vegas Road Trip Pics

My pookies did a poor job of capturing photos of their Idaho to Las Vegas road trip for me, but Grandpa Tim & Adrianna sent me some a few days back so I have something!  :)  The whole family on reunion day, a birthday shot, and some shots from their roadtrip.  I think Adrianna was the official photographer and unfortunately she had to head out partly through the visit to CA because her Mom was sick so, alas, my photos abruptly stop.  Some is better than none though!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All About Lincoln


Favorite food: french fries
Favorite color: dark green
Favorite book: Star Wars Episode 7 (Golden book)
Favorite thing to do: Play
Favorite place to go: The waterpark
Favorite movie: Kung Fu Panda 1
Favorite animal: I don't have a favorite, but I like tigers

Funny conversation with Lincoln today...

Lincoln: Where were you born, Mommy?
Me: American Fork!
Lincoln: Is that on planet earth?

Lincoln likes:

coloring detailed intricate drawings
clean rooms - he loves to make his bed
food - cheerios, raisins, raspberries, blueberry bagels, chicken, steak....

Lincoln says he wants to learn the cello, like Bentley, but he also tells me that he wants to play a violin.  Hmmmmm.....

Lincoln is inquisitive and helpful, sometimes he is shy though when he meets new people.  I think he is an introvert like his older sister Genevieve!

He has a great attention span and spends hours playing imaginative games with his Legos.  He loves to play with Evan, they are great buddies.  He is independent and not afraid to voice his opinions!

And there are some notes on my favorite five year old.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Noonish Today

This morning when I checked in with what the children were doing at noon, I found this:

Bentley was lying on the floor between the couch and the ottoman reading a newspaper article on Sensei Tanaka. (It was a front page story and we learned a lot!)

Lincoln was working out his anger at his mother by drawing while sitting on the kitchen floor.

Viva was not yet dressed. She was thinking about starting her school work...

Evan was playing with two Playmobil horses.

Jake was doing schoolwork in his bedroom while wearing his dojo jacket.

Lincoln Turns FIVE!

Lincoln had a birthday on Friday!  It was a fun filled day.  His birthday request was a day at H2Oasis, so we convinced Daddy to take a day off from work and all seven of us headed off to the waterpark.  We lasted almost four hours - two gold stars for the parents, I think!  The kids had a really great time.  We made it home where work on the requested eagle cake commenced, and then the day had some playing outside, some cake, some presents, some pizza, and a Star Wars movie.  Lincoln & Evan slept well at the end of the adventure filled day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, kiddo!  We can't believe you're five already.  :)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Photos

The children were all looking particularly fine in their Sunday gear so we took some pictures outside!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Summer Saturday!

Just another Saturday.  Another crazy, beautiful, wonderful weekend day.  :)  I realized I captured all the creatures via photo so I had to post the day!