Monday, July 15, 2013

We've gotta reader on our hands

Caleb loves to read.  I don't know how it happened or the exact date but this kid loves to read!  In both third and fourth grade he was crowned Accelerated Read King of his class.  Now in the dog days of summer he can be found curled up with a book.  His favorite book right now is Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowart.  He has recently gotten hooked on the Hardy Boys who he compares to McGyver.  I hope he enjoys all the adventures reading has in store for him.

Mr. ToreEar

"MOM, Mom.... his ear is tore...." Great, as usual when there are loud noises followed by screaming at our house I assume one of the three boys is semi-injured. But a tore ear would take things to a new height.  :) But never fear they were talking about their favorite moose visitor....
Mr. ToreEar.

This guy has been hanging around our house for quite a while.  He has a few distinct features that make him stand out.  His right ear is tore and hangs limply and his left antler is growing straight down.  These challenges seem to not bother him as he meanders through our area, stealing all the fireweed and ignoring the yells of name calling little boys!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our First Bloom

"Hey mom, I've never seen this flower before."

This is our first bloom from this plant my friend Autumn gave us three years ago!  Needless to say we are pretty proud of it!  This plant had endured a lot: being hacked down by the weed-eater, piles of snow plowed on top of it all winter and last but not least... Lily the dog..  I guess she is a little prejudice.

Swimming with Friends

The boys and I went to our great friends house who live on this little non motorized lake.  The kids were so excited to swim because it was a sweltering 80 degrees!  Boys swimming skills are coming a long ways.  Eli, Luke and Caleb all swam out to the dock. 

It is a well known fact that boys are really good at catching minnows, but a new skill was added today.  I have to say I am not fond of it either!  It was ROASTING minnows.  It's wrong and they really shouldn't do it.... but these are wild crazy boys and I had to smirk a little at their creativity!

What I love about my friend is when I said do you want to swim she was totally up for it!  I love that!  We had a great time, laughing and playing with the kids!  Great reminder that mama's need to have fun, too!

Eli coming in from the dock, to roast hot dogs.

Caleb enjoying a float on the tube!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lazy Fridays!

The boys were hungry after going to the libray
 I love summertime  Fridays.... we head down to Friday Fling/Farmers Market, go the library, walk around downtown.  The boys always want to stop and look at the booth with  handmade wood toys... as we hear every week they are made from Alaska's finest birch or spruce.

I am totally impressed by Luke's knowledge of the Colonist.  He spouts our facts as we walk around town.... Did you know that is the bell from the ship that brought the colonist? or Hey mom  you know this library and parking lot didn't even exist back then.

Much to hot for this little Alaskan grown boy.... seeking shade at 80 degrees

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dentist... Need I say more?

Just hanging at the dentist office.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Girdwood Hike, Pistachios, and Prayers

We had the pleasure of going on a hike hosted by a family at church.  We drove to Girdwood with our buddy Autumn then hiked in 2.5 miles.....

 We crossed a cool gorge with this log bridge...

Then we made it to our goal.. the hand propelled cart.. BUT the cart hadn't been put in yet  SO we will have to return to this destination and give a try another time!
As we hiked in the 2.5 mile the last bit Eli indicated the his tummy was upset, then he began to break out in itch hives.  Just before leaving the parking lot we had a few snacks and Eli tried a pistachio... NOT good.  As we were hustling back to get benadryl... Eli stopped me and said, "I know what will make my tummy feel better, I need to pray to God. " So he sat on the rock and said a prayer while my heart melted.    What an awesome kiddo.  What a great lesson, thanks Eli! Eli's prayer was answered he felt better and the benadryl did the the trick!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

HaPpY FoUrTh of JuLy!!!!

Happy Independence Day!!

I love what this holiday represents.  Thanks to all past and present who make it possible.  


Boys got to start their day with a rainy day parade...
Lots of candy!!!

                     Then off to a BBQ with friends and a great fishing expedition.
                      Caleb working on how to properly hold a fish for photos

Monday, July 01, 2013

Quick cabin trip!

 We headed out the cabin with our buddies for a few days!  It was really enjoyable.  We got back to the beach and Eli was ready to swim with his fins.  Our awesome cabin neighbors added a slide to the raft.  Caleb tested it out and said it was great.... the other boys aren't quite ready.  I'm told it is very sturdy and will hold adults... any takers?