Friday, May 30, 2014

Sharing the Calvin & Hobbes Love

Bekah and Scott recently found my collection of Calvin & Hobbes comic books and they have really been enjoying them.  Thankfully, Calvin has a large vocabulary for a 6 year-old so I think it counts as legit reading time.

Growing up, we would read these books at my friend Erika's house every morning over breakfast.  My collection of books are all gifts from her for various birthdays throughout our growing up years.

I'm very glad to be sharing the enjoyment of these comics with  my kids.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's a Jungle Out There!

 The leaves sure burst out over this last week.  It's SO GREEN out! 

This is the boys playing in the creek two weeks ago, with winter coats and long pants and boots on:

And here's what that same spot looks like today:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Musical Bekah

The IOSP string students and Cris Brown's piano students put on their end of year concert last night and Bekah played two songs with the string ensemble, a solo on the violin and two solos on the piano.  Once again she amazed us with the way she gets up on that big stage and plays away.  Such a brave and talented girl!  We're looking forward to watching her progress through many more years of lessons and playing.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Weekend 2014

What's the best way to make sure you get the most out of a long, holiday weekend?  Make a list of course!  Here's the list I made for Memorial Day Weekend 2014:  (Jesse hates my list-making but I have as much fun making the list as I do checking things off of it!)

 At first I just had the fun, pretty part, but then Jesse informed me it was supposed to rain Sunday and Monday so I added some inside tasks, just in case.  Lucky for us it was positively gorgeous all three days and we spent 99% of our time outside.  First thing Saturday morning we started with planting the veggie garden
Alarik thinks this just looks like a lot of work!

But then he decides to grab a pitchfork and help out.

And as you can see in the background, we got the camper pulled in to the yard and popped up so the kids had a fun time playing in that and rediscovering all the puzzles, books and games in there.

Scott did some biking.  Scott is always doing some biking.

Toward the end of the afternoon we had some whiners who claimed they never got to do anything they wanted to do.  When pressed they decided what they wanted was to ride bikes in town so Jesse dropped us off uptown and we biked on just about every city street there is in Bigfork!
We ended our meandering ride at the Big Fork river boat access and Scott practiced skipping rocks.  In case you are wondering, yes, he is wearing a size 4T outfit that he pulled out of Alarik's summer bin thinking it was his summer bin, and, yes, he is wearing one white sock and one black sock.  Whatever.

It was HOT and Bekah was tuckered out.  We called Dad for a pick up and went back home for dinner.

The rest of our weekend was pretty mellow.  Alarik's birthday was very low key.  We went to church where the congregation sang to him while he absolutely beamed with delight.  After nap time we went to the Powells for a BBQ and the kids had a great time all playing together.  Jesse had picked out a book for Alarik's birthday present from us and he read it to him at bedtime. 

Today we picked up flowers from the greenhouse and planted all our flower pots.  Then we went to the Maxa's for another BBQ and more playing with lots of other kids.  It was a great, productive, fun and sunny weekend!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Alarik is Three

 How old are you today, Alarik?
I'm three!
Uh...that's three.
Can I get a little help here?
Almost got it...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our Dog Doesn't Talk

I was peeling Alarik an orange after Morgan snatched his PB&J right off the deck and he said he hoped Morgan wouldn't eat his orange too.  I said he didn't need to worry because Morgan probably didn't like oranges.  Alarik agreed saying, "I tried feeding her one yesterday and she said... 
uh...nothing because Morgan can't talk."  Ba, ha, ha, ha!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spelling Bee

Bekah made it to the district spelling bee again this year.  Last year, in second grade, she got out on her first word, "dictionary".  This year she hung in there until the bitter end and won second place!  It was a long back and forth between her and the eventual winner.  She spelled so many difficult words.  We are very proud of her!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lunch and a Hike at The Lost Forty

After church on Mother's Day we loaded up in the truck and went to Park Rec for lunch and video games, then drove out to hike at The Lost Forty.  There were lots of cars in the parking area when we got there so we drove on to the Dishpan Wildlife Area and watched some birds for a bit.

 Then we went back and started our hike.

The kids were impressed by the big, big trees, some of which we learned are over 350 years old.

Scottie found a gardner snake that he had to catch and when it turned and bit him he was very surprised!

 But since it couldn't hurt him, he ended up thinking it was pretty funny!

Scott's favorite hiking activity is finding sticks to make into guns.

Bekah read us all the interpretive signs.

This is Alarik pouting.  I can't remember why.

And this is his attempt to "shape up" after Dad told him he better.

We found one other cool place to stop as we Sunday-drove our way home again.  This spot overlooked a neat little pond with a big beaver house in the middle of it.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sucker Hunting

Besides worm hunting, we also hunted for some suckers on Saturday.  We didn't find any, but we sure had fun with this big crew!

I told Eric it was just like high school...except add a passel of kids to the mix and, as Jesse said, now we don't want to scratch our trucks!

The kids cared not that we didn't actually find any fish.  They were happy in the woods and water.

And we only had one little mishap.  Eli took one step too many toward the creek and ended up in up to his chin.  I bet that was refreshing!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Worm Hunters

Mack spent the night on Friday and yesterday those kids were outside all day hunting worms.

Once they caught a dozen or so they had many options including using them for fishing or adding them to my garden to aerate my soil.  But instead, this crew built them a worm paradise.

Floaty rafts for the worms to relax on?  Check.

Shade from that dangerous, worm crisping sun?  Check.

Catering to a worm's every whim.