Mikey’s Birthday

We celebrated Mikey’s birthday with a yummy breakfast, a meaningful church service, a short and hot walk through the Farmer’s Market by church, delicious sushi burritos, and then a drive up Mt. Evans where we did a little hiking (and then got us altitude-sickness-prone-people down the mountain). It was a lovely day.

The following day he opened his gifts from us.

We sure love this guy!

Alaska Adventures, Pt. 2

We were only in Valdez for a quick evening before getting on the ferry to Seward. Our crew ate at “The Fat Mermaid” and loved watching bald eagles and baby bunnies all evening. I’m hopeful I can show some of Ethan’s pictures from that spot because they were pretty remarkable.

On Ethan’s special outing, he enjoyed another boat ride. He, Mike and Grandpa enjoyed birding from this boat for seven hours on Father’s Day.

We spent most of this trip out and about, but I did snap a few pictures at various homes we stayed in.

Other highlights included walking part of the first mile of the Iditarod trail, checking out the salmon run, exploring the wildlife sanctuary (and finally seeing bear!), playing at parks, going for a few different hikes, and (on our final day) taking a trolley ride. Our crew also especially liked breakfast out at a place we heard about from Diners, Dives and Drive-ins.

Pictures don’t do this State justice. It’s simply beautiful and worth a visit! We were very thankful to have this opportunity and to spend time with people we love while doing it.

You may recall that I enjoy pulling food pranks on the boys on April Fools Day. This year we had friends over for our monthly Challenge A study hall, so I tricked them instead. I gave them “meatballs” in a crockpot (really just oatmeal balls with chocolate powder), “juice” (jell-o in a cup), and “carrots” (cheese dip in the shape of carrots with a little parsley on top – you’ve seen this one many times before). But for just the boys, I told them I had made donuts. Ethan was on to me from the beginning and was not impressed. Micah loved them. They are just apples with vanilla yogurt and cinnamon sugar on top.

Micah has been loving reading on his own lately. I often catch him reading books while lying on the ground. He especially loves books about dogs or castles. And Ethan does his school outside any day that feels decent. They have also been working together to write an informational essay and a persuasive essay about getting a Boxer.

Micah finished up his last day in CC community last week. E and I still have two weeks to go. One of my very favorite parts about this community is these ladies right here. It’s a gift to walk this journey together each week. Another thing I enjoy is how seen each child is by everyone else – Ethan had lunch with our youngest student and another Foundations/Essentials kiddo. E also took pictures of everyone for our yearbook. And I snapped this one of him while we played Headbandz with various fallacies.

I’ve taken just Ethan to the reservoir for birding (while I go walk and we check in via the walkie-talkie), but now I’ve also taken both of the boys. They loved birding together and were both thrilled about the birds they had seen. Meanwhile, I had a lovely walk solo (a much-needed respite when the hubs travels). And while in Georgia, Mikey snuck in a very brief visit with his sister and her fam when in town there for work.

And, lastly, here are a few other pictures from this month. We went on a brief hike with one of Mikey’s co-workers in Boulder a couple weekends ago. And we enjoyed Masters Sunday with cucumber sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches. Micah got a geode at CC and is very proud of it. Mike occasionally teaches the boys lessons in finance or how businesses work. I can’t quite remember what this lesson was on, but it was adorable. Micah was taking notes. Mikey and I have been doing a bunch of workouts together. The boys join for some, but not all. We always do our family meeting on Saturday mornings (Micah draws during it because it tends to be too boring for him! haha).

Our life has been very full in the recent weeks. I wouldn’t qualify it as busy. I’m not a fan of busyness. But it has felt joyfully full lately.

I’ll start this post with a couple pictures taken by E during our weekend in Aspen.

Next I’ll share a few pics demonstrating the craziness of March in Colorado, including snuggling by the fire, heading off to their job to shovel at our neighbors’ home, enjoying homemade bread (thanks, Amy!!) and hot cocoa, and a comparison shot 18 hours apart.

And I’ll give you a few snapshots into homeschool and music life, including a lot of uke-playing, FaceTime concert for Grandma Cleve’s birthday, hosting Challlenge A at our home on Pi day, and the many locations that Micah does he work: