Day 4 of swimming lessons found us at the David Green park with friends before we headed to Talkeetna. It was a beautiful day and a busy park! I am finding that in Anchorage the school playgrounds are in general way more fun than park playgrounds. Day 5 of swimming lessons was rainy, so after our picnic in the car (in the JoAnn's parking lot!) we headed downtown to the Alaska State Troopers Museum. It's not a huge museum, but fairly kid friendly and just the right size for my budding (I hope!) historians. The girls were in the mood for posing so here they are next to the restored 1952 Hudson Hornet patrol car.
At JoAnn's the girls picked up those new crowns for the dress-up box and wore them all over town! They also wore them while posing with the Safety Bear.
And while we played a bit and smelled the flowers in the Town Square Park.
Kelsey loves the story The Giving Tree right now and when I saw this picture it immediately made me think of the boy and his tree...
The flowers all around the park were beautiful! Just beautiful!
It was another fun afternoon! Tomorrow is the last day of swimming lessons and we have plans to have lunch with the other little girls in our class. They're cousins and very close in age to K & S so it should be a fun afternoon!
What a wonderful weekend! The girls and I made the 3 hour trek up to visit some friends of ours in Talkeetna this weekend. Every time we go we have so much fun. Our friends have a great little house near a lake and there's always something going on in Talkeetna. This weekend was no exception!
We left on Thursday after swimming lessons and a picnic with some other friends. We arrived mid-afternoon and had lots of fun getting reacquainted and taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine and a yard! Friday morning we hung out at the house and then walked to nearby Sunshine Lake. It certainly lived up to its name this weekend!
In the afternoon we hauled out some buckets and let the kids play in the water, then headed to the Susitna River to play for a bit. The water there was snow not too long ago but with temperatures in the 80s it didn't seem to slow the kids down a bit! We were all a bit uncomfortable since none of us are accustomed to such heat.
After the river, we headed to downtown Talkeetna where the Denali Arts Council puts on a 'Live at Five' series on Friday nights throughout the summer featuring live music in the park. We staked out our spot in the shade, grabbed some dinner and the kids continued on their mission of totally exhausting themselves. By the time the music wrapped up we had also fed the kiddos some ice cream...sugar + exhausted kids = super fun bedtime! :)
Saturday we stuck around the house in the morning to let the kids recover from the doins on Friday, then we headed into town for another treat brought to us by the Denali Arts Council, the Green Light Circus. It's a community circus where the kids attend a circus camp put on by members of the Roustabout Circus. The kids participate and build skills year to year and then wrap up their camp by putting on several shows. Let me just say this...it was FANTASTIC! The girls were completely attentive for the entire 2 hour show. We all enjoyed it tremendously!
After the circus we headed back to the house and enjoyed the perfect summer dinner...barbequed and enjoyed outside!
It was a weekend full of sunshine, friends, and fun!
Last week we continued our Alaskan tradition of celebrating the summer solstice. We actually did it a day early. We thought we had celebrated it early, but turns out we were right on time thanks to 2012 being a leap year! As much daylight as we have right now 5 seconds one way or the other isn't big deal anyway!
The girls and I made some decorations, some fancy cupcakes, and we had a few friends over for dinner. In other years we've had outdoor meals, but the weather didn't cooperate this year. Lots of our friends were out of town, so it was a small gathering...but big fun!
We had just a little adventure yesterday thanks to a wicked combination of seasonal allergies and summer colds. The girls felt so crummy that they barely played at the park we stopped at, poor things! Anyway...we visited Wickersham Park which is not far from the YMCA. We picnicked, played on the swings, and checked out Campbell Creek.
The views along the way home were magnificent. I even chanced waking the kids up by stopping to snap a few pictures. Yes...they both were asleep in the car. That hasn't happened in forever! Stacy fell asleep on the way into town too! Anyway...the picture doesn't do it justice. The sky was much bluer, but clearly my photographic skills weren't quite up to the task of capturing it all.
The ice on Portage Lake finally all broke up about two weeks ago, but the last of it is far from melting!
When we got home the kids pretty much camped out on the couch, it was just that kind of afternoon. They're both feeling much better today...probably because they shared the wonderful germs with mama! Summer colds really stink!
What a wonderful weekend we had here! It was sunny and warm for two whole days! The kind of days where you cannot imagine living anywhere else. The kind of days that leave tourists breathless. We started out Saturday with breakfast down at the harbor then we packed a picnic lunch and headed up to Salmon Run for lunch and some playing.
Saturday afternoon found us down at the harbor. We met up with Scott who had been out deck handing for a friend, watched them fillet some halibut, had an ice cream cone, and wrapped up the day with a BBQ with our friends at the Lazy Otter.
Sunday dawned fabulously warm and sunny without any of the wind that was present on Saturday morning. We met up with some friends at the head of the bay for a morning by (sometimes in) the water. The kids had a blast! We took some paint after I saw the idea on Pinterest to use watercolors on rocks. Washes right off when the tide comes in! I had more fun with it than the kids, though.
Also taking place on Sunday was the annual Walk to Whittier which has been a March of Dimes function these past few years. We didn't end up walking, but we did take part in the activities that followed the walk. Poor Stacy has seasonal allergies and is *miserable* this time of year when it stops raining. Meds help, but she was in pretty rough shape by lunchtime, so a few hours indoors and a nap were right up her alley. After the walk the Button Box Gang was performing on the triangle and the Shriners from Anchorage came down with their fun little car to make balloon animals for the kids. It was a wonderful afternoon! We wrapped up the day playing with a birthday boy here in town before heading inside to give poor Stacy some relief from the pollen.
We did it! We checked out a couple of the new things after swimming lessons today! First stop, Campbell Creek Park. There's a nice little trail here that leads to a fish viewing platform I hear, but after swimming and some playing Stacy was not interested in walking at all so we left that for another time! We did enjoy the nice little picnic and playground area, though.
Next we drove a few miles to the Alaska Botanical Garden. We didn't really choose the best day to go because they were prepping for their Garden Fair and Art Show this weekend. We still had fun though and I am hoping to get back there a bit later in the summer when more things are in bloom.
Our final (and brief) stop was Potter Marsh. We'll have to try this one again...we got caught in a torrential downpour shower. We all decided that we'd call it a day and try again when we were drier!
So...so far, so good! We are exploring some new places and having fun! Stay tuned for our adventures next week....
I signed myself up to do a bunch of driving in the next few weeks by enrolling the girls in swimming lessons at the YMCA in Anchorage. Our lessons are twice a week for the next three weeks. The downside--lots of time in the car. The upside--the girls become better swimmers and since we're already in town we have the opportunity to do some of those things I always thing would be fun but never quite get around to. Yesterday was our first time in and we spent our afternoon shopping and visiting the pediatrician. Now that we have that out of the way we can play!! Here's my start at a list of possibilities...
So, a few weeks ago I started this quilt. What?!?! January was more than a few weeks ago?!?! Well then...a while back I started this quilt...I didn't realize it had been so long! Anyway...I picked it up again this weekend and got it quilted. Just the hand stitching around the binding left to do. I was glad it was a little baby quilt while I was quilting it...much bigger and I wouldn't have been able to manage all of those pivots. Straight line quilting is much easier for bigger items. Someday perhaps I'll even get good at free motion!
And while I was at it, I started cutting on the other quilt in this pair!
Hooray for finishing up old projects! Here's hoping the blue one goes more quickly...
Look! I sewed something for me. I really like this skirt...really! I used this tutorial from Crafterhours, one of my daily reads. The skirt is cute and comfy. My self-photography skills are not so hot, however! I always take a ton of pictures and then end up with a few (if any) that I like at the end. Oh well...the post is about the skirt, not me!
So yes, apparently I have it on a little crooked in this picture. See what I mean?!?! And please pardon my pasty whiteness...I live in Alaska, remember!
Anyway, it is cut on the bias and I love the drape that gives it...a nice basic piece to add to my wardrobe. I have been trying to wear more skirts since my little fashionistas began asking me why grownups never do. Not sure why, but that comment really bothered me!
Instead of a bulky elastic waistband (cause who wants more bulk in that area??) this utilizes a foldover knit waistband. Super comfy! I didn't have any navy blue knit laying around, so I used turquoise...a little pop of color without an extra layer.
Tuesday dawned bright and sunny and we absolutely made the most of it! We started the day with some friends taking advantage of a very low (-3.7 feet) tide. There's usually not much in the way of tidepools in Whittier, but with a tide that low you're bound to see something!
Of course we got wet. And cold. So what do you do when you're wet and cold in Whittier? Head to the Lazy Otter!! Nothing warms you up faster than a toasted bagel and some hot chocolate, right?
In the afternoon we tried something new from Pinterest...sidewalk chalk paint. Success!
There are lots of variations of recipes out there...we went with 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3/4 cup water, and food coloring. It turned out great! And as with anything in Whittier...if you're having fun it's almost guaranteed that other kiddos will show up...
...so it started out with just us...
...but pretty soon a few friends had joined us...
...and then even more friends!
And then there was a birthday BBQ to wrap up the day! Lots of fun in the sun!!