We made our way up our favorite local trail on Tuesday. We went with some friends of ours and their very energetic 10 month old dog. He's adorable, sweet, and full of energy! Using the Map My Run app I tracked our walk. It is about 1.75 miles and we made it up and back in 55 minutes! In the past the girls and I have taken an hour and half or more to make the walk. We've gone much slower and picked up various sticks, leaves, and rocks along the way. Yesterday they were motivated by friends and the dog...and very tired at the bottom! It was a bit showery and we all needed dry pants at home, but we still had fun! A few pictures for you...
After showers to warm up, we watched Pippi Longstocking and had hot chocolate...a nice way to end the afternoon!
Yikes. I am a bit behind in this space. Last week was a doozy. Scott made a trip to Kansas for his uncle's funeral and enjoyed catching up with family he hasn't seen in at least 20 years. He sent us lots of cool pictures and brought us back some really neat Kansas treats. Back here on the home front we struggled. There wasn't anything major, any one thing you could put your finger on, but it was hard. We fought, whined, moaned and complained. Yes, I said we. Me too. Every day I would get up and vow that today would be the day that I got our attitudes back in alignment. Every night I would be frustrated that it didn't happen. I thought about writing about it here, thinking maybe it would be cathartic. I was at a loss for words though. It was just hard. We were terribly out of sync and we were all frustrated/annoyed/disappointed by it. Blame it on the moon, Friday the 14th, too much estrogen, who knows. Scott arrived home on Monday morning and by Monday night things were already looking up. I guess he balances us all out somehow! Whatever it was, I am happy to report that the sun is back...both outside and inside!
Last Thursday we went into town after soccer and bought a bike rack (wahoo!!) so we can take our bikes to the other side of the tunnel and ride this summer and the girls bought these skateboards. Friday it poured and Saturday we were in town again so Sunday they finally got to try them out. They had fun!
I shared about soccer last week, but we squeezed in a few other adventures as well! Wednesday we were back in Girdwood for our bible study group, so the girls and I went a bit early and hit up the library and the skate park. Backing up a step, we gave Austin a skateboard for his birthday on Monday so on Tuesday the plan was to stop by the skate park and park after soccer. We did, but we forgot our scooters so there were tears and disappointment. I'll save the discussion of whose responsibility remembering scooters is for our living room, (but let's just say it was highly debated and my position was that I gathered all the soccer gear and packed all of the food for the day so scooters were their responsibility)! Anyway, we packed up our scooters on Wednesday and we were off!
The girls had a lot of fun. Skateparks carry a lot of stereotypes with them (at least I held a lot of stereotypes in my mind) and while some of them played out those two days, some did not. There was a very kind boy who was probably about 10 or so who was so friendly! He came over and gave the kids pointers and helped them get started on Austin's skateboard. His mama can be proud of his kind and welcoming attitude.
On Thursday we had soccer again and then met up with a friend for a hike. We hiked part of the Winner Creek Trail. It was beautiful!
I have learned that I really like hikes through the trees. Just my personal preference, but they make me smile! The kids spotted the heart in the tree and were so excited. I love those moments when we are all so carefree and happy outside! That's the good stuff.
There were some very pretty flowers at the resort, too. Spring is slower in Alaska, so here it is the second week of June and we're enjoying the tulips and daffodils!
After hiking we headed over to our friends house to visit their trampoline. Fun!!
As you can well imagine, all this fun comes at a cost. The first is food. On warm days like this when we are active my kids can put down a serious pile of food. It's seriously a non-stop eating fest punctuated by meals. It's crazy how much food two active kids can consume. The second is sleep. They were so tired after a morning of soccer and an afternoon of hiking, jumping, and playing. I swear, I never get tired of sleeping kiddo pictures!
After all that excitement, we stuck around home on Friday. We all needed a slower day! Happy Summer, everyone!
You might remember that the girls played some indoor/outdoor soccer last fall, coached by our amazing pastor. They really liked it, so I registered them for soccer through Four Valleys Community School in Girdwood. We played t-ball through Four Valleys last year and the girls were on the same team, but this year for soccer they are on two different teams. Last year they were terrified of being apart for this new adventure, this year they were delighted at the prospect of being on their own! It works out very well actually. They practice on Tuesdays and then play games on Thursdays. It's a small town and there are two teams for each age group, so you pretty much play the same game over and over, but they're kids! Their practices and games are at back to back times, so it's a pretty smooth day.
We went a little early yesterday to watch our little buddy Austin practice. Nothing like a couple of friends to encourage a reticent five year old to hit the field with a smile! Stacy was up next, practicing from 11am-noon.
Stacy's coach is a gal we know from the AWCC. Her family lives there and operates the facility. Her daughter is Stacy's age and her son is Austin's age. She's very nice and Stacy felt right at home right away.
Next up was Kelsey's practice from noon-1pm. She was more than ready to hit the field after watching both Austin and Stacy practice.
Luckily Kelsey is super flexible, so that pose did not actually require the trip to the hospital you might be imagining! Apparently Kelsey's age is where soccer gets a bit more serious because they started talking positions and strategy. Kelsey's coach is a man I don't know, but I hear he's an awesome coach. I was very impressed when he stopped the whole practice to talk to them about how to handle it when you knock someone over. Soccer is a rough sport, I know, but when one kiddo body-checked another at full speed the coach stopped them and talked to them about apologizing and helping the other person up. I appreciate the focus on sportsmanship. Stacy's team also had a talk about what it means to show good sportsmanship. In this competitive world, it is so good to hear adults talking with kids about how to be good human beings!
After all that soccer we went to the park for a bit, then headed home. We finished up the late afternoon playing outside at our playground here in Whittier. An amazing sunny day!!
Seems like it's been a long time since I've posted any craftiness here! I've made several things for gifts and what-not that I've sent off without photographing, but here are a couple of projects I did last week. First up is a nightgown. I actually made two of these, but one of them was in the dirty clothes when I went to take these pictures. I bought the pillowcases last summer with plans on making nightgowns like this tutorial, but my try at that method didn't go so well so the unfinished project sat around for almost a year until I saw this tutorial and picked it up again. I am glad I did, because they turned out soooo cute!
Though I do love embroidery, I did not do this particular work. My mom and I have long lamented the piles of lovingly embroidered goods at estate sales for years. I set out to rescue some of that work and give it a second life, so I bought this pair of embroidered 'pillowslips' (to quote my grandma!) at an estate sale. It makes me so sad to see someone's hard work without a home.
The other project is the recovering of my desk chair. It's been on my "want to do" list for awhile, especially after I dropped my hot iron on it and melted the upholstery. I chose this print from the home decorating area at JoAnn's and I admit, I am super happy with how it turned out! Of course since it involved tools, my junior engineer showed up to lend her assistance...
Like I said, I'm very happy with how it turned out. I need to Scotchguard it now...all that white, what was I thinking?!