Tuesday, May 31

Memorial Day Weekend

I'm not working this summer!  That means we have weekends to adventure together sometimes and that Scott can do some fishing if he'd like to as well.  I am delighted to have this time off with the girls.  We celebrated our first weekend off by heading up to Amber Lake.  Our friends have made some improvements to their beach area, so we took full advantage of that!

Hard to believe this was our access point to a frozen snowmachining paradise over spring break!  I was shocked by how warm the water was! I water skied on Sunday and it was warmer than some places I have skied in Washington.  The girls loved this game where they would get splashed by the wave from the Skidoo...

And they loved sking...

While we were there, Scott and I took a little paddle to a nearby cabin that's for sale.  It's probably not the one for us, but it was sure a pretty spot!

We got lots of visiting time in, soaked up lots of vitamin D, enjoyed slow cups of coffee, listened to laughing kids, and enjoyed God's beautiful creation all around us.  The kids slept like rocks every night.  I can't imagine a better weekend!

Monday, May 30

Last Day of School

No more pencils!  No more books!  No more...wait...I am the teacher...and I still give dirty looks! ;-)  School wrapped up for us last Tuesday, though we were there through the end of the week cleaning and prepping for next year.  We had our graduation the Friday before, combined with our annual end of the year party.  The graduates roasted us a pig, and we had lots of yummy potluck food.

Here's Kelsey...

And here's Stacy...

It's very easy to get pictures that capture Stacy's silly personality right now!  It's not very easy to get serious or even just smiley shots, though!

We made it through this year, fully intact.  It was a big year for us, with me back to work.  I have never left a school year on such a high note--it didn't feel like the last days of school until it really was the last last couple of days.  I am really excited about next year--we have some fun stuff in store and I am really looking forward to it.  I've never left for summer already excited about the next year--that's a totally new experience for me.  I think it speaks to what a great team of people I work with and what neat kids we get to hang out with daily.  Our school is a pretty special place!

Sunday, May 15


Seems like I always *think* I am going to sit down here and write...and then I rarely do!  Here's what we've been up to lately...

::Crowder Concert::
We went to a very fun concert a little over a week ago.  It was super fun to see one of our favorite artists live and the Anchorage Baptist Temple is set up nicely for concerts...there's not a bad seat in the house!  

We went with a group of friends and the girls all had so much fun.  It was neat to see them having such a good time together.  Stacy was probably the most excited.  She was just beside herself the entire time--it was pretty adorable!

::Pool Party::
We had Stacy's birthday party last weekend at the West High School swimming pool in Anchorage.  It's totally reasonable to rent the pool, so we drove a whole bunch of Whittier kids (3 cars full!) to town to take advantage of the opportunity.  We swam for an hour, ate pizza and cake, and came home.  Everyone had lots of fun!

::Cultural Heritage Week::
The girls were gone for a whole week to Cultural Heritage Week in Tatitlek.  We went together in 2014 and had a blast, so it was fun to see them so excited to go again.  They had amazing chaperones and it sounds like everyone had tons of fun, even if they are all exhausted!  Here they are on board the ferry from Whittier to Valdez.  They then went on to Tatitlek from there.  They left on Mother's Day and I was very proud of myself for holding it together until they were out of sight.  Then I was such a hot mess that one of our local cops stopped to ask me if I was OK!  It was very kind of him.

You'd think that Scott and I would have done all sorts of fun stuff, but the week ended up being crazy busy.  We went out to dinner a couple of times though, and we did get to take a quick boat trip one night.We found that although it was fun to have a bit of freedom, we really missed our kids!  We enjoy our time with them, so the quiet got old pretty fast and we missed how helpful they are.  They are so good at offering to help out--I didn't realize how much I have come to depend on them!

::Boat Ride::
While the girls were gone there were some Army Corps of Engineers volunteers in town building a monument for us.  It will be so neat when it is all done!  Scott spent a fair amount of time entertaining them, and on Wednesday night we took them out in a friend's boat for a quick trip to pull some shrimp pots, to visit the rookery, and over to see Billings Glacier.  It was a nice night for a ride!

On Saturday I went grocery shopping all my myself and stopped along the way a few times to take pics...

::Picnic and Paddle Boarding::
Tonight we celebrated a week of sunshine with a big BBQ at the head of the bay.  We had just a *little* bit of food...and a lot of friends!

The girls were *SO HOT* at 67 degrees that they had to get in the water and cool off...

The one of our friends rented some paddle boards and we all had fun giving that a go!  

They look so tiny against the huge mountains that surround us.  They had a lot of fun, that's for sure!  After we'd been out for a bit our local rental place delivered two more paddle boards, just for fun.  He said he knew we had lots of people and no one was using them anyway.  Those are the little things that make this a great place to live!

So...that's what we've been up to lately!  We have a little over a week of school left and then the girls and I are really hoping that the weather is nice so we can go camping!!  Cross your fingers for us!