Friday, August 18, 2017

Playing catch up

I am not sure where the last two months went, but we have been enjoying a very nice summer.

Katherine did her first camp this summer. It was called Camp Habitat and it was an outdoors, week-long camp that she said she very much enjoyed:


Each group had a team tent:


She did the camp with her friend Scarlett:


Usually after we picked her up for the day we would stop by the store and pick up some fancy soda which the girls would sit and drink together while Katherine would review her day with Elise:




Justin went to Chitna this year and caught lots of salmon again for us - yum! I can't see very well without good light when I am cleaning up the fillets, so this year I used a headlamp, much to everyone in this family's amusement:


We went and picked honey berries at Big M Farm just outside of Nenana:




Ben was loving the picking. He got the hang of it very quickly and ate a ton, from the bushes and my bucket:


I made honey berry key lime jam with them, and it is quite tasty:




We had enough wild strawberries grow on our berm to stuff everyone's faces every evening for almost a month as well as make four pints of jam:


Again, Ben was a huge fan of the berries growing in our yard and happily ate a ton of strawberries:




Picking strawberries with friends:




 

We have had some very hot nice days this summer, and since having a kiddie pool isn't the safest option to have with Ben I set up the next best thing - although, it is now arguably the best thing:








We also played with some water balloons:




Then our raspberries were ready to pick by late July - again a hit with all of the kids:


The chickens have figured out Ben = dropped food:


My peonies were beautiful this year!






Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sweet E turns 4!

Elise is such a fun kid, and celebrating her fourth birthday was a delight. She is old enough now to know what to look forward to, which made it all the better!

She spent the morning of her birthday in Forest School and I took some photos of her outside:




Then on to a celebration at home:










Amber and Bill came for the weekend and we celebrated both Elise and Amber's birthday with Stephanie and Roy:










We gave Elise a butterfly growing kit which the kids really enjoyed:




They released them after having them in the house for a few days:






She is a great kid and we are so grateful to have her in our lives!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Start of Summer

Since we have returned home we have been enjoying some nice summer days.  Elise started riding a bike with pedals and went from little balance bike, to big balance bike to a big kid bike in about a week! It has been pretty great! Again, thanks to Uncle Joel!



 





To get our garden up and running this summer we had to start by cleaning out the greenhouse and repairing one last wall with a fan:






Then we dug up and fertilized all of the soil:




Then we brought out the seedlings:
 

 

 

We already have tomatoes on the vine, peppers and strawberries growing.  The squash and zucchini are about to bloom and the bean and pea vines are growing quickly. The carrots, lettuce and beets are looking pretty good too.

We drink raw cow's milk from a local dairy farmer and it is our turn to pick it up for our group of friends every third week.  We love running this errand as the cows are very friendly:












The kids started Forest School for the summer and again I am teaching a kindergarten/1st grade class. It has been quite a bit of fun. Our first day, May 26th, it was snowing! We have had rain and 90F heat so far, as well as a lot of fun.

Katherine is in the green on the top of the little hill, Elise is in the yellow closest to me.



Katherine is on the far right in the blue:



Katherine is in the blue to the left of the mast and Elise is in the yellow to the right of the mast:


Snack time. Katherine is in the green with red cap to the left of the middle and Elise is in the yellow and brown cap on the lower left of the circle.





 Aunt Jill's water table is back out and being put to excellent use:





 

We re-stained two more sides of the house:









 Katherine is taking horse back riding lessons this summer. The rest of us pass the time playing in the little playhouse:








In the past 4 months I have had to work on each child. I had to pull three of Katherine's baby teeth in the front after they were not allowing the adult teeth to come in correctly, I lasered off Ben's lip tie and Elise fell and peeled the gums off her top jaw. All three kids were great. Elise calmed down quickly and was completely cooperative the entire time. (Blood warning, photos of Elise's injury are below)






 

She has healed quite nicely: