Sunday, November 03, 2013

The last 5 or so months

Here is a rundown of our comings and goings from the past 5 months or so:

PinataFest


We had our annual PinataFest back in May. We had it a week after Cinco de Mayo because last year was so cold.



Here is Julian sizing up the pineapple pinata


Here is Thomas getting ready to hit the cement mixer pinata


Of course some of the dads tried to hit the pinatas too.

A trip to the zoo

We had a fun trip to the Anchorage Zoo. The tigers were more active than they had been our previous visits


And we got to see the black bears walking around too


The brown bears had a bear fight






A Clamming Trip

We went on a clamming trip. The kids had fun digging in the sand. We also got to see some bald eagles.



A Glacier Hike

Adria's parents came up for a visit and one of the things that we did was to take a hike to a nearby Byron Glacier

Here are Isaiah and Julian in the parking lot


The boys had a great time throwing rocks in the stream.


Here are some pictures of the glacier



Other Stuff

We went to the state fair and had a fun time looking at the farm animals and riding some rollercoasters



The firefighters came to Julians's preschool to teach about fire safety and Isaiah got to come and look at the fire truck


The boys got a fake mustache


And Dona is getting bigger




Sunday, May 05, 2013

USS Anchorage

Adria took the boys to the tour of the USS Anchorage before it was commissioned. Here are some pictures from their adventure:


Here is Julian waiting in line. It seems that the organizers significantly underestimated the number of people who would be interested in going on the tour and the result was long lines - they waited in line for 4 hours before they got on the shuttle to the boat, and then for another 2 hours for the shuttle ride back to their car after the tour of the ship.


Here are the boys with their event programs.


Julian is elated to finally be on the shuttle on the way to the dock


Here are the boys in front of some of the chairs that were set up for the commissioning event the next day. That is the middle third of the ship in the background.


Here they are checking out a helicopter


Here are the boys in front of some moose antlers


Checking out the bunk area


Some of the equipment that they keep on board the ship. Yes that is a tank.


A propeller of the on-board hovercraft.


Here is Julian in one of the jeeps on board right before he figured out how to start the engine up. Turns out there is simply an "ON" switch that needs to be flipped. This caused a bit of a commotion in the crowd surrounding the jeep. A serviceman rushed to the scene and turned off the jeep but when Adria carried Julian out for the crowd to see, he got a standing ovation and was told that he could have a future in the military.


In the turret of the tank


Here is the boat


Here is a sailor looking out a porthole for a sense of the scale.

Here is a link to a virtual tour of the ship.




Sunday, March 31, 2013

Updates

Here are some picture from the last couple of months.

Here are the boys with a gingerbread train.


Here is a pre-Christmas family picture.


The boys had some fun dancing



We took the kids to Benihana's for birthday lunches for Isaiah and Julian.


Here are a bunch of pictures of Dona



Here is Isaiah with a building he made:



Here are the boys with a valentine they made



The boys went to an event at the train station where they got to meet a conductor and make paper trains


We went to the Fur Rondy parade:


And we went to see the snow sculptures:


We went sledding.




The boys had an Easter egg hunt with one of the neighbors from across the street hiding the eggs in our backyard


Some more pictures of Dona


We took a ride on the "Easter Train". The boys (and me) won prizes in the coloring contest and got to meet the Easter Bunny


Here are the boys dying Easter eggs