Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekend Adventures: Climbing, Weeds and Redwoods

We had a rain free weekend, which was a blessing especially to those around us affected by flooding and mudslides.  On Saturday Keanan and Zac headed south towards Monterrey Bay for the 4th rock climbing competition in the Youth Climbing League.  Afterwards they took a walk out to the ocean and played in the sand.
Keanan making a big stretch on the wall
para-gliders over the dunes
so. much. sand.
Kyla and I went to ballet, the farmers market, and then spent the afternoon getting the garden ready for planting next weekend!  It was a lot of work.
Ready for planting!  1 lonely bush of kale, arugula, and chard remain for green smoothies until the new greens come up.  Perennials are: parsley, chives, asparagus, raspberries, nasturtiums, artichoke, avocado, strawberries, and kumquat.
Clover enjoying a nap in the warm, dry kitchen.  It was so wet out earlier in the week that we let him come in.  He's my garden fertilizer producer :)
After church on Sunday we went up into the Santa Cruz mountains, braving road closures from the many mudslides, to look at a piece of property.  It was beautiful, with a cute creek!  We'll see...
Beautiful redwood grove on the property

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Adventures: Mission Springs Mother Daughter Weekend!


This weekend Kyla and I attended Mother Daughter Camp at Mission Springs - the area Covenant Church camp near Santa Cruz.  We went with a bunch of our homeschool friends: 6 moms and 10 girls total!  We had a great time with each other and with our friends.

Some of our highlights were the dance party (!!), zip line, high ropes course, climbing the rock wall, good food, great worship, a lovely speaker, a cabin full of friends, Kyla and I snuggling in our bunk, and the beautiful camp grounds.  Here's some pictures (I'll update with more later):
Hot cocoa and coffee in the morning
Awesome homeschoolers!
our cabin mates (minus the moms)
Kyla climbing up to the bridge!  She walked across it and then jumped off - fearless!
Spontaneous hair braiding - our 10 girls
Here's the video from the camp:
The boys had fun when we were gone too: nerf war at friends house, laser tag with friends, and a rock climbing tournament for Keanan on Sunday!

Happy early Valentine's Day!  God is Love

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Kyla!


This beautiful girl is 7 today!  I'm not sure where the last 7 years went.  It seems like just yesterday that we were doing this:
Kyla we are so proud of you!  I'm excited to watch all you do in year 7!  Happy Birthday Kyla!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekend Adventures: A flyer, a ballerina, and a birthday party!

We had a crazy fun weekend!  On Saturday morning Keanan redeemed his Christmas certificate and went to IFly with Zac.  He LOVED it!
Zac flying!
Keanan flying!
Saturday afternoon and evening was Kyla's ballet recital, the Winter Interlude.  She and the girls did a great job and had a ton of fun (see the video below).
Ballerina friends!

Sunday afternoon was Kyla's birthday tea party.  She had a great time with some of her friends eating yummy food, doing a craft, playing with Clover, and making a video.  Can't believe she is 7 tomorrow!!
Ready for the party!
Friends singing happy birthday!