Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekend Adventures: A Run and A Hike Around Home

We stayed pretty close to home this weekend.  Kyla started rehearsals for the Maiden's Visit ballet (June 10th) on Saturday and our church had an international potluck to go with our international missions Sunday.  Around those two things, we went on a family run on Saturday (!!) and a short hike at Stevens Creek County Park on Sunday.  
catching tadpoles at Stevens Creek

The garden is all planted!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Adventures: Skiing at Bear Valley!

We had an awesome weekend up in the Sierra mountains!  On Friday afternoon we drove about 3 hours to a cabin we rented in the town of Arnold and spent a relaxing evening playing board games and eating dinner.  On Saturday we drove about 30 minutes up the mountain to play in the snow!  The kids and Zac built a tunnel and a slide.
Kyla's slide
Keanan's tunnel
After lunch at the cabin we drove about 5 minutes away to Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  The week after I had rented the cabin, the Pioneer Tree fell down in the park.  This is the famous tree that you could walk through.
So sad!!
We did see the discovery stump and remaining log - amazing!

On Sunday it was time to ski!  Zac and a few buddies from work spent some time this last week machining a ski leg for Zac.  He had not been skiing for 8 years!!  When we got to Bear Valley and all the gear rented, Zac switched out his leg and headed off to the first lift.  The kids and I watched him come down the slope - he looked great!!  Then I dropped the kids off for their ski lessons - 3 hours of lessons with an hour lunch.  They had a great time and learned a lot.  I picked a nice cozy spot in the lodge where I could watch the kids and read on my kindle. =)  Great day for all!  When we picked the kids up from ski school they showed off their new skills to Zac on the magic carpet run and then Zac took each of them on the chair lift for the first time!  They both loved it!
My view of the kids during their lessons
The ski leg in the shop
Zac on the lift (his right leg doesn't bend!)
Zac's view from the top!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekend Adventures: Science & Art Fair

Sunday was the annual BACH (Bay Area Christian Homeschoolers) Science and Art Fair!  Keanan and Kyla participated in both and did a great job presenting to the audience.  Keanan's science project was on electromagnets (how current and voltage effect strength).  Kyla's project was on copperplating (how copper ions are transferred from a copper wire to an iron nail).
Keanan presenting
Kyla presenting
Art Fair and Science Fair participants
On Saturday we got a short hike in at Anderson Lake county park.  It is this reservoir that caused all the flooding in San Jose two weeks ago.  There was still a HUGE volume of water coming out of the lake - it was very impressive.
The roar of the water was SO loud!
This little trickle of a waterfall was raging two weeks ago as the water from the lake went over the spillway of the dam.
Spotted a turtle in the very murky, high creek waters.
Spring is here!  The garden is planted and flowers are blooming!  Next weekend we go to play in the snow!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekend Adventures: Last YCL Competition

Saturday was the last of the 5 Youth Climbing League competitions that Keanan has competed in this season.  It was fun for all of us to go watch him climb in Santa Cruz.  He has definitely improved during his time participating in the league, but he still gets frustrated on the really tough routes.  We are proud of all his hard work this season!
After the competition we explored the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, which was really neat.  They also had a whale statue to climb on.

On the way home we stopped for Chinese food - yummy!  Since we are studying countries and cultures this year in school, we have made a point of eating the food from each country we "visit".  Right now we are in China, soon to be moving to Japan.  We've enjoyed Indian, Middle Eastern, French, German, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Canadian (maple syrup!), and Nicaraguan (while there!).  There is pretty much a restaurant for every country represented in the bay area.

Most of Sunday after church was spent working on science fair projects, since the science and art fairs are next weekend!

Sunday night was a rock climbing team family potluck at Planet Granite.  It was fun to see the other kids and families of the team members, and there was lots of good food!
Keanan and his friend Aditya playing a game of wall twister

One other exciting thing from our week was how were are celebrating Lent.

We are using the "Lenten Jesus Tree" to read a portion of the book of Matthew each day and follow Jesus' life to the cross and resurrection on Easter.  After we read, we glue on the circle for that day.  It's kind of like the Jesse tree that we use for Christmas.  It's a great way to focus on Jesus as we approach Easter.