Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An Alaska Summer...
Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to.

All the little dots of color behind us are people dipnetting. What a neat experience!

Last weekend we went dipnetting on the Kenai. It was a crazy sight to see. Thousands of people standing in a line in the ocean with huge nets held out to catch salmon. When they catch one they bring it in and bonk it on the head with a wooden club. Then right there on the beach they gut and clean the fish. The bones and head are thrown on the beach and swarms of seagulls eat them. My Dad and my brother and sister, Scott, and Erin caught 47 in all. Joe and I can't dipnet untill we become an official Alaska resident, after one year. Joe was on the beach with a table cleaning and cutting fish. The kids and I just watched in awe. The boys even took part in clubbing the fish. It was spectacle watching all the people and all the fish caught.

Some people also caught flounder or small halibut while dipnetting. Sadly this little baby halibut was left on the beach. Bekah was fascinated with this little guy.
The training wheels are off. Jace took to two wheels immediately.

Grandma and Grandpa took us to the beach in Homer. The tide was out and the kids found all sorts of treasures.

Camping at Ninilchek, and having a great time.
Here we are after a weekend in Ninilchek, fishing for king salmon with my parents. We traveled to homer for church on Sunday. Check out this view of Homer.
Here is Joe about halfway up.
Joe and I went on a night hike to half mile peak, a few blocks up from my parents house. It's more then half a mile, trust me, it takes you straight up to the mountains behind my parents house. It is so amazing to have such beautiful views and outdoor activities literally right outside your front door.

Jace had his 6th birthday on the 22nd of June. He had his first real birthday party, and of course it was a spiderman theme. We played musical chairs, hot potato, balloon volleyball, hide and seek, simon says, and follow the leader. Then the kids had macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets and decorated cupcakes. I was exhausted by the end. Jace loved it. The mommy in the pic is a friend Katherine.

Our house is on the end of our street. We have neighbors on our right, but on the left is a slight dropoff into the forest. This lush patch of grass is one of Bekah's favorite places to sit. Sometimes she is so deep I can only see her red hat. Behind us is also forest. The kids love to play in there and find sticks and treasures.

We hiked Thunderbird Falls several weeks ago. It is a Beautiful hike ending, of course, with a beautiful look at the waterfall. Of Course the boys and I went a little closer for a pic. This interesting tree was along the way, and since we have some expert climbers in the family, naturally they climbed up. In case your wondering... no this is not our dog... kodiak us my parents dog. The kids love him.
Daddy took the boys fishing early before work one day. A small pond is across the street and in the forest from our home. No luck with fish... but they did see a family of beavers hard at work.

On the side of our house the boys searched the forest and made this tepee. Many an hour was spent outside collecting materials.