Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Indoor Softball!

What?! Softball inside you ask, the answer in Juneau is YES! Mia had the opportunity to start playing indoor softball in the brand new, super fancy field house. It is a great facility that allows all the water logged Juneauites a chance to play some of their favorite outdoor sports indoors. Mia played the month of September for a session of Arena softball which was typically 5 v 5 and the pitches were with a pitching machine. A great chance to work on the basic skills.

This is Mia in the field. I think she has some fancy dance step confused with the "ready" stance. Here are a few more of her at bat. She actually is a pretty good hitter. She had such a great time that she wants to play this winter with the club team "Midnight Suns". You know what that means, be ready to pony up to buy the yearly calendar...more on that later.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Last Camp Out

This is a bit out of order, we went camping over Labor Day weekend. It was the last long weekend of the summer break. When I say "we" I mean me, the kids, a friend of Mia's, my girlfriend Hilary and her two girls. No men, they both had to work. They did manage to make it out to the camp site in the evenings but they "had to" go back home to sleep in order to go to work...yeah, right!!

This was our camp site. We camped at the Mendenhall Campground the same one we camped at over the 4th of July. As you can see we are pro's at stringing up blue tarps. Actually Hilary's husband Kevin hung the majority of them, Hilary and I put a few more up to cover our tent. Low and behold the sun actually came out. This is Mia and Morgan (Hilary's youngest) playing UNO!

Here is Mia, Morgan (red), Audrey (blue, Mia's buddy) and Reed.

This is Hilary and her oldest Devyn. Devyn is in middle school and defiantly a good sport. Poor thing had four little kids running around for the weekend. It was almost too much for me and I'm a mom!!
Cheeseball Reed, not sure where he gets this from ;-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The First Day of School

Today was the first day of school in Juneau. Here is Mia ready to tackle the 2nd grade. She picked out her out fit last night. Everything is pink, who knew I'd have a kid who LOVES pink??

She has a new teacher this year, Mr. Beck. She is really excited, her best friend Audrey is in her class again.

Reed also started at a "new" daycare, Juneau Christian Day Care. This daycare includes preschool. Reed actually went to Juneau Christian when he was an infant, so he is returning for a year before he starts public school next year.

Another Trip to the Glacier

The rain stopped for a bit a few Saturday's ago and we decided to go to the Kid's Day adventure at the Mendenhall Glacier again. This time we looked for mushrooms, since this has been the wettest summer since 1976 (or something like that) we had plenty of mushrooms to classify. Most of the mushrooms we saw were typical cap type but we did get to see these cool coral mushrooms.