Friday, November 16, 2012

Abby's new adventure

Putting the title like that kinda makes it sound like an American Girl story. But I guess, in a way, it is. I'm so grateful that we live in a place where my daughters can get instrument lessons, of their choice, for free. Plus, they get to participate with over 100 other students in the orchestra.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Outer Banks Adventure - Part III


The area where we stayed was pretty remote.  There were wild horses roaming around, dolphins almost within our reach, pelicans, fish, crabs and even a starfish!

 The wild horses are nothing to be trifled with.  They are aptly named.
The first day we were there, one horse turned and snorted at the kids and started trotting towards them in 
a rather aggressive manner.  It was a good lesson to learn early on - KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.  And we did.  The horses roamed around our house at night, and we stayed on the porches
and behind the fences to look at them.

 Rob' fish....
...and Sophie's fish

At first the fins in the water worried the kids a little bit.  I think we've watched
one too many episodes of Shark Week on Discovery.  But after we actually
saw the dolphins jumping through the waves, the kids went back in the water, with the dolphins,
without hesitation.

 Nate's starfish was truly one of the highlights of the week for him.
He found it by himself in the sand.  It's the only starfish we saw all week!  He got to see is crawl/wiggle around on it's little tentacles and he walked around carrying it for the longest time.
Yes, we ultimately did kill the starfish by laying it out to dry so that Nate could bring it home.  He'll be taking 
it into school to show his class tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Outer Banks Adventure - Part II


There were lots of boards this week - surf boards, skim boards, boogie boards.

Here's a taste of the adventures....

 Emma getting some surfing lessons from Rob.  Yes, Rob does know how to surf.  Hidden talent.

 Rob giving lessons to Sophie.
We had given Sophie surfing lessons for her birthday back in June, so she
had a bit of a leg up on everyone else.

 Charis hung in there with the best of them!  Early in the week she was standing up on the board

 Surf boards are still a little too big to handle for Abby, so she worked on her skim-boarding skills.  Having a low center of gravity is handy sometimes!

 Hans and Charis getting ready to work on their skills
 Heidi and Hans getting ready for the next wave