Where YOU been?

Summer in the arctic has come to an end and for some reason you guys missed it all, so here are a few highlights:
July 3rd brought a beautiful high 70 degree day, perfect for the kick-off to the 4th of July festivities.
Dave was invited to be a judge for the burger cook-off.

Independence Day 2009

the high temperature for the 4th of July was 47 degrees!

But it was still a great day for sno-cones.

and lip-syncing contests.

Ben and his friend Max brought down the house with a hilarious, first place winning, dance/lip-sync number, the likes of which this community has never seen. It truly was awesome, and if my internet connection was a little faster I could download the video. Instead, you must just trust me when I say the white boys got moves!

The 4th of July celebration here was great hometown fun.

The only thing missing was the fireworks, which are reserved for New Years Eve due to lack of summer darkness.

Of course no summer is complete without swimming

and our swimming hole just happens to be part of the Arctic Ocean.

Rainy days had kids climbing wallsLiterally.

And let’s not forget the softball.

It is huge here.

I played. Ben played. Dave played and helped coach.

The AC Cardinals took second place in the regional tournament!

and obviously Ben was having a lot of fun!
There was lots more to our summer including berry picking on the tundra and visits from Shaylene and Kris. There was also a couple of trips to Seattle for the boys and I, an overnight trip to Anchorage for Dave and I, and a quick weekend trip to Portland for the whole family.
But alas, all good thing must come to an end……….
Only to make way for another good thing:

My 4th grader


my kindergartener!

With his teacher, Mrs. Marcus

Oh, and not only has summer come to an end, but so has our time above the arctic circle!

We are on the move again.

And since I know how much you all love my cliff hangers, that’s all i’m gonna say about that right now!



Filed under Alaska, Ben, Boys, Cooper, Dave, Kotzebue

14 responses to “Where YOU been?

  1. Katidids

    Great summer but your killin me with the cliff hanger!

  2. The Hayes Zoo

    WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I tried to space that better so you could read it….Oh……I have a bone to pick with you. I HATE cliff hangers. With. A. Passion.You start posting right away about the next step or I'm going to stalk your facebook page. :)Aren't I nice? :)Faith

  3. Elena

    I've missed you!!! And does the kindergarten teacher have punk rock hair or is that a flamingo hanging behind her? You're already on the move again? Wow! That went fast, for me anyway. Can't wait to hear where you're going next.

  4. meleea

    What???? I was reading this thinking…this looks like the perfect place for this adventuresome family and then you say you are on the move again?!?!? I do not enjoy cliff hangers….so do tell!

  5. Evy

    Can I just tell them and end all of the suspense?

  6. Gina

    Ha Ha, I already know! But it is cracking me up that the kids are wearing hats and mittens to eat their 4th of July sno-cones.

  7. Dee


  8. Lee Ann

    Neener, neeener, neeeener! I'm so glad I got a hug from you, AND a little insight to the next move! I do feel so lucky to have both!

  9. Meredith

    REALLY???? REALLY???? You're going to just leave it at that??? Come on!

  10. Julie

    i check on you after months…and now this?!! πŸ™‚

  11. Kat

    You are moving already??? It seems like you just got there. And cliff hangers are just wrong.Oh…and what did they lip sync for the contest??

  12. Dee

    You've been busy with your boy, but come one, you are killing me!

  13. Melissa Lee

    AGAIN???You're moving AGAIN?Where to? And what's up with a cliff hanger ending and then you not posting for like 8 months? C'mon…throw us a bone.melissa at Stretch Marks

  14. Okay…I had to read one more because I just couldn't believe you were wearing coats on the 4th of July! Sounds like Mayberry in the Arctic really. I have to say I am a bit envious. Now I am really going to sleep πŸ˜‰

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