Life here has just been plugging along. Here’s the highlights of our summer so far:
We moved. Not away from Dillingham, just to a new house here. Remember this house? It was a great house, with a HUGE kitchen and amazing windows. Having those windows was truly a blessing from God last winter; they allowed so much light in. However, that house was just too big and too expensive. We found a new place here and it is also amazing, albeit much smaller duplex. The owners live in the other half and are good friends of ours. They have 4 kids; ages 10, 7, 5 and 1. It’s like a playdate everyday…..except I hate the word playdate, so we won’t be calling it that.
Camp. Ben went. He LOVED it! He wanted to go back the day he got home. I tried to get him to do a guest post about it, but he turned me down. So, this is what I know about it……He had a “totally awesome” counselor named Jacob and every time he talks about camp he refers to said counselor as “my totally awesome counselor Jacob”. I’m not sure if he was brainwashed by Jacob or if Jacob is truly “totally awesome”. Either way, I just appreciate an 18-year-old kid that is willing to take time out of his summer to hang with a bunch of ten-year old boys. The report that I got from Ben was that they played lots of games (including “Capture the Domesticated Farm Animal”…..ummm, yeah?), shot bb guns, swam in the lake, rode on a giant inner-tube behind the boat, played more games, ate moose stew, pushed their counselors into the lake (apparently while one counselor was being pushed off the dock Ben’s glasses were knocked off his face and into the lake. Apparently Jacob dove in after them and was able to retrieve them before they hit the bottom and that makes him “totally awesome” in my book!), had a carnival, made hobo breakfast and went to chapel twice a day. He came home a very tired (and stinky!) boy.
A few weeks ago (while Ben was gone), Dave, Cooper and I were invited out on the lake with our friend Clay. Cooper opted out in favor of staying to play with the neighbor kids, but Hannah (the oldest neighbor girl) wanted to go. We met up with Clay on a Sunday evening and headed out for a ride on Aleknagik Lake. It was truly a beautiful evening and I could have stayed out there forever. While the guys did a little fishing I sat in the boat soaking up the magnificent evening sun.
We’ve also stayed busy with baseball and soccer. And I mean baseball and soccer in the very loosest of terms. There is an organized league of 4 youth baseball teams. The league is open to kids ages 5-11. In sports that is a HUGE age gap. We have some teeny, tiny, microscopic little kids playing with some gigantically (yeah, that’s a word….I think), humongous, big boys. And kids of all skill level. Dave is coaching a team and again I use the word team very loosely. Our roster consists of 14 kids. On average about 8 make it to games and practice and it’s rarely the same 8! Still it’s fun and very laid back……nothing like suburban little league. (I’m joking there….kindof).
Soccer is about the same……primative. Another mom and I agreed to offer some soccer clinics, so on Saturday mornings we meet at the “soccer field” (yes, another loosely used term) for two sessions. We work with 5-9 year olds for the first hour and then 10-13 year olds for the second hour. Ending each hour with 15-20 minute scrimmages. Again, this is not what most people think of when they think soccer. There are no fancy uniforms, or try-outs, or traveling teams. Just a bunch of kids, that don’t even own cleats or shin guards, who meet in a bumpy field to have a little Saturday morning fun!
Alas, it looks like summer may be drawing to a close here in the Bristol Bay region. It has been quite rainy and rather chilly the past few days here. I have been told that fall will be upon us soon. And I’m pretty sure that by “fall” they mean rainfall. I’m okay with that, but only because in 5 days the boys and I embark on a month-long trip to the motherland; where summer is still in full-swing. We will be spending about two weeks with my family in Northern Washington and then Dave will join us and we will spend two weeks in the Vancouver area visiting his family and all our friends. There is much to look forward to……here is our list of things that we plan in being overjoyed about: cereal for less than $5 a box, Sonic happy hour, seeing Toy Story 3 in the theatre, 80 degree days, darkness at night, hanging out with cousins, watermelon, strawberries, corn on the cob, less mosquitos, Target, Subway, trying out 5 Guys Burgers and Fries for the first time, playing in a relatively warm lake, water slides and staying at both grandma’s (who understand the importance of having chocolate milk) houses.
And I leave you with one last thing that I am going to enjoy during my month away from the bush:
Paying less than $5.61 a gallon for gas!
There, now you’re all ketched-up.