|The view from their front windows, I simply couldn't get enough!|
I'm not sure it's possible to put into words just how amazing this vacation was for me. We went to stay with some long time friends at their new home about an hour outside of Anchorage.
I have not seen Dahlia or her kids since we went to visit them in 2008 in Arizona, so neither had she met any of the rest of our kids besides Cory (and David only met Noah briefly just after he was born). But we have talked on the phone off and on for years and she is so laid back it makes it easy to get along. Plus we have 4 kids in common!
|Noah and Shalom playing mini Uno|
The next day we trekked down to the river, you can see it in the top photo, and played in glacier fed water!
That's the Knik Glacier in the distance, in the middle just above the trees. Funny enough, the water didn't feel that cold, until we'd been out there an hour or more and had to wade back across the shallows from the sand bar. Then it was cold!
The boys had a blast playing in the silt. They made dirt bombs complete with puff flower fuses.
So of course the girls had to copy them.
Macaiah is a rugged mountain man and keeps a canoe in the small lake between the road and the river. I really think Noah would be just like him if he could... nine year age difference, but he was his little shadow.
Cory also got a turn in the canoe and with more paddling and swimming experience they went down around the point to check and see if the salmon were coming upstream yet.
|Discussing the merits of skipping stones with David|
Brian spent his weeks with one of his best friends, playing games and nerding out with a new 3D printer.
This vacation really had nothing to do with the place (although yes, Alaska is beautiful) and everything to do with the home of our friends and their welcome of us into it. Three stories for the girls to roam, tons of new toys, outside adventures (even moose in the yard!), and older kids to help keep an eye on them so I didn't have to be "on guard" very much at all.
Plus just having a girl to talk with every night for many hours, yes once we even saw it get light again. We were very short on sleep (kids don't go to bed when it's light out!), but my mental exhaustion was so much lessened in those two short weeks. What a treat!