Friday, August 8, 2014


I'm not sure how, but somehow Andrew's five week vacation is about to come to an end. It's been really nice to just hang out as a family. We've seen lots of friends and relatives and spent some time at the beach (too little time if you ask me and too much time if you ask Andrew). The girl's have enjoyed having Andrew at home and just in these few weeks, Inara has switched almost entirely to speaking English to her dad. I've also enjoyed having another adult around. In terms of manageability, two adults + two kids = perfect. Sometimes an extra adult would be good too.

Here is an assortment of pictures from the past weeks:

Giving biggie a ride.

Getting so big!

Showing off her tattoos.

Harvest! We managed to get quite a few veggies out of our tiny garden.

The yearly watering ban is in effect which means no more filling kiddie pools, but they seem to enjoy this just as much.

Mandatory jousting practice

Swimming in a lake.

A quick stop at the beach on our way home

Visiting a farm. Main attraction: Kittens

At the playground

Sandcastle time
Andrew and Inara went to see the circus
Inara made an awesome necklace
Alba learned how to drive

A taste for sand

Bunnies (which Alba was terrified of - understandably so)
Wild strawberry picking


  1. What beautiful, happy, healthy, children

  2. And I thought I was the only one who let my kids run around naked! haha. Great pictures!

    1. Haha, thanks! Actually I would say that these pictures paint a false image since they are occasionally wearing clothes in them. In reality, they're naked most of the time.

  3. They have their whole lives to wear clothes. It's so nice that they can live free for just a little while. Really darling pictures. Looks like a nice summer vacation.

    1. Thanks! I agree, we haven't said anything to Inara about needing to wear clothes other than as a way to protect yourself from either the cold or the sun. We do have an underwear rule when we have guests though :)