Bankhead Adventures

11 October 2016

Art at Stanford

Not only is Stanford campus an architectural treat, it is also adorned with a wide variety of sculpture. Because James and Sadie don't remember living there, and Amos and Miles never did, Amy took them on a walking tour of Stanford's art installations. We're not sure if Stanford would approve of kids climbing all over their sculptures, but Amy thinks it's a great way for kids to experience art. If anyone wants a dynamic tour of art at Stanford, book with the Bankheads.

30 September 2016

Journey across the Golden Gate Bridge

Amy's been working with a non-profit called Stroller Hikes for nearly a decade now, and summer hikes are especially fun because the school-age kids get to join us on our adventures. Unfortunately, James doesn't see it that way. He's so over hiking with moms and toddlers. Probably doesn't help that the organization has the word "stroller" in it. To encourage his participation this summer, Amy let James choose all our hiking locations, and James set some high expectations. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge was at the top of his list, so off we went with a dozen kids. Only a few minor incidents along the way: James experienced anxiety-inducing vertigo in the middle of the bridge that we remedied with a photography assignment distraction (hence the gorgeous bridge pictures), and we lost Amos for about 5 minutes at the visitors center. All's well that ends well, and any outing that leaves the children exhausted is a success.

19 September 2016

Yosemite 2016 with Friends

How to describe the wonderfulness of our most recent Yosemite trip? Fun friends and family, an all-day 10-mile hike that was just at the limit of possible for 8 children, scenic waterfalls and rugged mountains, and a birthday celebration for Miles. This is the epitome of Bankhead Adventures.

05 September 2016

Costume Fun for Jungle Book

This year, Amy volunteered to be in charge of costumes for James's and Sadie's school play. Summoning all her latent creativity, she assembled costumes for the entire cast of The Jungle Book, using herself and her children as models when the actors themselves weren't available. Somehow there are few pictures of the performance itself, but here's a glimpse of the costumes in process.

25 August 2016

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Paul and some buddies climbed Mt Lassen and skied back down. Not quite up for that adventure, Amy and the kids explored the rest of the park during Paul's outing. Highlights include playing in what was left of the snow, scrambling through a place called "Chaos Jumbles," watching a snake fight a squirrel (really!), and convincing a tired Miles to keep hiking.

05 August 2016

Twelfth Anniversary

Amy and Paul have been married for 12 years. In the past we've celebrated with some epic wilderness backpacking in Yosemite or Kings Canyon or Mt Whitney. This year we commemorated the day by going to church and tag-teaming naps and childcare. Paul would probably say that's a sad reminder that we're old and boring. Amy might say it's a meaningful way to embrace the goodness that is our regular life. Either way, here's a picture from our wedding day.

26 July 2016

Sadie turned 8

 All sorts of good stuff happened when Sadie turned eight. She dreamt up a fancy pink cake with raspberries, we hosted two sets of grandparents for the weekend, and Grandma generously spent her visit using her mad sewing skills to turn Amy's wedding dress into a baptism dress.

23 April 2016

Every Sunday Afternoon

Every Sunday afternoon, the Bankheads walk/scooter/bike home from church as fast as we can, because church makes us hungry, which is just one letter away from hangry, and we don't want that, especially on the Sabbath. James usually arrives home first, where he starts measuring the flour and baking soda. Paul usually arrives next and begins separating the eggs. By the time the rest of us walk in the door, the waffle iron is beeping that the first waffles are ready. Few things make Paul happier than doling out chocolate chip waffles to a gaggle of kids on barstools.