Bankhead Adventures

30 May 2018

Weird Finds

We've stumbled on several surprise delights during our adventures lately:
The world's largest Monopoly board

An old car in the forest

An unusual playground

A Greek statue in a restaurant

17 April 2018

New Fun at the Swamp

Our family waterskiing place, fondly known as The Swamp, has provided countless hours of fun: tubing, skiing, nature-exploring, and more recently, digger-renting and digger-operating. When Paul saw the plumber's bid for digging a trench for a new water main at our boat house, he decided to take on the project himself and relive his construction-site childhood. The actual trench-digging was a fairly quick job, but Paul spent the entire rest of the day helping delighted children drive the digger.

Paul's ability to drive a digger at all is cause for celebration. While waterskiing on Thanksgiving Day, Paul suffered a severe wreck that earned him three months of cognitive impairment, doctor appointments, medication, the inability to tolerate light or sound, and, thankfully, a generous disability check. He's still doing various therapies to eliminate some lingering symptoms, but he's mostly back to pre-injury life, going to work and digging trenches at The Swamp.





18 December 2017

Kinesthetic Kids

 The Bankhead kids haven't yet adopted the socially acceptable ways to use furniture. Yes, Amos really reads like that.




27 November 2017

Halloween 2017

Astrid from How to TrainYour Dragon

A "Lightening Wizard," something he dreamed up himself

Baymax from Big Hero 6

Started out as the Grim Reaper but later became a dementor from Harry Potter

24 October 2017

All-Star Independence Day

2017 might have been our best 4th of July holiday yet. We divided our time between the Swamp Hut and a quirky Victorian cabin in Tahoe with friends. Watching fireworks from a boat is magical: gentle rocking, the fireworks reflecting in the water, and skipping traffic on the way home in favor of boating back to the Grizzly House.
Getting ready to watch fireworks from our boat

Hot tub during hail storm

Paul the happy boat driver, on gorgeous Tahoe

Tubing with friends
Suisun City's Carnival
James is rocking the wakeboard

Demonstrating how dirt sticks to sunscreen

13 October 2017

Point Bonita

Amy and the kids spent a day checking out the Point Bonita Lighthouse and the surrounding cool stuff, including a graffiti-covered abandoned structure that capture our imaginations for several hours.






04 October 2017

Kings Canyon National Park 2017

Just a few days after the kids got out of school for the summer, we took off for camping in Kings Canyon. The bad news is that mosquitos love Amos, and who can blame them? Although he wore long sleeves and long pants, his poor exposed face was covered with bites. Happily he's a cheerful camper despite his itchiness, and we had a great trip, enjoying many waterfalls that we haven't seen since before the drought. Miles celebrated his 4th birthday on this trip. He requested a purple cake, which Amy managed to create while camping with a can of blueberry pie filling on a cheesecake.

21 September 2017

Back-to-School 2017

James, Sadie, and Amos started a new school year in a homeschool/private school hybrid with a few neighbor kids. They miss their friends from their old school but not the uniforms. Miles started preschool with the same teachers his older siblings had. One month in, everybody seems to be thriving. And with her new four kidless hours a week, Amy might blog about our summer adventures. Maybe.