Bankhead Adventures

03 April 2017

2017 March Madness

Tonight is the championship game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Every year the Bankhead children fill out brackets and enter the Glauser group in an attempt to win a prestigious trophy. Unfortunately no Bankheads will be winning the trophy this year, but that doesn't detract from the entertainment of watching them learn how the system works.

11 January 2017

Sadie's Broken Arm

Broken arms are never convenient. One Wednesday afternoon, while Amy was caring for an extra 3 children under the age of 5, she received a phone call from Sadie's teacher, explaining that Sadie had fallen from the rings and hurt her arm and would need attention right away. Amy explained that she had a boatload of small children and wouldn't be able to come for a while. But then the teacher texted, "I think her arm is broken, but I didn't want to say that in front of Sadie." So after digging 5 little ones out of the sand box and then hunting for their shoes and then transferring 3 extra carseats into the minivan, Amy was pulling out of the driveway when one of the other moms arrived and generously offered to take the whole gaggle.

Because Sadie's PE teacher is an army medic, Amy assumed her suspicion of a broken arm was correct and didn't bother unwrapping Sadie's arm from the make-shift sling before taking her to the ER. But she had second thoughts once we arrived. When asked to rate her 1-10 pain level, Sadie replied 4. When asked to move her arm, hand, and fingers, she had full range of motion. And when the doctor showed her how to use the TV remote, Sadie was thrilled. So Amy figured the whole trip was a waste and that clearly Sadie was fine. X-rays proved her wrong, though, and despite Sadie's invincibly cheerful demeanor, the doctor diagnosed a Salter Harris type II distal radius fracture. 

After 4 weeks of wearing a cast, Sadie was plagued by two anxieties: "What if they accidentally cut off my arm when they cut off the cast?" and "Will I be able to ski over Christmas?" We'll leave our readers in suspense about the answers to those pressing questions.

01 January 2017

Thanksgiving 2016 in the Redwoods

We spent this Thanksgiving in a charming cabin in the middle of the redwood forest, surrounded by herds of elk and some excellent friends who cooked us a remarkable Thanksgiving dinner. We hiked in the rain (much whining!), threw rocks into rivers, dug on the beach, and explored the forest with friends. We saw enormous trees, fern-filled canyons, and rainbows. Thanksgiving, indeed.

02 December 2016

Sequoia National Park

Some crazy school circumstances had us scrambling over the summer to decide where to educate our children. In the end, we chose the school that had the latest start date so that we could take one more summer camping trip. Totally worth it, both because it was one of the best camping trips we've ever taken and because the school turned out to be great. Highlights include snuggling in the hammock, navigating through several rivers, finding a completely isolated campsite, and family skinny dipping in a pristine alpine lake.

09 November 2016

Halloween 2016

Miles: The tiger costume that has served every 2- or 3-year-old Bankhead was repurposed as a Shere Khan costume. Miles is obsessed with The Jungle Book, thanks to his older siblings who performed in that production last spring.
Amos insisted on being a P.E.K.K.A. from Clash of Clans for several months, despite Amy's attempts to change his mind. As far as we could tell, no one else in the world makes that costume, so we rallied our creative juices and produced an outstanding costume that he was thrilled to wear.
Sadie had the brilliant idea of our whole family dressing as characters from the movie Inside Out, including Miles as Bing Bong and James as Anger. She had trouble recruiting willing participants, though, and rocked her Disgust without any sidekicks.

After nearly giving up on a Halloween costume all together, James assembled a respectable skeleton costume about 30 minutes before trick-or-treating began.

The evening ended with an epic candy-trading session with some neighbors.

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.