Bankhead Adventures

01 November 2018

London 2018, Side Trip to York

Best-preserved city walls in England--parts were built by the Romans in the first century!
York Minster is 700 years old and hauntingly impressive.
Clifford's Tower, where many groups have played fatal rounds of King of the Hill.
Patrolling the ramparts
York is Amy's favorite city in England, although her sample size is small. York's history is rich, having been a Roman city, then a Viking city, then of course the namesake for New York.  York is also home to "The Shambles," which is the street that inspired Diagon Alley. We rode the train from London,  enjoying great scenery the whole way. Our hotel was the best of our trip; not only did it have A/C (very rare), but the staff left candy and gifts for the children.

19 October 2018

London 2018, Historical Stuff

We spent a big chunk of the summer visiting jolly old England. Not only did Paul serve his mission there and we honeymooned there, but our fabulous friends moved there last fall and we missed them so much we had to cross the ocean to see them. Of course Amy made the kids study British history before we left, so we were all better informed as we toured many very old and significant places. Also, it was very hot the whole time we were there, so everyone was melted most of the time. These photos are also the last evidence we have of every hat we own, since we lost them all over the country.
The Tower of London

Prince Albert Memorial

Westminster Abbey

St Paul's Cathedral

04 September 2018

Family Photo Session 2018

The lovely Paige Tingey recently took our photos. Some members of our family were more cooperative than others, as the photos make clear.

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