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Team Hayes {2014}: What a summer….

So Andy and I had a wonderful summer volunteering in Guatemala with Latin Link followed by a great visit to my family in Alaska. We spent a total ofย 6ย weeks there, two of them up in Fairbanks, my University town and another 4 with my family.

Our time in Alaska was so much fun and we had so many exciting adventures:

Everything from flying in my dads airplane to hauling in our first halibuts!

Flying with my two favorite flying buddies!

Flying with my two favorite flying buddies!

Andy with his Halibut!

Andy with his Halibut!

My halibut that is bigger than my sister!

My halibut is bigger than my sister!

We also go to camp out on our boat out in the ocean and explore some of the little islands off the coast.

The boys off to explore some islands

The boys off to explore some islands

While we were camping we got to swim in glacier water, go fishing almost every day, go on hikes and do a bit of unexpected rock climbing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Out for a swim in very cold Alaskan water!

Out for a swim in very cold Alaskan water!

I took us up a very scary mountain...this is our afraid faces ;)

I took us up a very scary mountain…this is our afraid faces ๐Ÿ˜‰

We attended my little sisters butterfly/cupcake themed 8th birthday party which meant dressing up in the most poofy dresses we could find.

Lily and her birthday pinnate we made :)

Lily and her birthday pinnate we made ๐Ÿ™‚

We got to to shoot lots of big guns, and even managed to have a snowball fight! These of course, are just the highlights.

Snowball fight!!!

Snowball fight!!!

The best part by far was just spending time with my family. The moments where we find ourselves playing about our 6th game of Ticket to Ride (a board game) without a break. Chatting about what the kids think about their family, friends, school, or God. My brother and sister are growing up so fast and starting to form their own character and thoughts. They are getting more independent and I love to see them starting to influence their friends for the better. We are able to have heart to heart chats while waiting for dad to fuel up the airplane or while we are out on a run together (course Isaiah always had toย to ride his scooter cuz it was faster, fair enough!)

Having one of our girly chats while we waited for dad to get the airplane ready

Having one of our girly chats while we waited for dad to get the airplane ready

Heading off on one of our walks/runs/skates

Heading off on one of our walks/runs/skates

These are all moments I will treasure forever. The excitement and the adventures are all fun but it’s the heart to hearts and being part of their lives that means the most to me. I am so thankful for Skype and email but there’s nothing quite like going home for a good chunk of time and living life together. So much thanks to my parents for always welcoming us home with open arms and lots of yummy food!

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Christmas at the Hayes House!

 

Hayes/Bruce family Christmas 2013

Hayes/Bruce family Christmas 2013

Mom's Christmas morning Breakfast!

Mom’s Christmas morning Breakfast!

So this is my second christmas with Andy’s family so I was able to get really excited about it this year. Looking forward to our christmas day walk and dinner at Granny and Grandad Bruce’s ๐Ÿ™‚

I have found this Christmas so difficult being away from my family and not being able to celebrate with my little brother and sister but the Andy and his family has been so loving and caring with welcoming me in and trying by finding snow for me and helping to keep a few of my Silveira-based traditions alive. Things like my moms Christmas morning breakfast and opening one present on Christmas Eve!

 

Sam with his Christmas Pressie

Sam with his Christmas Pressie

Christmas day started with moms Christmas morning casserole which is a massive hit with the Hayes boys! Lots of meat, eggs cheese, and bread. Can’t go wrong. Had some presents which was wonderful. Got some really thoughtful presses from my brothers-in-law and Andy’s parents, even Sam got a present! A little light up bone for his collar ๐Ÿ™‚

We headed to Edinburgh and stopped for a rainy christmassy walk around a Loch then headed to Granny and Grandad’s! Granny pulled out all the stops as usual with every Christmas dish you could want along with two puddings! A Christmas pudding with Custard and a Trifle. I love Christmas dinner granny Hayes’ โค

Rainy Christmas Day walk :)

Rainy Christmas Day walk ๐Ÿ™‚

Granny's Christmas dinner!

Granny’s Christmas dinner!

Granny's Christmas dinner!

Granny’s Christmas dinner!

 

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