Monday, August 31, 2015

Closed for Renovations

Our regular library has been closed all summer for remodeling, so we've had to make due by travelling to neighboring libraries (I shouldn't complain because there are three awesome libraries within 5 miles of us... but it just seems so far!)  Lucia always poses by this little statue at the front door, and I finally snapped a picture.  She's reading "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" which is a book that I loved as a kid. 

And these two have just been getting along so well lately.  
They are just best friends and it's adorable.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1st Day of 2nd Grade

We have a second grader!  

Sophie's new school year doesn't start until after labor day, so she's still in Montessori summer camp for a couple more weeks.  But she definitely didn't want to be left out of the pictures today.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

High Dive

It's been a while since we've posted a video, so here are a couple from this weekend.  Lucia's jumping off the high diving board at our neighborhood pool, and Sophie's getting her jam on to Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York."

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


It's August?  Where I have been???  Ever since we got back from vacation it's been non-stop errands and chores as we race to get ready for another school year.  The girls got much needed haircuts, school supplies, and they're back in gymnastics camp (Lucia) and preschool (Sophie).  Second grade starts next Wednesday, and John goes back tomorrow.  All my new college students arrive on Thursday and I'll be working all weekend for orientation.  Today I'm home waiting for the professional "spidermen" to come and spray my house, since our sprinkler guy found black widows outside the garage when he was here fixing the sprinkler system.  As John likes to point out, we are so lucky there are no mosquitoes or bugs, but we do have our own share of creepy crawlies.  So many things to do... can I just have another month of July please?

Today was "dress like a pirate" day.  Look at this cute little pirate!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lake Bums

We all made it to Wisconsin for the second half of summer vacation.  The kids are having a blast hanging out with cousins and playing by the water.
Lucia loved the stand-up paddle board.  Sophie figured out quickly how to hitch a ride.
We stopped out at my grandma and grandpa's old farm. 
John and Fiona on her first birthday. 
Sophie and Fiona 
Anjuli, Lucia, & Harper after an afternoon of swimming in Loon Lake.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beach Bums

A few more from California.

Sophie was not happy about the rain.  

View from the swings at a public park in Del Mar.  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Legos, Wind, & Sun

We spent our first full day in California at Legoland-- 11 hours of legos and rides and water. The girls were in heaven.
Yesterday we headed south to San Diego and John went paragliding at Torrey Pines (that's John above Sophie's head paragliding in the 2nd photo), and we checked out the beaches of La Jolla.