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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


The great road trip of summer 2015 has begun. First stop: Oceanside, California.
The beach is a hit!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mt Ogden

For Father's Day we took a drive up to Snowbasin ski resort for a little family hike.  First we got to ride the Gondola most of the way up the mountain and then hiked a switchback trail up to the top.

There's still a little snow along the route.

Stopping for lunch.  Sophie and I turned back around this point and headed back down. The gondola tickets were unlimited rides all day long, so we went back down to take a few rides.  John and Lucia continue on for another mile to reach the summit.

At the summit.

Sophie on the way down. She notices every bug, butterfly, flower, rock with an interesting shape... it's slow going but fun to see her explore.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Summer vacation is off to a great start, other than the fact that it's already in the high 90s every day.  Lucia spent a week at a sports camp for girls trying out all kids of sports like lacrosse, volleyball, track & field, rock climbing, etc. and this week she's at gymnastics camp.  Sophie is at the montessori summer camp having fun with all her friends.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Last Day of 1st Grade

Look who's all done with first grade!

This was her teacher, who is retiring this year after 30+ years as a teacher.  Lucia was so sad at the end of the day because she's going to miss her so much.

This is Maya and Ben, who Lucia played with every day after school until we got off of work and could pick her up.  This was taken yesterday on Maya's last day of kindergarten.

Report cards look a lot different than they used to.  Here's two graphs showing her progress in reading and math this year.