Lucia just finished up the Snowbird Adventure Team -- six weeks of ski lessons at Snowbird. The results are mixed. Some days she was giddy with the fun and adrenaline, and other times she says she doesn't like it. So we'll have to see if she becomes a skier or not. But at least now she has the basics down.
This is Lucia with her Adventure Team class. She in the back row, blue jacket.
Here she is on the chair lift.
Sophie wanted to try skiing too, so John took her up. She was done after one run. Maybe next year!
Happy 3rd birthday to our sweet and sassy Sophie! We opened presents, had yummy chocolate cake with cookies and cream ice cream and serenaded her with Happy Birthday. We now have a three-year old and a six-year old. Sophie is mostly potty trained and getting ready to start pre-school this summer, and Lucia is over half-way done with kindergarten. It definitely feels like we're moving into a new era, and out of the baby stage! I'm looking forward to seeing what the year brings.
It's pretty hard to find cheese curds in Utah, but Culver's has them. And the only Culver's in Utah happens to be right by Lucy's school. Good thing I don't pick her up often because I can hardly resist the lure of the deep fried cheese.
Sophie's been inspired by all the rain lately.
She likes to dance and sing with her umbrella in the house.
Today we held Karma in our arms as he passed peacefully away. Our hearts are breaking for our first baby that we loved so much and has been such a part of family for 10 years. He was just 5 days from his 12th birthday but he started having difficulty breathing on Saturday morning, stopped eating, and was in a high state of distress. Even though we've suspected for months that this day was not far off, neither John nor I was really prepared for how hard it would be. Having the girls say goodbye and coming back home without him was heartbreaking.
Tonight we're remembering our sweet Karma is his glory days -- when he was young and spry. We took him camping in the desert so many times, rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking. He was such a tough little guy. At home he'd always find the softest spot in the house to make his bed, know where to look for crumbs, and follow me from room to room like a shadow. When the girls were born he adjusted to his role as wingman, watching over them, always in the background. He endured Lucia calling him "ka-ka" for two years, having the majority of his teeth pulled last year, and losing his dignity the last few months as we had to carry him up and down the steps because of his bad hips.
Tonight the house is quiet. Too quiet. No toenails clicking on the hardwood. No gentle (or not so gentle) snoring from his corner. No one to come and check to make sure we're still in bed after all the lights are out. We're missing you buddy, more than I ever knew we would. Dogs really do give unconditional love, and our Karma gave us everything he had.
Lucia went to a birthday party for a friend from her Kindergarten class. It was at a bowling alley, and they had a pretty fun time. She bowled an 89! Here she is with the birthday girl:
This is her new BFF, Lily, from kindergarten:
Today at school there was a special Reading & Breakfast program in the morning, so Sophie got to go to school and hang out in Dad's room for a little while, and then have breakfast with Lucia. Sophie can't wait to go to school!