Saturday, November 7, 2015


Hold onto your credit cards, there's an American Girl store in Salt Lake!  A pop-up store just opened in the mall near our house, and it's only here through the holidays.  We went to check it out and the girls were pretty excited.  They brought Julie and Josefina along, and picked out the "feel better" set, which includes crutches and casts, and a play food set to bring home today.  Bigger items went onto the Christmas wish list.

Here they are with Grace, the Girl of the Year.

Sophie's favorite part was the Bitty Baby display.

This is Lucia's #1 request -- a doll that looks like her.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I had a really nice, but very quick two-day trip to Houston.  On Sunday I spent the afternoon with the Doda-Mitchell cousins, and got to meet 10-day old baby Harper and 20-month old Ryder.  I also got to hang out with my Auntie Judy who was there helping Jamie and Dustin out with the new baby.

I got lots of snuggles with tiny Harper and Ryder showed me all his favorite toys.  On the second day I did some work -- I served on a panel awarding study abroad scholarships for a congressionally funded scholarship program.  It was a great excuse to visit!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Halloween is no longer just one night, at least not in Utah. It goes on for the whole month, with multiple events the weeks before leading up to the grand finale. In addition to their school parties and the garden party we did last weekend,  we hit up two more special events including one with free ice skating and then trick or treating on Main Street in Park City. We wrapped up with neighborhood trick or treating tonight.  They have had so much candy they're bouncing off the walls and I'm leaving in the morning for Houston.  Dad will be on his own for candy rationing. Or maybe he won't ration and it will be all be gone when I get back, which I wouldn't mind a bit.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween at the Garden

We went to a fun Halloween event at the local botanical garden.  The kids got to wear their costumes, do some crafts and walk through the decorated gardens.  We met our friends Maya and Ben there, and it was a fun early start to Halloween.

Sophie is a Unicorn, and Lucia is the Gray Lady or Haunted Bride. 

Maya is a butterfly and Ben is a knight.

There was some interpretive dance along the way.  Lucia could have watched it all night.

I got Lucia's costume at TJ Maxx, but a lot of people asked if I made it.  LOL!

Thursday, October 22, 2015


No pictures of the girls this week, because I'm in southern Utah for work. I did sneak away to Zion National Park for an afternoon.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple Pie

We've got some special visitors this week who drove all the way from Wisconsin to see us.  They brought along a bucket of apples from the trees in their yard, so we made a giant apple pie.  

With Grandma Lauren at the zoo.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pirate Haiku

Lucia entered a poetry contest at a local library for "Talk Like A Pirate Day", and she won third place in the K-3rd age group!  She wrote a haiku (a poem with three lines -- the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables).  She got to read the poem at a Pirate Party on Saturday and she won a book for her efforts.

Lucia's Pirate Haiku
Loud, sassy pirate
Yelling, "Shiver, me timbers!"
Stealing all the gold

There were dueling pirates at the event.

Sophie was at swimming lessons, so she missed the pirate party.  But we took home some crafts and pirate's booty for her.

Sophie's Montessori had a welcome back picnic, and this is Sophie with some of her best friends from school.  (Except I don't know the boy, he may have just been playing at the park and photobombed).