Here's the last set up pictures from Arizona (promise!) Our cousin Karen and her triplets drove up from Phoenix to visit for our last night. From left to right -- David, Connor, and Drake. The last time we saw them was they we were visiting Wisconsin at the same time in 2010.
The neighbor chased down the ice cream truck and treated everyone to ice cream.
Sophie swinging at the beach with Grandpa Bob.
A rare photo of Sophie smiling.
There's a British phone booth by the London Bridge.
We're on vacation! And I had a birthday! It was actually great to spend my 40th with a community of retired folks. They all expressed how happy they'd be to be turning 40 again. It made me feel grateful and appreciative of this time in my life that is sometimes exhausting and stressful, but mindful that it won't always be this way. Before we know it they'll be grown and out of the house and I'll be wondering where the time went. Also, the weather is hot and the drinks are cold, so it's a pretty great place to spend a birthday week.
Lucia also got a haircut and lost a tooth up top. She has a whole new look! Sophie really is having fun, she just doesn't always like to have her picture taken.
Sophie is four! It was a pretty busy week for us. I went to a conference in Washington, DC for the first part of the week, and flew back on Wednesday in time to pick Sophie up from school. We celebrated at home with just the four of us and had cake and ice cream and opened presents.
On Saturday we hosted a small party for three of her friends from Montessori. Lucia was in charge of games, and she took her job very seriously.
Sophie and her best friend from school, Zoey.
Since the girls wore their favorite dress-up costumes (all princesses), Sophie decided they needed a king. So John got to be the king.
More cake! Happy Birthday, Sophie! We love you. xoxo
Sophie got another stomach bug and had a rough couple of days, but happily she is back to normal today. After puking across three rooms in the middle of the night, we set her up with a bucket the next day that she carried everywhere.
I took Lucia and Maya to see the University of Utah women's gymnastics team compete. Lucia was inspired and she liked the floor routines the best.
I found this little scrap of paper in the kitchen yesterday and I thought it was probably just Lucia playing restaurant or something. So I asked her what is was, and she said, "Oh, that's just the shopping list that dad and I made when we went to the store the other day."