Sunday, September 18, 2016


We went down to the desert this weekend to camp and hike in Goblin Valley State Park in central Utah.  I had never been there before, and fall is the best time to visit the desert because the temperature drops a bit.  We did a beautiful hike through a slot canyon, and the girls hiked four miles without really complaining.  It was a nice reminder of what a beautiful state we live in, and that we should get out an spend time in these amazing places that are so close to home.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Class of 2029

Sophie was so excited to start kindergarten!  She told me she had a great day and it was so much better than preschool.  Here she is in the morning before school, wearing her new cat outfit.  She even wrote her own sign (with help on the spelling).

We also did a first day of school questionnaire, and these are some of the highlights for Sophie:
Height: 44"
Weight: 43 1/2 lbs
Best Friend: Zoe
Favorite Color: Pink
When I grow up want to: be a baker
Something I really like: Mermaids
Favorite thing about myself: Color of my eyes (green)

Sunday, September 4, 2016


We had a great visit this week with Grandma Lauren.  We all went to the zoo on the weekend, and Sophie got to go shopping and to the park and to an open house at her school.  And on Friday afternoon we went for a hike to see a waterfall.

Yesterday we went to Ikea and organized the girls' room, and sorted through bins and bins of toys.  Since Grandma was in the mood for projects, we decided to fix up the little garden in front of the house that was looking pretty sad.  We started with a trip to Home Depot for supplies:

The before picture of my sad phlox:

After picture with new mums and mulch!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Beginnings

Yesterday was Sophie's last day as a preschooler.  Her teacher sent me a couple of pictures.  The kids were cleaning the tables (I'm not sure what they were using to clean), but Sophie tells me it was fun.  And she got to help put together a new bookshelf using a cordless drill.  School is closed next week so the teachers can get ready for the new school year, and Grandma Lauren is on her way to spend the week with Sophie!

We squeezed in more day at the local pool.  It was *only* 85 and it's been cooling off at night, so the pool was a little colder than they were used to.  But we had it nearly all to ourselves.

The girls agreed to go out for dinner with me to my favorite restaurant, a Vietnamese place close to our house.  Lucia, who usually limits her diet to mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and pb&j requested her own bowl of pho (noodle soup in broth).  And she actually ate it!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lucia's First Day of Third Grade

Today was the first day of 3rd grade for Lucia.  She had a pretty great day and is really happy with her teacher and going back to school with dad.

I had her fill out a questionnaire for the first day of school, and these are some of her answers:
I am 50 1/4 inches tall and weigh 56 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Sally
My favorite thing to play: Legos
My favorite color: Blue
My favorite food: Donuts
When I grow up, I want to be... a gymnastics coach
My favorite thing about myself: is my hair.
Something I want to do this year: play on chromebooks.

And Sophie had an awesome outfit today.  Her first day of kindergarten is after Labor Day.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

UT to WI

After a very quick turnaround in Utah, we jumped in the van and headed towards Wisconsin.

Stopped by Mt Rushmore and the Badlands in South Dakota

Caroline and Sophie:

The cousins:

I think Sophie and Jaelyn look more like sisters than Sophie and Lucia!

Lucia got to waterski--

And Jaelyn showed us how to barefoot! 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sydney, Days 10-14

We spent the lasts five days of our vacation in an eastern suburb of Sydney called Bronte.  We spent the days exploring Sydney and the neighboring beaches.

The Sydney Aquarium

Our awesome travel companions, Aunt Renee' and Alexandra:

Ocean pools at Bondi Beach:

Playing at Bronte Beach

A delicious snack

 View of Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

We went to a couple of really fun playgrounds.  This boat in a playground close to our AirBnb apartment was one of Sophie's favorite spots.

Found these butterflies at Bondi Beach

We used public transportation a lot!

Jet lag sets in at the San Francisco airport.