Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sydney, 1&2

We made it to Sydney! Here are a few images from our jet lagged first days. We toured the area around the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, took a ferry to Manly Beach, and spent a day at the Taronga Zoo. The girls are having a blast (and the grownups too).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Giraffe Encounter

We're squeezing in lots of summer fun before we head off to Australia (where it's winter) and then to Wisconsin (where it's probably winter too.)

The girls got feed a giraffe at the zoo last weekend!

And we met up with our friend Milo and his new baby brother, Simon, for an outdoor concert. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Penney's Home Town

We hit the road last weekend for a camping trip in Wyoming.  The first stop was Fossil Butte National Monument which has some of the world's best preserved fossils.

The closest town, Kemmerer, is also home to the J.C. Penney Mother Store, founded by James Cash Penney in 1902.

You can also tour Mr. Penney's home.  Who knew?

The camping by Kemmerer wasn't the greatest, so we kept heading north and ended up in Jackson.  We found a great campground there and this view of the valley was steps away from our campsite.

Awesome campsite in Jackson.  Sophie is wearing her "R.V. There Yet?" shirt.

Future mountain biker:

And finally, when your daughter is not impressed by one of the world's greatest natural wonders:

Friday, May 27, 2016

School's Out

Somebody was excited about the last day of preschool:

Last day of 2nd grade & 5th grade:

Future 3rd grader:

Lucia got invited over to a classmate's house after school for an end-of-year pool party.  There are five kids in the family and she hosted a (separate) party for each one of her kids' classes.  She's either a saint or insane, I'm not sure which.  But they certainly have a beautiful home.

Class of 2026!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Making Space

Look at this big girl!  I can't believe she'll be in kindergarten in a few months.  Here she is posing with a mermaid sculpture and artwork at Pilar Pobil's house.  We were lucky enough to attend a party at her house, meet her, and enjoy her beautiful artwork. Pilar was born in 1929 in Mallorca (Spain) and her father fought and died in the Spanish Civil War.  I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of the girls with her, but she gave a tour of her house and garden and it was a really special night.

Lucia has a consultation with an orthodontist a while back.  She has a lot of crowding and will eventually need braces.  For now he suggested having four baby teeth pulled.  She got the first two pulled a couple of weeks ago and the second two pulled today.  Tonight she wrote this letter for the tooth fairy.  She want to keep that tooth with the long root.

Now's there plenty of room for her new teeth to grow in.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Biker Girl

Sophie learned to ride a bike today!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Grandma and Grandpa Glime stopped by for a visit before they headed back to Wisconsin.  We spent a fun day at the dinosaur museum and then ended up at this big sporting goods store that has a Ferris wheel.  John convinced his mom to take a ride with him and the girls.  It was really high.  And scary. And apparently it was Grandma's very last ride on a Ferris wheel.

The store also has photo ops with scary looking animals. The girls thought it was great fun!

Also, we have big news! We're going to Australia this summer!  Last weekend we came across some amazing prices on tickets from Salt Lake to Sydney, and made a spur of the moment decision to take advantage of the amazing deal.  I've also been working with an architect to create plans for a completely new kitchen.  Unfortunately the trip to Australia might be having an impact on our kitchen reno budget...but I'm still figuring that part out.  Here's the kitchen design so far.