Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Road Home

We took a northerly route back to Utah this year, up to Duluth, across Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and then spent a day at Yellowstone. 

We stopped for lunch in a cute little town called Medora, ND. 
They had a great time at the Wild West playground.
Beartooth Pass, MT.  A gorgeous drive from Red Lodge, Montana into a northern entry of Yellowstone.  Definitely a must see!
 There was snow at the top of the pass, and the girls thought it was pretty fun to walk around in their flip flops.

Yellowstone.  It was beautiful, but so, so crowded.  We had not been there recently in the summer, and there were so many people.  There was a traffic jam at Old Faithful and it was like being in the city.  I am in no hurry to go back again in the summer.  Luckily we only live five hours away, so we can go there during low season anytime we want.

Sophie was not impressed by one of our greatest national treasures. 
This is one tough nut to crack.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Vacation Round-Up, Part 2

We're home from vacation, sorting through three weeks of mail, pictures, and cleaning out a very messy van.  Here are a few more highlights from our visit up north.

4th of July Parade in Iron Mountain:

Roasting marshmallows at the cottage:
Silly String War:
More swimming with cousins:

A trip to Bay Beach.  Lucia's still not tall enough for the Zippin Pippin, maybe next year:

But they were tall enough to ride the ponies:

Listened to my cousin's band at a waterfront concert:
Participated in the "non-competitive walk" and cheered on John in the Run Your Bass Off 10k:
Went tubing and got a flat tire on the way out.
  Renee and John did an excellent job putting on the spare:




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vacation Round-Up

We had a great first half of our vacation.  Here are some of the highlights.
The new van is great.  Here is a picture of the girls on the road.
There has been lots of riding on all types of ATVs.

Playing with any cousins, mostly girls. 
L to R: Lucia, Sophie, Maddie, Harper, Katie, Anjuli
Boat rides 
More girl cousins. L to R: Mia Bella, Lucia, Jaelyn, Natalia, Sophie, Addisyn, Emma 
And camping at Pentoga Park!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Big Four-Oh

Happy 40th Birthday, John!  Last weekend John took the girls on a weekend road trip, I think to relive his childhood.  They went to the Grand Canyon and did a scary hike that I'm glad I didn't know about until after they were home.

The southwest is stunningly beautiful.

Swimming in the river.

They visited John's Uncle Charlie in Phoenix.

And they stopped by the Hoover Dam on the way home.

I didn't go because I had to work and I'm saving up my vacation for Wisconsin.  We leave on Saturday and should be up north by Monday, if all goes well.  The mini van has been broken in and tested out and is road trip ready.  See you all soon!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Minivan Momma

Happy father's day!  The girls made breakfast in bed for John, and I got him a new car. Well, a "new to him" Ford Escape passed along from me, because I'm the proud new owner of a minivan. It's a 2012 Town & Country with 36,000 miles. The kids are super excited because it has two DVD players so they can each watch their own movie.  It's a vehicle built for road trips and we're excited to drive it to Wisconsin this summer.

A few others recent pics... Lucia went to a birthday party where the kids were transformed into puppies and Rapunzel stopped by. 
And Sophie started preschool! She and Lucia are going to Montessori three days a week this summer. She is pretty excited to finally be big enough for school. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jurassic Park

This weekend I took the girls on a roadtrip to eastern Utah for a co-worker's wedding, and then we camped with some friends.  John was running a race in Idaho, so he didn't come with us.  Here the girls are dressed up for the wedding. 
Playing Crazy 8s at the campsite with our friend George. This was my first time camping with both girls, and they did awesome.  They slept in the tent all night without waking up, didn't complain about dirty feet (a miracle), and had lots of fun playing outside.
On Sunday we drove to Dinosaur National Park near the Colorado border. 
This is the Quarry. It's a real life Jurassic Park in there.
 The land where dinosaurs once roamed.  And Sophie still in her Doc McStuffins pajamas.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summa Cum Laude

John finished his Master's of Education Degree  this semester and he graduated with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.  He worked really hard the past 2.5 years, and I know he probably wouldn't tell his family and friends what he accomplished, nor will he like that I wrote it on here.  But I think he's redeemed himself for taking 7+ years to finish his Bachelor's. Congratulations!
Westminster College, MED class of 2014:
 Three-quarters of the family.  Sophie opted for a play date with Milo instead of attending commencement.