Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Sophie was reunited for a party last weekend with Leo and Milo, her best friends from Miss Merr's. Look at those smiles!  They have so much fun together!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rock Hounds

Did you know that Utah is the rock hounding capital of the United States?  Neither did I, until last weekend.  We went on a camping trip and explored a new part of the state, in the west desert between I-15 and Nevada. 

First stop: U-Dig Fossils.  It was featured on the Travel Channel, which is how our friend heard about it and convinced us to go there.  It's a long way out to the dig site, 150 miles south of Salt Lake City, then 30 miles on a paved road and another 20-some miles on a dirt road.

Once you get there, you pay the fee and the owners give you some tips on how to use the tools to break open the shale and look for trilobites. 

Everyone gets a rock tool, even the smallest child.  Many fingers get pounded, but it's okay! It's fun to be given a hammer and told to pound away.

 Bigger kids and adults get a very sharp rock hammer which is much more effective at splitting open the shale.  I guess I didn't take any pictures of the fossils, but we found a bucket full of trilobites in the two hours we spent there. Trilobites are invertebrate marine life that lived more than 550 million years ago when this area was an ocean.  It was actually very cool.  So we have 550 million year old fossils in our garage.  Come visit and we'll show them to you!
We camped that night with our friends and spent the next day searching for topaz crystals at Topaz Mountain.  I don't seem to have pictures from day two of the adventure, but we have a handful of topaz crystals to show for our work.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Earning Her Keep

Finally!  There's someone in this house who enjoys doing dishes.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Anniversary Weekend

Last week was our 9th wedding anniversary.  Since Grandma Lauren and Grandpa Bob are visiting and we had free overnight daycare, John and I spent a night up at this fabulous hotel in Park City.  The fall is the off season, so you can get really nice hotels for reasonable prices.
 The next day John ran a marathon in the mountains, and Grandma and Grandpa brought the girls up for a swim in the awesome hotel pool. Isn't it gorgeous?  
26.2 done.  Without training.  Again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Snuggle Bugs

Grandma snuggles are the best.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nature Walk

Today we chaperoned a first grade nature walk with Lucia's class.  John is teaching in a different school district than Lucia's, so they don't have the same days off.  It just happened that this event was today and he also had the day off so he got to come with to meet her teacher and friends.  As the only dad along for the day, he was quite popular.

Here's her first grade class.  25 kids.  She is in the front row on the right end.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Bird

We visited Snowbird this weekend to soak in a little bit of the Oktoberfest celebration, ride the tram, swim at the hotel pool and hang with some friends.