Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of First Grade

First grade already?  Where did the time go?  She was so excited to start school, meet new friends and start a new adventure. Sophie had her first day alone at preschool, and she also did awesome.  My two big girls...

Lining up with her classmates, waiting for the bell to go inside.
Walking home with Maya after the first day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Panther Pride

Lucia is starting a new school this fall. She tested into an accelerated learning program which is only offered at a few schools around the valley, and unfortunately not at the school John will be teaching at.  We are sad that she won't be with John everyday, but, the new is also her friend Maya's neighborhood school. So today they got to meet their teachers and have popsicles.

Maya's mom is also providing our after school care, so the girls are very excited to start the new year and play together every day.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday at the Park

Fun time at the park today with these crazy girls!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Batter up

A little summer night of baseball in the yard.  John can always be counted on to rig up something that will allow him to relax in the hammock.  I'm waiting for the day that he invents something truly original that will make us millions.  Until then, we will live with piles of random stuff in the garage that might come in useful, you know, for making t-ball stands and whatnot.
And this is what I woke up to today.  Cowgirl Sophie and her horse, Kathy.  Giddy up!

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!