Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple Pie

We've got some special visitors this week who drove all the way from Wisconsin to see us.  They brought along a bucket of apples from the trees in their yard, so we made a giant apple pie.  

With Grandma Lauren at the zoo.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pirate Haiku

Lucia entered a poetry contest at a local library for "Talk Like A Pirate Day", and she won third place in the K-3rd age group!  She wrote a haiku (a poem with three lines -- the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables).  She got to read the poem at a Pirate Party on Saturday and she won a book for her efforts.

Lucia's Pirate Haiku
Loud, sassy pirate
Yelling, "Shiver, me timbers!"
Stealing all the gold

There were dueling pirates at the event.

Sophie was at swimming lessons, so she missed the pirate party.  But we took home some crafts and pirate's booty for her.

Sophie's Montessori had a welcome back picnic, and this is Sophie with some of her best friends from school.  (Except I don't know the boy, he may have just been playing at the park and photobombed).

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Friday Night Lights

It's officially football season.  We went to a high school football game on Friday night at the high school that's right by our house.  The field is on prime real estate, with a beautiful mountain view on one side, and overlooking the city on the other.  The girls were mostly interested in the cheerleaders and dancers at the half time show.

Since it's still 90 degree here and not feeling like fall at all, the girls spent most of Saturday in their swimsuits playing outside.

And this is where we'll find John every Sunday for the next six months.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Closed for Renovations

Our regular library has been closed all summer for remodeling, so we've had to make due by travelling to neighboring libraries (I shouldn't complain because there are three awesome libraries within 5 miles of us... but it just seems so far!)  Lucia always poses by this little statue at the front door, and I finally snapped a picture.  She's reading "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" which is a book that I loved as a kid. 

And these two have just been getting along so well lately.  
They are just best friends and it's adorable.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1st Day of 2nd Grade

We have a second grader!  

Sophie's new school year doesn't start until after labor day, so she's still in Montessori summer camp for a couple more weeks.  But she definitely didn't want to be left out of the pictures today.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

High Dive

It's been a while since we've posted a video, so here are a couple from this weekend.  Lucia's jumping off the high diving board at our neighborhood pool, and Sophie's getting her jam on to Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York."

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


It's August?  Where I have been???  Ever since we got back from vacation it's been non-stop errands and chores as we race to get ready for another school year.  The girls got much needed haircuts, school supplies, and they're back in gymnastics camp (Lucia) and preschool (Sophie).  Second grade starts next Wednesday, and John goes back tomorrow.  All my new college students arrive on Thursday and I'll be working all weekend for orientation.  Today I'm home waiting for the professional "spidermen" to come and spray my house, since our sprinkler guy found black widows outside the garage when he was here fixing the sprinkler system.  As John likes to point out, we are so lucky there are no mosquitoes or bugs, but we do have our own share of creepy crawlies.  So many things to do... can I just have another month of July please?

Today was "dress like a pirate" day.  Look at this cute little pirate!