Friday, November 21, 2014

Midnight Train to Utah

Look who came to town!  After an exciting train ride across the plains and Rocky Mountains, G'ma Glime pulled into town late Thursday night.  She'll be roadtripping and spending Turkey Day with us in Boise.  The girls are super excited to have grandma here for a visit.

A little late night dress-up with the dollies. (And can you see who lost another tooth? Sophie knocked it out with a tennis racquet!)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Presenting Elsa & an Angel

Halloween 2014: Sophie was Queen Elsa and Lucia was an angel.  They both had parties at their school during the day and we trick-or-treated in our neighborhood that evening.  It was a beautiful, 75-degree day, no coats needed!
Sophie's preschool class making Witch's Brew.  There were six Elsas, but none of them minded. 
Lucia's class had a fun Halloween party too.  Here they are making creatures and playing bingo. They also had a witch's pantry and did shadow stories.

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.