Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Beginnings

Yesterday was Sophie's last day as a preschooler.  Her teacher sent me a couple of pictures.  The kids were cleaning the tables (I'm not sure what they were using to clean), but Sophie tells me it was fun.  And she got to help put together a new bookshelf using a cordless drill.  School is closed next week so the teachers can get ready for the new school year, and Grandma Lauren is on her way to spend the week with Sophie!


We squeezed in more day at the local pool.  It was *only* 85 and it's been cooling off at night, so the pool was a little colder than they were used to.  But we had it nearly all to ourselves.


The girls agreed to go out for dinner with me to my favorite restaurant, a Vietnamese place close to our house.  Lucia, who usually limits her diet to mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and pb&j requested her own bowl of pho (noodle soup in broth).  And she actually ate it!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lucia's First Day of Third Grade

Today was the first day of 3rd grade for Lucia.  She had a pretty great day and is really happy with her teacher and going back to school with dad.




I had her fill out a questionnaire for the first day of school, and these are some of her answers:
I am 50 1/4 inches tall and weigh 56 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Sally
My favorite thing to play: Legos
My favorite color: Blue
My favorite food: Donuts
When I grow up, I want to be... a gymnastics coach
My favorite thing about myself: is my hair.
Something I want to do this year: play on chromebooks.


And Sophie had an awesome outfit today.  Her first day of kindergarten is after Labor Day.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

UT to WI

After a very quick turnaround in Utah, we jumped in the van and headed towards Wisconsin.

Stopped by Mt Rushmore and the Badlands in South Dakota

Caroline and Sophie:

The cousins:


I think Sophie and Jaelyn look more like sisters than Sophie and Lucia!

Lucia got to waterski--

And Jaelyn showed us how to barefoot! 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sydney, Days 10-14

We spent the lasts five days of our vacation in an eastern suburb of Sydney called Bronte.  We spent the days exploring Sydney and the neighboring beaches.

The Sydney Aquarium



Our awesome travel companions, Aunt Renee' and Alexandra:


Ocean pools at Bondi Beach:

Playing at Bronte Beach

A delicious snack

 View of Harbour Bridge and the Opera House


We went to a couple of really fun playgrounds.  This boat in a playground close to our AirBnb apartment was one of Sophie's favorite spots.

Found these butterflies at Bondi Beach



We used public transportation a lot!

Jet lag sets in at the San Francisco airport.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Katoomba, Days 7-9

We spent two nights in a cottage in a little town in the Blue Mountains called Katoomba.  Katoomba was cold. So, so, cold and windy.  We bought mittens and hats and bundled up in our warmest clothes to view a beautiful rock formation called the Three Sisters, which I don't have a picture of.  


Our friends from Bozeman took advantage of the same great tickets that we did, and they met up with us in Katoomba with their Campervan.  We did a short hike to the three sisters.  That's them up ahead.  I stayed back to take a picture.  Or maybe I stayed back because I didn't want to take that path across a 3,000 foot drop off.  Renee and Alex skipped this part to go shopping.  Right around this time I was thinking how smart they were.


We stayed in a cozy cottage with a wood burning fire, and a pair of cockatoos hung out all day on our porch.



The kids playing Twister.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jenolan Caves, Day 6

Day six was a travel day, leaving the beach and travelling north east to the Blue Mountains.  These are not the best photos, but it's all I have on my phone right now.

John had to stop when he saw this crazy teeter-totter by the road.

Wombat crossing!

It was misty in the mountains.

Outside the entrance of the caves.

Blurry picture of the gang inside the caves.


Driving days are good for napping (or reading trashy mags)!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Depot Beach, Day 4 & 5

Just a sample from Depot Beach! King parrots, kookaburras, and kangaroos by our porch.