Thursday, July 2, 2015


The great road trip of summer 2015 has begun. First stop: Oceanside, California.

The beach is a hit!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mt Ogden

For Father's Day we took a drive up to Snowbasin ski resort for a little family hike.  First we got to ride the Gondola most of the way up the mountain and then hiked a switchback trail up to the top.

There's still a little snow along the route.

Stopping for lunch.  Sophie and I turned back around this point and headed back down. The gondola tickets were unlimited rides all day long, so we went back down to take a few rides.  John and Lucia continue on for another mile to reach the summit.

At the summit.

Sophie on the way down. She notices every bug, butterfly, flower, rock with an interesting shape... it's slow going but fun to see her explore.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Summer vacation is off to a great start, other than the fact that it's already in the high 90s every day.  Lucia spent a week at a sports camp for girls trying out all kids of sports like lacrosse, volleyball, track & field, rock climbing, etc. and this week she's at gymnastics camp.  Sophie is at the montessori summer camp having fun with all her friends.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Last Day of 1st Grade

Look who's all done with first grade!

This was her teacher, who is retiring this year after 30+ years as a teacher.  Lucia was so sad at the end of the day because she's going to miss her so much.

This is Maya and Ben, who Lucia played with every day after school until we got off of work and could pick her up.  This was taken yesterday on Maya's last day of kindergarten.

Report cards look a lot different than they used to.  Here's two graphs showing her progress in reading and math this year.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The One With the Goggles

Only three more days of school until summer vacation.  I'm expecting there will be a lot more of this kind of silliness and fun all summer long.

The zoo has dinosaurs now!  Sophie was a little scared at first that they were real.  And some of the spit water and roar, so who could blame her.  This one is quiet and still though, and perfect for climbing on.

And the ice cream truck came when we were at the park!  Since they were introduced to ice cream trucks in Arizona this year, it was quite an exciting event to realize there are ice cream trucks in Utah too.  Sophie got a gigantic ice cream sandwich and Lucia had a minion on a stick.  Yay for summer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Science is for Girls

It's almost the end of the school year, and that means it's time for programs and field trips.  Lucia's class did a presentation of Aesop's Fables last week, and tomorrow Sophie's preschool has their end of the year singing performance.  Today I chaperoned the first grade field trip to the Utah Museum of Natural History.  I was in charge of these four little ladies, who are some of Lucia's best friends:

It was my first time at the Museum, and it was pretty awesome.  They have a fantastic dinosaur display and this interactive feature shows how the Salt Lake valley was once a giant lake.

They had to write a report in a field trip journal, and they took it quite seriously. Their minds are just like little sponges, soaking up all the information.  It was a treat to spend the day with these smart and fun girls.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Day for Mom

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmas in our lives! These girls were super excited about mother's day and were working secretively on projects for about a week in advance.  They put arrows up all over the house this morning directing me to my stash of presents.  They made me jewelry and a potpourri satchel, and many nice drawings and cards.  It was super sweet.  I'm so lucky and grateful to be their momma.

John took us out for a drive in the afternoon to have lunch a take a little hike.  It was a really lovely day, and I hope all the mommas out there had a nice day too.