Friday, August 29, 2014


Lucia has finished her first full week of first grade, and completed her very first spelling test.  She did well on some pretty tough words -- she only missed three out of 20 words: responsibility, shelter, and tickle.  I think it's going to be a challenging year if this was the spelling list for week one!
Sophie's pre-school was closed this week, so she got to spend a week at Miss Merr's.  There was a very happy reunion with Milo:
Photo: Sophie is back to visit for a few days and Milo is so excited!
Sophie and Milo came to my work one day this week to check out the garden and the chickens that the College students are taking care of.  This little chicken is named "Waffle" and she was their favorite.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Story Time

An unusual night where they agreed on the same book for the bedtime story.

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.