A Wedding

Aug 13, 2019

Nate's brother got married at the beginning of the month, so his whole family was around for the occasion. We don't get to see them all at once very often, so it was fun to be together. Unfortunately, it also rained a lot during the pictures. Austin and Emma had a great time playing with all their cousins, including those we don't see as frequently.

Independence Day

Jul 07, 2019

We had a lot of fun for Independence Day. We started our day by getting up early and running the city's 5K race. (The picture above is us right before the race.) Austin had decided a month or two ago he wanted to run a race, and Emma didn't want to be left out, so the whole family ended up doing it. Rebecca ran with Austin who came in at 31:27 and Nate ran with Emma who came in at 42:15. We are super proud of both our kids for their effort, determination, and vast improvements in running.

After going home for breakfast, we watched the city's parade, picked cherries off our pie cherry tree, and headed over to the park for games and activities there like dart ball tag, bingo, rock climbing, and just playing on the playground. That afternoon we took a nap worked on pitting our cherries.

We went to the city's dinner at the park too, although it was delayed by a thunderstorm, and returned once more after making and eating our cherry pie for some fireworks.

The Aquarium

May 22, 2019

This last weekend we went to visit the aquarium together. It was a fun trip. The kids really enjoyed seeing the animals and interacting with some of them, like the red iguana pictured above that they could pet. We also got to try feeding some of the fish, including the sting rays. And we all got to see what it felt like for the garra rufa fish to eat the dead skin off our hands.

Zipper

May 16, 2019

Our dog Zipper passed away last week. We were surprised and heartbroken to find out the previous week that she had stage 4 kidney disease, and unfortunately she didn't last long after that. We have all been incredibly sad at her passing as she was an incredible dog: patient, obedient, faithful. She is and will continue to be sorely missed.

Model Railroad Festival

Mar 21, 2019

A couple weekends ago we headed to the Model Railroad Festival. The kids were so excited and had a great time creating little trees for a model railroad, operating model trains, and observing the various detailed train sets. We also had fun exploring the museum at the train station, and Austin and Emma spent time playing with cousins there in the kids play area (as pictured above).

Birthday Party & Sledding...all in a day

Feb 19, 2019

This last weekend we had some fun as a family. First, the kids were invited to a birthday party for a cousin. They had fun building their own cardboard box creations. Austin made a big cardboard marble run and Emma built a "house rocket." Birthday treats included ice cream scoops with toppings from which they could build a snowman (which everyone is eating in the picture above).

If that wasn't enough fun, afterwards, we went sledding together. We were so glad to get more snow the night before so that this was possible! We finally got to try out the new toboggan we got for Christmas!

Birthday Party & Sledding...all in a day

Feb 19, 2019

This last weekend we had some fun as a family. First, the kids were invited to a birthday party for a cousin. They had fun building their own cardboard box creations. Austin made a big cardboard marble run and Emma built a "house rocket." Birthday treats included ice cream scoops with toppings from which they could build a snowman.

If that wasn't enough fun, afterwards, we went sledding together. We were so glad to get more snow the night before so that this was possible! We finally got to try out the new toboggan we got for Christmas!

Wooden Soldiers

Jan 28, 2019

Lately, our kids have been asking if they can try making their own wooden toys. Emma has been particularly interested in this idea. We have also been learning about the Revolutionary War. So, for one of our lessons, the kids made little wooden Hessian and Patriot soldiers. They sanded down the rough wood, painted the pieces, and drew little faces on the soldiers. Then we glued on some felt hats and the wooden arms. This project turned out to be a big success; the kids loved it and have been excited to tell other friends and family about how they have now made their own wooden toys!

Experimenting With Circuits

Jan 13, 2019

For a wide variety of reasons, we home school our kids. Our kids enjoy doing and learning a lot of cool stuff at home that most kids their age probably don't do or learn about yet. This last week we learned about electricity and how currents of electricity run through circuits. In the picture above, they are working on an experiment about conductors and insulators of electricity. They had a lot of fun seeing what items would work to conduct electricity and cause the bulb to light up or that would stop the flow of electricity.

A Happy New Years Day

Jan 07, 2019

After trying to sleep in some, we decided to start our new year off with a hike. Nothing screams "Happy New Year" like a good hike in the snow! It turned out to be a beautiful day to head up the canyon nearby Rebecca's parent's house where we were staying. It was also a cold day, so we all bundled up. We didn't go too far due to time constraints, but we sure did enjoy it.

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