Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The girls have really been into biking this summer. Up and down the street. Over and over. It's about time to take the training wheels off Ruby's bike and get Lucy a bike. Then I'll get one and we can be a bike riding family next summer!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Flower Girls

Our dear friends, Danielle and Ian got married last weekend and Ruby and Lucy were fortunate enough to get to participate in the ceremony by being flower girls.  They were so sweet.  Ruby is certain that someone who attended the wedding will want to have them as flower girls since they did such a good job.  She's already looking for referrals!  It was a beautiful ceremony and we are so happy for Danielle and Ian-- they are two of our favorite people and we are so happy to have been a part of the celebration!

Camping Adventure!

Ruby wanted to go camping this summer and though she did go with Auntie Amy and Grandma Genie, I thought it'd be fun to dust off our camping gear and head out.  Auntie Kathy wanted to come too!  And what an adventure we had!

Ruby started vomiting on Thursday evening.  She otherwise was fine, no fever, nothing so I figured it'd pass.  After throwing up through the night until about 3:30, it finally abated and she felt better.  She was determined to go camping and told me that if we forgot to bring a bowl, we could just "dig a hole for me to puke in."  She then got up the next morning and put on this outfit.  Ready for camping!

We drove out to find a camping spot and after a few misses, found a lovely place near the river.  Alas, it was a campground with no water and there was a burn-ban which meant no campfire but it was beautiful and quiet.  It was also super hot so after setting up camp, we spent a few hours getting wet in the river.

We went back to camp, had dinner and played a few rounds of Mermaid Beach and then sent the littles off to bed.  Kathy and I stayed up for a while playing a game and chatting.  At one point, we noticed some strange lights in the sky and couldn't figure out what it was.  A laser show at the resort?  A drive-in theater?  Then it occured to us that it was lightning.  Oh yeah!  What are we new?  After observing it for a very long time, we then heard thunder and that it was MUCH closer than before.  Should we put the fly on the tent?  Why yes we should!  Alas, it was too late.  After trying to put the fly on, in the pitch dark while the rain came down, we realized the futility of the exercise and aborted the mission and the four of us (and Dolly) ran to the car.  We were all damp and cold and watched the lightning from inside the van. "Next time, put on the fly," Ruby deadpanned.  We were all able to laugh at the ridiculousness of our situation, luckily.  The next morning, over breakfast, we determined that our stuff would never dry in time for bed, so we'd break up camp before nightfall and head home and then Ruby puked in the bushes.
After being cold and wet all night (oh my neck still has not forgiven me for that), it was then back to wicked hot.  We played in the river some more, made some rock creations and played with our friends.  Good fortune smiled upon us as a family with two little girls was right next to us and Ruby and Lucy quickly befriended them and had playmates for the trip.  Dolly had fun but it turns out she's not a huge fan of water and she was disturbed by the lack of napping time.
Here is a mermaid we made out of rocks:
Me and Kathy and our "We survived the night!" faces:
We headed home later that day, exhausted and DIRTY and ready for bed. Shortly after we got home, Lucy announced that her tummy "was not feeling better" and threw up hourly for the next 6  hours.  SO glad we decided to come home early!

All in all, it was a GREAT trip. Lots of adventure and tales to tell and we learned a thing or two (The FLY, ladies, the FLY!")  But the best part was seeing what great troopers the girls were, that they were able to laugh and go with the flow.  Also, Kathy is a great camping partner ! Time will tell if she wants to join us for the next one. Ha!

First Solo Flight!

Early in July, Ruby got on the airplane to go visit Grandma Genie. She was nervous when she first found out she was going alone but after talking about how it would work and how you can't be brave without being a little scared, she felt better. Sure enough, when the time came, she marched off and arrived safely and ready for 12 days of fun in Idaho!