Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nature and Science Museum

Last week, our nature and science museum stayed open at night for members. We headed down after Andrew finished working to explore the newly redesigned discovery zone for kids. We had a great time and really enjoyed the new part.

 After the girls made masks, the worker takes a picture of them and it goes up on the wall. They thought it was pretty cool. (Top left corner)

A nice worker was showing us all sorts of dinosaur things. She would ask the girls if they wanted to touch each one and each time Naomi answered "nope."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Backyard Pool

My kids love our neighborhood pool. While their swimming skills have grown tremendously in the last few months, I still like to go with another adult around. Last week, we had temps in the 90s all week so we followed a neighbors lead and splurged on a "family pool" for our backyard (It was $25.) 

It was a huge hit and I think we have already gotten our money's worth out of it.

 Somehow the girls got to talking about Missy Franklin and soon Davey was requesting her swim cap and Naomi followed suit.

 The girls love this little slide.

 Miss Ham showing off her mermaid tail.

 And from the back.

And here is Missy Franklin posing. She was making us laugh so hard pretending to be Missy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sleeping Beauty

I do not often wake up Naomi from naps but if she is sleeping when dinner rolls around, I have to! The other day, I snuck this picture in before I woke her. 

Gotta love all of the chaos in her crib. About 3 weeks ago, she started wanting a "blankie" put on top of her (hello hot!) and to cover her dog a bit too. Last week she started sleeping with a mini pillow. And of course there is her best friend "Baba" (also known as her old sleep sack) and a few other toys and books.

Please note the giant bear that is wearing her goggles... this was our compromise because she wanted to wear them to bed. Also I should confess that just about 2 weeks shy of turning 2, I finally took her bottle away which has changed our nighttime routine a bit. Its a little bittersweet to have this sweet one growing up.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Naomi!

2 years old. I can hardly believe it.

She is our strong girl who makes strangers stop and smile. She loves her sisters, dogs, the moon, her baba, goggles, swimming and ice cream. She tests my patience and melts my heart with her sweetness daily (don't all 2-year-olds?). I am so blessed to call her my daughter.

We celebrated our littlest girl last week with Andrew's family in a combo party with Tess.

Initial attempts to get a picture of her... she was not cooperative.

 We borrowed my neighbor's little bounce house for the kids.
Cousins swarming during present opening.

 The birthday girls, Tess and Naomi

 Blowing out their candles

 Sipping on her water and being silly squinty.

At the top of the slide.

Happy Birthday Nomi!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer school

I am trying to get some school stuff done over the summer so that I can be more relaxed during the school year. In the last couple of weeks, we have done 2 art projects from the Atelier series.

The first was a turtle line drawing exercise.

 The second was filling in a wandering black line with colors that they mixed.

 Final art.

And here is some of what we have been reading... several of these are from the Sonlight kindergarten lists, a few in series that we have enjoyed in the past and some randoms. The girls are also listening to Boxcar children like it is their job and we have enjoyed reading the Annie and Snowball series.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dress Like a Cow

Last Friday was one of my favorite days of the year... Dress Like a Cow Day at CFA.
Here are the girls in their black and white.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


We did several hikes during our time in the mountains (I think this is my last post from that week!)

 One of Andrew and I's favorite spots to take the girls is this boulder field (you take the ski lift up the mountain to get to it). It was fun to take the whole Wolgie family up this trip. The older kids all are really good at scrambling across the rocks.

 Naomi and Tess. Almost exactly a year apart. Love seeing their relationship develop. They could be trouble together :)

 Malia and Kendal coming down from the boulder field. There was a lot more snow up there than we have experienced in the past, but it didn't seem to bother the kids.

Not sure where this hiking pose came from?

On our way out of the mountains, the whole family got one last hike in.
 Davey at the top of McCullough Gulch (again where is this hiking pose from?)

 3 miles roundtrip - 1,000 feet elevation gain - 11,900 ft summit
Probably one of the hardest hikes I have ever done and we did it with 7 kids under 7!

 Naomi was excited to explore at the top. That pink speck is her! 
Malia and Graham with the lake behind them.

 Alli, Chris and Des got a quick family shot before we started bolting down the mountain trying to beat a storm that was rolling in.

 Hiking down.

 Naomi almost asleep in the backpack. 
More hiking down.

 Des posing by the cool roots of a tree that fell over.

And my hero was Chris who got Davey down the mountain with a smile on her face after she complained (semi-legitamately) the whole way up.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Squirt Guns, Water Balloons and Hot Tubs, Oh My

More Copper pictures.

 Andrew's parents brought squirt bottles for all of the kids and they were a huge hit. Here is Naomi playing with hers.

 One afternoon we had a water balloon fight. 

 Chris and Andrew were the targets for most of the balloons.

 Malia taking on Chris.

 Naomi did not like the idea of walking into the tall grass and so all of her balloons got tossed on the patio or right into the grass.


Malia showing off her new tattoo.

The house we were staying at had a hot tub which served as our pool for the week. The kids loved it.