Tushar: End of the Summer Trip

From the defunct ski resort near Beaver you can hike Mount Holly "easily". So we pulled the kids away from the canoes and running wild, to hike. I thought the possibility of summiting an 11,999 foot mountain would be enough, but it took some serious cheerleading to get the crew up the mountain.

In the end, I was slightly bummed that we missed the peak I was hoping for. There aren't trails, so we ended up on the South Ridge which has a tiny rock fort and one of those celebratory rock piles, but no elevation sign. Just imagine the fam huddled around a sign. No one else seemed to care though. They all cheered up about 20 minutes from the top and stayed that way for the rest of the trip. Maybe it was the thin air.

Jonas: the rock-climbing mountain goat.
Macie: happy and cold.
Daryl: pointing out "the sandy shores of Puffer Lake." Thanks to the old Club Holly ads for all the laughs.
Forget the view, how about that fort!
Everyone happy
Still happy
The tired family sherpa. He carried Jonas a lot.
And finally, the kid caught some fish. Here he is about to eat a chunk of one.
He didn't want to eat them, but I said, "You can't fish if you don't eat your catch." So we grilled the two German Brown (the Rainbow Trout fell out of the bag and floated down stream). And guess what? He loved it, and would barely share a bite.

Back to School Olymipics

Three Olympians competed in five individual events at these 2010 games. There were gold metals won and lost in mere seconds. Each competitor went home knowing they put forth their best efforts. After such a rigorous competition every individual now knows what he or she is really capable of. We should see great things in the coming school year.

Competitive Events at the 2010 Games
- Speed dressing (short track): Macie Christiansen, Gold
- Competitive Penmanship/coloring: Jonas Christiansen, Gold
- Morning Biathlon (Speed Eating/teeth brushing): Macie Christiansen, Gold
- Pledge of Allegiance, individual event (judged on form and accuracy):Beck Christiansen, Gold
- Dunce cap Stand Off: Beck Christiansen, Gold

Nemo is sick

I love walking into a room and seeing this kind of thing.

Flush Warm Cookies

Even though Mr. Incredible says elementary graduations are just another way to celebrate mediocirty, we love a good Kindergarten Graduation.

Macie kicked things off by welcoming the crowd. They sang "You Are My Sunshine" and recited the lines to "Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten".

One highlight was when a couple kids said, "Flush warm cookies. And cold milk are good for you". Rather than, "Flush. Warm cookies and milk..." They they ended with a super-cute song and dance, "First Grade, First Grade" sang to the tune of "New York, New York", and complete with chorus-line kicks and everything.

Two peas in a pod. Macie and Mrs. Winter

Principal Mr. Keunen


Easter Morn

Here are a few pictures from the hunt for the Easter Baskets.

Easter Eve

Check out the waves in Macie's dye. Also we have twinner hair cuts now.

Wheeler Farm

Pee into this

Potty training sucks. So we just told Jonas we're out of diapers. First he found this tiny pink doll potty, and used it. If you're wondering, his bladder holds more than the toy pot.

Later, I found him sleeping in the sun. Nice boots, kid.

Zion in March

We needed a break from the snow, so we camped in Zion for a weekend. We did some hikes we've never done with the kids, found some petroglyphs, lounged, ate, had fun, and got warm (well warmer).