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From Snow Caves to Sand Castles

May 22, 2017

We are in the middle of a series of seriously fun weekends!

First up was a snowshoeing trip to the Peter Grub Hut near Donner Pass. This was the first time that any of us had been snowshoing and we had a great time. We went with a big group of friends to celebrate a birthday and fun times were had by all. The boys carried thier packs the whole way and had a ton of fun digging snow caves and playing in the snow.

Next up was a trip to Stinson Beach with friends.

We were there so that Sam could run the Miwok 100K, a 100 km race in Marin County. This was the second time that Sam ran it and he did realy well!

We also celebrated this guy’s 11th birthday!

The following weekend we enjoyed watching Oliver climb at his third climbing competition. He aslo did really well!

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a yummy brunch with the grandparents and a fun hike with our junior geologists.

Phew! I didn’t even get any photos of our most recent weekend camping trip to Butano State Park!

And an 11 year old!

May 7, 2017

And what a curious and goofy eleven year old he is!

This year has been a big one for Oliver. At school, he presented a huge project on the responsibility that the government has to the economy. This presentation was the culmination of many months worth of work and we are so proud of him. He has also joined a competitive rock climbing team and has been loving the challenges that rock climbing afford him, not to mention his new love of running !


I can’t wait to see what 11 brings!

Sunny Race Day and Rainy Easter

April 16, 2017

Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day and we headed up to Mt Diablo so that Oliver and Sam could run in the Diablo Trails Challenge race. Oliver ran his third 5K, here he is before the race:

And after, he placed second in his age group:

And here is Sam finishing up his 50K, he placed 1st in his age group:

Here are the cheerleaders:

On Sunday, family came over for a rainy Easter Egg hunt and brunch.

What a full weekend of fun and Spring weather.

We have an 8 year old!

April 13, 2017

How did that happen?

And, what a funny, spirited eight year old he is!


February 14, 2017

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2017

Went on a quick trip to Rodeo Beach to ring in the New Year!


The boys and the dogs had a blast scampering around the bluffs above the beach. p1180175p1180176


Wishing you a Happy New Year!

December 1st! Advent!

December 1, 2016

Today marks the first day of one of our favorite times of the year, Advent! This year we are doing pretty much what I have written about before, spending the next 24 days gearing up for Christmas, decorating, doing little projects (I may have gone overboard with the projects) and slowly emercing ourselves in the Christmas spirit.


We have done treasure hunts as part of Advent before, but this year we are taking it up a notch with QR Codes!


These were really easy to make and print out and were then hidden around the house with simple clues like look in the Legos, look in the fridge…


…look under the fern.


The boys were excited for the first day of Advent and for following the clues around the house. p1180112p1180116

They (mainly) took turns scanning the QR codes to reveal the next clue before rushing off to find the next one.


And at the end was a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (what lucky kids).


Happy Advent!