Well, at least he thinks he is walking

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Child Labor

Help a Momma out!
(I hope his other sock is in there.)

For you, Taylor

This is what it normally looks like.  And that jar of beads has been emptied on the dining room floor!
 The baskets get toted around and re-designated.  I just try to breathe slowly.

Mammoth

I said a few days ago that I was going to try to be up to date on the blog by the new year.  I'm almost there, but it is 10:50 on December 31st and I am drinking a glass of wine that is making me sleepier and sleepier, and I am still in September.  That's why I am not a big fan of resolutions.  Just general categories.  Things to be intentional about, think about.  No need to DECLARE anything really.  

So, probably won't be up to date, but I will think about it.

We went to Mammoth in September and it was beeyootiful.  Going in the off season, we got a condo for a decent price.  Actually, we could have slept in the van for the amount of time we actually spent in the condo.  The first day we hiked to Devil's Post Pile.  This amazing post-like formation formed when volcanic rock cooled quickly.

 Becoming Junior Rangers


View from the bottom

View from the top.  It was crazy - like octagonal pavers.

The kids really turned a corner on this outing.  And by "turned a corner," I mean much less whining and a lot more exploring.  

 Top of Rainbow Falls
 Bottom

 Watching the guys from above

 Yes, she is half naked.  At least she has underwear on here - they finally dried out.   You can fill in the blanks...
 He will not be left behind!
 It got chilly the second day when we hiked to several mountain lakes.  This was breath taking.  Coming from TN, where all the lakes are low, it was amazing hiking higher and higher to more water.  And the wind was whipping!



 And there was snow!
We must go here again.

The Baby Whisperer

...and piano teacher, chess master, 3-year-old tamer, fire juggler, egg scrambler and all around dear, dear friend.  Johnny Ciccolella.  We love him.

Scientificating

We've been focusing on life science this year.  We are working our way through the Animal Kingdom. We had one worm experiment go terribly wrong, due in part to an out of town trip that left them untended to.  I thought they knew what to do.  They are worms.  Don't they do their thing on their own all the time?  I do think we will retry it.  It was pretty grody and fun to mess with those night crawlers.






The kids are always putting things in jars and "tending" to them.  This minute I can see an enormous grass hopper in a little aquarium on the porch.  (I finally ordered some legit bug containers.  I was tired of losing my jars and tupperware.)

Symphony lover

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She has always been prone to spontaneous dancing whenever she hears music.  But, now especially since we have taken her to the symphony, she loves classical music.  That's all she wants to listen to in the car.