Hedgehog Day

Della: Today is America’s birthday!
Me: When you were little there was a rumor going around the Butterfly House that the Fourth of July was Santa’s birthday.
George: But Santa doesn’t have a birthday.
Me: Right. I guess.
George: Do animals have birthdays?
Me: Yes.
George: I know when a hedgehog’s birthday is. When is that? What is it called? Hedgehog Day? Or is it Thanksgiving?
Della: It’s Groundhog Day!
George: Oh yeah.

Shoulder Season: It’s Finally Over

Steve: The trick to feeling like you’re on vacation is staying in your bathing suit through lunch.

It’s been a long cold spring-and-early-summer.

But we are finally getting out there.

We went to the “rodeo” on Friday night.

George tried his bike on this trail in the pasture.

I found them like this.

They fell asleep on me.

Pepsi Shortstocking

Today is the last day of first grade.

Della told Steve, “Yesterday everyone went to the kiva and watched Incredibles 2, but I didn’t. I went to my classroom and watched Pepsi Shortstocking.”

“You mean Pippi Longstocking?”

“Yeah.”

Della Is 7!

She is 7, and she is also a unicorn.

She says she feels really different.

It was nice of her to help us out with a Kyrgies photo shoot even though it was her birthday.

She is a very cool girl, and we are happy she is here.

Ski, Sled, Night Ski, Repeat

Annie and Nell took a break from their shutdown hometown to visit their cousins in Utah.

Annie skied from the top of Nordic, from the top of Basin, and all over Powder Mountain. She seems to like skiing a lot.

Nell’s parents: Your cheeks are purple, you have to stop skiing.
Nell: (throws a fit)

George got to ride on a snowmobile.

George: Are unicorns real mom?
Me: I’m not sure.
Della: I think they’re extincted.
Nell: Oh,
Della. Unicorns are not stinkeded.

Della (after skiing and sledding and before night skiing): This is the best day of my entire life!

Mike: Let’s ski Hell’s Canyon.
Steve: I have a wife and kids.

Della: I would fly to the moon for Annie!
Annie: I would move to Utah for the rest of my life for Della.

Annie (thinking to herself): And for the skiing.