Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

October 2011

In a straw maze


N couldn't resist the piglets outside the straw maze

September 2011

C and B on a scout canoe trip


Playing at the sand dunes


August 2011

Entering the Civil Defense Caves, some of the many lava tubes in Idaho



Wild huckleberries

St. Anthony sand bar

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Idaho wheat fields

July 2011

Caterpillar spotted on path near Jenny Lake Visitor Center, GTNP

Hiking around Jenny Lake (Grand Teton Nat. Park)

Hidden Falls

C and K ready to perform in Oliver! the musical

C was in Fagin's Gang, while K was a workhouse orphan
  
Driving through Bear World

Thursday, December 29, 2011

June 2011




May 2011

B at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
 In May, B was taking students on field trips every week--through Idaho, Wyoming & Utah.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

We had a fun visit from Grandma and little cousin L.  K, C, and S finished up the school year and had some great performances at school.

S as a zebra for "Welcome to the Jungle"

We also made a quick trip to Salt Lake City for a family event, and the kids enjoyed stopping at Clark Planetarium while we were there.

April 2011

April was a banner month for me--I finally saw a moose in the wild.  Ever since we moved to Idaho I had wanted to see one, but even though they regularly come into town in the winter, occasionally wandering through our neighborhood and campus, I had yet to get a glimpse of one.  Even on our trips to Yellowstone and the Tetons, no moose.  So, in April, we went for a drive in search of a moose, just outside of town, and we saw one!



We also went to the pool at Green Canyon Hot Springs for a wonderfully warm swim--it was awesome.



At the end of the month we had another orchestra concert.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

March 2011

Quake Lake, MT - taken by B on a field trip last March

March began with two concerts on the same night--choir for K, and orchestra for me.  (Luckily the Junior High and the Tabernacle are almost next to each other, so it's easy for B to drop me off and then take the kids to the school.)



S had a "Fairy Tale Ball" at her elementary school for all the 2nd graders; she went as Little Red Riding Hood.



We also had a chance to see some new cubs from Bear World.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

February 2011



In February we took advantage of the freezing temps and mounds of snow by going snow tubing here in town, and B went up to Bozeman, Montana, to try some ice climbing.


The kids were busy with school, a piano recital (C's), reading, drawing and painting, and so on....



We also had a fun trip south to Utah--we were able to visit friends in Salt Lake City, saw the wonderful Carl Bloch exhibit at BYU's Museum of Art, and watched Jimmer (and team) play a basketball game.


Interactive exhibit at Museum of Art

C and K with Cosmo

Friday, December 2, 2011

Year in Review - January 2011


One of the highlights of January was a day trip to Grand Targhee ski resort.   We got up early one Saturday and drove east toward the Tetons.


(I really wish we lived closer to the mountains--they are beautiful.)


  It was far below freezing--about 0ยบ F--and hoarfrost covered everything, including the poor cows.



It was a gorgeous day for skiing, and everyone had fun.  S had her first ski lessons, while B took K and C to explore the easier slopes.  (C did run into a tree at some point while trying a new short cut, but it was nothing serious, and after a warm lunch he was as good as new.) 

N is still a little young, so we kept each other company on walks around the area, and sipped hot cocoa inside when it got too cold. 

It was a beautiful day!