Monday, September 15, 2014


To say that Maya and Max loved kindergarten would be an understatement.  They made wonderful friends and had a kind, compassionate and talented teacher.  We couldn't have been happier.  

I loved seeing the kids walk out of class each day.
 Their end of school field trip was to a farm....
Maya dressed the part...

more art class

kindergarten art class

While Maya and Max were in kindergarten I organized an art class.  Each week we would have about 8 five year olds come over for two hours.   We would eat lunch, learn about a famous artist and then create our own masterpieces.

The kids became good friends and I loved seeing their creations.
For our last class we went to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. 
The kids tired to position their bodies like the statues.....
They danced in the open reception room.....

Most importantly Max and Maya made great friends.

baby ruby

Sweet baby Ruby.  This is my sister Laura's story to tell, but I was lucky enough to have a small part in her arrival.

Laura wasn't sure she wanted anyone other than Tom at her delivery, but after hours of labor and not progressing much Tom called and said he needed reinforcements.  It was so special to be able to be there with Laura.  I felt like a powerful moment of sisterhood and womanhood.
Laura was strong and brave and work hard to bring this beautiful, wide eyed baby into the word.

Thank you for letting me be a small part of your beautiful arrival, sweet baby Ruby.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

one day in paris

One rainy day in Paris.  We decided to have an extended layover in Paris.  When we arrived it was pouring but thankfully cleared up a few hours later and we enjoyed the afternoon and evening wandering the streets. 
The Eiffel Tower at Sunset
Sunrise on the River Seine

san sebastian

I had been to San Sebastian before, but only for a day while traveling south through Spain.  It was just as beautiful as I had remembered, but even better because I was with Lonnie and my parents.
We spent two nights in San Sebastian bar hoping with my missionary parents, looking for the best Tapas.

And just for entertainment.....
photos of when I was in San Sebastian 10 years before....

the kingdoms of arragon and navara