Wednesday, March 01, 2017

bee B-E-E bee

summer and afton both won their class spelling bees and participated today as two of nineteen students in the school-wide spelling bee. 

sibling rivalry at its finest. 

ha! just kidding. do you even know summer and afton? they have maybe one competitive bone between them. and they, like, share it nicely and stuff.

as an added bonus--and like all spelling bee participants who boldly came before them--they will never, ever forget how to spell the words which eliminated them today. 

so proud of your efforts, girls! after school mcflurries for all!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

that's why her hair is so big's full of secrets.

RIP the day emily discovered the crimper.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


chillin' out maxin' vaccinatin' all cool.
(and all shootin' some b-ball outside of the school.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

weather report

in school until july!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

free to be three

dallin is three years old!

his birthday was yesterday, actually, but it's being celebrated today as we're in the middle of having every single wall in our house painted and so #fourthchildproblems.

here's to you, dally woo!
the most perfectly toddler toddler that ever there was in the world.

Monday, January 16, 2017


after missing a couple of winters, summer and afton (and bryan) are back on the mountain. expect a full report on their downhill adventures (but so far, so good!) come february.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

a sunbeam!

dallin moved up to sunbeams a wee bit early (his birthday is january 30th), but as he was going to be the only one in nursery for six months and just barely missed the birthday cut-off, the primary decided to give it a shot. (fingers crossed emoji)

moving to nine o'clock church was a "less than smooth transition" (only summer and her father managed not to burst into tears at some point during the morning), so it seems that sundays will be holding all sorts of new and exciting adjustments for the wheelers. wish us luck!

more sunbeams here, here, and here.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

and a happy new year

mes chers amis, 

there we are: wheelers 2016.

we jumped out of the car, set up the tripod, and took a series of shots in five minutes (in the freezing cold) before anyone had a chance to melt down (momma included!), then we went home, changed back into our pajamas, snuggled under warm blankets, and fixed the children delicious hot chocolate that all of them wanted and half of them didn't drink.

and...that pretty much epitomizes the wheeler family happenings this year. 

we've been busy doing what everyone else has probably been busy doing: trying to get things done, trying to figure things out, trying to appreciate the moment, the day, the phase. trying to teach, trying to learn, trying to get it right (on at least the third or fourth try). trying to be kinder, more patient, more forgiving. trying to help others more and to hurt others less and, of course, trying to enjoy this incredible ride.

wishing you all the love and laughter on your many varied journeys, friends! you got this!

wheelers out.

(sooo...tell us how you really feel about taking family pictures, caleb...)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

more christmas pics

i know i'm their mom because i just want to squee! every time i see pics of them in their matching christmas jammies.

much love and many thanks to grandmas and grandpas and 
uncles and aunts for making their christmas morning so magical!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

snow day

a quick trip up to stevens pass yesterday to check out the powder before ski lessons begin next month.

also to have a snowball fight, of course:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

and to all a good night

merry christmas from the wheelers!

Friday, December 23, 2016

dallin's first snow man

this pic is a late installment from two weeks ago when it snowed and school was cancelled and all the kids were sick and sooooo mad at me that they couldn't go out and play in the snow (like i made it snow *just* when they were sick so that i could relish in raining down sorrow and misery into their little lives).

anyway, dallin was not sick and built this snowman with his dad.

ps - it's snowing again today.
pps- go hawks!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

the wheeler kids

as photographed in their sunday best in twenty-nine degree weather 
watching their mom do a pretty stellar impression of scooby doo.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

nutcracker sweet

last thursday, we took summer and afton to see their first professional ballet, pacific northwest ballet's george balanchine's the nutcracker.

ian falconer (of olivia fame) produced the set and costume design, and it is just a breathtaking and visually stunning reimagination (think: red stripes!), to say nothing of the dances and the dancers whom i wished would just go on and on forever.

our group's favorite dances included: waltz of the snowflakes, coffee (arabian dance), tea (chinese dance), marzipan (dance of the reed flutes), and waltz of the flowers.

bonus: mere was in town to join us!

visions of sugar plums dance in their heads.

bonus: bryan came, too!

and after the show, we were treated to another little bonus: 

c'est parfait.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

pucker up

we couldn't resist this cute little stand at one of our favorite local tree farms.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sunday, November 06, 2016

nine years old

summer girl is nine years old today. 

here's what sister afton has to say about the companion she's known all her life:

"summer is kind and pretty. she likes to share. i like to play legos with her and sometimes we play doobie and weeo (it's a game we made up). weeo is what doobie calls his sister, who is emi. and doobie has a pet frog named froggers. one of summer's favorite colors is seafoam green. summer is a good artist. summer's favorite food is pizza bites. i think her favorite book is harry potter. we like to talk about stuff at night. i love my sister."

summer is easy to love. she is happy and upbeat (even when she wakes up in the morning!), she is obedient and caring to others. she laughs when you're laughing and hugs you when you need it. as far as ringleaders go, this crazy crew of ours couldn't have asked for a better one.

happy birthday to our girl with the sunny name and the sunny smile and the sunny heart who just so happens to take her eggs sunny side up :) 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

there's waldo

hi, friends! 

my name is waldo.

i'm just setting off on a worldwide hike.


you can come too.

all you have to do is come find me.

wow! what a search!


*dallin had the best day EVER trick or treating downtown. he was nonstop chattering to everyone we met and kept chirping, "look! it's star wars! hi star wars!" "look! it's a princess! hi princess!" "look it's batman! hi batman!" "look! it's a baby! hi baby!" (to all the real babies out there).

*we were amused by how often our gaggle was used as a landmark for fellow trick or treaters. phone call: "uh, yeah, we're outside the coffee shop. behind the waldos."

*we didn't anticipate how many times folks would say to us, "we found waldo!" or "waldo! we found you!" we obviously should have seen that coming but totally didn't. the kids were a bit surprised by all the attention. 

*my amazingly talented friend, melanie, crocheted all the waldo hats for me. she used to think her husband had the biggest head. until bryan.

*i found and ordered a vintage woof plush (waldo's dog) that was supposed to be the cherry on top for our costumes. it'll be here november 5th...

*i never want to see another can of red spray paint as long as i live.

*the wizard's name is whitebeard.

happy halloween!