Monday, September 17, 2018

little big man

started his super-senior year of preschool today.

he says, "one more preschool and then...KINDERGARTEN!"

of course, it's one more year of preschool, but he somehow got it into his head that he's only attending one more day of preschool, so my money is on having this same conversation a lot for the next little bit.

wish us luck.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018


summer's first first day and last first day of elementary school.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

be cool, stay in school

so, we're not even halfway through recapping our summer mischief, and then this happens:

the first day of school!

(not pictured: baby dallin, who is desperately lonely without his three big buddies and who will start preschool in two long weeks.)

the first day singles:

summer, fifth grade

afton, fourth grade

caleb, first grade

and they're off!

this should have been a fairly uneventful school year as far as transitions go: none of the big grade shifts happening and what not. however, afton started her first year in a program at a different elementary school in the district, and so she's on a different bus (going much farther) than summer and caleb, and she's in a class with pretty much all new (to her) kids. i've been super impressed with her bravery and openness to taking risks, despite her naturally reserved disposition. this is going to be a great year for afton.

summer never met a school year she didn't power high five and utterly own and drop-kick with kindness into next week. she's totally down with fifth grade and is off to make sure no one in her blast radius feels left out or overlooked.

this is caleb. he was born ready. for all of it. but mostly for recess. and if this kid's confidence has bounds, well, we haven't run into them yet. slay, son.

cheers to the school year.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

go, cubs, go!

hey chicago, whaddya say? the cubs are gonna win today.

when my father was five, his oldest sister moved to chicago. he went to his first cubs game at wrigley field at around eight years old, and he's been a huge fan ever since. 

we grew up on cubs baseball, so it was cool to be able to fit in a game as an (almost) entire family during our midwest adventures (missing bryan, matto, and beka). 

the cubs beat the brewers 8-4 in a great game. 

summer, dallin, emily, caleb, and afton: first timers at wrigley.

special bonus: this is the foul ball that my dad nearly caught. just an inch or two from his full-on grasp, he slowed its roll with his fingers. it landed in the empty seat behind him, and the guy who picked it up gave it to danton (seen here in the white hat sitting next to ken). 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

fruit stripes gum

afton, dallin, danton, summer, bene, eli, caleb, derek, luke.
not pictured: soren matthew young, who was born five days later.

Friday, August 24, 2018

wisconsin state fair

by which i mean, cream puffs.

by which i mean, holy most-delicious-cold-and-light-and-airy-and-rich-whipped-perfection-cream(puffs)-on-the-planet, batman!

and some additional, not cream puff related, family fair fun pictured below: