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!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

northwest pumpkin patch

we did, incidentally, pick *the* rainiest day in october to go pumpkin patching this year. which was also, like, the only day of the week the apple cider doughnuts were *not* being served (which cider doughnuts are pretty much the reason i go pumpkin patching).

so an all around parenting planning win, for sure.

we couldn't even go out and pluck our pumpkins straight from the field #likeaboss, and instead had to rummage through what had already been picked #likeregularpeople.

epic raining sigh.

BUT, turns out the wheeler kids don't care about stuff like good weather, apple cider doughnuts, and cutting pumpkins from vines. they had an awesome time anyway.

(actually, missing out on the doughnuts was a definite blow. nothing a little gourmet candy corn from the country store couldn't fix, but, still, a blow).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

caleb goes camping

finally snuck along with his dad on a boy scout campout.

in the big leagues now.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

part 4: ha long bay

the grand finale.

in a trip of many highlights, ha long bay, a cluster of intricate limestone islands off the coast of northern vietnam, was probably our favorite.

we booked a private junk boat tour for two days and one night through indochina junk. techically, we spent most of our time in bai tu long bay, which is a bit more off the beaten track than ha long bay proper.

an amazing view of the bay (but not our boat).

our boat.

our way cool and rather philosophical tour guide, an. 

stopping at a man made beach. getting ready to kayak!

emily relaxing.

bryan relaxing.

emily and bryan relaxing.

the chef onboard the boat (a really, really good chef) carved three giant food sculptures for us for dinner. this was just one; it's made from radishes. side note: we have never been fed so much food in our lives as we were fed on the boat. it took bryan two days to even feel hunger again (which, if you know bryan, is a tres big deal).

rowing out to visit the floating fishing village.

there are over 1,600 formations in ha long bay. 
this one is thought to resemble a man with a mustache.  

a part of the fishing village.

pearl farm in the background.

heading home.

tạm biệt, vietnam!