Meg the bike rider

This past weekend Meg finally learned to ride a bike!! We are very proud of her. Just a week ago I had to force her to practice just for a few minutes, and now she is riding around town with Spencer and Grandpa. Here are a couple videos showcasing her rapid improvement.

Happy birthday Spencer

Spencer turned 9 yesterday! On Monday we had a party at Boondocks fun center with his friends. Yesterday we celebrated at home. He wanted to make grilled cheese and an ice cream cake, so that is what we did. He is getting pretty good at making grilled cheese.

We had a bit of a fight about going to sax lessons on his birthday, but eventually he acquiesced, and his teacher taught him happy birthday, which he picked up quite quickly


Mustache dance

Meg recently had her dance performance – The Mustache Mystery Part II. She did great. It was lots of fun to watch.


Leaf pile

It has become an annual tradition to make a big leaf pile to jump in. This year may be the biggest pile yet. This year Meg’s friend Natalie just happened to come over while we were making it. The kids also did a much bigger portion of the raking this year. Yay!



Last Friday was the carnival at Spencer’s school. Spencer had a great time playing games. He did the dunk tank twice, and was successful on the second time. Meg really enjoyed her pony ride.

Darth Spencer

A little video of Spencer playing with his Darth Vader helmet he got from Drew and Grace. What a great aunt and uncle he has!

Winter fun

Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
We have had a lot of winter fun in the last week or so. We have gone sledding several times. There is a pretty good hill right behind our house, which is super convenient. The day after Christmas we went ice skating at the Apex (indoors), which was really great. I want to thank my friend Daniel Reeves for teaching me how to roller blade. I think that my roller blading experience really made my first try at ice skating much easier. In fact, I found it easier than roller blading, especially since there are no hills! Thanks also to Ellen for suggesting it, and for Grace, who pushed us to go.

On the 29th, Spencer and I went skiing on Monarch mountain with our friends Rick and Tao. Spencer and I both took lessons. I skied once, about 11 years ago, with my friend Rachel Rose. I thought I had forgotten all of it, but apparently not. It was also a bit easier than I thought. I also feel like ice skating helped me prepare, since it uses some of the same muscles and concepts, like balancing, and leaning forward a bit. Thanks Rick for showing us the ropes at Monarch! And thanks to Ellen for getting me and Spencer snow pants, and Clare and Ellen, for getting me and Spencer nice down jackets.

On January 1st, Rob, Spencer, Dave, and Grace hiked up North Table mountain – a tradition we would like to continue in future years. Hopefully we can get more people to join. Spencer was pretty tired, but he managed to make it all the way to the top.