Double Puppy Party

Clara and Nicolyn turned eight last week, and to celebrate this the Little Women had a Puppy Party with six of their fellow Little People.

Thanks to much hard work by Jenelle, a good time was had by all. More pictures are here.

Thrill of the Hunt

The Little Women spent Easter Eve (okay, so maybe that’s not the real name) on the trail of the Easter Bunny and its coveted Easter eggs. This consisted of scouring the front yard for little plastic nuggets of goodness.  Each of these had a piece of candy and a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that showed where the Easter baskets were hidden. The puzzle was harder than expected, but it all worked out in the end.

The Final Dust?

It looks like the end is near for the Little Women’s basement remodel.  All of the major work is done, and only the finishing touches remain.  The new washer and dryer arrived on Friday.


A package arrived at the home of the Little Women yesterday, which could mean only one thing: it was time for a new craft project. Clara soon had a clear vision and knew she had to create the finest automobile ever to be made from a cardboard box. Nicolyn assisted with some of the details.

Pardon Our Dust

Two weeks ago the long-awaited basement remodel commenced in the Palace of the Little Women (a.k.a. Schloss Mädchenlein).  This is a down-to-the-studs remodel that should improve the utility and appearance of the basement by several orders of magnitude.  More photos will come later.


_dsc4919Our great costumes this year were: a gypsy (Annika), a bunny (Clara), and a homework assignment (Nicolyn’s costume, but Clara’s idea).

Visiting Old Things and the Grandparents

(The title of this post may seem redundant, but it’s not.)

Clara and Nicolyn will tell you that the three biggest holidays of the year are (in order) Christmas, their birthday, and visiting their grandparents in Utah.  The last of these commands particular preparation from them.  For example, Clara begs to start packing her things for the summer trip months in advance, and all of the girls start making gifts for their grandparents in the spring.  All of the Little Women agreed that this year’s trip (in July) was worth the wait.  Along with annual traditions like Aunt Autumn’s Nail Salon, they visited a cave in Idaho and an Oregon Trail museum.

They also drove to eastern Utah, where Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border.  There they saw and touched dinosaur fossils that were millions of years old.

While in the area, they also visited the McConkie ranch, which is famous for its collection of petroglyphs created by the Fremont Native Americans.  But these were at most 2000 years old, so they couldn’t really compare with the dinosaur bones.

Annika with a Petroglyph

The Little Women Enjoy Raspberry Shakes at Bear Lake with Their


More photos are here and here.