Today was Malina’s first day of her second year of pre-school. She is in a great classroom this year with 2 of her best friends and her favorite teacher, Dara, from last year :) The drop off was smooth, there were no tears (from Malina or me). At pick up she was all smiles and chatting about how much she enjoyed the day (well, half day, preschool is only 4 hours). Her preschool is a Reggio Emilia program, which we love, and we will learn more about the focus for the year next week.

View photos of Malina’s first day of preschool

Sequoia National Park

We spent the 4th of July holiday week in Sequoia National Park! It was a last minute decision so our only lodging option was in a town called Squaw Valley, about 30 minutes outside of the park, which made for a lot of driving each day. The kids did a great job with all the car time (iPad saved us) and the super hot weather (upper 90’s). Malina and Logan both enjoyed all the beautiful scenery; from the huge trees to the clear streams and frothy waterfalls. Malina did a great job hiking, she has strong legs and amazing endurance. Logan would have loved to walk, but he spent most of his time in the backpack, and was a good sport about it. The highlights were probably a warm swim in Hume Lake and seeing General Sherman, the biggest tree in the WORLD (36 feet in diameter)!

View photos of our trip to Sequoia National Park