Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Donner Lake

Before we headed back home from Tahoe, we decided to explore Donner Lake a bit. We parked at the Emigrant Trail Museum and hiked in toward the lake.

This boulder memorializes the Donner party.

Soren found a little snow man that someone left behind.

Anders explored the ice forming on Donne Creek. (And, as you can see, he really likes his ski goggles.)

Soren played with the ice, too.

The hike to the lake was a bit longer than we realized...

...but we eventually managed to follow Donner Creek to Donner Lake.

It's hard to make out in this photo, but the water level is so low that all the docks are on dry land.

Anders found a big stick. And what better to do with a big stick than throw it in a lake?

We cut across Donner Creek so that we could walk back to the car via a different route.

Anders kept the goggles on his head, if not on his eyes.

More signs of the drought. The sign in this picture warns of the undertow.

Said undertow comes from these, or at least it would if the water level were, oh, several feet higher.

Monday, January 20, 2014


On day two of ski lessons, Anders learned to turn!


Alex made beignets.

Soren approves.

They go well with hot cocoa.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

first ski lesson

All geared up for ski lessons.

Trying out the magic carpet.


Snowflakes class.

Proud mother.

Happy student.

After a half-day lesson, the kids quit for the day. In the afternoon, they built a snow fort.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


For the first of two trips to Tahoe this winter, we arrived without many expectations regarding snow, given the insane drought California has been experiencing. But the sledding hill just beyond the backyard of our rental house actually was doing ok.

As you can see here, it's not like it was a snow-covered paradise...

...but it had enough snow for some good sledding.

Soren seems to have forgotten his conclusion from last April that snow is, well, cold. He had a great time.

Anders had a great time, too.

As did everyone, actually.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Master of Arts

(Soren already had his Bachelor of Arts degree.)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

bird house

We're not sure the birds will find it here, but we'll give it a try.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Soren goes to school

The first day of preschool can be intimidating. You might even need a fruit leather before you go in. And to cuddle with your mom.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

treats and a lion

Soren and I went out for frozen yogurt at Easy Breezy...

...and on the way home happened across this Chinese New Year celebration (with a traditional lion dance) out in front of the library.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Tennessee Valley

Anders's first serious hike was the Tennessee Valley Trail, when he was two. Soren, however, was almost three.

We took a detour to climb along the way.

But eventually we made it to the ocean...

...where there was some playing...

...and some ocean watching...

...and a bit of cuddling...

...and a bit more climbing.

Oh, and this.