Our second kind of raspberries are ready for picking now. They are definitely a larger berry, and taste a little different than the ever-bearing variety.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Emma survived her first year at Girl's Camp. This is the first time she's been away from home by herself for more than 1 night. I mean, she's spent some time away at Grandma and Grandpa's house, but always surrounded by sisters and cousins. There were no cell phones allowed, so I was left in the dark on how she was doing. It's a little nerve wracking from the mom's perspective. Ryan went up Friday night for the Bishopric dinner and testimony meeting, and he reported that our daughter was alive and well.
Emma and the group from our ward:
Friday, June 26, 2015
Ryan was invited to go fishing with the scouts Wednesday night, and said he would only go if he could take the girls. Emma is gone at Girl's Camp, so it was just the younger 3. They caught a fish for each of them. Here's what's left after Ryan cleaned them up.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
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Saturday, June 20, 2015
For Father's Day, Ryan really wanted to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail. We aren't exactly equipped for the family to go on a overnight hike in the woods, so we opted for a day hike. This one started at Lake Tipsoo at Mount Rainier, and provided some amazing vistas. Sometimes I get lazy, and only take pictures with my cell phone. Coming home and uploading our pictures on the computer, I am reminded how much better pictures our camera takes.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Everything this week led up to the big performance- the singing, the costume making, the rehearsal of lines, and, of course, the dramatics from dawn to dusk. Emma landed a speaking part this year. You know that super creepy guy who comes to haul Maurice away to the insane asylum? Yah, him. He has a name- Monsieur D'Arque. My lovely 12 year old daughter got to be a creepy dude whose name sounds like Mr. Dark.
Annie and Maddie were candle sticks, and happy ones they were too.
Elizabeth was much easier to spot. She's sitting down:
You can tell Elizabeth spotted us too. She's sporting a great smile.
And a better picture of Emma with the cast. She has an awesome brown vest to go with the wig. Emma got to be a male villager when not Monsieur D'Arque.
And here's Monsieur D'Arque, looking very sinister in the long, black robe.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Drama Camp has been this week, easing us into summer vacation. Sometimes we get a bit cranky when big changes come, so I was glad for the chance for the girls to see friends and have something to do for half of the day.
Monday was "favorite costume day."
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
With all of our raspberries, I feel like I need to do plenty of baking. I've made a few batches of freezer jam already, several pies, and then this is my latest delicious excuse to eat raspberries:recipe found here. If you like cheesecake, I highly recommend checking it out. Just a note- I added some spoonfuls of raspberry freezer jam in addition to the fresh raspberries. I took a batch with us to a Spanish Branch (church) activity, and they seemed to be a hit. I've also made these with blackberries. Mmmmm. Speaking of which, I think we are only a couple of weeks away from blackberry season. We will be swimming in berries.
I came across Maddie and Emma playing a game of checkers and listening to music today.
Monday, June 15, 2015
We are so excited for summer free time! Today we spent a couple of hours at a friend's house playing. The kids came up with something that mine probably would not have come up with on their own:
We were actually invited over to play in the pool. There were 5 families worth of kids in the backyard, so there was plenty of running around and noise. Once again though, Emma was the oldest kid there. She is tired of that. Good thing Girls Camp is next week.