June 29, 2017

Ready. Set. Go!

Hannah turned 16 this week and passed her driver's test!!!
We've been going to the pool a lot this summer and will continue....the girls are doing swim team and Paul loves clapping his hands and cheering his sisters on.
Our raspberries have been plentiful and our blackberries are ready now.  I've noticed a mockingbird hanging around the raspberry bush....must be enjoying them as we are!

June 19, 2017

Father's day without my dad

Yesterday after church, my mom and sisters and their kids came over...although it's been over 2 years since dad passed away, it seems like he is here, because I think he is, in spirit.  He would be there with my husband and brothers-in-law, looking at the old sailboat...
We ate smoked salmon, fresh veggies, we made shrimp skewers and vegetable focaccia and my sister brought rainbow trout with lemon slices on top. 
My niece below with flowers she picked... the passion flower is so pretty and exotic looking.
Sand play. Painting. Jumping.
My Godson, who is 5 years old, and me, and below is my 11 year old niece, who is also my Goddaughter.  She picked about 2 pounds of blackberries yesterday. 
All in all, we have a pretty cool family.  I wish my father was really here, but we remember him so often and feel like he is with us in a different way... ♥

June 15, 2017


Paul has started to give real kisses...

June 12, 2017

Pineapple in the pool

Two weeks ago, we gave Olivia an inflatable pineapple for her birthday...over the weekend she got to use it for the first time at the pool!
And we spent time with family...the cousins having fun together.  Next weekend, more cousins arrive from Oregon and we're going to celebrate another birthday!!!

June 9, 2017

Ice cream for dinner

Thank you to Uncle Andrey, who treated us for ice cream tonight!  It turned out to be a sunny and hot day.  So sunny, everyone is squinting in this photo...
Elizabeth got blue flavor burst soft serve from Dipper...matching the bench.  Her papa, Andrey, said "You don't want blue, it's full of chemicals," but she did get it, in the smallest size possible...and loved every bit.
 Hope you have a sweet weekend!
Keeping cool....supposed to get hotter here, 90 on Monday!