Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015

July started out with celebrations of Canada Day with friends.
We met together to watch the fireworks.

When I got home I looked at the dozens of pictures of the fireworks  that I took and decided that next year I would just sit back and take them in and enjoy the moment.

I left you last month with the beginning of the painting project that T and B took on for their summer improvement project.   
For some odd reason I didn't take pictures of the before of the front of the house.

As you can see the house is too high to safely paint from a ladder.
A lift was brought in and I felt slightly better about the two of them tackling the project on their own.

I was heard hollering out the window from time to time to be careful.
My warnings were heeded by the two comedians.

B did all the trim and was in charge of papering off the windows.

My job was to bring food and treats and spend some time in between with the littles. 

I was given a ride up the lift whether I wanted to or not. 

The front of the house...
all done!

The garden has kept us in all the vegetables we need. 

The flowers have been amazing as long as I keep them watered.

It was sweet little M's 5th birthday!

She invited all her cousins and best friends to help celebrate.

It was a perfect evening for a swim.

These two had a birthday as well!

Their mommy has a conversation with each of the children on their birthday.

These conversations are then posted at their parties for guests to read and enjoy.

It's wonderful to see what remains the same each year and what changes.

The theme of their party was summer Olaf.

There was a photo booth.

Everyone (without exception) participated.  
I haven't seen our photo yet but will be sure to present it here when it comes to my inbox.

Remember how little H was born on his Grandpa's birthday?
He's now 4.  

The blackberries are ripe.

We would have millions of beautiful berries if we would have had some rain.
Only about a 1/4 of the berries are ripening plump and juicy while the rest of the blackberries are hard little nuggets.  =(

Sweet K still managed to find a few dandelions in the dry grass.

July was dry but we had one really great day of rain and everything looked fresh and clean for a few hours.

We enjoyed having friends over this month.  Summer always seems so short and we were happy to take time to connect with friends we see often and some friends we don't see nearly often enough.

T had a crash at BMX on Wednesday night and dislocated a finger and ended up spending some time getting to know the local ER.
He managed to put on a smile for the camera.

My favorite photo of the month  was actually taken at the end of June at our family weekend away. 

K 6 years old,  M 5 years old, T 7 years old,  H 4 years old , N 7 years old. 

That was July 2015.

All for now.. 
with love,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015

June 2015 was the driest month of June that I remember.  

The peonies were finishing as the Abraham Darby Roses began to bloom and together they were just beautiful. 

We loved our camping trip to Summerland last June so much that we decided to repeat and begin a tradition of camping before kids are out of school.

This photo is taken at the exit off the highway into the campground.


The beach at this campground is very narrow and I can imagine it would be fairly crowded with kids during the summer holidays.

This was pretty much how we spend our afternoons.

The campground is terraced so there is no one ever behind you.  
I took this picture looking at our spot from the terrace above us. 

We took advantage of the walking paths up and down several times each day. 

The food was very yummy and we were not about to give that up on holidays....
so we walked.

I always make fresh salsa and guacamole on holidays. It's a treat worth the effort.

I bake muffins every few days in the morning  for our breakfast from the refrigerator muffin mix I take along.  

The view never gets old.

Thought you might want to see our typical meals so it was a joke every meal when I took a photo.

This was a lunch we enjoyed after a wine tour.  We stopped to buy a baguette and some very good cheese and parked ourselves to enjoy the view.

We found a place that included tastings and pairings.  We were the only ones on this particular tour and they treated us like royalty.

Another dinner of fresh potatoes and onions , grilled veggies and  honey garlic sausages.

This was a tasty dinner.  Chicken souvlaki and greek salad.  

It was so beautifully warm that we normally didn't even start a campfire but on this evening, it cooled down enough and we sat outside and read until it was quite late.

Another meal... 

A little shadow technique selfie.  =)

We took in the farmer's market in Peachland on Sunday.  
I told her I had a Mennonite Cookbook and she wasn't at all impressed.  I maybe should have said I put some of the recipes in that cookbook.  

Peachland is beautiful.  It has a paving stone sidewalk following the lake's edge that we walked for nearly an hour. 

This wasn't a meal but by the time we were done.. we felt like we didn't need dinner. 

This was a lunch of leftovers... again enjoying our view.

We love you Summerland and hope to see you again next summer. 

We came home a day early because I had the most delightful invitation to come to a luncheon in honor of my friend Kathy, given by her dear Mom-in-law Eileen. 

It was just the loveliest treat.   She went to so much work and we appreciated it so much.
The details never stopped from the doilies under the starter cold soup to the 100 year old crystal at each table setting.

Eileen served us a ribbon loaf that Kathy will be sharing on the blog very soon. 

Here is Kathy with a plate of the deliciou food.  

As we were leaving, we were gifted with these most beautiful rose sachets from their roses.  Eileen made the little organza bags herself. 

We also had our church community group summer kickoff BBQ hosted by Anneliese and her H at their lakehouse.  

Isn't that just the prettiest picnic table of food?

To end the month of June we took our family for our annual family get away to Harrison Hot Springs.

The first year we went our oldest two grands were 8 months old and now they are turning 8 this fall. We have spent a weekend together here almost every year since then. 

There were plenty of small fish to catch... pet and then release.

They were going to pose for us but it took them awhile to come up with a plan...

and in the end... 
their plan to sit on the biggest boy proved to cause him a bit of pain and there was a big hurry to get everyone off!  Quick!

I had to go buy some candy at the corner store for this guy because he didn't want to pose in the first place.  =)

Every year they bounce around so much in the hot pools that they begin to scuff the pads of their toes and they start to bleed.  Oma went shopping in the village of Harrison Hot Springs and came back with socks for them to wear in the pool.  

We spent both afternoons near the pools overlooking the weddings happening in the garden.  On Saturday there were four weddings.  This is the exact spot where our oldest son and his bride were married.

I think he is so cute even when his face is a testimony to all the food he has enjoyed. 

These two little ladies waited with their Daddy before we went for our special family dinner.

One thing we never expected was for the weather to be so warm.  We stay in the oldest part of the hotel because it is the least expensive and the the children have a separate bedroom from their parents. 

The rooms are not air conditioned but if you play hard enough all day...
you sleep.  

There was jumping in the water all day.

over and over...

until they were reminded that the signs said they were not to jump in the pool.

More food pictures!

This is what we ate for lunch both days. 

The girls found their own quiet spot in the shade.

We found a quiet spot to park ourselves between the pools and the water park.  


We were ready to go home already on Sunday but these girls just laughed and laughed and it was hours later that they were finally ready to be coaxed to go home.

First thing Monday morning T and B started painting their house. 

Where there is a project that our children are doing...
their Dad is sure to be.  

This is where the month ended and I'll be sure to start it right here with more paint on the house next month.

Have a wonderful summer dear friends!  

all for now...
with love,