Sunday, August 27, 2006

Summer Vacation!

We had the most terrific vacation! What a blessing to spend the week with grandma and grandpa kayaking, hiking and fishing! We started our trip exploring Deception Pass in Washington, even experiencing the Naval Base hotel on Whidbey Island. To see the kids play around in the waves listening to the roar makes me so happy! I think Jack can see God when he looks out! He lifts his arms like this every time we meet the oceans edge. Our journey continued as we set out for Lightening Lake in Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. We stayed at the Manning Park Resort in the cabins. I would recommend that anytime! It was absolutely beautiful- We spent every moment we could exploring the lake in the kayak. Each of the kids loved the kayak experience; just don’t ask Bellie to go hiking! She hates it! We hiked into the alpine meadows to see the last of the season’s wildflowers. When Isabelle has had it she simply sits down on the ground and waits to see if someone will carry her. It makes for a long day! Ethan was in his most anticipated heaven, learning to fly fish from gramps. The time spent together as a family was great! Thanks mom and dad for the unforgettable trip!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Blueberry Pickin'

On our ever increasing quest in search of cheap summer entertainment, we decided to give blueberry pickin' a try- It was a blast. The kids had a great time; Ethan was the most meticulous, only picking perfect blueberries. The other three of us just picked whatever would fall into the bucket! This is not something I grew up with in the Midwest. Perhaps it is too hot for berries to grow like they do here? I love the smell; it takes me back to childhood, playing with my Strawberry Shortcake dolls, especially Blueberry Muffin…
Now… what to do with a flat of blueberries?!