Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Blueberries at the U-pick farm.
Raspberries at the farm stand.
I know I've shared my favorite blackberry recipe,
Blackberry Gingerbread, with you already,
so I'll share my favorite Berry Cobbler recipe today.
4 cups raspberries or blackberries (or both!)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix berries and lemon juice.
Mix sugar and cornstarch.
Gently stir berry and sugar mixtures together.
Spread in 2 qt baking dish.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl.
Stir in milk, butter, and egg.
Spread batter evenly over berries, sealing edge.
Sprinkle with additional sugar.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until top is golden brown.
(I often add a few extra berries and double the topping recipe. Yum!!)
Monday, July 27, 2009
One of my favorite picture books!
and shining faces and hugging in the doorways.
You'd have to go through at least four different hugs
to get from the kitchen to the front room. Those relatives!
And finally after a big supper two or three times around
until we all got a turn at the table, there was quiet talk
and we were in twos and threes through the house.
We had bag races, watermelon-seed-spitting contests,
and rides on Grampa's draft horse, too.
Until Grampa waved a yardstick in the air.
All of us kids dropped what we were doing and ran to the milk shed.
I liked looking at the marks of my gramma and her sisters
and brothers on the same doorway.
Hard to imagine that once they were little just like me.
More acurately, we came (or went)... to see our relatives!
My Dad's family (he has 3 sisters and 3 brothers) have been getting together every summer for years and years. My aunt and uncle have hosted this event almost every year at their home on the Willamette River. No 'rides on Grampa's draft horse' but there is always a rousing game of volleyball going on as well as endless fun down at the river. A cousin (or two) always brings some interesting gadget or toy for the kids. This year it was a water rocket.... a big hit.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Capable of Living a Rich Life:
Homeschool. Style. Bytes.
Check it out!
One more for you:
Illinois Loop has a WEALTH of information, articles, and links regarding education.
Fascinating stuff, I tell ya!
I particularly found their gender bias page to be enlightening.
This site is essential reading if you have a child of school age
(whether public, private, or home schooled),
or are generally interested in the state of education in our nation.
Hard to believe it is week #29 at i heart faces!
I'm still coming off the high of winning 4th place
(out of 586) with my entry last week!!
We're on the beach this week (well, the theme is, anyway).
For some reason, I don't often get close-ups when we visit.
I'm thinking it might be that the boys are in constant motion.
This is one of the most realistic beach shots I have.
Three boys in three different directions.
I'm guessing other participants will have some
terrific shots to share. Head on over!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Realize our trailer battery died.
Search around for some flashlights
so we can find our beds.
Drag our weary bodies home.
Mom and Dad and Ilex and Drake drive over
to help us quickly unload the trailer.
How nice is that?!
Just glad to be home and in our own beds.
Read Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey with the boys.
(Thanks for the recommendation, Colleen. We love it.)
Marvel and wonder at the similarities between
the children's vacation on the islands and our own island vacation...
even starting and ending with the rain.
Place our beach treasures on the 'nature table'
in the boys' bedroom.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Blue skies. Sunshine. White, fluffy clouds. I'll take it.
Eat more Fruit Loops.
Back to town to grab a bite to eat at the market.
Visit yesterday's picnic table.
Back to board the ferry.
Luke discovers puzzles on the tables inside.
Luckily we can still see the view from the window...
Arrive at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.
Visit laundromat #2 (drat that pesky rain yesterday!).
Browse a few shops.
Browse the gatehouse gift shop.
Taste-test the lavender vanilla ice cream. Oh. My. Goodness. Heavenly.
Suddenly very hot. How did that happen?!
Back to the ferry dock to wait in line.
Browse a few more shops while the boys stay in the truck and read.
Ferry ride #3. The natives get restless.
Back to Deception Pass.
Bask in the sunset.
Late dinner and crash into bed.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Up bright and early. Well, early anyway. Note the gray world and drizzling rain.
Pack the truck with camping gear. Gulp. Leave the trailer behind at Deception Pass. Sigh.
Switch bike rack to truck. Get in line for the ferry ride to Lopez Island.
First time on a big boat for the boys.
Snag one of the last camping spots on the island (at Spencer's Spit) and breathe a sigh of relief.
Set up tent in the rain. Drive off to explore the island.
Buy lunch at the market, eat at a picnic table outside during a break in the weather,
and browse the local historical museum.
Ride bikes down to Spencer's Spit and play on beach. Gather rocks and shells.
Make our way back to our tent to turn in early.
Eat Fruit Loops while watching a movie on Russ's laptop until the battery runs dead...
Packing in 90 degree heat and arriving in 50 degree wet weather means running out of jeans and sweatshirts very early in the week. Time for the laundromat (and quite a novelty for the boys). Have some pizza while we're in town...
Might as well turn in early since it is raining, and we have an early start tomorrow...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We spent our first night at the state park near Mount St. Helens. It would have been even more inviting had there not been a militia of monster mosquitoes! I think I lost a pint of blood, and we headed into the trailer early.
The next morning dawned cool and misty. The boys rode their bikes around our camp site (Leif figured out how to ride his little bike with training wheels... I'm so glad Russ brought it along!!). Levi spent some time reading in the great outdoors.
Walked up to the look-out....
Lovely view of the clouds...
We then packed up camp and headed north. The drive was dull and gray. The boys read and read and read. We finally made it to Anacortes!
We parked the trailer at Deception Pass State Park and watched the sunset from the beach. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Even if it was cloudy and cool.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Very surprisingly, we did make it out of the house sometime in the a.m. hours of the 5th. (Maybe because I didn't go to bed until sometime in the a.m. hours of the 5th.) Off on an adventure, on road trip #3 with the boys, towing our camp trailer, headed north. A bit cooler than the scorching 4th and the clouds in the sky were gorgeous.
The scenery heading up to Portland was a familiar landscape. Russ commuted (ugh!) to Portland for over six years and still has personal consulting clients up that way. He regularly took the boys with him (well, not Leif...), and they are pros at riding in the car.
Seaquest State Park and took in the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center across the road. Levi read Will it Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens, so he was prepared. We watched the movie and explored the exhibits. Our favorite was the large model of the mountain, with stairs down to an underground portion showing the interior of the volcano. Above, we could see the topography of the volcano and the land surrounding it.
It was getting later. And cloudier. We decided to take it easy the first evening and postponed the drive closer to the mountain to the next day. We gazed at the scenery from the visitor center vistas. Humor me and tell me that you can see the mountain in the pictures. Please. It's there, it really is.