this post title may sound a little depressing, but it's really not...
i wanted to share some pictures from earlier this summer. my brother, nick, came by my grandparents' home and took down the old swing set that all the grandkids (and greatgrandkids!) have played on over the years. this was just part of the process of helping mom and dad get their home and themselves ready for their move to the casita. it was bittersweet seeing it go. thank you, nick!
We've been on the road a bit, but during one of our trips, we had time to watch a classic... Steel Magnolias! I knew Rachel would like it, and it inspired her to write a movie review for anyone who hasn't seen it. For those of you who have forgotten how funny it is, you should read this too!
lunch at Pei Wei with Nana... she scored a homemade purse and some press-on pesto labels.
Beck's Prime was the place to be on this day.
bath time! kinsey and rachel talked noah into it.
our giant and sad tim burton-esque tree (that needs to be cut down) dropped this enormous limb one morning. it doesn't seem too big, until you see rachel next to it! even though it was a dead branch, it was HEAVY! the most amazing part, we never heard it fall, it didn't smash a thing, and it was sticking in the ground perfectly balanced on ONE tip! weird but true.
today was "salsa practice."
this is a recipe that Kristi Alvarado shared with us a while back. it's so yummy, you have to make a big enough batch to share with friends (cause they all want some!). we followed Kris's basic recipe and made a few adjustments. the jalapeños we used weren't very spicy, so we added more, plus some of the juice for extra flavor. as rachel said, "we don't want salsa for wimps!" so, more jalapeños!
This is a project i did at the end of my 6th grade year. It's based on my science project and I did all the research, wrote the script, made the models, and did the video editing. My mom helped me shoot the stop-motion animation and with some editing details. I got a really good grade on it!
I put it here so I could share it with everyone.
Rachel and I have always done stuff together. Hope you don't mind if we share a bit of it. I'm guessing some of it will be great and other stuff, not so much. Keeping track of it should be fun, though! Last week was a whole crazy mess of fun we call "Camp Happy," our annual Girl Scout Day Camp. Neither one of us would miss it, but that week is all about camp and we haven't done any of the other stuff we have said we wanted to do... yet. Pictures from camp...
This is Rachel as a first year "goddess." These girls are hard-core Camp Happy participants. Rachel has been attending since she was in kindergarten and this is the first year she got to be a helper. Her camp name is Potter. Anyone want to guess why?