Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Adventures ~ Camping Competitions!

We have been camping at Manning Park for many years.
The kids basically grew up in this park like setting.
You'd think that all the kids would have known how to put up a tent,
catch a fish, fan out tarps, and cook over a campfire.
But somehow the sibling competitive rivalry continues.
Camping should be second nature for them!

 Who's helping Jeremy put up his tent?
It seems to take a whole crew....
Suzanne fully in charge, walks him through the process.

 While he contemplates a question.
Isn't there an App for this?
Then it's time for fishing.
Do we use worms or do we use flies.
A trip to Fred's Tackle shop prepares the family.
Some came with worms, while others came with flies.
 In the olden days we dug the worms from the gardens.
They actually bought the worms?
The battle is on!

This little guys has himself a good catch.
What's your secret Silas?

She's using flies!

 She's catching her line in the trees and untying knots.
Tara's being initiated.

 He's contemplating!

He thinks the trick for a good catch could be licorice.

 Well, this family won the fishing derby by using FLIES WORMS!
The rest is history.

 Old fashioned camping food brings out the best in everyone.
Suzanne organized her 'bird in a nest'
 I organized a Camper's Hobo Dinner which is always a winner,
only to be defeated by a 'Mexican Hobo Dinner' the next night.

 Jamie & Luca grilled us a salmon feast marinated in her signature sauce.

Thanks Jamie!  It was delicious.
You are a keeper and can come back any time.

 Bread dough spirals coiled on wood, and then cooked on a camp fire.
 Roll them in butter and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar and wala!!!
 Cinnamon rolls on a stick! This was a real winner.
Guess who brought that? 

 The real competition is still to be decided.
Which family member will be issued on the 'front page calender' for 2014?

Each year I make a Shutterfly Calendar of our families events.
One photo will be selected for the front cover.
Last year Jeremy was the winner as he experienced an unexpected dunk,
by his son Levi while two others coaxed him on.

I will enjoy having the privilege of choosing the 'front page photo' again.
The competition has spread down to Lake Tahoe...
The newly weds are trying to bribe me!
The competition is on!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Adventures ~ Camping with Ivy!

Memories that are reminders that life slips by quickly.
Capture the moment of a sleeping baby.

 Capture a moment of sucking a nectarine out of a grandfather's hand.

 ...a moment of a proud father hugging his child after a tumble.

 ...a moment of a father sharing nature's calming moments.

 Capture an uncle helping her cast her first stones into the river.

 "throw it just like this"

 Capture that big smile.




 Capture a mother with a rod in one hand and a smiling child.

"We have this moment to hold in our hand,
And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand.
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come,
But we have this moment today."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summertime Adventures ~ What is Family?

 What is a Family?
It's summer time and to me there is no more perfect way 
than to celebrate family in the fresh outdoors.
A family is a mobile, an art form, an exciting art career, 
because an art form needs work.
A family has roots in the past and is stretching out into the future.
Family offers hope and encouragement to those who treasure the values of family life.
This past weekend we had a family celebration which incorporated it's own art form.
 Family brings young and old together!

Family enjoys snuggling baby Ivy.

 Family comes to welcome Great Opa and Great Oma!

 Family can ask questions from a six year old,
who looks up and asks his Great Opa,
"Are you really 102 years old?"
 Family includes Aunt Gerry who comes from Calgary,
and family cleans for Aunt Gerry's arrival.
 Family allows for deep discussions.

 Family brings laughter and humor.

 Family allows 'big kids' to play with 'little kids'  toys.

 More deep conversations from the heart.

 Family needs Oma's approval and shares stories and photos.

 Family works together as we husk and clean the corn.

 Older cousin takes baby Ivy for a stroll.

 Family loves to gather for photos.

 Some are photogenic and some love to make make Opa laugh.

 Family allows each other to be themselves.

 Family allows for laughter and giggles.

 Family says good-byes, till we meet again.
And at the end of a family day we can thank God for 
creating families and allowing us to share family and creation.

"A family is age, youth, childhood, infancy all strung together on tiny threads.
Blowing in delicate movement independently, yet together.
A family belongs to each other, affected by each other,
compassionate for each other, 
concerned about each other,
interested in each other,
a living mobile never static."
Edith Schaeffer

I love Family!