Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday Memories - Another One to Add to the Books

Cali, Haley, Rachel, Jesse, me, Ande, Zeph

This last weekend three of my nieces (Jesse, Rachel, and Haley) and Cali and Ande came for a project weekend -- some sewed, some crocheted, some scrapbooked, some did homework, and some did a little bit of everything.


Cali altering a scarf

Every one is a good cook and it showed in what we ate:

Root beer cake
  • Ande made roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts, and rootbeer cake
  • Rachel made authentic belgium waffles (recipe written in kg and all) with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • Calvin made tacos and spanish rice
  • Cali made yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit parfaits
and Haley made . . .

 Jesse and I were in charge of the wienie roast.

Ande and Haley

Jesse, Calvin, Rachel

Calvin told us mountain men stories around the fire.  Like the time John Colter escaped from the Indians barefoot and naked then crawled up inside a beaver hut to hide.

And everyone gave Jesse a bit of advice.  She is going to Alaska this summer to earn college money on the fishing boats and we all threw in our two cents.  Calvin gave her a particularly touching piece of advice straight from his heart.  There was a split-second of solemn nodding until Cali and Haley started laughing and kindly pointed out that his advice wasn't practical or possible.  He countered it with trying to get her bear spray the next day.  Calvin was a great sport and helped to make the weekend a big success.

Everyone wanted to hold Zeph.

Cali, Zeph, Rachel

Haley, Ande, Zeph

And since there were three pregnant women and one nursing mother there was lots of baby talk and comparing of swollen ankles, too.

Cali and Haley 

We had a great time.  I loved being able to spend time with each person and to hear about the things that they are learning and the families they are creating.  I'm so proud of each one of them.  I'm so glad God put us in families.

Calvin branded the log while we sat around the fire.  It sums it all up.


Cassidy said...

I'm a tad big jealous. :)

Cassidy said...

bit!, not big! ugh!

Rachel said...

What a FUN weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it and you are a great hostess. I was also excited that Uncle Calvin hung around. His campfire stories were a highlight.

Grace said...

I so wish I could have been there! Ande's rootbeer cake looked amazing, Dad's campfire stories would have been fun to hear, holding Zeph, and just spending time with everyone. Thanks for posting about it! Can't wait til' there's another one.

melanie said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend for the books! I love the effort you make to have family time. Both immediate and extended, you're a great example. Thank you.

Jill said...

I love the way you organize these gatherings!

Melinda said...

This sounds like such a fun weekend! I'm hoping the next post will be the recipes to all of that amazing food!

Also, I love Ande's shirt! Where did she find that gem? The green one.

Lyle and Mary: said...

Looks like project weekend was a "FUN" success! And Zeph...adorable!!!

Becky said...

It looks like a great time! It's so fun to see your grandbabies coming along :-)