This morning we went to the library for a free movie. Doesn’t the popcorn look scrumptious?
Holly and Nate in the play area.Linlee and more sand castles. Holly opted to go on a hike with the aunts and uncles.Above, Nate and a giant tumble weed (on a stick).
Mom and brother Michael relaxing.
Puzzles and games.
Aunt Trish prepping the fish tacos.
Dinner time for eighteen people. Wow!Seven-month Declan gets to eat (gum) real food. (He is NOT drinking that Coke.)
Kaela & Trevor had many heart to heart chats with Holly on this porch swing.
Cousins! Megan, Kaela, myself, and Michael. (We’re missing Mallory.)I don’t remember what Megan and Kaela were laughing at, but I liked this picture.
Little second cousins, Holly, Linlee, Nate and Declan.
And happy 4th of July!
Picture by Holly.
Aunt Mary and Holly make lemon scones! (Nate supervises.)Holly, Nate and baby Declan.Happiest baby ever!
Time for a family reunion in The Dalles, Oregon! This is our view of the cherry orchards from the house.
Holly and second cousin, Nate. These two have become best buddies.Color break.Aunt Cynthia and Nate.Aunt Mary and Holly play tic-tac-toe.Paella. This family eats well.
Family celebration Friday night.Wearing Pusheen cat ears.
Today we had the unicorn party at The Little Gym…The picture above was supposed to be of the table with all the unicorn horns in the center, but in the background is an upside down birthday girl.She casually crossed her legs for the picture.
This is the unicorn cake. The “happy” is facing one direction while the “birthday Holly” is facing the opposite direction. I just don’t know what to say, other than it still tasted good.The kids sitting on the air track as it fills with air.And jump!They had a blast playing organized games and playing on the equipment.
Time for cake!
Presents…The unicorn horns crack me up.Yep, dabbing.
Turning eight is so much fun!
This little cutie is now eight. What to say about eight-year old Holly? High energy, pure sunshine and quite the talker. Holly could probably win a world’s record for talking. At least I never have to wonder what she is thinking; she tells me every single thought in her head. Holly loves gymnastics and ice skating. In school she favors math. She enjoys playing on her computer, helping in the kitchen, and taking bubble baths. She adores stuffed animals. This spring she has spent a lot of time playing at the little park across the street with other neighbor kids. She is in her element playing with other children. If you look up “social butterfly” in the dictionary, the definition will most likely be Holly Young. This year Holly won the classroom award for “always smiling.”We’ll have a little family celebration this evening and then tomorrow, we are hosting a birthday party at The Little Gym. More pictures to come.
I’ve had several people comment on my new white couch. It looked very light in the previous photos, but it’s not white, it’s hemp. Here it is with a white pillow. (The trim above on the wall is not a true white either, it’s cream.)
Linlee did not want her portrait drawn by the caricature artist who visited her class yesterday (this totally makes me laugh):
This is our new couch at five minutes old.
And this is the new couch about three hours later. Maybe one day I’ll get to sit on it too.
My Aunt Mary and Uncle Peter have returned from six months in England. Even though they are still jet lagged, one of the first things they did was invite everybody to the farm for afternoon tea!Goat love.Mary, Kaela, Trevor, Mom, Michael.
Uncle Peter listening intently.
My cousin Kaela turned 28. Aunt Mary made her a Victoria sponge cake with jam and whipped cream.
Sarah and Joel.
My mom and her sister Mary.
Pretty girls back on the swing.What a lovely afternoon!
This little one is almost eight and we’ve been remiss in teaching her to ride a bike. In our defense, we lived on a steep hill the first six years of her life. We’ve always had a bike for her, yet the practice rarely happened. So I’m determined that by the end of this summer, Holly will be training-wheels free. She’s already off to a good start. Wish us luck!