Well, all good things come to an end and this will be the first blog after all the Hawaiian updates and stories. I hope you all enjoyed your sneak peek into our vacation. There was just too much good share in one, singular blog. Thanks for following the Maui highlights day by day. I honestly thought the daily posts might annoy you all, but I had some good readership numbers and I heard from many friends and family members about how much loved the stories and wanted to hear more. It always makes my heart happy to know that people are enjoying what they read here. Maybe I should start traveling for a living and writing about my adventures? If only!
Now it’s back to the real world. Seems like Jeremy and I landed in Washington and hit the ground running. The first full day home, Jeremy was back to church and I was at a dance recital for a wonderful student that I mentor. We’ve had our first big strawberry harvest come through and we’re up to our ears in strawberries! I made strawberry shortcake to celebrate and it was delicious! My first night back at my Wednesday night class, I made strawberry ice cream sandwiches from a recipe I saw in Food Network Magazine. You take sugar cookies and put strawberry jam on them and then put a scoop of strawberry ice cream in the middle! Yum! I’ve also used the strawberries to make a smoothie. I think my hubby will soon be canning and making strawberry jam! Good times!
Last week, we had our annual trip the Oregon Zoo with the kiddos at Bethel. It was a fun day, but very warm! It seems that we brought the hot and humid weather back with us from Hawaii. I got a little sunburned, but it was really great to be out and about. I was concerned about walking all over the zoo with being pregnant, but it didn’t bother me at all. I was super tired that night, but for the day, I was able to keep up with the kids and I was happy for that.
Friday night, we had family over for dinner and had a good time with them. Jeremy barbequed up some yummy ribs and we had grilled corn and baked beans. We played a couple of games and ended the night with s’mores by the fire. It was the perfect summer day! I’m loving the summer time food and being able to share it with family.
Saturday, we headed up to Mt. Rainier National Park for my grandma’s 80th birthday party! It was great to head up to the mountain because it was the perfect temperature up there. We’ve been in a heat wave, so it was nice to sit in the shade and enjoy the mountain air! It was great to see family members who I hadn’t seen in many months. The hot topic right now are the babies since both my cousin and I are expecting. We’re due about three weeks apart so it was fun to talk with her about where they are at. The found out while we were in Hawaii that they are having a boy and it seems they don’t have any names either. I can relate to that!
Sunday, we started to decorate for VBA (Vacation Bible Adventure) after church! It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks our Family VBA will here! I spent the morning making many photocopies in preparation for the big week! The deadline to register is coming up on July 10th and our deadline to register for Kid’s Camp is coming up this weekend. Now that we’re into July it seems like the summer is just flying by! So much good stuff still ahead. I can’t wait to share it with you!