Sunday, October 4, 2015

39/52: Hunting for Coyotes

Well, the weather turned quite a bit cooler at the end of the week.  Today we bundled up and went down to the creek to look for coyotes.  We didn't see anything, but we had a good time just being outside and making our own fun.  And, I have a feeling the next time we go, we might just find one!

Carter // 5 - Every now and then he would take a break to draw his name in the sand.

Peter // 3 - He wanted to climb "all the mountains."

John Paul // 2 - He was mainly throwing anything he could find into the water below.
Sophie // 1 - Well, she was pretty content playing in the truck.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Weekend in the Mountains

After we left the raspberry farm, we headed to the cabin for a couple of nights in the mountains. The cooler weather and relaxing atmosphere was a breath of fresh air!  

As you can see, John Paul got nice and relaxed.  Pants have never been his favorite.

Sophie was content wherever the boys were...
 ...and, as always, in the arms of her Daddy.

There is an awesome little play area in the community, and we spent an hour or so there one afternoon.

Sophie even went on the giant slide, with a little help.
We took a few hikes (aka walks).

And the boys were always stopping to pick me flowers (aka grass).

They thought it was so cool how they could rub the Aspen trees and see their hands turn white.
Then, of course, we gathered up a few pinecones for decoration and maybe some craft projects at home!
We tried to start a little fire to roast some marshmallows, but the conditions weren't quite right.

So, back into the woods we went!

It's so nice to have such a quiet little retreat to go to thanks to Jeremy's parents.  We don't make it there as often as we should but we're always glad we we do!  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Raspberry Picking (and Jam)!

This weekend we went to the cabin.  It's so hard to believe but looking back on the blog, we haven't been there in a year...this week last year to be exact!  So, since we were heading that direction, we thought it would be fun to go to the raspberry farm known as Salman ranch and try our hand at picking a few raspberries.

It's off the beaten path, so we almost missed the turn, but we drove up to a field of the pretty red berries, got a few little buckets and headed down a row to pick, pick, pick.

I was a little worried about what we'd do with Sophie.  We left the stroller in the car and opted to carry her.  When we set her down, she went to town, picking on her own little plants and seemed content as could be.
Carter and Peter picked away for a few minutes (it was pretty hot that afternoon), and then they were done.

The rest of the crew got tired after about ten minutes, but I had hoped to get enough to make some jam, so I asked for a few more minutes.  John Paul wanted to stay behind to help!  But, he made friends with a lady in the next row and kept giving her berries from our bucket, ha!  Don't know how much help he was.
Meanwhile, this crew just waited at a nearby picnic table.
We ended up with about three pounds of berries, for about 20-30 minutes of picking.  It was so, so fun (can't you just see the fun on Carter's face)!

I made these scones while we were at the cabin, and I still have enough for one more round of jam. This is from last time's batch...
I think I mentioned before that this is maybe my third or fourth time to try making jelly/jam with my mom.  It's just the recipe on the Sure Jell packet.  A batch of peach didn't set up very well, but this one did!  I don't know what it is about things like this...making jam, baking bread, making a pie...I just feel so much more accomplished and feminine - is that crazy?  Kind of like the feeling, "Oh I can do this!" Ha!  It's the little things.

All in all, I'm so glad we went!