SAN JUAN ISLAND with THE DAVISES

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Darcie and Geoff and their family used to live in Washington. We were neighbors when we bought our first home in Redmond shortly after we were married. We formed a friendship the first time we met and it has blessed our family’s life for the past decade. Our kids have stayed connected despite their move to France and the subsequent years in California and now Salt Lake City. When Darcie and I (and Geoff!) get together we always have so much to talk about. We never get it all in, but we make a valiant effort!  Every couple years they return to the Pacific Northwest to a resort on San Juan Island. We were so beyond thrilled that  it worked out to spend a day with them while they were there.

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We caught the earliest ferry we could to give us the maximum amount of time. We picked up some donuts and had a little picnic while we were in line for the ferry.

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It was an absolutely stunning afternoon.

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We were in front this time. Hooray!

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Poor Tennie sliced her foot open on glass the first day they were there. She wasn’t supposed to put any weight on it because of the stitches, but that didn’t seem to be a problem with all these transporters!

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Sela took a polar dip. I think Geoff may have dared her!

 

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We love you guys!!

MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD!

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Sela’s friend, Lauren, who moved away last year came back for Girls’ Camp and was able to stay with us for a few days. Sela was so excited to see her and they picked up right where they left off! I moved away from friends in 6th grade and was able to go back and visit every summer, or they would visit me. I was just in Fredericksburg while we were in Texas and I was able to get together with them again! They were in town for their 20th reunion!

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Sela and Lauren playing with Rollin’s ride.

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Joanne on my right and Autumn on my left. These are my dear friends I went to school with until 7th grade when I moved away.

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Nina missed Lauren too!

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Juanita Beach

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Game Faces

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We had to go out for Sela’s favorite Theo’s Chocolate milkshakes…

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Hiking & playing at Discovery Park in Seattle

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Girls’ Camp!
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I went up for the a few hours on the last night. I missed Sela and was so happy to see her and peek around her campsite. They stayed in Teepees.

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I took some campfire cupcakes to the girls. Nina and Kate helped me make them.

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These are the girls and camp leaders from our Hollywood Hill ward and they are wonderful!

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Once Kim brought all the girls home, we went out for some post-camping pedicures.

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We filled up every chair!

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Car Camping/Star Gazing in the yard.

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The girls went to church together before Lauren hopped on the big bird and headed home to Utah.

PLUM PICKING

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We came home from Texas and our plum trees were loaded. This is not an every year occurrence. I have no idea what the perfect weather scenario is that makes for a great stone fruit season, but it seems every few years we get a really good crop. Last year was so-so. Now we have four varieties and they are all so sweet and juicy. Nature’s candy.

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South Padre Island, Texas

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We spent several weeks in Texas this July, most of it at my parent’s beach house on South Padre Island. We passed most of the days playing at the beach, fishing, eating homemade ice cream, and counting heads in the pool and the ocean. We had the best time! The days were long, but, sadly, the weeks flew by. We were all very long-faced when we got on the plane to come home. I wish I had time to write more, but I struggle with completing  these long posts. I’m just so thankful I was able to spend time with my siblings and their incredible families. My parents put so much work into helping us all make lasting memories and I know we all came away with an even deeper love for one another. Can’t wait for the next time we get together!

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RASPBERRY PICKING

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The raspberries this year are amazing. With our first batch of strawberries, we always make strawberry shortcake. With our first batch of raspberries, we make raspberry dark chocolate muffins. I asked the kids to run down and pick some berries so I could make the muffins. About fifteen minutes later I noticed only Evan was gone. I walked down to the patch and saw him with his little blankie and bedhead doing his best to pick the berries for the breakfast. He loves his muffins!

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All that hard work was worth it!

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We’ve had an amazing harvest of berries this year and keep telling our friends to come pick. Luckily we’ve had a few take us up on this offer. I hate to see the berries go to waste!

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Nina’s dance recital went well! She and Micah’s ballet piece was so sweet.

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NINA BALLERINA

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Ballet wraps for the summer this week, but not before pictures, rehearsal, and recital. I had to do two things I’m really bad at yesterday…put on stage make-up and make a photo worthy ballet bun. We did okay and I wrangled her into posing for a few unprofessional photos for mom before she headed to the dance studio for the real thing.

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