Sunday, June 21, 2009

Our Father's Day Picnic

5 am - Morning Sun
View of the East

Cherry Pie!
Finally found cherries at yesterday's Farmers Market in La Grande
(I've been searching!)

Sami and Jake
Practicing their fancy Napkin Folds
(Preparing for this week's 4H Foods Contest!)


Our Father's Day tradition is to take a picnic down to the Warm Springs Creek and have a lovely, lazy, enjoyable sunny feast. A few dogs come along to join us, and after our lunch the kids play in the creek catching tadpoles or other treasures while Dick takes a short nap before returning to work...

But not this year!

We woke to a gorgeous peak of sun.

Just a peak.

And it rained most of the day. It was cold! And wet!

But that did not stop us!

We still made our feast (4 hours in the kitchen to make lamb bbq ribs, potato salad, a cherry pie, and a new dessert Sami tried out for this week's 4H Cooking Contest).

We are still stuffed.

And, we wore summer clothes for the 'effect'. I am back in my warm toasty clothes!!!


The latest project?

We have lots of work to do to practice for the 4H Foods Contest that is this Wednesday! ACK! The first contest is at 8:00 am, breakfast. Crudola. AFTER we feed the lambs and all the other chores, we have to somehow get to town (17 miles away, with all the food stuff, by 8:00 am!)...

So far we have practiced: Setting a table, measuring, loading and unloading foods in the oven, and Sami did one of her recipes.


Karen said...

Andi, I love that you and your family still carried on with tradition and just moved your picnic indoors! Thanks for sharing your pictures. I enlarged the apple tree and you are right....the sunlight is indeed kissing the apple tree! :>

Kerilou said...

Hey Andi! A picnic is a great idea, inside or out, it makes great memories! Best of luck to the kiddos with their 4H projects!

Sweet Blessings said...

What a sweet tradition your family has rain or will definitely be memories your children will always hold close to their hearts and one day share with their families :D

How fun that the kids are enjoying lessons in 4-H...does that mean one day it will be with critters too???

Praying you have the BEST week filled with many, many Sweet blessings!

*karendianne. said...

Andi, these photos of your Ranch are lovely. Beautiful. The sun kissed apple tree took my breath away.

Father's Day looks like it was really sweet, too. You're so good at these traditions and making everything special.

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

What a lovely tradition -- those kids will have some awesome memories when they grow up!

Amy said...

Andi, just a note to say how much I have enjoyed your website - both of them. I used to be a Sexton, too. Wonder if there is some relation waaaaaay back. Keep up the good work, you make beautiful projects.

Diana said...

Oh, this post just makes me HAPPY!

lauren said...

you got me with "picnic" finished me off with "CHERRY PIE"!!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥ (yummmmmmm!)

ps: congrats on the CAARDVARKS win--i b'lieve i said at the time how much i loved your clock...seems i wasn't the only one, eh??!?! well done!!! :)

Anne said...

Hi, Andi! Wow! Ya'll know how to do Father's Day right! A picnic complete with BBQ **and** homemade cherry pie! Wooo-hooo! :-)

By the way, just wanted to letcha know I am now officially "following" your blog and will show up in your list of "followers". If you choose to return the favor, that would be spiffy, but you certainly don't have to!

Kelly Booth said...

Beautiful Photo's Andi...sounds like you had a Wonderful Day!

I was raised in is really good for them......

Stamping Cafe said...

Gorgeous photos, Andi! What a sweet and great tradition rain or shine; such a wonderful memories for your children!

Have a beautiful weekend!!


Sue McGettigan said...

How fun! We used to have indoor picnics with the kiddos when they where little, we need to do that again, or I need to borrow my friend's little girl for a picnic day :)