Berry, Berry Good!!

Oregon is known for its wonderful berries. We picked 24 pounds of raspberries.

My 10-yr old daughter helped me make pies. We ended up making 4 raspberry pies, 2 raspberry/blueberry pies, and 2 blueberry pies. Oh, did I mention we picked 110 pounds of blueberries? The berries literally fell into our hands as we tickled them from underneath a cluster. We only spent 2 hours of picking and our freezer is loaded with them! We will use them for muffins, smoothies. coffee cakes, pancakes during the year.


4th of July Camping Trip (dh & 5 kids)

Mt. Bachelor

Dh took the kids (except the baby) to Sparks Lake, near Mt. Bachelor in Oregon over the 4th of July weekend. The first couple nights were very cold - down to 32 degrees. (so glad I didn't go!). Here are some pictures of their trip.

South Sister - one of many volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.

The girls in front of the South Sister.

The boys in front of Broken Top.

Big brother so happy to greet baby brother upon return!


Family Trip to Seaside, Oregon

A normal dreary day at the Oregon Coast.

Doesn't get cuter than this!

Trip to Seaside, Oregon.


Happy Birthday to me! I turned 41 on yesterday. Here's my daughter working on fresh boysenberry pie for my birthday dessert! It was delicious.

"Must you?"

My 15-yr old son, made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy for dinner. It was such a wonderful dinner.

The kid responsible for my wonderful fried chicken dinner.

Here was my big present - no, not the echinacea, the camera that took the picture of the echinacea! It's a Canon D20 - it ROCKS!! I'm thrilled with it. No more wasting film for me.

But I have to admit, the gift that touched my heart the most was a card from my 15-yr old son. Here's what the card read inside:

Dear Mommie:
I hope you had a great birthday. It was a great compliment when you asked me to make fried chicken. I'm glad I was able to help make your birthday dinner a good one. My gift to you is Spitz Sunflower seeds. Whenever you want some sunflower seeds, just ask me and I'll get them. I'll buy 10 bags of them total. Keep this card and put a check for each bag I buy you. Thanks for being a great Mom. Love, J

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