We are enjoying our garden bounty, especially the ripe, red tomatoes.
Our tree is in bloom. We love the purple flowers. Especially while laying in the hammock in close view. Does anyone know what kind of tree this is? The lovely tree was here when we moved in.
My cousin spent two weeks at Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp. I am amazed at how hard they worked. They practiced their instruments 5 hours a day, sometimes more. Most wanted to be there. The dedication of these students was amazing. They learned difficult music in 12 days of practice.
I was able to enjoy the resulting concert with some aunts, uncles and my son. My son was duly impressed. He thinks he might actually practice his baritone this year.
My husband, son and I had family fun at my husband’s company picnic. The setting was a beautiful horse farm next to a small pond. We bounced along with some bunnies on a hay ride. We rode horses (this was my son’s first time and the last time I rode a horse I was 18). We bravely got on the Dakota and Shadow. The ride turned out to be gentle.
We also received a carriage ride around the large property. Jonathan beat me by 3 points in frisbee golf and got slobbered on as he fed hungry goats. Cotton candy and snow cones were a fun treat. Jonathan painted a t-shirt and bounced in the bouncy gym.
I love times when family can enjoy time together. We missed Brea who is still at my parent’s house, but I am sure she is having a fantastic time with family, too.
Have you had some family fun lately?
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This weekend I went to my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary party with 180 of their closest friends and family. How does one make it married to the same person for 60 years? And not just married, but happily married. They still laugh, talk and act affectionately every day.
My aunt said a speech in which she summarized how they made their marriage work.
1. Keep your eyes open before you are married. Make sure you know their faults beforehand because you can’t change them afterwards.
2. Overlook annoyances (like Grandma leaving her purse everywhere and Grandpa never making decisions)
3. Have fun together. My grandparents travel all the time, go camping, do church activities together, socialize with friends, read and do lots of fun things together.
4. Show respect and love towards each other. They may argue, but they never disrespect each other. There isn’t name calling and nastiness in their relationship.
5. Have faith. They show gratitude, charity, hospitality, kindness and love. And they know where all their abundance comes from.
Happy anniversary Grandma and Grandpa!