Thursday, August 7, 2008
Connor shares my love of the solar system. He drew this picture of the planets in order from memory:
Friday, August 1, 2008
PFFW (Parsons Family Fun Week) was a tradition started years ago when my nephew and niece, Jake and Dani, would come for a week each summer to stay with my parents, aka G&G and get to know their cousins. We haven't done it for years, since Jake and Dani are now married. But my sister and her four kiddies are visiting from Houston, TX this week so we have reinstated PFFW - thanks to the generosity of G&G!
So far we have had fun swimming at Riverside:
Andrew carried by Todd
Abby carried by Michael
Chloe carried by me.
(just part of the way up, Michelle carried her all the way down and Cameron helped, too)
Hindmarsh Clan at the top
On the way down
After G&G treated us to lunch at the Purple Turtle!
And today we're off to Seven Peaks so the fun can continue!
My friends, Clyda and Judy joined me and we had fun walk/running along the parade route. Next year maybe I can even beat my "lightening fast" time of 47 minutes!
Another fun part of our Fourth was having Trevor's Mom, Jeanette and his sister, Kelsie and her friend, Melissa with us for a couple of days. Kelsie and Melissa performed in the Stadium of Fire and had several rehearsals the days before. Trevor flew in for the Fourth of July and we all went to Stadium of Fire. On the fifth, Jenny and Trevor had their engagement photos taken. (check out their blog for the link, you can also see Jenny's amazing bridal photos!)
Every year our "Fairy Godmother" (aka Karen Bodily) visits us and brings joy and a story to share. This year she brought us balloons to blow up and create pretty hats.
These are the 9th Warders who hiked to Lone Pine.
Julie Shipp, Bobbie Whiteside, Heather Shipp, Kylee Thurman and ME! This is my 10th time hiking to Lone Pine at Camp Shalom. It's kind of a YW Camp ritual for me to go there every year. BTW, it's not really a pine, it's a fir!
The view of Camp Shalom from Lone Pine, including the snowfield in the foreground.