Happy Friday, Y’all! This is a great Family Friday because Mommy has the day off today!
She asked for the day off months ago when we had plans to go camping this weekend. However, most of the people who were going to go camping with us had other things come up, so we ended up cancelling our camping plans.
Just as well because we have a good deal of work to do this weekend. Just like last weekend.
It was great last week. The girls stayed over at Deedee and Papa’s house on Thursday night so Ryan and Kathleen could have a date. Then when Ryan went up to pick them up on Friday he got the chance to do some man work for a change. He turned this…
It was also the weekend of Kids Camp at the Swiss park.
So we went and met Mommy there after supper. Our kids are too young for Kids Camp yet, but Kathleen has been going there for 22 years with only one miss, and old habits die hard. (We missed last year because we were at the beach, watching Evie meet the ocean for the first time).
But the girls like playing on the old school play ground (all metal and wood, because Swiss people don’t replace anything until it has fallen apart three times).
They also like seeing the decorations for the play that the kids do on Sunday,
and Evie is fascinated by the Schwingen Pit.
Kathleen comes from a long line of Fondue serving ladies.
Get it? A long line? Cause there’s a long line of ladies in the picture?
We have begun harvesting beets this week. They have not been doing so well, but we got enough for one good meal of butter beets and carrots.
It is one of Ryan’s favorite summer dishes. Super easy, you just cut up some fresh raw beets and carrots, and either steam them and then fry it in butter, or just fry it in butter without steaming until it is tender and delicious.
The weather has been fairly hot and dry, which is perfect for homemade popsicles and playing in the pool.
We have transitioned from “time outs” to planking for Evie as a disciplinary measure, since she listens better while planking than while sitting. The better she listens, the faster she gets to recover. This will probably not work for Ellie, however. She thinks planking is a great game, and she is actually really good at it (comes of being shorter and more compact than her sister).
We have been having a great time outside, but sometimes it’s too hot to play out there for little girls born and bred in the Pacific Northwest. Then legos inside is a great option.
Then on to the main event for the week. Daddy and the girls went up to Deedee and Papa’s house to strip their bean plants of the last of the beans (Deedee already canned all she wants for this year). Ellie loves working in the garden and is actually pretty good at picking, for not being two years old.
Evie does not like working in the garden, but she thought the Velcro effect of the leaves was fun.
We picked a lot of beans.
And Mommy bought another 25 Lbs from the Greek produce store near her work.
Fortunately she got off work a little bit early on Wednesday so she had about 10 Lbs of it snipped by the time the rest of the family got home, and was able to get started canning while Daddy and Evie snipped more beans.
Evie does not like being made to work, as we have said, but she agreed that if she lives in this house and eats food with everyone else, it is only fair that she do her share of the beans.
And boy is she proud of herself when she finishes her pan of beans!
And that’s what we are still up to today, canning beans. Kathleen had one batch going before the girls got up, then Ellie helped wash more beans…
While Evie and Daddy made muffins for breakfast.
Looks like we will have 31 quarts when they are all canned.
That’s all for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, and pray for us.