Monday, August 3, 2015

Herding Cats

Let's get the fiber fun out of the way first, since it was a minor part of my life this past week.

DDIL2 (here for our family reunion) and I went to Wasatch & Wool on Monday so she could pick up some yarn to make the Age of Brass & Steam Kerchief as a KAL with her knitting group at home. She planned on making it into a shawlette by knitting an extra stockinette section. She chose a lovely Malabrigo Arroyo in Lavanda, which is a monochromatic colorway of grape-like purple tones. I couldn't resist selecting some yarn to make the same project, some Malabrigo Arroyo in Piedras. The kerchief is a fairly quick project, even with the extra section, if you have time to work on it. DDIL2 finished hers but for the blocking while they were here, and I have only the last stockinette stitch section to go.

The big event for this week, though, was the gathering of all our children and grandchildren (our family reunion) as part of our 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Here's our oldest with the youngest.

Johan (our youngest) is well into the toddler stage now. He had a good time watching the jays and the squirrels on the back deck.

The front deck turned into an outdoor play area for the kids. DH had picked up some cast-off toys at our community's "Dumpster Days." There were three riding vehicles, as well as some other toys someone no longer wanted. Daphne and Zachary showed how well they play together.

The yellow school bus was a present for Soren from his cousins, one he really enjoyed playing with.

I stayed home from the trip to the Hogle Zoo because I had come down with a cold and wanted to rest, but we took some walks together in the neighborhood. Several trips to various playgrounds/climbing facilities kept the kids busy as well.

On the 31st we had a picnic at the Jordanelle Reservoir, where the kids got to swim in shallow water and participate in some fun games and activities.

That night, our last night together and DD and DSIL's anniversary, we opened a couple of bottles of champagne and celebrated their anniversary, as well as the anniversaries of the rest of us. 

There were times it seemed like an insane asylum at our house, between Baby Johan who was into everything and the three-year-old boys Zachary and Soren (my, how I had forgotten, and I had never had two that age at the same time), but we had a wonderful time together and everyone arrived home again safely.

Our actual anniversary isn't until the middle of September, but we had to fit around everyone's vacation time. Little did I know 50 years ago, as I was planning for our wedding, what great kids and grandkids we would have someday.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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