Returning from Ohio (photo update!)
Ruth (20 months), waking from a nap
We had a great trip to visit family in Ohio! I really enjoyed not turning on a computer for 2+ weeks and I'll admit it's taking some nudging for me to get back into blogging. I am not quitting or anything, though -- so you WILL continue to hear from me regularly, once I figure out how to manage that! ;)
I wanted to give a little photo update (with Ruth-cuteness as requested -- of course!) before heading back to recipes and kitchen tips and all that. :)
So... a brief recap of what we did with 2 weeks in Ohio! Since our purpose was to spend time with my side of the family, most of our days were fairly relaxed and just lots of visiting/playing/working PEOPLE time. :)
This is how Ruth looks in the morning after camping out in a tent all night. I wish I looked this cute in the morning!! ;) We camped at my brother Reuben's house for 2 nights, and it was a real highlight for Yehoshua (5) and Eliyahu (3). I loved the fresh cool air, and the sound of rain on the tent... :)
My sister Amy read Pooh stories to the boys...
We took lots of walks. Left to right: Reuben (brother), Yehoshua, Mariel (SIL), me, Ruth, Bonnie (sister), Eliyahu, Candy (future SIL). ALL of the kids wanted these RIDES! Phew! ;)
Eliyahu, 3 1/2
We went to a lake/pond and the kids all had a blast getting as wet and sandy as they possibly could! We went with friends who brought more BOYS and TOYS! :)
We ate lots of red raspberries from my mom's garden...
Bonnie (sister) and Ruth
We did lots of swinging on the two porch swings...
We celebrated the announcement of the engagement of my brother Rich and my friend Candy, who had traveled out to Ohio with me and the kids. :) Woo hoo!! :)
...and we got about as close to a family picture as we'll get for a while. (Joshua was here in WA...)
We made fresh salsa with my mom's tomatoes...
...totally wore out the kids on multiple occasions...
...took a fun tractor trailer ride back to the woods to carve in a tree and find treasures (acorns, buckeyes, walnuts, etc.)...
...played outside a lot...
...did more walking... Do I look pregnant? Well, I am! Due in February. :)
Got surprise flowers in the mail from my sweet Joshua!!!! And chocolate too. And a 10-page love letter. Seriously!
...played games... Yehoshua really got into this "War" card game with my mom!
...and came home tired but a little bigger, stronger, slightly more tan, and very happy! :)