Uncle Alex had left some Japanese goodies for them at his last visit. Here Kyleigh is wearing an authentic hat that is used in the rice paddies in Japan. Alex wore it when he lived in the north and helped at his friends family farm. Aren't they they cutest kids?
They love Chloe but wear her out quickly. She's 10 now and can only go so long before a nap is needed. The kids have LOTS of pets at home so they're great with her. Should I give you a list of their pets? 11 chickens, 9 quail, (they hatched the quail from eggs and now they follow the kids around the yard!), 2 Indian runner ducks, (the tall ones that run like a person!), that think Kyleigh is their mom so they follow her everywhere. Those are the outside animals. Inside are 3 parakeets, 2 cockatiels, 1 frog, 1 beta fish, 1 lizard and 2 dogs, a Labrador and a Visla. And they live in town not in the country! It IS Montana you know. Not unusual at all.
We had a wonderful time at the lake swimming with Grandpa! Look how crowded the beach is. It was almost 100F Saturday and Sunday.
There's our son, Jamie with Kyleigh.
After swimming we headed to McKenzie River Pizza Company for dinner. They have great pizza and have lots of gluten free options. You might remember that both the kids and their Mom have Celiac's Disease. I can't believe how much they've grown and how much better they feel since they were officially diagnosed and removed gluten from their diets.
Meanwhile, Brad, Mandy and Piper are in Nebraska visiting all of the relatives there this week. Our extended family and Brad's family only live 20 miles from each other so they get to see everyone while they're visiting. Here Piper is playing with her third cousin in Dennis' Mom's back yard on Saturday. All of the cousins were able to be together with their kids and spouses except our two boys. We face-timed with them all Saturday night so Jamie got to visit a little too. Yeah technology!
Piper and Aria had a lot of fun playing even though Aria is a few years younger than Piper.
On the crafting front, I finished three more blankets for the Crisis Nursery with the squares I showed you last week.
Two blue ones...
And one brown. Nita told me she left another box in our trailer last night with squares for another blanket.
I joined a dishcloth swap and look what I got! In the mail! Two beautiful dishcloths, a scrubbie, needle gauge and progress keepers. I love everything and now I don't have to make another scrubbie soon like I thought I would! Yay! I've wanted another needle gauge and to try those progress keepers. It was like my swap partner could read my mind! The pattern on the dishcloths is one I haven't seen before and I really like it. Thank you so much Nancy!!! I will definitely use everything.
Another sweet package arrived last week from Tammy in Kuwait. She made me this precious doily and sent a bracelet made from Olive Wood from Jerusalem. I love them both. How absolutely lovely of you and I thank you so much Tammy.
On a serious note, along with the horrendously hot weather we've had for a couple of weeks, we had winds in excess of 35 mph yesterday. It has sparked wildfires all around us. While today is much cooler, the fires are still burning. We can see the one below burning just 3-4 miles to the east of our house and the smoke is billowing as we stand on our deck. There are also two fires to the west of Spokane burning and one town was entirely evacuated last night.
Our house reeks of smoke...but...this picture? This is Paul and Lori's house, our lake buddies whom we've known for almost 25 years. Paul was on the roof last night hosing down the roof. Lori is at the lake because they won't let anyone in to get things from the houses unless they're already there. That's a water tanker flying overhead, dropping water on the flames. So, while the smoke is irritating my nose, eyes and throat, I am NOT complaining. Please say a prayer for all of the people in harms way of these and the fires in California and the flooding in the south. Mercy. The world seems to have gone crazy.
I want to go see Piper for her birthday next month. This Grandma NEEDS to get her hands on that girl. I have had an entire week of no dizziness. SHHHHH! I did not say that out loud did I? I don't want to jinx myself! So, I'm very hopeful the meds are working now and my body has adjusted. I'm hoping he'll say I can go see my girls.
And now, I've rambled on enough. I have a few projects going on but I'll tell you about them next time. I'm making another pair of socks for Alex for Christmas and a sweater for Piper. I'm hoping you're all having a wonderful week and that your summer is turning out just as you hoped.
I think I've shared this verse before, but thought it appropriate today with the disasters happening so many places right now.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9