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Is it just me, or does june always go a little bit crazy? Lot’s of activities, combined with T and I moving over the last two weeks, with one nutty work schedule, has lead to one chaotic June and beginning of July. Happily, this week should be a bit mellower, and I will hopefully get to enjoy some sunshine! That said, thought I’d share a few pics of what’s been going on the last few weeks.

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Popped home a few weekends ago and watched the little O and F participate in their first bike race. The “Bike n’ Juice”. Pretty much the cutest little race ever. These two were most excited to have sweet numbers attached to their bikes, than the possibility of winning any race.

IMG_2807My mum, one of my sisters, and I, popped into Wenatchee for some  pedicures. Therefore, we had to take the obligatory toenail photo. My polish has held up surprisingly well over the last two weeks.

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Cute new apartment. So clean and so unprepared for all my baking disasters!

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Martha’s peach crumble (I like to pretend Martha Stewart and I are on a first name basis). Seriously delicious recipe.

http://www.marthastewart.com/907424/peach-crumble?czone=food/produce-guide-cnt/summer-produce-recipes&gallery=275115&slide=907424&center=276955

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Spend the 4th with these lovelies! We try to take nice photos. Then we start giggling (and by we I mean I). We managed to get a few good ones though!

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Happy Monday!!

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The Joy of Nephews and Nieces

I am the proud Auntie of 4 nephews, 1 niece, and one little who is still cookin in the oven. I am known to these wee ones as Auntie K, Crazy Auntie K, Tia Kendra, and I’m working on getting youngest to call me Tia Loca. Because there is a bit of an age gap between myself and my older sisters (and because i’m not looking to cook up any kiddos of my own anytime soon), sometimes I get a little sad that any future spawn I may procreate won’t have any cousins close in age…..

Then I rejoice that I have had years, and likely more years in the future, of simply being Auntie. I get to throw all of my heart at these wonderful beings without the distraction of my own. I’m the one encouraging them to lick giant bowls of applesauce clean, roll in the dirt, race me down the street on their scooter, and I am often seen sitting across the table making goofy faces at them during supper.

I love watching these littles become their own people, and I am proud that they call me Auntie.

A few weekends ago, was the rare occasion when all the cousins gathered at my parents house, or as they are affectionately called Grammy and Bumpa. I managed to escape the city for a few days of chaos, and loved every minute of it.

Kind 11 year old E, is growing into a wonderful young man. Smart, athletic, respectful, and wonderful with all the young cousins, I cannot wait to see where life takes him!

IMG_2434Chaotic A! I have a feeling that this kiddo is an artist at heart. His laugh is infectious, he has energy for days, and his heart is as big as they come.

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Sweet little E. The only niece amongst all boys, and she’s got us all wrapped around her little finger.

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Dearest O. Smart, kind, and insightful, this kid continually amazes me with his understanding of things like symmetry and asymmetry. I’m pretty sure this kid has a better vocabulary than I do. A wonderful little hugger, this kid is as sweet as they come, and I have found the greatest joy in making him laugh since he was tiny.

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Oh little F.T. I wasn’t sure you liked me at first, but now even when your being a little sass, you melt my heart with a simple “I wuv you Auntie K”. A tester of limits, I sense a heart of adventurer in him.

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Here’s to you sweet kiddos! I love being your auntie.

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Home Again

Every once in awhile, it’s just nice to go home. I try to make it over the mountains to my parents once every few months, to get out of the city and really relax. Now normally I spend this time lying around, visiting with my parents, sister, and nephews, reading, and eating home cooked meals, but his time, I tried to make it a bit more adventurous.

I love that I can still find new things to do around my home town! Provided, it is a tourist driven town, so surrounding areas are always trying to come up with new draws for the people, so it’s most likely easier for me to find new things around Leavenworth WA, than other areas of the same size. Either way, I had a lovely weekend at home with my dear family!

First stop, Crazy Larry’s Berries, for some good ole fashioned blueberry picking. My mom usually goes every summer to pick enough to freeze and last her through the winter. I usually steal a few of these bags of goodness, but since I was home this year, I figured I would go along and pick my own. We made this a lovely little group outing by bringing along my Dad, and my sweet little 5 year old nephew.

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The little nephew was thrilled that they had a spiderman bucket  for him to use. Each childs bucket holds 1 lb and he filled two all by himself!

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Proper lessons in blueberry picking from Grammy!

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We picked about 30 lbs of berries. I only took about 5 home, so I may need to snag a few bags out of my mom’s freezer when I run out (wink wink ;)).

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The berries are so deliciously plump and sweet. I had to stop myself from eating just as many as I picked!

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We also tried out a new winery just down the road from my parents house, Plain Cellars. They are just getting the place up and running, as it has only been open for about a month, but it was well worth a visit. One of the owners was working the tasting room, and was perfectly happy to give my parents and I a plethora of info on the winery and the wines we would be tasting. I love when people are passionate about what they do, and this gent was so happy to have us and share his love of wine.

http://www.plaincellars.com/index.html

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My parents, still happy to share each others company :).

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I totally get my sass and sarcasm from them, and boy am I the happier for it!

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My mum insisted on getting a photo of me…. in all my too much sun, allergy glory. Oh well, at least there was wine!

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There is even a faithful/friendly watch dog to keep the customers in line.

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I came away with a bottle of the Petit Sirah and the Eclipse blend. They were definitely my favorites, though I was pleasantly surprised by the riesling, which is shocking as I have never found a riesling that I am willing to drink before. It’s good to know that there is a place for good wine, so close to home.

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All in all, a lovely weekend home! Hopefully i’ll find something new and lovely around Leavenworth next time i’m home as well.

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