Trying to beat the heat

Summer is in full force in the California Valley and our home in the foothills seems to act like a convection oven. Yikes, it’s warm!

We’re thankful to be able to drive an hour or so up to cooler mountain lakes or to make the three hour drive over to my family and the coast during long weekends.

A day at the lake with cousins is pretty dang sweet!

One of our escapes last month was meeting up with Jason’s parents in Klamath Falls, Oregon. We had a great weekend together! It was hard to believe how much snow was still at Crater Lake, which of course the kids loved!

This year was the first time we got to attend any of the school graduations for our nephews and nieces. It was really special and especially great that my siblings and I all got to be in the same place, at the same time with my parents.

Last month we had the idea that the covered porch at our house might be able to be screened in somewhat easily. And … armed with screening and a staple gun, we did it! We now can eat and mingle outside virtually bug-free!

We even got some visits in with extended family last month – in Oregon and then a beautiful day at the zoo with a cousin’s family visiting all the way from Scotland! I am so thankful for family who have known me since I was young and who continue to pursue our relationships.

We continue to be grateful for the many chances to make memories with family – this 4th of July was no different. My sister hosted a wonderful day for all the kids (& grown-ups) to remember.

Our kids even had a chance to handle some non-venomous snakes at the library. Quite a nice change, especially after we’ve had several more rattlesnake encounters —

We had two sets of visitors literally visit over the course of the same weekend this month. We love having visitors and had such a a blast – just wish we could have spread out the fun a bit!

One of the absolute best ways to beat the heat??!!? A trip to SomiSomi for soft serve in fish shaped waffles! So much fun!