Today, I am taking time to write about those two weeks of family in the Pacific Northwest.
Back to those days in Seattle - I packed light clothes for dry warm summer days and the weather was often chilly and rainy. So consistently chilly and rainy that we moved our annual picnic in Discovery Park to Denny and Kate's house. I couldn't believe that this special family day was forecast for high winds and heavy rain. Bad weather did not totally dampen our spirits. It was so good to get this three generation group together. John, you were missed. Mid-way through the afternoon - after we'd succumbed to Kate's black berry cobbler and a banana cream pie - the sun returned, so we hustled the children over to that big hill in the park. For at least an hour or two, they were able to throw a football, fly kites in that still heavy wind and build another fort with Chinese parasols.
|Chris and Heather brought that banana cream pie.|
|Brisket is served, every single year.|
|Denny with sweet Audrey, bedecked with bows.|
|Kate's blackberry cobbler. She picked the berries too.|
|Heather and Mary B|
|Laura and Audrey stir the new Christmas pudding and make a wish. More on the pudding later in this post.|
|The annual making of a parasol fort.|
|Charlie roughhousing with his mom.|
|My three girls checking selfies. Which one will do?|
|Quiet moments, Charlie Bean and Steve. Steve's mom Carol off for a walk.|
|Yes, we take a lot of photos. Why not?|
|Result of selfie-taking. My three girls.|
|In the process, taking selfies.|
|MM and Carol, wearing mom's leis.|
|Charlie chops walnuts.|
|Measuring citron and candied fruits.|
|Charlie chopped suet and measured carefully.|
I lugged it over to Kate and Denny's so everyone in the family could take a stir and make a wish. And remember, Charlie and I added in the remains of the old Christmas pudding that we made the year Mom brought her hip. That pudding had a lot of wishes, including the members of Mom's physical therapy group at Virginia Mason. Both the old wish and the new are all in this pudding. Is that part of what makes it so weighty?
|Dan McGrady adds a wish.|
|Caroline holds it steady for Lauren's stir and wish.|
|Little Ben needs a nap. I forgot that we often delayed the picnic until after 'nap time'. We will schedule better next year.|