August 10, 2012


so we don't really have a farm,
but some days it feels like it.
 a few more hot days here and these beautys
should be ready for eating!
 peppers for our salsa...they're getting bigger.
 at least half, if not more of our items didn't come up this year
or have bloomed and died.
partly because we have been gone on the weekends.
 my mini pumpkins.
i have a whole bunch of these sprouting
and i am so pumped for the holidays!!
 we still have plenty of veggies to eat, can, and freeze.
so i'm kind of glad that most of our stuff didn't take.
we just don't have the time..what with rafting and all {wink}
 and to think...
we're actually starting to look for property.
this is even too much sometimes.

it's still fun to watch the progression from planting seeds
to giant corn stalks and sunflowers taller than us!

i hope you are enjoying your gardens!
Happy Friday!

August 09, 2012

this&that {thursday}

A few weekends ago we headed up to Vancouver, WA
for a wedding of an old friend of hubbys.

hubby was in it
and can i just say....
this man can rock a tux!
 We stayed with the clark's
its our fave bed and breakfast ;)
 it was a beautiful wedding
a beautiful day
and we had a blast with some old friends.
 see....rocking it!
♥ yummo ♥
 after the wedding, a handful of us went back to the Clark Casa
for a fire pit, drinks, music, and a ton of good laughs.
 some of our men...
talk about hard core.

we are so blessed to have a handful of the most amazing friends in our lives.
we can go months, even years without seeing eachother
but once we get together....

♥ all the pieces fall into place ♥

August 07, 2012


this was our little "home away from home" for 5 days
on shasta lake.
with my in-law's
sis-in-law and her hubby and 3 kids
and my little family.
 hot tub on top was perfect for the little ones to swim in when nobody was
able to watch them in the lake.
poor hubby was sick the whole time.
we think a bit of motion sickness since he still swayed for 3 days after we got home.

 all of us girls went and got pedi's before we left.
such pretty piggies!
 we had a blast the whole time.
laughed till we cried.
 we spent our days floating
and boating.
 thoroughly exhausted the kids every day.
{these 2 couldn't even make it in their beds one night}
 the kids went on the tube
and the 3 big ones {Emmett, Lily, and Soren} learned to ski.

 this was my birthday rice krispies with matches for candles
{we only got to the fourth or fifth match before little bear freaked out
and i blew them out asap.}
 my birthday wish was for everyone to go down the slide
mom's camera got better pictures, but we all did it
{some of us adults more than once}
it was so much fun!
this is grandma...
 it was a great 5 days.
 Shasta Lake is by far my most favorite place
if only we could visit more.

July 14, 2012

river weekend {sunday}

on sunday we decided to float the "middle" river
enis to graves' creek
the "big" rapids.

{the emmons family}
 we went with a big group this day.
4 rafts
10 adults.
9 kids.

{willie and hannah, sy's little brother and sister}
 these were 2 of the boats with us, and the third one in the background, plus ours.
such a great time going in a big group.
sis-in-law sadie
 2 years of therapy and i think we found a great outlet for little bear.
 during the calms in rapids,
everyone bailed from their rafts to cool off.
 monkey had a couple rapids that scared drenched him,
but later that night he asked for goggles.
such an allen boy....ready to power through!
 standing on the ladder,
outside of the boat,
one handed...
conquring our fears.
 look at this crew.
and our babies.
such a great day!
 see....hasn't gotten old yet.
 this is the famous jumping rock
i have a photo of hubby doing a back flip of the upper level
back before we were engaged....
and i still said yes.
it runs in the family.

{willie, chloe, and cedar}
 the kids in the swimming hole at the end of a long day of rafting...

just another rough weekend
in the allen household.