Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Virginia Welcome

My Dad and Malinda met us for lunch an hour down the road in Cedar Bluff, Va. Thank goodness for a short drive that day! We all stuffed ourselves at good ol' Wendy's, and then while Malinda finished her workday, we just unpacked and got settled. They have such a cute house and quite the yard, and the kids just played and played the afternoon away, thrilled to be out of the car I'm sure.

A storm came up over the mountain that afternoon. It was so interesting to literally watch it roll in!
We ate fresh blackberries and oh my, were they delish! I could grow a bush right now just thinking about them! The girls then helped Neena (Malinda) make a blackberry cobbler, and you can tell they love helping in the kitchen!

We enjoyed a leisurely supper of lasagna and a superb salad with all the fixin's later on that night, and just enjoyed visiting and being in one another's company. It's hard to be so far away and have to try and get it all in in just a week. It was a bittersweet day for me. I was so excited to see my Dad and Malinda and had a GREAT day, but it was hard to see him look so different after his battle with cancer. He's lost a ton of weight and his hair, although all grown back in, it's different in texture and it's curly. It's not bad, it's just different. He shuffles along like a much older man now, and even the older children noticed and asked why Grandpa looked different. THAT broke my heart. Even they noticed. But Grandpa didn't let any of that or any of his ailments get in the way of having a fabulous time the next few days. We made lots of special memories and there will definetely be more pictures of the week to come.

On The Road Again

No need for words people.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Peaches Galore!

These sweet things were like eating candy. I bought a case of about 36 and we ate about half of them fresh. We loved them, well, except for the child that was confused by "all it's hair."

Then I got brave, brave for me that is. and tried my hand at making peach freezer jam. After reading the directions step-by-step a gazillion times, I finally finished the long process with a recipe from my new favorite, Southern Living.

The true test of success was just last week when we took the first jar out of the freezer and gave it a taste test. Wow! Besides looking all cutesy in their jars and lables, it was mighty tasty if I do say so myself.

These will be our Christmas gifts for neighbors and friends this year, as last year I hit the roof in the Chistamas cookie department, and thought I needed a change. Although this was alot of work too, the key for me is that it's in August versus December when school and the normal holiday festivities keep us plenty busy already! Not to mention, baby #8 will most likely makes his or her debut sometime in the next 6 weeks.