Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rhoades Reunion - Part 1

After a whole entire year of planning, the time had finally come . . . August 18-22, 2016, was our Richard & Eunice Rhoades family reunion.  We have 251 living members and 223 were able to be there!  We had it at the Oregon Christian Convention Conference and Retreat Center in Turner, Oregon.  It was the perfect size for us.

Of course, 3 of the days were supposed to be 100+ degrees!!  And, no air conditioning!!  As far as I know though, we all lived through it :)

There is a creek that runs along the property edge.  It was great for tubing and swimming.  It was the first place many people went to as soon as they got there!

We began our reunion with an easy meal of Papa Murphy's pizza . . . not that feeding over 200 people is easy with any meal!  This meal was a "volunteer" meal, as far as who helped to serve it.  The rest of the meals were all planned with a "head cook" and groups made up.  We each only had to serve one time during the reunion.

Our first planned "game" was red rover.  Tim & Leona's family led it.

Dad enjoyed watching from his camp chair.

After the game, our store opened for the first time.  The kids could hardly contain themselves while waiting!!  Here's the view looking out at the line-up.

And here's the view of them from the outside, looking at the store.

The first cashiers, ready to take money.

Friday morning Rick & Kathy's family organized a mile race.  They had different age categories and they gave prizes to the winners after our auction Friday night.

A bunch of the guys cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for Friday's lunch.

I'm pretty bad at getting pictures of much of anything.  Friday afternoon Nathaniel and Sally led a game of Kiddie Pool Kickball.  Google it and watch a Youtube video if you haven't heard of it.  It was super fun to watch . . . and with it being sooo hot, I think everyone who played was happy to get wet.

Friday evening we had an auction to help pay for our food.  Many of the family donated lots of neat things and it was a great success!  Justin was our auctioneer and Kevin, Kent and Chad helped out.  They did a great job!  We also had a couple tables of small things that were priced that we could buy outright.  There was a building that we didn't need for anything else, so we were able to set up the auction and just lock it up.  It was super hot in there!

Our tables set up with small, priced items.

More pictures with our auction items.

I took these pictures early and there were several more nice baskets brought in later that had to be kept cool.

A few pictures while we were waiting for the auction to begin.

This auction was sooo fun!  I never dreamed it would be so successful.  I hadn't been to an auction since I was probably less than 10 years old.

I guess I better end this first part here.  More to come on the rest of the reunion.

Huckleberry Picking

Aimee came back home for a week and a half to attend our Rhoades reunion.  She really wanted to go huckleberry picking while she was here, so we planned for that.  We'd already previously been up to pick at Dogob a couple weeks earlier so we decided to go to Bare Mountain.  We got there right about when it was time to eat, so we began with that, while viewing this wonderful scenery.  David got settled in his camp chair and said the view was so nice he might just stay there and not pick berries!  He did end up picking.

We had some really cute little helpers!

And some cute bigger helpers, too!  Aimee actually got into picking and didn't want to stop.

When we arrived back at the van, the sky was really gorgeous!

When we were getting ready I saw all of the big girls had on Waterways shirts so I decided to match . . . so then we had to get a picture!!

And a couple pictures of all of the kids on a log sitting there where we parked.

And, last but not least, the fruits of our labors!  This is probably the best we have ever done at one time . . . 5 1/4 gallons of huckleberries!!

All packaged and ready to freeze.

A very successful trip . . . lots of berries picked, lots of sightseeing and fun running around in the forest . . . only in the Great PNW!!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016


It was brought to my attention that I needed to update my blog . . . not that I didn't know that already :)  I've been off of here for so long that I never knew how to start up again, so I just decided to go with the present.

Last week was a really busy week.  Tuesday we had a Kulla craft day at our house.  My sister-in-law, Anne, from NH was out here so it was nice to get together when she was able to come.  Since we hadn't spent any time with her, we asked her to go up into the hills Tuesday night.

After the longest ride ever to get up there (the road just keeps getting worse and worse), we finally got to Dogob to check out the huckleberries.  First off, those of us who hadn't eaten on the way, ate our sandwiches and chips.  We had a quick 45 minutes of eating and huckleberry picking.  We got 1 1/2 gallons in that time, so that was good.  Then we headed back up to the Bluff trailhead parking lot to watch the sunset.

Everyone headed off to see if there were any huckleberries up there.

Daddy and Bridger

Waiting for the sunset . . . I got this picture of Mt. Adams.  My camera just didn't want to pick up the pretty color very good.

And Mt. Hood

Anne and David (older sister and baby brother)

Another one of Mt. Hood.

And another!

Just as we were leaving down the mountain, I got a text that peaches would be ready to pick up in 20 minutes!  We were going to be home too late, so I asked if I could get them in the morning.  When we got home we took care of our huckleberries and had milkshakes.

Wednesday we had a Rhoades craft day.  We were working on things for our family reunion.  We had a fun time and our signs turned out cute.

After my company left I had crab apples to take care of.  My neighbor had given me a couple boxes of them on Monday.  Last year there weren't any to be had and we went without jelly for over a year, so when she offered I took both boxes.  They were super tiny this year.  After cutting and cutting (with help from the kids) and staying up til all hours of the night while it juiced, I finally had all of my juice made.

Thursdays Tanner goes to speech now, so that kind of messes up the afternoon.  I'd decided to can a bunch of the crab apple juice because I got so much of it.  I didn't have enough jelly jars, sugar or time to make a lot of it.  I canned 9 quarts of juice.

Friday was supposed to be hot.  I got my jelly made in the morning . . . about 33 cups worth.  Most of it was in small jelly jars but I had to do a few pints, too.  David and I are the only ones who like it, so we don't go through it very fast.

Pretty crab apple jelly (and juice in the back.)

I was supposed to be making a wedding cake, so I waited til later in the day to heat up my house with the oven going.  I got my cakes made and then David decided we could all go to town for supper and shopping.  After we got home I made frosting.

Saturday morning I was up early to decorate the cake.  Luckily David had taken 4 of the boys fishing so there wasn't as much commotion.  I got in about 1 1/2 hours of work before Bridger woke up.  I was hoping he'd sleep because he'd been a real grouch (I think teething) and the older girls had gone camping so I didn't have much help.  I'd just gotten most of my mess cleaned up and the cakes in the refrigerator when the girls got back home before 11:00.

We had peaches to take care of, so we got all of them done that were ready.  I lay them out on tables in my basement so they can ripen slowly.  Dad had asked me to do a box for him, so we were able to get all of his done.  He just wanted frozen ones.

I wanted to refrigerate the cakes because they were supposed to be in the heat at an outdoor wedding.  They were supposed to get delivered at 3:00.  I got there and the spot it was supposed to be set up at was in full sun.  It wasn't a boiling hot day, but full sun wasn't going to do the cake any good, so I left it in the house and came back at 5:00 to finish it.  The place still was in the sun, but I just hoped for shade and set it up.  As I carried out the cake, I noticed the bottom layer cake board still felt really cool in my hands, so that was a good thing!  I thought it ended up turning out pretty . . . and it tasted good, too :)

Pretty place it was set up.  Later there were bars and blueberries on the stacker things.

And that was our crazy week.  I was just going to say I hoped this week wouldn't be so busy and then I remembered peaches.  I will have the pleasure of canning, among other things!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clayton's Quilt

Clayton was one of the couple kids left who'd never gotten a quilt I made.  I didn't start quilting until he was a couple years old, so I hadn't made him a baby quilt.  When I was making a quilt for one of our godsons, he really liked the fabric.  That quilt is pictured in this post.  I had some of the fabric left, and quite a few blocks left from that quilt, so one day when I wanted to quilt but didn't have anything new to work on, I started making a quilt out of it.  At that point, I had no plans of it being for Clayton.  I thought it might just be a baby quilt, but it wasn't very babyish, so it just sat for awhile.  Then I suddenly remembered that Clayton really liked it, so I figured out what I could do to make it larger.

I'd bought my original elk fabric in New Hampshire, but I'd seen it at my local quilt shop, so I got more of that for the outer border.  I also had to buy fabric for binding and backing.

I like to put flannel on the backs of my quilts, so I don't have as much of a choice.  I was pleased to find this blue with different colors of trees on it.  I took all she had and hoped it would be enough, even though it was slightly less than what I planned to buy.  It turned out that it wasn't enough :(  At that point, I went searching and happened to find this tan left from David's quilt.  I thought it went well enough.

As you can see, I just did my usual stippling/meandering.  It's what gets done the fastest for me.

Happy 12th to Clayton!

Almost forgot . . . and here's Clayton when he got his quilt.