Sunday, July 7, 2013

Change . . . and Life in General

We've had quite a few changes in the last month.  Rachel graduated from high school as one of her class valedictorians on June 13th.

The following night we had a party for her at our house.

David with our children on Father's Day morning.

Again in front of his old fur shed later in the day (minus Reid).

And with me:)

We picked a bunch of strawberries.  We were completely out of jam and had been for most of the year!  We didn't end up bringing enough containers and had to use some bags they had to get all of our berries home.

One of my sisters moved so her family would be together again (her husband had been working in another state for quite awhile).  This picture of some of us sisters was taken right before she left.

Less than 2 weeks after she graduated, Rachel turned 18.

Later that week our oldest child, Reid, left on vacation . . . all by himself . . . for a long time!  The house definitely feels different without him here.  I really do notice that I have less clothes to wash.  He works full time so he wasn't around during the day, but I notice he's not here to bug his little sisters and brothers in the evening:)  He left at early o'clock in the morning and I had to grab the camera and get him to (kind of) smile for me!!  (It looks like he was still half asleep, too!!!)

Another sister and her family moved away this past week.  Last Sunday we had a good-bye get-together at our house.  I didn't end up getting a family picture, but one of the girls snapped a few shots of cousins/friends.  Bronwyn and Camille . . . Camille is a couple months older than Bronwyn.

Clint, Blayne and Christopher.  Christopher and Blayne have been best buds since they were babies.  Blayne's about 5 months older than Christopher.  We'll really miss their family:(

Our little cutie just turned 5 months old last Wednesday.

Friday morning 5 of our children and I went to pick raspberries.  We got 64 1/2 pounds.  I was shooting for 75, but the picking wasn't that great and I was getting as tired of it as the kids were.  I ended up with more than I expected it to be and 4 pounds more than last year, so I guess it's all good:)

Little buddy with a bucket of berries.

So that's been part of our life for the last month:)


  1. Congratulations Rachel! Must give you a bit of a belly ache to let your eldest go away like that. Wow, that is a lot of berries! Good job!Love the Father's Day pictures! AND of course baby is a cutie!!

  2. Busy, yes, and full of lots of happenings with memories are blessed! Hope you all have a wonderful summer.

  3. Good think youre busy, Elva! Doesn't give you alot of time to be blue over the kids growing up!Where did Reid go?

    1. Anne, Reid went to SD and then to conventions. He plans to go fishing in Montana for quite awhile on his way back.

  4. Well that's life in a nutshell in a big family! Tanner is so cute and chubby now:)