Today we celebrate our fathers as they do indeed deserve to be celebrated! For my family the celebration is expanded as it is also the anniversary of my 39th birthday!! So the kids get a twofer today. Happy Father's Day to all the dads and Happy Birthday to me. :)
It's pretty quiet around here today with the three boys away at camp. On Friday I drove an SUV full of boys to the camp which is on the east side of White Pass, which is near Mt. Rainier - beautiful country!
Saturday I get to go pick them up. We'll be stopping for lunch in Yakima at the famous Miner's which serves humongous hamburgers - always a huge hit with the boys.
Yesterday DH and I drove over to Kendrick, Idaho, for a memorial service for my uncle. It seems that funerals are the only time I see my mom's family any more, so I do make an extra effort to get over to represent my mom who was the first of her eight siblings to pass on four years ago. It's always nice to catch up with my cousins and remaining aunt and uncles.
As much as I enjoy visiting with family, I love reconnecting with the land where my mom was raised. The soil on the ridges of the Kendrick/Juliaetta area is rich and deep, excellent farm land. We took a jaunt up to Cameron and I was stunned at the 360^ view of verdant fields as far as the eye could see topped off by a sky filled with puffy white and dark rain clouds which spilled their shadows over the fields. I can so understand why Mom needed, really needed, to get up to the ranch to visit not only her folks, but her land. The drive up the Clearwater River from Lewiston is always beautiful and it seemed even more so as many months have gone by since I had seen those rock studded hills. I gotta get back there more often to soak it all in.
With the boys gone this week, I hope to get caught up with some housework and laundry, and get started packing for our Cali. vacation coming up a week from today! Woohoo!