We sure have fallen behind on our blog, accumulated a growing set of pictures from the 4 months since our last post. Rather than let the backlog grow further, we’re going to pick up with current events and go back and fill in the missing 4 months as we have time. We’re also going to try a leaner format, with more frequent posts but with short commentary and just a few pictures. We’ll do some experimenting, and see what works!
To start off the new system, we’ve just had our first full day of a two-week trip to Israel and Jordan. Jerusalem is the first stop and, thanks to jet lag, we were up and exploring at dawn with our trusty double stroller. It was great to see the Old City wake up, with Jews heading to the Western Wall for shabbat prayers, Arabs opening their markets, morning at a playground, and the blazing sun still on pre-heat on its way to another 95 degree muggy day. Then a long nap in our rented apartment, exploring the city in our nicely air conditioned car, dinner, groceries and now bed. A fun day!
My latest extended family reunion was this summer in Sun Valley, Idaho. Stu, the girls and I all drove out there on a fun road trip which included a stopover in scenic Elko, Nevada. Thanks to some savvy negotiating by my Uncle Steve, we got upgraded to a lovely cottage right on the lake, with five bedrooms and a basement full of bunk beds for kids. Highlights included a long but beautiful hike off Lake Creek Rd, lots of barbecues and visits to the pool, hanging around our cottage with my Mom, Laura, Rob, Will, my Dad and Sharon (including listening to an Avett Brothers concert from our house which was right next to the concern pavilion), a dinner and hike up at Galena Lodge, and of course my cousin Bryson juggling fire. Click on Uncle Bob’s family group photo for a slideshow.
We spent July 4th this year in hot and sunny Oklahoma, staying with my sister and family. Highlights included Claire and Juliet sharing rooms with their cousins, the Edmond town parade, fireworks over the University of Central Oklahoma campus, and lots of time in the swimming pool. We didn’t take many pictures, so click on the picture of Juliet, Claire, Sophie and Susan at the parade for a slideshow mostly of pictures Abbas sent us.