Ode to Summer 2012
This summer we accomplished almost everything on our summer list, all except going to the humane society to try and convince me, I'm betting, that getting a dog is something we need to do right now. I know the kids and Josh were hoping to walk in with their fingers crossed and walk out holding a dog. Everytime Urban sees a dog he says, "Dog. Cute. Kiss!" But, we never made it there. Lucky for them, the humane society is open year round and that is somewhere we can go when there is snow on the ground. Anyway, here is a summer recap. And, here's to the past (I missed a few years): 2011, 2008.
1. We love summer vacations. Each year we vacation with our cousins and vacation as just a family. Both are always a blast.
|Cousins, minus 2|
|The little, orange paddle boat monster|
2. It was cousin-ville around here as we were so lucky to have two Fraker girls over each Wednesday. We couldn't have been luckier to have them and to have made such great memories with them.
3. I finally have the perfect biscuit recipe! Just a little tweeking of an old recipe from Mom is all it took! It is the perfect base recipe for herbed, lemon, blueberry or ANYTHING biscuits. Or for biscuits and gravy, just omit the sugar.
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking podwer
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Add milk and mix until just blended. Flour countertop and pat dough down until it's about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut biscuits and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Devour.
Perfect for this.
5. Our favorite little outtings were something we really looked forward to doing together. Sometimes we headed to town for a morning walk and fresh donut. Or to the park. Our favorite park of all time is Floyd Park. We tried many and it is hands down the very best. Occassionally we went shopping...a super human task with Urban the anti-shopper. Other times we did service together for some friends. We also hit up the library quite a bit. These types of mornings were my absolute favorite part about summer break.
9. House project madness pushes on. Improvements of the summer include, and are not limited to (only because I probably forgot some): back yard landscaping with bushes and mulch, new air conditioner, new water system, new sump pump and pipes and things, trench treched and then untrenched, basement REMODELED (95%), garden expanded, other landscaping removed and grass grown.