I have nothing profound to say. I'm only here to report that I love summer.
Who doesn't, right? I love it so much I want to make out with it in the back seat of a car. I want to tattoo the word "summer" on my right bicep (the left bicep is reserved for the imaginary tattoo I have designed in my head but will never get). I want it to last for-ev-uh.
Here are some reasons why:
1. The new bakery at Chaps called Cake, and eating lunch with my girls in the grassy outdoor seating area.
I believe we were there for almost three hours the other day. That place is heaven on earth for a mom because the kids can just play in the sandbox while I read the paper and drink delicious coffee (Bumper Crop, of Coeur d'Alene).
Inside Cake, you can see how owner Celeste Shaw found amazing new uses for old objects. Can you tell what this round blue thing is?
Celeste's creativity never ceases to amaze me. Here's some eye candy (or should I say "eye cake"?):
My pictures don't do it justice. You must see it in person. Perfect opportunity: The Latah Summer Market, organized by Celeste and happening July 10 and 11 in the parking lot in front of Chaps and Cake. Artisans, antiques, produce, baked goods, flowers, more. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Road off Highway 195.
By the way, Cake pastry chef Gina Garcia made my birthday cake this year. Lemon chiffon. Delish.
2. Backyard camping.
You know we're getting ready to go camping bananas around here. Well, J and his close friends decided to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout with a night of practice camping with the kids. (OK, they had no idea there was a national effort to promote backyard camping yesterday, but we were pretty impressed by their good timing.)
Hot dogs, s'mores, an outdoor movie and nine kids with their dads in tents. Does it get any cuter?
Apparently the picture below was taken during a hilarious game of hide and seek. Our friend H was "hiding" behind a tree, and it took Bo forever and a day to find him. It's not even an old oak tree or anything. It's more like a cluster of thin branches with a big dude behind them.
For breakfast, they grilled French toast kebabs.
So much fun I almost wish I'd been there instead of out to dinner/drinks with the wives and then on a long run in the morning with one of them. Darn. Maybe next year. (But probably not.)
3. Nature crafts.
I'm working on those eco kid crafts I mentioned the other day (prepping for the make-and-take craft booth at the county fair).
Here's our take on Maya Made's nature crown:
Bo opted to draw pictures of nature objects instead of taping them to the crown, (although I was not aware that Sleeping Beauty counted as an object of nature):
Do they look more like rubber duckies than birds? Oh, dear.
A bit of advice if you're doing newspaper crafts with kids. Do your best to use articles with nice words. This little bird snuck in somehow:
Damn media. (Wink, wink.)