Sunday, July 30, 2023

Aunt Bonnie's...

 If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that in the summer the nieces spend time with Aunt Bonnie.  It used to be a week, but as they get older they get busier and we take what we can get.

What happens at Aunt Bonnie's you may ask?
We always do a project.  Sometimes they are successful and sometimes they aren't.  The cement stepping stones exceed our expectations.
The girls have modge podge at home and were going to try to seal the colors in.  
Some sort of water activity is also tradition.  We used to wade in the water, now it is tubing.  I didn't think there was a big difference in size between my Willy's Jeep and my Rubicon, but there is.  We were able to get 5 people and 5 tubes in the Willy and can barely get 4 people and 3 tubes in the Rubicon.  Boo...
It did my heart good when the first thing the ladies said when they arrived is what should we make for the picnic? They immediately chose their recipes. 
 Kelly and Haley went for Fluffernut Cookies:  They turned out great, but we forgot the one rule of any peanut butter cookie at high altitude and that is add 1/4 cup of flour and lower the temperature by 25 degrees. They were a little flat, but tasted fantastic.
Taylor and I were team Jell-O and made some refreshing orange jello with orange slices.  There is nothing more refreshing at a picnic than jello in a jar.
Sierra took a risk with a chai cookie recipe: We were very skeptical and it took a bit to get used to them, but they were a winner.
Sierra made us a much needed trash can cabinet in her shop class. It makes me feel good to have something made by her in the cabin.

We went to the Days of '76 rodeo, played quite a few games of bean bag toss, and made s'mores buy the fire table.  The s'mores was cut short when the table started smoking.  There seems to be a design flaw.
It is hard to believe that the oldest is off to college soon.  Time certainly flies.  
I always look forward to our adventures and appreciate the little time I have with them.

It has been an amazing year filled with family and friends.  I count my blessings.  What family activities have you participated in this summer?


  1. It looks like you had an amazing time with your nieces. It's lovely that they still want to make things, bake and do all the things they did when they were younger. Sierra's trash cabinet is great. She's very talented.

  2. Whatecer us a modge podge? The stepping stones are lovely.

  3. They have grown up so fast. It looks like you had such a wonderful time and what lovely girls they are. Your flowers are incredible and wow! those thunderheads.
    What a wonderful cabinet. Its so nice to get to spend time with family.

  4. That's so fantastic to be able to have some girl time with your nieces, I'll bet you're their favorite auntie. Your flower garden looks so pretty!

  5. The major family activity will be starting on Saturday when we gather as a whole family to vacation for a week. 4 granddaughters ages 9 - 1.5 years will mean lots of fun! A smoking fire table doesn't sound good. Did you figure out the problem?

  6. What a special Aunt Bonnie these lucky girls have. What memories they will always have. You are the best. And, your gardens are beautiful!

  7. Wonderful you had so much family fun!

  8. we had a huge family reunion, 100 people or was fun seeing family from near and far!! you are a great aunt, i love when the kids remember the things we are "famous" for!! they are beautiful girls!!

  9. What a wonderful time you had!!! I love that they come each summer you are making lots of memories with them they will remember their whole lives.


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