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September 13, 2007

the summer in pictures

When the pool closed right after Labor Daybor, even though it was 91 degrees the next day, it's the official end of summer. Let's see what we did and took pictures of this summer. Remind me to look at this in February.

I remembered how much I love canoeing. Here's the birthday canoeing with Layli and kids.

We grew tiny cantaloupes and a few veggies and flowers.

Here's one open, looking large, but actually only the size of a baseball.

Had a great Mimosa Festival. Here's Devyn with one of his special guests, the one-man-band guy from the farmer's market.

We had a star party to reward the girls for having earned ten stars. Each star represents a whole day with no misbehaving.

Camp Baker at Clinton Lake while Georgia had Nana Camp. Here's Flipper Bill and Maya

and happy Teresa

and happy me at having found a little pine forest near Clinton Lake.

Georgia learned to ride a bike. Notice the expression of concentration, the death grip on the handle bars, and the fabulous footwear. All very Georgia.

Georgia, Maya, and Billy enjoyed Heartland, where they all got to go to classes for their respective age groups. Look at all these beautiful young people.

We met the cousins at Magic House in St. Louis for Devyn's birthday. Here's Mariah hanging with some statues there.

Then we all went to the zoo. Here's a cousin shot.

There was a great raspberry crop this year at Pontious Berry Farm. When we got there it seemed like they were all ripe and nobody had picked one yet. Billy and I got berry picking fever and picked until the kids whined fiercely. We put about seven pounds in the freezer.

Then there was the ill-fated Montessori school camping trip. Only in terms of weather though. This picture was taken before the rains started. The kids had a great time wet or dry and we came home before anyone had to sleep in a wet sleeping bag. It rained so hard all day Saturday but we all huddled in our yurt and tried to make the best of it, playing gin rummy with Z and Dan and bailing out the water between turns that came in at each seam. After a few hours, though, we were licked and packed up in the downpour. Eventually it seemed like it was raining so hard that it was just silly and it made me laugh and want to dance around, which I did. In the ankle-deep puddles on top of the sodden yurt tarp.

So here's to dancing in the rain and the flowers that love it.


Which reminds me that we also had a great visit from Husayn, Amia, Liz, Nate, and Olivia. But I don't have pictures! Guess I was too busy having fun.

And I just had a dream, night before last, that Nathan and Katie came and visited me. They showed me some beautiful things they had made- Katie had made an amazing quilt (all green embroidered silk and purple and blues in the piecing) and Nathan had made an amazing salad (really- it was new salad technology and looked really yummy). I knew I couldn't keep them though. Later I thought that that dream meant that all you dandongs, and you know who you are, have shown me beautiful, amazing things, but I don't get to keep you here in person. And that's OK. We all have our great works to do.

Posted by Bahiyyih at September 13, 2007 01:59 PM

What a great post! I miss you guys so much. I can't wait to see you in November!

Posted by: Katie B at September 14, 2007 01:39 AM

Ooh, you're summer sounded/looked great! And how big the girls are getting. I was mentioning to Brent just yesterday that this fall weather makes me want to go to Curtis Apple Orchard with the Bakers. We'll have to make that happen one of these weekends! :)

Posted by: liza at September 14, 2007 03:58 PM

Sounds great! We'd be so happy to see you all!

Posted by: Bahiyyih at September 15, 2007 07:27 PM