Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Canning Cherries

First of all, why is it called canning? We put them in jars, not cans! This morning Rebecca and I bought some beautiful cherries at the Yakima Fruit Market down the road. I bought 12 pounds of Bings and 4 pounds of Rainiers to be exact. We set to work pulling off stems, washing, and pitting them.
Instead of using the traditional sugar packing syrup, we decided to use apple juice. Boiling the cherries made them smaller and allowed some of their juices to mix in with the apple juice. In the end we had some amazing cherry-apple flavored juice left over to enjoy. After about 8 hours, we finished with lots of ice cream topping and pie filling!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kitty's Nap

Yes, Orangey has a morning naptime. If he forgets to take his morning nap he gets grumpy and mean to his sissy. I took these the other day while playing with our camera settings.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Independence Day

We celebrated the day with my family. Tom and I, Kyle, and Kelly and Alex all met in Lynnwood for a matinee showing up Up 3D and were not disappointed! We liked that the movie was designed for kids and adults, and showed the value of a father-figure and community.

We grabbed Taco Bell and had a late lunch at my parents' house before beginning to sort and shell crab from the previous 2 days. Tom and Kyle began creating rockets with peach cans, pop cans, and fire crackers. We ended up making a fireworks run in the afternoon to get some Roman candles, pop-its, bees, and a few other things.

After a yummy dinner of crab we waited for it to get dark and lit off the other fountains and things we had, while enjoying the fireworks everyone else in a several mile radius was setting off!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Crabs & Airplanes

Last Thursday and Friday my parents invited Tom and I to go crabbing with them at Cornet Bay. We decided that since Thursday was our anniversary, we'd leave on Wednesday night, spend the night in Oak Harbor and have the next morning to see fun stuff in the area. We stopped at the Keg for dinner on the way.

On Thursday we ate breakfast, checked out the local quilt and yarn shop (conveniently in the same building), looked for some Star Wars Decipher cards in a used card/comic/book store, bought large iced Starbucks drinks, and went in search of the Whidbey Naval Air runway. We knew we couldn't get onto the base, but we kept seeing so many cool planes!

We eventually found a road that led just about to the end of the runway. We watched different planes take off and land for about an hour and enjoyed the wildflowers.

We met my parents at Cornet Bay shortly after lunch, and Kelly and Alex met us an hour or so after that. Dad got the boat in the water and we threw the crab pots into the bay. We checked them 3 or 4 times that afternoon and evening, and got about 8 dungeness keepers and a couple red rocks. We spent the night at Deception Pass State Park.

On Friday Dad got the boat back into the water, and the rest of us worked to snipe parking spots next to the water. In between pulling crab pots and rings, we entertained ourselves quite well. Tom read and I knitted. Not to mention it, but the other people there were plenty entertaining to watch!

When the tide came in it was a little harder to get out to the crab rings and tied up boat because you had to risk your life slipping off a submerged slippery log, swim, or be carried to the dock.

In the end we got 18 dungeness and 8 red rocks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Our 4th Anniversary

Yup, it's already been 4 years! Sometimes it seems like we've been married forever, and other times it feels like 4 years can't possibly have passed since our wedding. We're off celebrating on Whidbey Island today!