When I “hung up” with you last Saturday, our family gathered together to spend the rest of the day celebrating our daughter's 16th birthday with a family activity and then a swim in the river. It was a great day! The rest of the week brought a cold to everyone but me (so far?). I did lots of dishes to make up for missing helpers! But that's okay, I enjoy the warm water and the satisfaction I feel when everything's all cleaned up.
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Our week-in-pictures is below. 🙂 I'd love to hear how your week has gone — share in the comments below.
Our Week in Pictures
By the way, most of these pictures are from @TradCookSchool on Instagram, which I welcome you to follow for a daily glimpse. 🙂
Our family activity to celebrate the birthday was to make paracord survival bracelets. We enjoyed it and decided we want to do more of it. (We couldn't help but order Paracord Fusion I and II so we can do more!)
The next day, I went on to film this project for August's thank you video, and our cat Scar joined me for a snooze in the middle of all the equipment. Life wouldn't be the same without her. 😉
Back to Saturday — after making the bracelets, off to the river we went. The river was cold; the day was hot. Perfection. We had a great time. My emotions were overflowing the entire day. Our children are great friends and help each other and enjoy doing things together and love God with their whole hearts. I could want nothing more.
Running errands during the week, I got dragged to the thrift store by a friend. Kicking and screaming, of course. 😉 While there, I found this clay pot. I didn't put it in my basket right away. First I posted on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter asking what it could be. Lots of ideas came in, though nothing was quite right. Intrigued anyway, I bought the pot.
When I got home and showed it my husband, he decided to do an image search. And he found the answer! It's a Chinese Yunnan clay chicken soup pot, a design created over 200 years ago. Supposedly creates incredible flavor! I can't wait to try it. You can read more about the pot's history here including great pictures of how to use it, plus a recipe: Not Your Grandmother's Chicken Soup.
Now about the garden. We are swimming in zucchini and squash! And cucumbers! And lettuce (which is turning bitter… so sad). My tomatoes are still green. We've had a few cherry toms though.
I can barely find the base of the cucumber plants for watering. But that's okay. To have big, productive cucumber plants is a dream come true.
How was your week? I hope it was blessed!
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