|fresh tomato with balsamic, olive oil, basil|
Anyways. We could not have had a more beautiful weekend. The sun was out shining, the air the perfect temperature to be outside and town an array of green, orange, yellow and red. We know this because on Saturday morning we took a family hike up to the "M" to look down on our little Bozeman and all the changing colors.
It was probably the last hike up there for the year. Starting the weekend with a hike is a good way to set a laid back tone for the remainder of it. Being outdoors in the mountains helps clear the mind, get away from any of the real world stresses and just relax. That relaxed vibe continued throughout the day and just got better as my sister, Kori and her family came over that evening for dinner. It has been a long time since we've had them over just because. Of course we have seen them a ton throughout the summer, but this was different. It wasn't because they needed help with something or the kids were over because Kori was in the hospital. It wasn't the entire family together. It was just them and just because we wanted to hang out. The kids were, of course excited and played their little hearts out in those few hours they were here. And we got to visit, catch up, laugh a lot and simply enjoy each others company. The weather held out so we got to eat out on the deck and end the night with a campfire.
We didn't have sticks to roast marshmallows because our camper isn't at our house so the kids used a bar-b-q fork. One at a time, they took their place by the campfire and roasted. It was like a little goodbye to summer ritual for each of them because each one was very quiet, mesmerized by the fire, while they took their turn. Oblivious to the noise and playing going on around them.
I wanted to use up the bag of marshmallows I had so s'mores were on the dessert menu. However, I was out of graham crackers and chocolate so we improvised. I think what we came up with is better than a traditional s'more. I took the chocolate chip peanut butter cookies I had made earlier and we sandwiched the roasted marshmallows between them. Yes, I think we discovered something quite delicious...
The evening ended with a gorgeous peek at the full moon and a game of hide and seek. Not too bad I must say.
Now, it's the first of October and after I get over the end of the garden I will begin to think about Halloween. Not sure what the costumes will be...Ava goes between a ghost and Mary Poppins and Layla wants to be Mary Poppin's Pig. I'm pretty sure there was no pig in that entire movie so I have no idea where that is coming from. Speaking of funny things kids come up with, I had this conversation with Ava Friday night...
Ava: Mom, what are we having for dinner? (as she hops up on the counter to watch me cook)
Me: Pasta, bread and zucchini
Ava: (eyeing the plates of food that I'm serving up with non homemade pasta suspiciously) Are you guys having a date night?
Ava: Is that why our dinner is so lame?
Good thing she's so cute...and she was totally right, their dinner usually is lame on date nights. I end with a final bit of summer that Matt brought home...I sure am going to miss it.