For starters last weekend we more or less kind of had an "around the world" night with food from our kitchen. It is so great to have a family that is open to trying new things, driving to the next town over to find the food, and then letting us use their kitchen (huge mess I make an all) to cook it and never once complain about it!
We need to go back to last Saturday when we all got to enjoy some German dishes that Chris picked out for us and helped make. Here are some photos of our German meal!
|Cheese right off the grill|
|Some sort of German hotdog with Curry Ketchup. Mom and Chris made the Curry Ketchup|
We followed it up Sunday with a Korean meal that mom and Ryan helped me make. Mom was amazing and went all over town helping me find the ingredients I needed, and Ryan came over and cooked the meat on the grill when it was about 99 degrees outside. After dinner we all sat around talking and just enjoying the night on the porch as Chris played the guitar.
|Kimchi stew I made. I think it cleared out everyones sinuses.|
|Cooking the meat (Korean Pork), mushrooms, and onions. Ryan was such a good sport with the|
fact that it was still about 90 out and the grill was also hot.
|Our after dinner music, and Rum Beers.|
The 4th was also mine and Ryan's anniversary (for dating) and in honor of that we lit some of those super long sparklers, kiss under the fireworks, and spent the day together going back and forth between my parents and his parents.
Below is a photo from our first ever 4th of July together and then there is a photo from our 1st anniversary together up at the Biltmore House.
Tuesday and Wednesday are both just a blur and I have no clue what went on.
Thursday was Dad's 50th Birthday so we had a nice family dinner, some cake, and exchanged gifts.
|Bag full of things you need when your 50|
Saturday I spent the morning trying to pack for Alaska. Later in the day mom and I went over to the new Jo-Ann’s Fabrics that just opened up and had a great time going up and down all the aisle looking at everything and then finding some fabric to go with the t-shirt quilt I am going to make from old soccer shirts. We had Low Country Boil for dinner (one of my favorites) and then mom helped me cut down some of my shirts to start on the quilt.
Sunday I spent working on packing, seeing Ryan's grandma, enjoying dinner with Ryan's family, followed up by some squirrel hunting in the back yard, and finally finishing Rose Red. As far as my thoughts go on that movie I am still a little confused and just kind of...well I don't know....I liked it a lot but sadly the fact that it was like 3 and a half hours long kind of stinks because I spent most of the movie wanting to know why everything was happening and well then at the end I still don't think I know why everything happened.
Photo of Clair and her buddy Ryan:
Today is now Monday and I am doing my last minute check for Alaska and trying to contain my excitement. Tomorrow at 4:15 Ryan and I are off to the airport (thanks in advance dad for the ride) to catch a 5:30 flight to NC then were off to Seattle to catch the bus to the docks to board the boat and start a trip that I never thought I would get to take! Everyone in my family has been to Alaska for one reason or another, be it a cruse for mom and dad or a fishing trip for dad and Chris. I am so excited to finally see what all the fuss is about!
Ok well that is that! Life is going good and I am looking forward to Alaska and whatever else summer has to offer!
See you in a week! Hope everyone has a great one!