^ we found a place near the pond that was shady and grassy.
^ clara and her awesome panda shirt!
^ beautiful melissa
^ clara in the tree
^ crossing the stream on the way home
^ piggy back rides!
^ Jenny, Sarrie, Olivia, Breanna, Elicia, Emily, Sharlena, and Melissa
^ this cake (sour cream chocolate chip, i think) was so delicious. and this picture is delicious too. i’m rather proud of it.
^ dancing in the night. this looks kind of like a painting, doesn’t it? em and jen wove christmas lights all through their backyard.
I slept over with some friends, went to church with them, ate lunch, and then we went to the Dallas Arboretum. Despite the rain, we had a really fun time.
^ Jenny, Ellie, Emily, and Sharlena
^ the pancake bush
^ we had a nice picnic in a gazebo: lavender lemonade, cookies, and banana muffins
^ the mist was beautiful
On Saturday, Clara and Amy and I helped at a carwash for Margaret to raise money for her intern account.
^ This is what it looked like most of the time. Holding signs, waiting for customers.
^ This was our entertainment. That, and Margaret and Arielle dancing while holding signs.
^ All of us, minus Amy.
^ We stopped at Starbucks on the way home.
[this one is for claire.]
and now, dear readers, i shall now feature a series of posts about how to live in one’s backyard.
to start, one must have a place to sleep, such as a treehouse, or perhaps a tent. i have already featured such a post here.
next, one must have a restroom facility (fully equipped with toilet paper), like an outhouse in the corner, like my sisters and i had in our fourth-acre backyard of sand in new mexico.
one must also have a way to prepare food, such as a firepit, bonfire, or grill. the main diet of a backyard camper may consist of hotdogs, chili, hot cider, and smores.
more examples of backyard living to follow.