Monday, April 29, 2013

Taking in the Sunshine

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and went on an overnight backpacking trip to Afton. The temperatures were in the 70's and overnight the low was still in the 50's. It was amazing after all of our April snow. We did some hiking, tried out some new backpacking meals and enjoyed the amazing weather. The best part of camping this time of year is no bugs, so we were actually able to enjoy our campfire.

Afton April 27, 2013

Patrick and Sara at Afton

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Campfire at Afton

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Views at Afton

Afton April 27, 2013-003

Thursday, April 25, 2013

More Snow

This has been the craziest April ever. We got three separate snow storms that left significant amounts of snow.

Here are effects of Elysia's birthday snow storm on April 18th and 19th. This snow storm required two rounds of shoveling, the sighting of a snowmobile in our neighborhood and the making of a snowman.

April 18th & 19th Snow Storm

April 18th & 19th Snow Storm

And with temperatures forecasted in the 70's this weekend, I am praying this April 23rd snow was the last of the season.

April 23 Snow Storm

April 23 Snow Storm

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Snow Storm

It looks more like Christmas outside than spring. Today a huge April snow storm came through. We are used to this in March, but April not so much. We are supposed to go on a backpacking trip on the North Shore in two weeks. We will see if that still happens:). So, in the spirit of embracing the weather, I went out and took some photos of it. It really is kind of pretty.

April 2013 Snow Storm

April 2013 Snow Storm

April 2013 Snow Storm

April 2013 Snow Storm

April 2013 Snow Storm

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter Egg Decorating

Last Friday night Patrick and I decorated some Easter Eggs. I had seen some where that you could use things you have around the house to dye the eggs, so I did a little googling and found this article on Better Homes and Gardens. We didn't really want to buy extra food that would go to waste, so we used mostly stuff we had around. The colors we tried were: red cabbage to color the eggs blue, turmeric for yellow eggs, a crystal light pomegranate packet for the pink eggs and coffee for brown eggs. We also tried using dill weed to color the eggs green, but that didn't work even after soaking the egg overnight. The article says to use dill seed, so we might have to try that next year. This takes quite a bit longer than the store bought dyes, but it was fun for us to try out.

Naturally Died Easter Eggs

Naturally Died Easter Eggs

Naturally Died Easter Eggs

Naturally Died Easter Eggs