Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cookies Anyone?

Here in our new assembly preparations for Morning Star Camp are at a fever pitch. Morning Star takes place about three hours or so from here near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Morning Star can be a real "roughing it" experience while at the same time a leisurely treat. Someone to drive you to the river, guides to take you down a white water adventure, the same guides to lead you along a scenic float filled with the absolute beauty of God's outdoors, the campfire is made for you, the FOOD is cooked for you, the dishes are cleaned...I could go on and on. I spent several happy days and nights at Morning Star as a young person. And I usually spent a Sunday before or after in the Aberdeen meeting. This Sunday I'm sure we'll have lots of visitors to enjoy.

But on to the heart of the matter. The women here make cookies for Morning Star. "Oh, that's nice" you think, "a dozen cookies per family adds up to quite a few cookies." HA! If you only knew. I sure didn't. Today we gathered at the Fairview Inn for a delicious lunch cooked up by Aunt Esther. After filling our bellies so as not to rip into the cookies meant for camp, packaging and counting the cookies began.

Helpers came in all ages.

Yep, you read correctly, those numbers say "13 dozen" and "15 dozen".

Our local bean counting expert sat down to tally the cookies.

Can you read what that says? If not, the final number is "4,584 cookies." Whoa Nellie!

After all the cookies were counted and packaged it was time to go home. But where was Ezra? I found him out back sitting quietly chatting with one of his cute little cousins. They were so into their conversation that they didn't even notice me watching and taking pictures.

Just a little aside: There is a tractor driving by the window right now. Yep, one of those green things Mr. John Deere makes. For those of you who happen to be friends of mine from Seattle, this is totally normal, not a reason for me to freak out(there is a field full of french fries growing adjacent to our house). And yesterday a spray plane was trying to land on my roof. Okay, maybe not, but it sure looked like it. By the time I realized what that awful noise was and ran out to the kitchen and saw the freckled face of the pilot through my kitchen window I was too late to get pictorial evidence. Another day. I'm pretty sure it'll happen again.
The weather has turned warm, but as you can see the kids are still used to putting on rain boots : )

This is what the sky looked like for the past month. Can you say "menacing"?

And finally, Ezra got his hairs cut again.


Mike, Alice, and Hank the DOG said...

What a great post! Loved the pic of Ezra and Lauryn visiting. Wonder what they were talking about?!! Lovely cookie counter....think she got it all right???!! And I would like to add, she didn't eat any....but she did whine about it!

Amy said...

I really like the picture of the menacing clouds with the irrigation system-neat! Good job on making all those cookies ladies! Mmmmnn-now I wish we were going :)

Anonymous said...

Is that Ella talking on the steps with Ezra? Man is that ever cute, couldn't get much cuter!! And Caroline with the rainboots on? HAHA, love it! These pics of the kids are making me wanna jump on the next plane, too bad I didn't come in Jenny's suitcase today. :) ~Cath

NaomiG said...

What fun! I wish we could come, talked to my bro yesterday, and it made me REALLY wish we could come. Maybe next year.

Isn't it crazy how getting their hair cut makes them look so big!? I always feel kind of sad and amazed after my kids get hair cuts.

The Chatty Housewife said...

I can't believe there were so many cookies, and that they were actually counted. Good job ladies!

The menacing sky is so beautiful! I grew up in the the prairies, and rain was usually something that the crops needed fairly bad so I always loved to see a sky like that!

kdk said...

"SwEEt!" - Napoleon Dynamite