Friday turned crazy busy with myself and my daughter running down to the local park to help set up sound for the concerts for the weekend. In a life ever so long ago, I worked concerts and such. It was like riding a bike. Something a person never forgets. It is fun to pass the torch on to my kids. My number 2 daughter is interested in learning about sound so she can have a small summer job. They will have concerts in the park throughout the summer. She just might get her wish of a part time summer job.
But for Friday, we set up the equipment all afternoon long and worked a small time concert in the evening. We had a great time.
My husband was nice enough to bring me a salad from Subway since I was working from 1pm to midnight.
That evening, a good family friend (return missionary) brought his family to town for a visit. We all became great friends... almost instantly. It is a true blessing to call these people friends! They hung out at the park and enjoyed the concert while I worked.
That's me in the background. You can also see my husband and my son-in-law. In the foreground is McKay and Ryan. I loved having Ryan come to visit. I hope we can all be a part of each other lives for a very long time. His personality and spirit fit right in around here.
Saturday morning I got up early and got the family ready to attend two different baptism services, dance in the park and work at the concerts in the park. With these busy days, a mom really needs to think ahead.
For lunch we had a yummy salad with veggies and hummus. I love hummus. It's a great addition to any salad.
Once again it was a late night at the concert in the park. All that carnival food smells good, but I know it's not good for me. It actually makes life a little easier to know that I have an excuse to avoid it with all my allergies. One of the kids I was working with wanted me to try apple pie fries. Sounds and smell divine. But they are fried in soybean oil and I was saved from those wicked calories! Sure looked like it would be good.... hmmm. Now I'm hungry for apple pie. Maybe I'll go get some apple sauce with a little fake whip cream.
Sunday was Fast Sunday. We had our friends and the missionaries over for dinner. I decided to try a new salad.
We grated asparagus stalks with a veggie peeler. Then I made a dressing with lemon juice, vinegar, and sea salt. I also threw in a little pepper. It turned out really good!
I also made a layered veggie salad.
This salad included spring greens, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, and olives.
Plus, what BBQ doesn't have potato salad?
We enjoyed a great FHE with our friends and some dessert (I had berries and fake whip cream and my daughter made cheese cake for everyone else). We had such a great time bonding and chatting. I wasn't the smartest person in the world, and stayed up late to watch a movie with my son... but it was a smart "mom" thing to do. He needed the extra TLC.
We also got blessed with a visit from more friends in town for the 4th of July.
Moments like this are the only "sleep overs" we have. Let me tell you. It was a party!
The next morning came early. Our ward had a flag ceremony at 8am. The late nights and early mornings are beginning to wear me out! This little gathering serves cinnamon rolls. That really isn't a good way to start the day, but it's tradition. I just hung out and mingled with friends and then I went home for some fresh fruit salad for breakfast.
The 4th of July is a big deal around here. I really needed to prepare for this day. I packed homemade lunchables by cutting up lunch meats, cheeses, and crackers. I also packed water bottles, grapes, and corn chips. Everything into the cooler and off we all went to the parade! I love the parade!
After the parade I ran home and made Tabbouleh to take to the park. I had to work all afternoon and evening. I didn't want to be tempted by the garbage all around me.
That brings me to Tuesday. I ate the leftover Tabbouleh for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My family wasn't into it. Actually, I haven't converted them to liking a salad a day. Lucky I more then 200 days left to make believers of them. LOL.
Today I finished off the tabbouleh.
So there it is. My salads and summer fun for the last couple of days.
Salad Days are still on track.
Summer fun in a nut shell:
3 nights of concerts in the park
1 movie in the park
a flag ceremony
2 nights of fireworks
a bike ride for ice cream with dad
I'd say this may be a summer to remember for my little Lilli.