Thursday, May 20, 2010

{a farewell bonfire}

last weekend, joel and i snazzed up our backyard a bit.
we bought a fire pit from target, hung up a couple of strands of lights
and set up a little cafe table and chairs.

then we had our first gathering of the summer
as a little send-off to my sister who is leaving us for the summer (tear)

she left on monday for springhill camps.
she is working there for the summer on the administrative staff.
she is basically one of the four head honchos.
i am incredibly sad that i won't be spending the summer with her...
being that she previously lived just around the block, i had many grand
summer plans in mind for us (walking to the downtown farmers' market each week,
going for bike rides on the paint creek trail,
garage saleing, picnics, dairy queening it up...)
still, i am very happy for her. i know it is an incredible opportunity
and that it will grow her on so many different levels.
i will just have to visit her plenty.

here are a few photos from her going-away shindig.
she is the cute curly-headed girl with the purple shirt.
*tip : next time you are having a gathering, make these chocolate gooey butter cookies.
people go craaaazy over them & they are so quick and easy!
(but you don't have to tell them that ;)
they are the best right out of the oven, so i prepared the batter ahead of time
and popped 'em in the oven later in the evening.


Rachel said...

I want a fire pit!! how so very cool. was it hard to set up? i think we must get one when we move into our new house next year! you all look very cozy.

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Gee, I wish I had a sister! Looks like a great time. I'll have to try making those cookies... sounds good.

Alely L. said...

looks like you all had a great time! i think i will be trying that cookie recipe of yours!

Sandy a la Mode said...

ohhh cool!! we have a fire pit too but haven't used it b/c it hasn't been warm enough!! now you've got me really wanting to bust it out!!

my name is lauren. said...

your backyard looks so pretty!

fernandflora said...

What a lovely night! The husband and I did a similar thing on our former patio. We scored some vintage patio furniture at a garage sale and then yes - the cheap fire pit - some flower pots. Voila!

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jozen said...

i just love outdoor parties! looks like you guys had a great time.

Small Burst said...

I love back yard parties involving fire pits! Best wishes to your sister and the gooey butter cookies-heaven! Butter and chocolate-how can you go wrong? Happy weekend to you!

Olivia said...

So glad I found your blog! Love, love love the vintage turquoise earrings in your etsy shop.

Meghan said...

I love fire pits - and the lights are awesome! I don't have a backyard, but you've inspired me to try something new with our balcony!

S and O said...

my sister and I do that now! we go on bike rides to the farmers markets around our area :) It's a lot of fun...


katy said...

looks like fun!
and i completely understand about the whole sister thing... can't imagine not having her nearby ;)