Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thai Dinner Club, Die Hard Ice Cream Socialites and Camping

Neighbors Anne and Kevin hosted our recent dinner club and we enjoyed Thai food. It's so fun to try new recipes and get together with friends. Our hosts prepared the main course and we all brought side items. Our dish was chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce. Pictured in the photo is Ellen, Deanna, Julie and Anne. You can see more photos from the evening here.

Another fun neighborhood event (although a little chilly) was the first ice cream social. They are scheduled throughout the summer months and last year it always managed to rain or be generally yucky on ice cream night. This year's first followed the same pattern. There was a break in the rain, so Margaret (who organizes the event) and I started scooping. Helen arrived and said, "Well, you must be die hard ice cream socialites to brave this weather!" I guess we are. (Click here to see the photo album.)

We had a visit from John's cousin, Scott, who was in town for a bachelor celebration for a friend who will marry at the end of the summer. We look forward to the wedding, when Scott's wife and two kids, as well as our Uncle Rick and Noreen will come too!

We went on our first camping trip to Jackson Lake, about an hour and a half northeast of here. We joined our friends, Joe and Wendy, who took us out boating.

The first night was a little stormy, but the second night was more mild and we got to have a campfire, which of course is one of the highlights of camping. We roasted perfect marshmallows, (Lily toasted her first all by herself!) lit sparklers, and we have a new favorite camp recipe: baked bananas. Yum! We will definitely have to make those again on one of our next camping trips. Later this month, John will be taking the kids to Montana camping, while Julie is in Kansas for TAC's Annual Seminar and together we will all travel on a 10-day trip to the Tetons, Yellowstone, Flaming Gorge and Bear Lake in Utah. (Click here to see all camping photos.)

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