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Often at their house, the adjective and noun joyously collide :)

In the latest offering of back and forth dinners, we agreed beforehand that the meal would be a little more simple than usual. Apparently to Lynne and Kirk, this meant 5 courses from around the world! The simple element was incorporated in the fact that most of the recipes could be made ahead of time.

The food was fantastic, the conversation witty, and the after dinner entertainment right up my alley (taking goofy pictures with each other's cameras). Many thanks to the hosts! You can read about the dinner details on their blog.

~ Alex

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This has generally been my motto on family camping trips (mostly to get them to do all of the dirty work while I play by the fire and whine). However, a couple of weeks ago I went on a 3-day backpacking trip with some (manly and good looking) friends from church. I apparently missed the khaki cargo shorts memo.  Anyway, we spent 3 days and 3 nights just over the North Carolina border in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

It turned out to be a great time! I really enjoyed the campsites miles away from any car or trailer with a tv and refrigerator. It was fun to get a short and rain-free glimpse of what they call “backcountry”.

If you’re interested, I wrote details about the trip on my brother’s hiking blog (spoiler, there’s a bear involved!). And if you are really interested, you can read Kirk’s take on the trip on his blog. And if you are still left thirsting for more, the rest of the pics are on Flickr.

~ Alex

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Somehow Alex’s brother Matt is already a high school senior!  We did a photoshoot with him last weekend to commemorate the event. As with all of his brothers, we were impressed with his modeling skills!  If this college thing doesn’t work out, he may have an alternative career path :)

Congratulations, Matt!

~Sonja

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Although the mercury is still topping 90° this week, there is definitely feeling of change about the season…

Perhaps, it’s the wrapping up of Colts preseason. Or maybe, it’s the fact that this rainless August has caused our trees to drop their leaves.

Whatever the case, we are glad to report that August has produced a bounty of tomatoes, and bevy of basil, and a plethora of okra. I certainly can’t complain. :)

~ Alex