Since Lily's birthday, Dad's birthday, and Ashley's birthday are all within a week of each other, Livie decided to fly home to spend the week. It was a surprise for Lily and she was entirely enchanted. Livie made Lily a birthday pavlova and Ashley or Tori made supper, so there wasn't much for me to do. So I went for a picture taking expedition.
Cows in the sunlight.
Don't mind me. I am going to post a lot of cow pictures. Feel free to tune out.
I love this picture!
The sky was dramatic! I had to take a lot of pictures.
The Dalmatian calf
Cows and their Owen
Dad fixing something or other on Tori's car
While I was out gallivanting, Livie was hard at work on the Pavlova
The nine year old and her pavlova
Owen teasing her about something
My sweet Lily!
And yes, we do routinely forget birthday candles for all the 15 birthdays or so we celebrate every year. So we fall back on random candles. This one was strawberry, so it matched her strawberry pavlova anyway.
Lily is fascinated by rocks. She spent a good part of the summer breaking open rocks to see what they were like inside. So we bought her geodes. They came with goggles.
It turned out to be a pretty good batch of geodes (National Geographic kit on Amazon, if you are interested.)
This one was pretty blue in person. But not in the picture.
I love these kids!