Going to my parent's house for the 4th of July has been a tradition now for many years. They live up past Bonners Ferry in the Kootenai Valley near the Canadian border. They live on 50 beautiful acres of field and forest, complete with mature cherry, apple, pear, plum and apricot trees, a winding brook, and a pond with fish and the occasional otter. There is so much beauty there; even the wildlife seem to appreciate it. Deer constantly grace the front yard (and my mother's garden, much to her dismay), and we've seen many other creatures, including elk and cougars and bears and rabbits and skunks and raccoons, and all kind of birds and water foul. Without the smog and light of a city, the sky is crystal blue and the stars at night are surprisingly bright. There is always lots of sleeping and resting and relaxing at my parent's house. It really is a little piece of heaven on earth up there.
Taking Chloë out for her first adventure; to see Chloë Trail.
The Woodland Princess.
The best smells on earth. Baby and Seringa.
Papa and Nana telling Chloë about the important things in life.
Uncle Samuel and Uncle Daniel, after an argument about who got to hold the baby.
Friends and family on the patio, enjoying the bit of sunshine we saw.