We celebrated Gina's 16th birthday in July. That was a big celebration and involved planning a small, yet special, party for her and about 10 friends. Lots of candy and sparklers! We have spent a fair amount of time teaching her to drive. I will not include a photo of that - I am sure you can imagine the white knuckles and terrified faces all on your own.
Abby has been practicing with the high school cross country team since the middle of June. This has been somewhat time consuming since the scheduled runs are all in parks at least 20 minutes away. Our efforts to carpool were not so successful, but that just meant that I had to get up and go run also. It worked out great! We would pull in the parking lot. She would get out and join her team. I would sneak out of the car and run in the opposite direction so as not to embarrass her! I got in a ton of great running that way and in some of our most beautiful parks and trails. I am so looking forward to the high school season and seeing how the team does this year. Friday night football games, Saturday morning cross country meets. It's gonna be awesome!
Farm Sanctuary. The picture says it all! It was the perfect ending to our mini-vacation to spend some time with farm animals at an organization which promotes their well-being and rescue from abuse. The more I learn about the meat industry the more commited I am to this vegetarian lifestyle. I have to thank my daughters for asking me where our food comes from and what has been done to it before it hits our table.