We had a nice cloudy morning today and went on a hike.  Now that summer is coming to an end desert hiking will start back up.  It's just been too hot. I brought my camera because I'm practicing back button focus and it's hard getting used to something new.  Willie has taught the boys some meditation skills as a technique to try and calm them down before bed.  They made a few meditation stops along the way.

Wyatt has been anticipating the first day of kindergarden since he got out of preschool at the beginning of the summer.  He's been so excited. We laid out his clothes last night, Willie gave him a father's blessing and we made cookies in honor of the big day approaching.  Wyatt (and Hank) are so excited about everything. Its' really cute. Wyatt practiced riding his bike with his backpack on yesterday and thought he had it mastered.

As we all left the house on our bikes Wyatt said, "I can't believe we are on our way to kindergarden, I feel so alive".  He had his first bike crash on the way to school, with a bit of road rash. Some tears were shed but then he got back on his bike and declared "up and away".  It sounds like it all lived up to his expectations. He likes his teacher, he got to see the music room and he had one boy in his class he already knew.  He did say recess was a little short.

I wasn't emotional because he was just so happy about it.  I was mostly scared to see him start spending time with kids I don't know. I'm afraid of what he'll learn from them.  I saw one little boy with a pierced ear!  Then I remembered that Wyatt is a leader, he'll teach so many good things to the other kids.  This little boy is growing up and he is so sweet.

Also, today was also great for him because he had his first chance to break a board in Karate.  He said it was "so easy".  He broke it into three pieces with his punch.

When I was looking through my pictures the other day, I realized that I haven't been taking many of our own life.  So today when Hank was wearing this shirt I had to take a few pictures. Isn't he adorable?


It's pesto season. I have three huge basil plants and am on the verge of a major pesto production.  I love freezing pesto for the winter.  We mostly use it on pasta but the other day I made a pizza with pesto, home grown tomatoes and mozzarella.

I don't really use this recipe anymore. I just wing it with the ingredients below and it is always delicious.  It also needs salt.  I started my production a few days ago and got side tracked taking pictures of the ingredients.  I freeze it flat and pretty thin in a ziplock bag.  Then I can break it in half or less depending on how much I need to use, or I can put the whole ziplock bag in warm water to thaw it.

3 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves (2 ounces total)
3 Tablespoons walnut pieces
3 Tablespoons grated parmesan
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
coarse salt and ground pepper
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a food processor, combine the basil, walnuts, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, and 3 Tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper. PureƩ until a paste forms.
With the processor running, add the oil in a thin stream. Process until very smooth, about 1 minute.

It's been so hot that I haven't spent much time in the garden except to gather our beautiful harvest.

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