Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Picnic Pals

Emma and her friend Angela picnicked in a park Thursday and had so much fun that I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the pictures they took of themselves. For both of them to be in the picture, they each contributed their "outboard" hand to holding the camera.
The picture above is from a series of shots just after they finished eating. Upon enlarging it, Emma and I discovered that both girls had strawberry lodged in their teeth--one of the humorous hazards of picnic photography.

As with every occasion, Emma tried to dress appropriately. She thought red gingham would be perfect for a picnic costume. She has a red gingham jumper. She talked to Angela the day before and found out that she had a red gingham skirt. Done.

For Christmas I had given Emma a cooler with a built-in picnic "basket". She packed it with tuna fish sandwiches and two bowls of chopped apples seasoned with cinnamon, drenched in fresh raw cream, and topped with strawberries. She generally only drinks milk and water, so she packed a quart of each.

Then it was off to the car with picnic basket in tow for the drive down to Clear Lake to pick up Angela from work.

Here's a picture from the Picnic World website of all the supplies that come with Emma's cooler, The Avalanche model.

4 Plates, melamine 9"
4 Napkins, cotton 14" x 14"
4 Tumblers, acrylic
1 Tablecloth, cotton 45" x 45"
4 Ea. knives, forks & spoons (stainless steel)
1 Set of salt/pepper shakers
1 Corkscrew, waiter style (stainless steel)
1 Cutting board, wood 6" x 6"
1 Cheese knife, stainless steel w/wood handle
1 Ornate bottle stopper

Angela brought sandwiches and apple juice. I think they should have invited two more girls.

Next time they go, I'm going to make sure they both know how to do the Heimlich maneuver. I can't believe that Emma didn't choke on this strawberry--she was laughing so hard. Angela took a whole series of pictures to cover it, but I'll just include one more:

It appears that Angela was able to maintain her composure by looking heavenward and asking for Divine assistance.

In addition to eating and taking pictures of themselves, the girls enjoyed the scenery and the wildlife. Angela tried to get some geese to chase her so that Emma could take a picture of it, but apparently the geese would not cooperate.

It didn't get Angela down, though.

The girls had such a good time, they are already planning the next picnic. I must say that I am looking forward to it myself.

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