Saturday, August 17, 2013

Washington Extras

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Well, here’s the last of it! This is what we did on a regular basis, or random things we filled our two weeks with! We made everything we did fun, from trying on spectacles, to picking out the perfect rotisserie chicken. Gram let us eat ice cream and oreos for dinner one time. We collected sea shells and other Washington treasures, we made a t-shirt making factory on the porch and we each hand cut stencils for four shirts. (oh and men’s walmart tees are cheaper than women’s, so buy those!) We discovered the “Wonders of the Past” and read dozens of art books. We ate fresh raspberries for snacks throughout the day, bought thrift store sweaters, and watched movies most nights. We only had an encounter with a moth in our bedroom once, so what did we do? slept outside in the hammock (the perfect way to escape the bug in our room ha!) We got to run through seattle on the way to the airport and George was so good to take my suitcase so I could take a few quick photos. Boy, was this the best trip!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Washington Part 3- Paddle Boarding

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You’re looking at the next Olympic paddle boarders, (Scarlett & I, not those boys ;) This was an experience of a lifetime, and I recommend paddle boarding to everyone! It' is so great, even if it’s a cloudy day in Washington. It’s just you and the ocean, we got chased by seals, technically didn’t fall off once, Gram, our photographer, saw these boys after we had left the dock, and took pictures of them for us. (ha, now we know where we get it from.) It’s actually pretty easy, and with two people on one board, we would just stand up and sit down to take turns paddling. Super great!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Washington Part Two

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A brief caption as to what’s going on in these photos:

Playing the part of the beach bums, going to frog rock, dancing in the forest, painting moss on the outdoor bathtub, Geo’s Birthday (with relighting candles ha!), sleeping in the hammock (phew, we made it all night, I lucked out with 5 or 6 bug bites and Scarlett got about 25 or 26—Oh and we learned dryer sheets do not work as bug repellent), Bainbridge Island (You can see Mount Rainier from there), and going to church (Also we attempted to curl our hair with flat irons, Scar’s looks great, mine not so much!)

Oh & no worries I’m making Washington into 3 or 4 part posts.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mount Rainier

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir (He hiked Mount Rainier in 1888)

If you haven’t been here before add it to your list of places to go. It has all my elements: trees, wildflowers, mountains, and water. There’s waterfalls everywhere, it’s so beautiful.

(Oh, and while I was there I added “hike the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around the whole park” to my bucket list-that’s how great this place is.)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Washington Part One

It’s that time of the year again, our annual Washington trip. More formally known as “Grammy Camp”. I look forward to it all year, and here it is. Here’s the farm where we stay. (ha just kidding, they have a house we don’t sleep with the horses-that’s the barn.)

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Here’s the Grammy Camp runners, Crazy Gram & Crazy Gramp George.

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And the attendees- Me & Scar(lett), Cousins, Twins, BFF’s, you know.

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And of course our animal friends, the horsies C.C., Sheila, and Odie the cat.

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Gram lives in Poulsbo, a Norwegian settled small town, just a ferry ride away from Seattle. And Viking donuts are a staple.

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We do some classic things we always do, like paint boards, hang out at George’s dock, and explore the basement.

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And of course we try new things, like me, I tried to be a driving instructor, and Scarlett she tried to learn to drive, and we tried to ride a horse that hasn’t been rode in 10 years. (let’s just say she bucked)

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And there’s the cluttered basics, until part two folks!