Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Whirlwind Adventure in western WA

Our trip to Washington for Christmas was very quick but quite enjoyable. My pictures of people opening gifts never turn out so I'm posting pictures of memorable events instead. This picture of Luke is significant because Dad made many wonderful gifts this year, including bats turned from a fallen Maple tree in the neighbor's yard. Dad's year started off kinda rough and he battled some significant health problems. If you told me in May he would be turning bats in November, I don't think I would have believed it. We are proud of you, Papa! Thank you for making such thoughtful and creative gifts.
Grammie was able to get out and spend Christmas day with us.

Auntie Heather introduced Eli to the joy of texting. Then she couldn't get the phone back. How funny is that?

Our friends drove out to see us and we met at McDonald's. Jack and Luke greeted one another with noogies. Just like old times. Oh, how we miss our western WA playmates.
Our semi-annual attempt at a 'cousins' picture. We tried, Grandma. At least no one is crying. Everyone is getting so tall. How did that happen?
It was very surreal visiting a place we once lived. Every time we got in the car to go somewhere it seemed like we should just keep driving back to our old neighborhood. Andy kept asking about the yellow house. We deliberately chose not to visit our former stomping grounds. Too sad and too confusing for the boys. We did go into Seattle for one afternoon because Luke often comments that he misses the space needle. We went to the Children's Museum and rode the monorail to Westlake center. It was great fun spending the day with the cousins.

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