Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Road Trip!

Justin had to do some work in Washington, so we made it a family road trip! We were lucky enough to get to stay with Kitty and Steve (aka Oma and Opa). The kids did really well in the car on the 12 hour each way drive. Thank God for portable DVD players! We drove though Idaho, Oregon and past Yakima into Cle Elum, Washington.

Along the way we took in the many beautiful sights. Okay, Idaho was a little boring (yawn), but once we got into Oregon it was so pretty! I loved all the grapes everywhere. Talk about wine country!

We drove all day Thursday. Friday Justin worked while Kitty took the kids and I into Thorp (the BEST vegetables and vintage shopping) and Ellensburg. Saturday we all drove into Seattle and spent the day at Pikes Place and on the waterfront. We had amazing yummy lunch at Cutter's and Sieauna got her calamari (the one thing she kept asking for). We bought lots of wine at the wine shop on the pier and scooped up Copper River salmon, as well as smoked salmon, a variety of cheeses, and some more fruits and veggies to take home for dinner. Sunday Justin worked a bit more while Kitty and I went into Cle Elum and Roslyn. It was nice to have some "just us" time. Thanks Justin, for watching the kids! The boys and kiddies took a long 4-wheeler ride though Kitty and Steve's beautiful property. Sunday night we all relaxed and packed up for the long ride home Monday.

The kids made it until Oregon...

We woke up to this every morning...

My other mom... My baby likes her squid!...

Possibly my most favorite place on earth...

Daddy taught the kids how to shoot the BB gun.

And we saw lots, and lots, and lots of this... And then there was all of this...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's What I Like About...

This post is more for me, what I was feeling at the time I wrote it.

When I come home from working, or a day out running errands, there are certain areas of my home that I prefer to be in. Areas that bring me peace and calm. Yesterday after work I came home and felt this particular peace at it's fullest. I snapped some shots, to remember if we ever move, what I like about this house.
View from kitchen looking into dining room.
Looking from dining room out front window.
Water fountain in the back yard.
Portion of back patio (aka, wine country)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July 2009 - Young Family Cabin

I love my family and wonderful friends. We have been blessed. Could my nieces and nephews BE any cuter? - I think not ;) Thanks mom & dad for a wonderful time.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grandma's House

1468 E. Hollywood

Last night was the wake of my uncle Jim. It was held at his, and my grandmother's home. My father and his siblings grew up in this home. It's been around since long before I was born. Many, many family get togethers, birthdays, July 4Th barbeque's, Thanksgiving's, Christmas Day, were held at "Grandma's house".

It dawned on me last night that this will probably be the last time I ever visit "Grandma's house". It was a very bitter-sweet moment. I will cherish the memories and miss the past.