Family Travel

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation the past two weeks. My mom was in town so it seemed like a good time to take a little break. Now, of course, I have a million things to write about!

We were busy, busy, busy while my mom was here. We had a ton of fun adventures including some hiking, a couple of day trips in and around Seattle, and the piece de resistance, a trip to the Oregon Coast.

Our trip to the Oregon Coast was perfect. We spent 3 glorious days in a rental house in Oceanside, OR, a small little beachside town of a couple hundred people. Our beach house was perfect and had some great views of the beach.

As soon as we arrived we quickly unloaded our stuff and headed down to the beach. Oregon beaches are known for their wind and there were lots of people flying kites in the heavy ocean breezes. We walked the beach, put our toes in the very chilly water, checked out the tide pools and flew a kite for a bit. We all had a wonderful time. It was so fun and relaxing.

We were able to catch a little of the sunset that evening from our balcony.

The second day of our trip was spent trying to catch our dinner. Lorne, Maya and Anna, and later my mom, headed out in a little boat with some crab pots to try to catch some yummy crab for dinner. The girls were a bit grossed out but had fun. After a couple of hours Lorne came back with one little crab (they caught a ton but had to throw most of them back because they were female or too small). But, one isn’t bad for a first try :) We picked up a couple more crabs to go with our little crab to complete our dinner. It was delicious!!

After our super yummy dinner we headed down to the beach for a nice evening stroll to end our second day. Some clouds had begun to roll in and it was a little chilly but it was still incredibly beautiful.

We woke the third day to some pretty dense cloud cover and a little rain. We didn’t let that slow us down. We went into Tillamook and did a tour of the cheese factory there. We checked out how the cheese is made and packaged, tried a few samples of their very yummy cheeses and enjoyed an ice cream.

After a quick lunch back at our beach house we headed up to Cape Meares to see an old lighthouse and the famous octopus tree. Though the clouds and fog were pretty heavy the views from the cape were beautiful. The octopus tree was amazing. The fog actually made it look that much cooler!

The fog and dense clouds stuck around for our final evening at the beach. We didn’t let that slow us down. We headed down for one final walk along the beach. It was still cloudy and foggy and pretty chilly but we had fun anyway.

The Oregon coast is stunningly beautiful. We had such an amazing time. We will definitely be heading back again.

A couple of months ago we were trying to decide if we should go somewhere for Maya’s spring break. After much discussion and research we decided to take the kids to Disneyland. The girls were super excited and I heard “I’m so excited to go to Disneyland!!” every day for weeks :) Anna had no idea what “going to Disneyland” meant but she was excited any way. Maya spent the weeks and days leading up to our trip planning out what rides she wanted to go on.

We arrived late last Monday and headed to the park first thing Tuesday morning. We all had so much fun. Maya and Lorne spent much of their time going from ride to ride. Anna loved the rides she could go on, especially the carousel. The girls got to meet a few characters, including a few princesses. Maya wasn’t as into the meeting characters this time, she preferred the rides. Anna loved it and was such a ham every time she posed with a character. Some friends of ours were also at Disneyland last week and we met up with them several times throughout the trip. Maya and Anna loved getting to explore the park and go on rides with some of their best buds.

After four days of fun at Disneyland we headed home. The girls were sad to say goodbye. They would have loved to stay longer. Anna has asked me at least a dozen times today when we are going to Disneyland again!

It was a great way to spend spring break. I always love going to Disneyland with the girls, it is so fun to see it all through their eyes. Looking forward to our next trip.

Part of our Memorial Day long weekend adventures took us over the mountains to the quaint little town of Leavenworth, WA.

Leavenworth is a couple of hour drive from us. A drive that takes us into the Cascade Mountains. Leavenworth is nestled in the mountains, on the other side. This quaint little town used to be a logging community and when the logging business in the area started to die, so did the town. In the 60s town officials came up with the brilliant idea to transform the town into a Bavarian village in the hopes of attracting tourists and bringing the economy of the town back to life. It worked. Leavenworth now finds itself teeming with visitors much of the year. People are drawn in by the beautiful back drop of the mountains, the quaint little shops and restaurants, the old school architecture and the old German feel of the town.

We had a great time in Leavenworth. We strolled around town checking out the little shops. We enjoyed a German meal at one of the many little restaurants and played on the grass while we people watched. We are looking forward to heading back again some time. I especially want to head over in December when the whole town turns into a Christmas village.

Last week we all boarded a plane and headed back to St. Louis to spend some time with some of our favorite people in the world. As much as we have loved living in Seattle so far it just doesn’t quite feel like home yet because a few people are missing from our day to day lives, our dearest and closest friends. Heading back to The Lou to see everyone was so refreshing.

We spent the week staying with my very dear friend, Heather, and her family. Thank you Heather! Maya got to play with her bestie Claire every day which made her happier than happy.

The week flew by way to fast. It was filled with fun moments with our dear friends and I could have spent at least another week and still not felt like I had enough time with everyone. I miss our friends in St. Louis so much. I’m glad we got to spend a little time reconnecting with them and just hanging out like old times. Watching Maya and Claire pick up right where they left off, like no time had passed at all made my heart smile.

Thank you to all our dear friends who made our trip back so much fun. We love all of you and miss you dearly. Can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully soon.

Yesterday found us driving an hour and a half north of Seattle into Skagit County for the Skagit Tulip Festival. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate completely, it was cloudy and on and off rainy all day, we just had to head up north to check out what all the fuss was about. We were not disappointed.

Every year, during the month of April, the small town of Mount Vernon puts on this festival. The town is surrounded by fields filled with daffodils and tulips. Little activities and art shows are set up throughout the town. The big draw, of course, is the acres upon acres of tulips. It really was quite a sight. Anna kept saying “Wow, wowwers!” (her adorable word for flowers).

It was so breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t wait for next year’s festival! Maya and I are inspired to plant a ton more tulip bulbs this fall so that my front and back yards look like our own little tulip festival :)