Last Saturday we decided to ignore all the household chores screaming for our attention and take advantage of the beautiful weather with our first trip to the farmer's market this season. We walked around a bit and had some lunch, but the girls kept being drawn back to these two performers and their groundbreaking mix of Ukulele, comedy and juggling.
Expecting friends of ours invited us to the park for the announcement of their baby's gender. We lugged a gift wrapped box to the center of the field for the grand announcement and stood around as they cut the top off. As you can see it's a boy...Congratulations!
I've parked along North Forest Street in downtown all fall, winter and spring to bring my girls to the Play Cafe nearby. Though last week was the first time I noticed this gate leading up to a beautiful old Victorian house. The house has been well cared for and has secretly (well to me anyways) existed amongst the parking meters and busy pedestrians for a long time.
Under the bridge in Astoria there was a great little park we let the kids run around in to stretch their legs. The hotel in the reflection was right on the riverfront boardwalk and had bicycles out front that guests could hop on and ride the trail.
This past weekend, the kids and I traveled to the Oregon coast with my friend Chad and his son. After spending a good part of the day in the car, we rolled in to Manzanita with just enough time for a pizza dinner and a quick walk down to the beach to catch the sunset.
Last week I took the kids to campus while Lizzi was in class so we could walk around campus and explore the trails. To my surprise they were more interested in the sculptures than hiking so we spent the morning touring the best sculptures for climbing. Nancy Holt's "Rock Rings" were a big hit until I made the kids pose for this photo. Apparently there was bird poo in the rings which they weren't happy about sitting next to!
The girls and I regularly enjoy story time at the Bellingham Public Library. This last week, story time was extra special-- Bellingham's sister city since 1958, Tateyama, Japan, sent a couple books from their library to ours. The kids got to hear the stories in Japanese and English, and then made cherry tree art to send back to Tateyama along with a couple books from our library.
I was told once that these rail switches are called "frogs". If there are any railroad enthusiasts reading this, I would love to hear an explanation for how they came to have this name (or if I'm completely wrong about this).
This photo was taken from a pedestrian overpass in downtown Wenatchee.
A tractor procession down Railraod Avenue kicked off the 2012 start of the Bellingham Farmers Market this weekend. We had a fabulous sunny day for it and the market was very crowded with lots of excited people checking out the vendors, performers and food.
In college, the bus I rode would stop at Nelson's Market to pick up the students in the neighborhood. I always liked the old fashioned feel of the place, but never made time go in until this past weekend when my brother and sister-in-law called and asked us to join them for breakfast. It's in the middle of a residential neighborhood so it's got a quiet, homey feel...and the breakfast is great!