We headed up to the tulips on Wednesday. We pulled the kids out of school for the afternoon and, first, headed up the Skagit Valley to walk among the tulips, then to Deception Pass and Fort Ebey. I guess you could say we are starting a tradition of doing this.

Jude was the cutest ever as he packed a backpack full of things he might need. Bradley and I kept looking at one another in amazement as he pulled one thing after another out of his pack that were totally appropriate. When we got to the bridge, he pulled out a spyglass. At the beach, he miraculously had flippies and sand toys. He had sunglasses, snacks, books and toys all nestled in there. I was so impressed at his forethought!

When we got the the pass, our kids stripped right down to their bathing suits (unbeknownst to me, Jude was prepared and had his under his clothes) and didn’t hesitate to go in the water. Who says it needs to be 70 degrees or more? 58 degrees is the perfect temperature for taking a dip into the ocean, right?!



On our way to the ferry, we stopped at Fort Ebey to take in the view. Fort Ebey trumps Camp Casey, in my humble opinion, because it is much more user friendly. Instead of just a bunch of creepy rooms to go in and out of, you get a giant, creepy tunnel that, if you’re courageous enough, you can walk through from one light source to the next. When I was a kid, it was terrifying and marvelous. It is also way less visited than Camp Casey, so you can go at your own pace without having to contend with droves of families around you hollering or playing laser tag. I sound like a grumpy old lady, but when I was little, all that additional commotion made me more nervous about the camp. Fort Ebey allowed me to take it in at my own pace. After exploring the gun battery, we headed to the sniper lookout and sat on the edge of the world, overlooking where the Pacific Ocean meets the Puget Sound. It was breathtaking.

All in all, it was a fabulous day. The cap it off, on the Mukilteo Ferry on the way home we were lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas swimming, splashing, founting and showing off for us. The perfect end to an amazing day!


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Spring Break: Wednesday


Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

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