Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunnyside/Seattle Part I

Once we left Portland/Vancouver, we took the beautiful drive along the Columbia River until we turned off where we were met with wind.  Serious amounts of wind.

Beautiful drive along the Columbia River
moving to the dryer part of the state

Crossing the river from Oregon to Washington
 We finally reached Sunnyside and were happy to see the Weaver's.  Jared had to fly to Cleveland the next morning, so Britt took us on a tour of Sunnyside.  It's a cute little town and somehow not quite what I expected.  Jane and Luke were instantly attached to Jared and were sad he had to leave for a week.  Jane asked me almost daily when my boyfriend was coming back (or sometimes, where did my dad go).  One night, Britt had a sitter come over so we could go to dinner in Tri-cities with some friends.  Before we left, the sitter was playing with the kids in the front and started tickling Luke.  As Luke was fighting back he said, "I wish Jared was here - he's a master tickler."

Jared with his shadow, Luke

Kent & Jared
Kent lives in Sunnyside and his wife is good friends with Britt.
His mom & Jared's mom were good friends as they grew up in Rexburg.

Jane... looking beautiful

Ethan's talent show
It was so fun to be with Britt and the kids for the week.  Derek was out of town at a conference, so it was great to have some sister time - probably more than we've had in the last 10 years.  We went for runs in the morning, took the kids around town to play with friends, went to lunch with her girlfriends -The Real Housewives of Sunnyside ;) , got a pedicure, picked asparagus from the farm, went to the boys' swim meet.  It was a great week!  Another highlight of the week was going to the last day of school festivities for the kids. Ethan was planning to do the "robot" for his talent show (we thought it was just for the 4th grade - but it was in front of the whole school - 700 students).  He did the robot to Daft Punk ... for 4 minutes ... it was really cute to see.  And apparently he became "the celebrity of the 4th grade" - he signed autographs... he was renamed "E-bot".
playing in the backyard after dinner

this was after Luke told me I'm the only "mom"
he knows who gives shoulder rides :)

Me & Baby Joe

Me & Britt
before driving to Seattle

The Weaver's in Seattle

At Pike's Place Market

At the Space Needle
On Tuesday we drove to Seattle to spend the day and pick up Jared from the airport later that night.  We walked around Pike's Place Market, played at a park, checked out the REI flagship store (it's pretty impressive) and then went to the top of the Space Needle for dinner (it was the kids' reward for doing well in school this year).  Unfortunately, Jared's flight didn't get in early enough to join us for dinner - but I was excited to see him after dinner.  So was Jane.  When Brittany told her we were leaving to pick up Uncle Jared she started in with her new song... "Uncle Jared, I like him, I love him!"  But we couldn't get her to sing it for him.... she was a little too lovestruck shy when we picked him up.  That night we all piled in the RV and stayed at a local RV park.

The next morning we headed out for Olympic National Park.  The kids opted to ride with us in the RV (surprise, surprise) and as we were driving through Olympia, Jared pointed out the capitol building to them.  Jane (being the little drama queen that she is) said "Oh my goodness, I cannot believe it.  I'm so excited!"


  1. I love this awesome adventure y'all are on. So much fun!

  2. That was the highlight of my summer! And then we had the encore when you returned! Thanks for the fun time. And for convincing us to get an RV too. Poor dad, I'm sure he's wondering what kind of girls he's raised. At least Nick is keepin' it real for him and bought the beemer. :)