The kids and I had a fabulous time seeing friends and exploring both old and new places. The grandeur of the scenery around us was utterly breathtaking. It made my heart ache with how much I have missed these beautiful people and places.
I do realize that this is a bewilderingly long post. I had trouble condensing it as it sort of serves as a photo diary for me, but I realize may not be entirely of interest to others :)
|Fun at Nana & Papa's -- harvesting dry-farmed veggies, helping peel apples, enjoying popsicles on|
the patio and pampering me with a face mask :)
Celebrating my birthday in California! Special coffee date with Mom & Bonnie, then to the beach with Bonnie, followed by
an evening of picnicking at 'music in the park' with my family and delicious dessert back on Bonnie's porch. Perfect!
|A quick test trip to LA for a few days - first stop to my long-time (and long-ago) |
hairdresser, Lori for us all to get haircuts. Mabel's first!
|More LA re-connection fun - lunch with gals I used to house/pet sit for, the kids use bunk beds for the first time & we visit |
my alma mater (Azusa Pacific) as well as lovely downtown Glendora. Enjoying LOTS of special treats along the way.
|A visit with my very long-time friend, Julie (we became pen pals nearly 30 years ago after meetingat summer camp). |
A special visit of getting to meet her son, Mattias for the first time, taking giant bubble making supplies
to the park and sharing meals together.
|Back at my parents, Mabel learning to drive tractor.|
|Papa putting Luke to work!|
|Having a grand time in Gold Beach, Oregon with Ron & Trudy - they treated us to a visit at the Prehistoric Gardens. |
They know what kids LOVE - Dinosaurs!
|My veeery last day spent at the beach. Love the sunset from their beautiful home.|
|Heading to Grants Pass -- enjoying the fantastically beautiful coastline.|
|And on to Seattle! A wonderful overnight at Jamie's. A friend from our Peace Corps days in Tonga. Her kids are each six |
months older than Luke & Mabel and it was a blast to see them playing together again.
|Boat ride down the lake to Kirkland. Both kids got to drive the boat!|
|Playing in Kirkland - they treated the kids each to their very own dish 'unicorn yum' ice cream :)|
|An incredible end to the day - setting up our tents for the night in the middle of the sunset. |
|Some final morning fun, hiking through the nearby woods to Juanita State Park.|
|Heading to Idaho, but make a quick stop in N. Bend to see a friend & go blueberry |
picking together. And then the long road through to the east side of the state - not pretty.
|At "home" in Moscow. Attending a Resonate service & hanging out as much as possible with friends from our small group.|
|More time with special friends, in special places in Moscow.|
|We are thankful to have a lovely home-away-from-home in Moscow, at the Rice's house. This stay we got to have a super |
special ride! In a 1933 Rolls Royce! So incredibly fun! This car has been in Matt's family since he was 10 years old!
|And on to Coeur d'Alene to stay with the Hayes family! Luke and Connor have been fast friends since we met four years ago, |
the summer we were both living at Priest Lake. The kids always have a fantastic time together. And so do Gretchen & I.
|And finally, in Spokane at Jason's parent's home. Big sigh of |
relief to know we made it and that I will get to see Jason in about 15 hours!