Wednesday, August 04, 2010

If we had our way, Widbey still on vacation.

please ignore my hair malfunction. it's the best shot of all of us on Whidbey that I could find.
It's been a while since our last family vacation. That's not a complaint, I know many people don't have the luxury of taking an annual trip, it's just a fact-we were excited to vacay! We had been waiting for my husband to get all settled into his new job (a year ago in March) and waiting to save up money for our 'all cash vacation' goal and then waiting for VBS to get wrapped up and then it was time to GO!

Because of the generosity of Gretchen's family, we were able to getaway to pretty much the most heavenly place on the west coast, Whidbey Island... in the Puget Sound, a quick ferry's trip away from the fabulous Seattle, WA.  The five of us flew in the morning after all the Reunion Merriment. We headed straight to Pike's Market for lunch and a cuppa joe from the Starbucks' flagship store. Then, we hopped the ferry to Gretchen's beautiful beach view vacation home. *Sigh* I'm not sure what made me happiest- the schedule we kept, the climate, the view, the food, or the family togetherness, or the beautiful home, but... this was the perfect vacation!
I love eating all day long, I love sleeping til 11:30, I love having to put on a sweater in July, I love waking up and looking at the ocean, I love taking walks and chillin' with my kids.  I could ramble on, but at some point it just feels like bragging.  Instead, I'll just leave you with a few photos :

Walking on the plank bridge built by Mr.Jewels in My Crown and friends
My kids just loved exploring

Got to meet up with my Aunt Karin & Uncle Bruce! Had great food, saw fantastic sights!
Found this way-too-cool van in Seattle
Fort Stinky... Built by The Jewels in My Crown Family
When the tide came in, the girls had a great water taxi
There's just something about vacation that brings out the best in my kids

Ridiculously expensive, but totally delicious meal at the top of the Space Needle with incredible view

The best lunch ever. And not only because it made me think of my Island Girls.
It amazes me how perfectly God meets all our needs right when we need them. I know this wasn't a 'need' in the sense of basic human 'need' but it was just what my family needed to recharge and get back in the race. I am so grateful to God and to Gretchen and to my beautiful family.

The only sad part about vacation is that it is over *sigh* The only good thing about it being over is that I am now home with the church and the people I love. Oh yes... and that I can get out and work in my dreaded backyard again.

--more about that next time--

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:19



Carpool Queen said...

I loved your pictures, for it reminded me of a special time just one year ago where I met some very cool chicks and froze my patootie off in August.

Thanks for the memories.

And great title.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I'm so glad your family had this time to get away together. Vacations are SO important. Worth every penny and all the work of saving for them!

Gretchen said...

Sigh...I lurve this little slice of heaven, and the best part of it is sharing it with others and getting to see their enjoyment of a place I love.

I'm thrilled you got to see Ft. Stinky a.k.a. not a real fort, but a really nice eagle spot--because it's gone now. Don't know if it was a tide thing or a people thing. And really...I suppose it doesn't matter. We need something to do next Memorial Day, as well. :)

BTW you were perfect guests.

Kellie said...

Man, I'm a little misty over this post...which surprises me, and then again it doesn't....thanks for sharing your vacay. And I am so glad your family had such a wonderful time together. I hope their memories of that trip are as good as the ones I have.

Jenster said...

Gosh, I don't even know where to start!!

Now I'm all melancholy and joyful all at the same time!

Did you have to wait in a very long line for the Space Needle?

You had our delicious lunch! Best grilled cheese ever!

I'm so happy you got to share Gretchen's island with your family. I have no doubt it was spectacular.

Girls! Where do we go next??

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

How fun! Was Gretch there also or just you all? WOW - Simply great. Good for you!

Becky said...

Oh, man...makes me miss my old stomping grounds along the Puget Sound!

Looks like you guys had a fabbo time! Glad you got to experience the Space Needle while you were there...and of course for the fam to see Gretchen's awesome Island hideaway!