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When Emily told me they were going to live on Vashon Island for the summer, my heart sank.  Everything inside of me screamed ” That’s a whole ferry ride away!”.  After composing myself, I realized that I better start behaving like the Washingtonian that I am.  If my blood ran pure, my heart would have sang “Ferry ride!  I live for ferries!”  (please read the last half of that sentence in context only).  🙂

I was free last Monday, and took the advantage to go and see my good friend.  And even if it was just seeing her and her awesome son Ethan, it would have been worth it.  She had more planned for us though, and she took me to the very first Seattle’s Best Coffee house.

The bright sun made it hard to adjust to the coffee house’s light.  Blinking slowly, the room came into focus.  I looked around and realized I was surround by coffee roasters, general store items, and, hold your breath…orange and lavender mochas!  Emily leaned over and said that lavender was an island favorite.  We decided then and there that we would need to go to the island’s lavender farms.

Lavender fields have the enchantment of intoxicating fragrance.  We decided to not let it go to waste and quickly took a few pictures.  I know you will all agree when I tell you that my friend Emily is one hot mama!  Thanks for such a beautiful day Emma, you are wonderful!

 

I love chair.

And a few from our coffee adventures

My orange mocha…

And there’s no better way to end than a crazy face from Ethan.  He’s a hoot!

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The air hung heavy around my face and shoulders as I wandered through Jamestown.  I wondered what the first English to try and live in such a climate thought.  I know that my thoughts weren’t necessarily, shall we say, positive.  I tried imagining wearing a corset and heavy skirt.  My tank top and capris weren’t giving me enough air, how could a thick long skirt have been bearable?

Hours later I stood on the battlefields of Yorktown.  How could such a small, ragtag army actually defend, let alone find victory, against the world’s greatest army of the day?  Courage?  A dream?  Providence.

Throughout the rest of the week, we were in the District of Columbia.  It’s always amazing to me to see the buildings, the history, the beauty.   At every turn I was struck with wonder at our country, so new and young.  Other countries I’ve been to boast histories of hundreds of years of story, while we just sit at a handful of years.  The journey was amazing to see, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have relived our history right before the 4th of July.

Here are a few random pictures from my week.   They don’t all go together per say, but I do like the story they tell.

These are church benches at the chapel at Jamestown.  I couldn’t imagine sitting here for an hour each week, let alone all day on Sunday and evening services every other day.

The oddity and beauty of Williamsburg, the Colonies’ capital

This is at one of my favorite places, Mount Vernon, our first president’s home

Arlington National Cemetery.  The idea of placing a stone on a grave comes from the book of Joshua in the Bible, where the Israelites were instructed to put up large stones in order to remember what God had done.  To place a stone on a grave means “I remember”.  It brought tears to my eyes to see pebbles on top of  loved ones graves.  They are gone, but not forgotten.

Another of my favorite places is the World War II Monument.  My grandfather served in the war, and was forever changed by it.  I am so thankful that the memory of all who served is now peacefully resting in this beautiful monument.

Looking back at the Lincoln monument from the WWII monument.

The Vietnam monument

The camera of a photographer that captured the moments of 9/11, and then died in the disaster

Our Capital building, crowned by the statue “Freedom.”  She looks East, because the sun never sets on Freedom

There is joy and sadness in our story.  nonetheless, it is a great story.

Happy Independence Day.

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It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve seen Mike’s brother and his family.  The last time we were with them was actually the first time we’d seen our neice Avery.  She was just 1 month old!  Today Steve and Jodi and Avery will be hopping on a plane to come and visit through the weekend.  Avery is now 2 weeks short of her 2nd birthday, and we cannot wait to see her again!  Here’s a picture from our last visit.  I am so excited to show you guys our pictures from this weekend!  You’re going to love Avery!

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Playing “secret garden” with my best friend was one of my favorite games as a kid.  It seems like any book we read or movie we watched we’d end up playing out.  Good thing they didn’t have Gladiator then!  Anyway, we’d pick these hidden away little places and then try and put together a retreat.  The key was to never let our little sisters know where our garden was.  The funny thing is that they would play secret garden too, and it was equally as important to be hidden. With stealth in mind, we would pick out plants that would hopefully grow in our locations.  Honestly, I don’t remember if we ended up planting anything, or just planning.  Either way, it was a good game.

I’ve never lost my love for quiet gardens.  The nature, the art, the fragrance.  Lovely.  This year we were able to set aside a little budget so I could start a patio garden.  Just like when I was a kid, I have great ideas of what I want it to look like, I just lack the finances to make it happen.   Oh well, I have a great imagination.  And you got to start somewhere, right!  By the time I’m 80, it is going to look amazing.

Oh, and I love this!  We just got a new path leading to our front door!  The scotch moss is to fill in the cracks between the slate.

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You may have noticed on my Facebook page earlier this week that I drove a complete circle around Washington this week.  Let me tell you, it’s not like driving a circle around Rhode Island.  I was in the car forever!!!  My fear was staying awake, so I decided to try two things.  One, listen to loud music-check.  Cold Play, Jimmy, OneRepublic, MC Hammer, Right Said Fred, they were all with me.  Oh, to be fair, I also listened to Matt Chandler for a few straight hours.  You need to check him out if you’ve never heard of him.  Two, engage my mind creatively.  Ok, now I know if my mom reads this she is going to die, but I decided to bring my Nikon Coolpix P6000.  He’s a little feller, but does a great job.  Anyway, what I decided to do was grab pictures of things I thought might be interesting as I was driving.  I  never took my eyes of the road (well, except when I was choosing shutter speed…yeah, I know mom.  I’m sorry) and grabbed some pics.  I thought for those of you that don’t live in Washington, it might be a fun way to see my state. 

I did not list this as part of my “staying awake routine” because this is decaf.  We all know how much good that does.  I am kinda into these Red cups that Starbucks has right now.  I’m not a “heart” girl, but I think I heart these.

Ah Eastern Washington, if you didn’t house my sister, I would wonder what we would do with your brown desert. (do you like how you can see my Google Maps in the window?)

This is my FAVORITE from the trip.  Don’t recognize it?  It’s the Gorge at George.  We over saturated it, but man does it look cool.  It might show up as a canvas in my living room.

The flat desert guarded by mountains has always been strange to me.  I love the contrast as you drive through them into a wasteland (ok, it’s not wasted.  Like I said, my sis lives there).

As you drive up to Canada for the Olympics, stop by and see Bellingham.  It’s such an interesting town.  Here’s the harbor there.  (I did get out to take this picture.  I couldn’t get a good view from the road.  My car was still running though.  Does that count?)

I love this old mural!  Could you imagine someone really looking at you like the kid in this picture is?  I would run.  For reals.  I’d be out of there.

This is the bridge in Kennewick.  Kinda cool, eh?

So, that was my week.  If you’re wondering, the best coffee I had was at Woods, which is a Lynden/Bellingham coffee shop.  I don’t think they have any down south, but if you’re up there, try ’em out!   Happy weekending!

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I believe that it had to be the coldest day of the year, or maybe even of all time.  Who really knows.  It was fridged, that’s all I knew for sure.  It was also the day of the Mitchell’s Christmas shoot, and little Emma was just a couple months old.  If you ever want to see a shoot done in a big hurry, put your family in freezing weather and have them take their coats off for a picture.  That will get you in and out quick.  And even though we were all in pain, we still got some great glimpses into this precious family’s life.

Don’t you just love the smile on this beauty?!

If you know the Mitchell’s, you know that Jesse is a ham.  I think that Samantha must have gotten the silly gene too. 

This is one of my favorites.  You can see how much Tammie loves her girls in this shot!

This was when Samantha decided to make her big escape to the car.  Inwardly, I think we all were wishing we were in the car.  Actually, I think we were wishing that there was a Barista waiting for us with a mocha made with craft and care to our personal likings.  When you’re cold, every one should have a barista to wait on them.   

This was shot afer the great escape, hence no smile from child number one.  That’s ok though.  She had done a great job!  And actually, I really like this picture.  There is something hilarious to me when kids have that blank expression.  Someone needs to find her barista.

And this is baby Emma.  She was such a doll!

It was wonderful working with you Mitchells!  You are always a joy!  Let’s just do Christmas pictures in July next year (In Hawaii.  With Baristas.)

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I promise, it’s not the rain, but I am hopping a plan to SoCal today though for the rest of the week.  Just thought I’d give you all a heads up so you didn’t think I was MIA.   When I get back, I’m going to have a few new fun things on my blog.  Chiefly, Amber’s “Favorite things”.  Yes, you will all be able to see where my money and calories go when I am unsupervised.  😮

Oh yeah, and GO SAINTS!!!!  Well, and go Colts.  I’m so torn, I love them both!!!

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