Orcas Island

Jul 30, 2014
Since we were skipping out on Pearrygin this year, we needed to do something "vacationy".  What better place to relax than The San Juan Islands?

The weather could not of been more perfect on our ferry ride over.  I only wish my children were as good.  The views were breathtaking and I made sure to enjoy them, in between dealing with tired over excited little people.  

On the way home we got smart and bought them all ice cream and popcorn.  They were perfect angels for that ride.

Our cottages were pretty awesome and very non-claustrophobic (my favorite feature). We had our own private beach just down the steps from the back porch, which is obviously where we spent most of our time.  

The beach was covered in these flat rocks, which were perfect for rock skipping.  The boys even had to get the water balloon launcher out to skip rocks.  

There were star fish, eels, shells and crabs a plenty to be found.  The kids had all sorts of collections going in their buckets and on the big rocks.  

Some people even got crazy and swam in the freezing water.

Crew loved finding crabs and adopted one poor crab, whom he named, "MeCrab".  He would hug and kiss MeCrab, set MeCrab on the ground yelling "Go! Go!"...only to pick him up to be "loved" again.  He would also constantly say to MeCrab, "Luv You" and then give him a kiss.  It was hilarious.  Although some animal loving people didn't agree. :)

We also got to spend some time in Moran State Park.  

The view from Mt. Constitution cannot be beat.  Although the anxiety of children running and climbing everywhere did try to take away from it. :) 

We lucked out and found a nice waterfall hike.  My kids were very interested in all the moss, ferns, and the density of the trees.  Love hiking in the northwest.

One of the best parts of the trip though was watching these cousins play. 

And it was apparent that these 2 are going to be pure trouble together. 
(thanks Shaunna for letting me steal your pics) :) 

Pretty sure we are going to have to make another trip out here, as I didn't get to stay in that house long enough and there is so much we didn't get to do.  

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LOVE your blog. I am always waiting for the next post. Orcas was the best and we have got to go back again. The accommodations were fabulous, the view, the beach and best of all the company! Thanks for the pictures.
Every time you post about Washington, you make me want to live there. It looks gorgeous every time! The water! The trees! *Sigh*

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Jul 27, 2014
We decided to be brave/stupid and drive straight from Orem to Bellingham with a newborn, toddler, and a Miles.  There was lots of throw up and stops, but much less whining then anticipated.  It took us just less than 17 hours.  Paul and I pretty much felt like we'd just been through a hard fought battle when we arrived.  

The main reason for the trip was a Reid Family Reunion.  It was busy, crazy, and fun.  There were a few moments where I didn't know if my anti social hormonal postpartum self was going to survive but, thanks to Paul's help and lots of cousins to entertain, I made it through.

On the 4th we just hung around in my parents backyard playing games and catching up.

The water balloon launcher always provides plenty of entertainment.  Even GiGi had to get in on the action.

Ruby loved being the only baby around and soaked up all the attention.  

The next evening we got together to play games.  This proved to be extremely entertaining. 

I loved watching the four toddlers run around together.  

We also had time to visit a few of Bellingham's amazing parks.   
The density of the trees always catches me off guard.  Macey had her tree obsession year when she was about 3.  That was this visit for Miles.  He finally noticed the difference between Utah trees and Bellingham trees.  He kept referring to the trees as a jungle.  Many times we had to explain that this was what a real forest looked like.  

Miles' was thrilled his favorite destination, The Touch Tank, was on the agenda. He made best friends with the worker, Katie, and followed her around asking question after question.  She was extremely patient and answered them all.  He even had to run back in and give her a hug when we left.  

To ease the pain of skipping Pearrygin we got to spend an afternoon on Lake Whatcom.  I wish we would spent all day there.  My kids are always best entertained and well behaved when a beach and water sports are involved.  

We of course had to do a family GTX ride, minus Ruby.

GiGi got all the great grandkids these adorable towels and I am pretty sure there was always at least one kid wearing one at all times.

My favorite part of the day was when Miles "fell" (jumped) in.

When the boat drove by him he yelled up to us with the biggest grin on his face, "That my first time falling in! Me love it! Me want to do it again!".  When we tried to just make him swim to shore, he yelled, "No! You have to rescue me!"   Love this kid. And so we spent the next 10 min. watching Christopher try to get all 3 kids onto the GTX, only to have them jump off again.  

There was of course lots of time spent just hanging out.

Macey was thrilled to be reunited with Rio and is certain she is his favorite of the grandkids. 

I never have enough time to do and see everything and everyone I would like when I visit.  So, I guess that means I'll just have to visit again soon.  
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So glad you braved the drive and came to Bellingham. It is so much fun to have all of the kids together. I hope your not having time to get everything done means another visit too! You got some great shots and I can look at these pictures over and over. Thanks for blogging!

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