washington day 2

Day 2 here in washington was a good one.

i started my morning by ordering this beauty:


it will be here on wednesday.
i accidentally left my bulky “underwater phone case” on my phone when we left home.
and since i don’t need to take underwater photos while we’re in washington (we didn’t even pack bathing suits!), i don’t want to endure a bulky phone case.

after getting up and getting ready, we headed here this morning:


to surprise dave’s best friend from high school.
we wanted to hear him preach.
he did a good job.

and then we waited around after the service to chat with him.
the munchkins found a ladybug:

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and then some catching up happened.
and some theology.
and some loose plans to get our families together next week.


we enjoyed lunch at an “old favorite” restaurant with grandpa & grandma.
but they weren’t quite out of church yet.
so we wandered around the parking lot and i took tourist-y photos:


(^^^ or davey took this photo!)

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(yep. mount baker. still love that view.)

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(^^^ close up. this one makes me happy.)

the rusty wagon is an old family favorite for after church.
breakfast or lunch.
both are delicious.
the waitress even remembered that dad wanted pepsi (though he changed it up today and had root beer) and that mom likes a straw in her mason jar water glass.
she even remembered/recognized dave and i and commented that she hadn’t seen the littlest Munchkin since she was in a car seat!

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(^^^ alex’s happy face pancakes.)

and after lunch, we drove around just a bit.
and i finally got a photo of the kids and of us at this sign:

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(^^^ photo credit to samantha)

and then we drove to our old ‘hood to check out the old place.
i barely recognized it.
new paint colors.
new landscaping  xalmost all of it.
that tree on the front left grew and filled in like crazy!
but in the end, yes, this is where we lived for almost 10 years.
it’s the home where we had friends live with us for various reasons.
it’s the home we came to after international travel (including our honeymoon).
it’s the home where we “oopsed” on a plumbing job.
it’s the home where we built a deck.
it’s the home where we hosted parties.
it’s the home where we set up a tent inside. for a month or more.
it’s the home where we grew from kids to grown ups.
it’s the home we shared.
it’s the FIRST home we shared.
it’s the home where we had furniture delivered (when we got married we had a queen bed, a computer & a computer cart, a hand-me-down love seat, a desk, and a borrowed card table & chairs set).
it’s the home where we hosted lots and lots of parties for our friends.
it’s the home where we played a lot of DDR (Dance Dance Revolution).
it’s the home where we first became parents.


it was good to drive by it.
it’s good, i think, that the new owners have really made it there own.
truthfully, i don’t want it anymore.
but it’s fun to reminisce.
to remember all the history.
and to be thankful for our new home!

after getting back to grandpa & grandma’s house, we enjoyed our own activities.
davey wanted to “kick your bottom!” at Smash Brothers.

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Samantha enjoyed some iPad time:


Alex found some toys (including this darn whistle from McDonalds):


Alex found a new victim favorite reader:


after screen time was cut off, this one found his book:

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there may have been some naps:


there may have been toys strewn across the floor:


there may have been some games:

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and some bows:


and some ice cream after dinner (nachos!): 


and some more games:
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with a victor:


and the day ended with some serious progress on a puzzle!

today was a good day.



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