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Lummi Island Getaway

The week of Alfie’s anniversary is a tough one for me, obviously. Maybe slightly easier to handle than last year’s but still difficult. I knew I’d want to disappear for a couple days, and I knew Lummi Island was a great place to do it.

We’ve been before and I found it tranquil and relaxing. You don’t have to worry about what to do with yourself because there’s basically nothing to do on this tiny island.

We went up Friday afternoon, and after hitting a lot of traffic and a miscommunication resulting in being locked out of our rental, we finally settled in.

The view was perfect and I was excited to do nothing but stare at water for a few days. We arrived shortly before bedtime, so the boys ate a bit of dinner and went straight to bed. I had a little bit of wine, watched the sun set, and watched Game of Thrones with B (we just started. Why am I so late to the party?).

Saturday was a perfect 60 degrees and sunny. I was up way too early with insomnia and sad thoughts, so I watched the sun come up.


Brent read about some church beach with a labyrinth so we walked the mile over to it.

I don’t know what we were expecting the “labyrinth” to be, but it was just some rocks.

Luckily the beach was a big hit.


I think all of these boys could just throw rocks into water all day long and love it.



After a bit more ridiculousness, we headed back home.


When we got home, I made lunch – this recipe from The Kitchn. (It was delicious and I’d recommend it)

Later that afternoon, while the boys napped (thanks to sun and water!), B and I drank beer on the deck, played monopoly and watched the ferry.

Guys, I have an almost embarrassing obsession with the ferry. Seriously. Zoning out and watching the Whatcom Chief make its 8 minute trek back and forth from the mainland to the island is so soothing to me.

When the boys woke up, we went to happy hour at The Beach Store Cafe for the the boys dinner and wine for me (and more ferry!).

Sometimes I think the boys know when I need a break and they were sweet and silly and well-behaved.


After some more play in the yard, it was time for bed. (I love how well the boys sleep on vacation!!)



B and I made steak and baked potatoes, watched the water some more and watched more GoT.

Sunday morning the sads hit me hard honestly, and I kind of just wanted to stay in bed. I’m glad I got up, because we ended up having a fun morning. First we had to build an entire Duplo jungle.

Once that was complete, we headed over the the Otto Preserve for some light hiking.



This is such a fun age to take Cormac hiking. He loves dirt and sticks and pointing things out – like this deer!

Teddy napped for part of the hike.

And when Cormac got a bit tired and bored, we stopped for a picnic to increase his energy.

And learned our family cannot handle a full family selfie.

It was a great way to spend the morning, and as a bonus, it wore the boys out! Allowing me to zone out with a glass of wine and more hot ferry action in the afternoon. Mount Baker was out like whoa.


After nap time we walked a couple blocks away to the Beach Elementary School, where B and I remembered there was a small playground.


All the boys had fun climbing and spending some energy.

After dinner and bed time for the boys, Brent and I just ordered pizza from the Beach Store Cafe, watched the sun go down and put on some more GoT.

Monday morning, we got up, slowly started packing, ate some breakfast and got on the ferry to head home. The drive back was super quick and both boys napped so it flew by.

I’m glad we were able to get away for a few days and have some time just to ourselves. I guess I just like to hide from people when I need to reflect, and this was perfect for that.

A Taste of Summer

Time is flying by at an alarming rate. Baby boy Monroe is due to make his appearance in slightly less than 3 months. How the heck did that happen? Brent and I have been doing our best to soak up our last few months of childless life (or at least as much soaking as I feel up to these days). We went to Maui for a week in April and did very little other than lay in the sun and eat and drink. It was glorious.

I enjoyed several virgin lava flows.

And Brent had his share of mai tais.

Now we’re back firmly in reality, but luckily the sunshine followed us home and we are having a month of 70’s and sun.

I’m still sick more often than I would like, but my appetite is pretty decent and I’ve even done occasional cooking and baking. Luckily, Brent has more than picked up the slack and been generally awesome the past five months.

Tonight’s dinner was a taste of summer, and a team effort. We made Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Barbecued Chicken along with his potato salad. I made the brine and the barbecue sauce, while Brent made potato salad and manned the grill.

Both were pretty delicious and we have plenty of leftovers for lunches. I apologize for the lovely iPhone photo quality. It’s my only camera at the moment.

I’ve got to head to bed, but I recommend you make barbecue chicken as soon as possible.