Sequim: Olympic Game Farm

The main purpose of our trip to Sequim was to visit the Olympic Game Farm which houses retired showbiz animals.  You can drive through the farm and feed the animals (whole-wheat only!) bread. 

We all (the kids, my mom, my brother Steven, and I) had a lot of fun.  On the way home we got a much-needed car wash.  Buffalo drool is quite, um, impressive.

Previous visits: 2009 and 2012

Sequim: Lavender Farm

While we were in WA we drove up the Olympic peninsula and spent the day in Sequim, a little town nestled in a sunny microclimate which allows it to be the lavender capital of North America.

We were mainly in town to visit the Olympic Game Farm but we stopped by one of the many lavender farms to look around.

Besides the incredible smell the most remarkable thing about the farm was the sound.  Walk a few feet into the fields and you’re surrounded on all sides by the loud droning of bees.  They were everywhere and made E nervous; Mimi was oblivious (as she often is).

The kids were feeling squirrely after being in the car all day, and so this is what happened when I asked my mom to take my picture with them.

After a pep talk (and a teeny bit of yelling) I got them to take a better photo with my mom.

Sequim is a great place to visit if you’re in the area.  We usually do a day trip every time we visit my parents and I always look forward to it.  Check out little baby E here on a previous visit.

Cousinpalooza 2013

Last week we had two sets of cousins in town visiting: N’s brother Ken and his sister Gwyn and their families. It was a lot of fun and E and Mimi loved playing with their cousins whom they don’t get to see very often. 

After all the excitement of last week (cousins! fireworks! outings! BBQs!) this week might seem a bit dull but we will all endeavor to soldier on bravely, popsicles in hand.

Out and About: Hill Aerospace Museum

I don’t get to see my brother Steven that often; he has special needs and lives with my parents so when he and my mom visited a few weeks ago it was a treat.

Steven loves airplanes, trains, and trucks so I thought I trip to the Hill Aerospace museum would be right up his alley. We’ve taken the kids before and E always enjoys it. We all had a lot of fun. 

I hadn’t planned it, but once we got there we noticed that E’s red pants matched his Superman jacket  and really completed the look.  So of course we took the opportunity to ham it up a bit 🙂

Mimi’s other birthday party

On Saturday we went to N’s parents’ house to a low-key birthday dinner for Mimi. Mimi loves Minnie Mouse and my mother-in-law decorated to make things extra special. 

My mother-in-law also made a delicious vegan chocolate birthday cake. It is so nice when E with his food allergies can enjoy the same tasty dessert as everyone else.

Everyone had a nice time, especially our newly-minted two-year-old.

Mimi’s Birthday Party

Mimi turned two at the end of January but we just wrapped up the celebrating. We had a couple family get-togethers spread out over a few weeks. My sister and my cousin live nearby, as well as N’s parents, and since it would be hard to cram everyone in our smaller-sized house we met up at a local trampoline place.

I’m so grateful for this funny little bug.  She is such a joy.

Bowling Birthday Party

We’re lucky to have family near by: N’s parents as well as my sister Jan and my cousin Youngshin and their families all live close by. Since E loves bowling we invited everyone to join us at the bowling alley to celebrate his birthday.

I wish I could take credit for the cake but I ripped off the idea from Amalah (1. the design works better in fondant and 2. you should read her blog) and had our favorite vegan bakery make it. 

I could go on and on about the dynamics of E and Mimi’s relationship but that pretty much sums it up right there. 

Bowling Together

Bowling was sort of my family’s “thing” when we were growing up. Ever since we were young my brother Steven has participated in a Special Olympics bowling league which my dad helped coach.  Bowling is probably Steven’s favorite thing to do and the rest of the family enjoys it too.

My parents and brother Steven were in town this week visiting my sister Jan and her family so when we were trying to think of something fun to do together bowling was the easy answer. 

N and I have taken the kids bowling a few times lately so E was pumped to go.  E uses the ramp and bumpers and has gotten pretty good at aiming the ball.  At one point E was beating me but I buckled down and managed to squeak by with a one-point lead..

I still got smoked by Steven, but that’s nothing new.  🙂