We finally got to move in to our new house and spent five days unpacking like crazy and getting things settled. Then a funny thing happened. I called my mom to chat one morning, and she asked Alice if she could come visit tomorrow. I laughed, knowing that would be pretty tough to do, and that her plane ticket was for next week. Then, later, she asked who was going to pick her up at the airport tomorrow. And I said, "but you aren't coming until next week!" And she said, "No, your Dad is coming next week. I'm coming tomorrow!" Um, yeah, I totally read the airline confirmation completely wrong. So it was a good thing we chatted!
She was arriving in the middle of the afternoon, so we were trying to figure out who would go to pick her up, since we can't all fit in our little Subaru. We had put a deposit on a minivan that was supposed to arrive at the dealer some time before I thought my parents were arriving, but we hadn't heard anything. We thought it would be pretty great to have a car we could all fit in before my mom landed, so we called the dealer to check up. It turned out that the car was there, getting washed, and would be ready for us to pick up that afternoon! So we did! Our Monday and Tuesday and week got a lot more exciting than we were expecting. And just like that, we joined the official minivan club.
Then we made sure to pick up my mom on time the next day.
We had a great time visiting and playing with her, and showing her all around the new house and neighborhood and town. I think on her very first day, we went down to the beach park.
For a special treat, Grandma took us all to the movies to see Cinderella, and Frozen Fever (of course!). Alice thought the Snowgies were hilarious. and she loved the new dresses, and seeing the gang again. She really enjoyed Cinderella, too, especially that amazing gown. I thought the movie was beautiful, and very sweet. Ivy ran out halfway through to practice her race car driving. Alice and Ivy were super into the race car game in the lobby, we killed a lot of time there before the movie started. Apparently, Alice is smarter than I was because she kept asking me for money to play. I guess I didn't figure out that those machines needed money for a good long time...
|I love her crossed legs. Such a civilized race car driver.|
When my dad arrived, we took him to the park, too! We had a morning full of local color and nature.
There was some brouhaha about a sailboat abandoned on the beach. We'd seen it earlier in the week, up on the shore, and by that morning, it was in the water, tied to the dock. There was a news crew there, but I skedaddled before they asked me anything... The boat is gone now and I haven't checked up to see what the story was...
|Can you spot the seal? It's lifting it's little tail fins....|
tent caterpillars, and I guess they can be a real nuisance, eating away all the foliage in the bushes where they make their home. Apparently, their tents, or "apartments," are also considered "unsightly." I thought they were pretty cool and it was fun to see all the caterpillars wiggling around in there together.
While we were watching the diver swim with the fishes and tell us all about it, Alice was practicing her selfie game.
|This just makes me giggle. She was so proud of herself.|
She did get these nice shots of the tropical tank and the octopus. Without a frame, no less!
Alice wasn't so much interested in the touching pool, but my other little urchin liked checking out the sea urchins.
Ivy loves jellyfish. She was just watching them, chin in her hands...
I tried to get Alice to lay down on this otter bench like an otter and play with her camera like a clam, but she absolutely would not have any of it.
The bathroom signs at the market cracked me up. This is exactly how dad races a wet, poopy, barry, stinking baby to the bathroom, with mom waving them away in the background. Yes.
And then we spent a small fortune on a whole Sockeye salmon, which got thrown overhead, of course. There it goes!
Oh, I just want to smooch that sleeping beauty face.
|A car on a boat?! What?!|
|Everything the light touches is yours.|
Whidbey Pies & Cafe on the recommendation of a friend who is friends with the owner.
And of course we had to have some pie. Ivy ate her marionberry pie with her fingers and came away from the table looking like a crime scene. Luckily, the splatters all came out of her pants. My cherry pie was very tasty but the clear winner was the salted caramel apple. We bought one to take home and it didn't last long... And I just noticed that we could have gotten cheddar on our apple pie. I have never tried that and might have to when we go back!
|Bye, Whidbey Island! See you soon!|
|The "Mickey Van" riding the ferry.|
Now we're all just getting over colds, and getting back into the groove of daily life. I'll get back to unpacking as soon as I'm feeling well again, and will hopefully write a bit about our new house and move-in adventures!