| Friday |
My hubs works 5, 9 hour days followed by a week of 4, and a Friday off. Essentially, every other weekend is a three day weekend. My dad came into town on Thursday night and all day Friday was spent building this new play set for Ben! It's an early birthday gift from his Papa Rick and is so special to us. Ben was so excited we had to move the slide against a set of stairs so he could start using it before they were done building. He had a blast climbing up the ladder and going down the slide over and over again. Or instructing one of us to slide or swing with him (um, weight limit anyone?). It's such an incredible structure that Ben will be able to grow into as it has a "fort" area, too. I definitely don't see any of us tiring of it for quite a few years. Also, my son was born into a family of intelligent, handy men...my dad used rubber chips and made a border around the edges. He really goes above and beyond.
Since the play set was finished in a day, we took Saturday and went out exploring. We decided to leave Ben with his grandma since it was going to be a long day in the car. We drove out to the north coast of Washington and walked a couple of miles down Rialto Beach (near La Push/Forks where the Twilight trilogy was set). We had a picnic at Hole-In-The-Wall, but the tide was in so we didn't get to actually walk through the rock structure. Following our picnic in the sun we drove back through the Olympics and up to an area called Hurricane Ridge. The ridge offers a delightful view of the mountains, the San Juan islands, and Canada. There were also a lot of bucks, does, and fawns prancing around. Washington continues to amaze me with it's beauty...there aren't very many places in the world you can drive from mountains to rainforest to sea within such a short time frame.
On Sunday we caught the ferry and headed north of Seattle to the Chateau St Michelle winery to take a tour, do some tastings, and see a concert in the evening. Unfortunately, we missed the tour times, so we camped out on the lawn in our chairs until it was time to go into the concert venue. We saw Chris Isaak (his hit song Wicked Game came out when I was 5 years old...). It was a really great time and we had such fun being together.
Since Justin and I got home so late from the concert on Sunday, we didn't get Ben until Monday. It was the first time in almost two years I've woken up in our house alone. Not only did I get to sleep in a little bit, I also listened to my favorite jams and deep cleaned the house, got all the laundry done, washed the car, and bought groceries for the week. Later in the afternoon I spent time bottling my first batch of home-brewed kombucha (a fermented tea full of good probiotics and bacteria). I'm constantly reminded how blessed we are to have such a loving and supportive family. Being a parent is hard work, and it's nice to have someone in our corner who is helping and looking out for us as well. I only hope when Ben is a grown man that Justin and I can continue to offer love and support to him and his family. It takes a village to raise these babies, and I am so aware of how fortunate we are to have such wonderful parents in our life.
Okay, so technically we are past the weekend, but like I said, I'm still living it... :) This morning Ben slept in a bit and woke up with the cutest bed head. We drove over to our friend Lena's house to play and took a walk to pick blackberries. We continue to be blessed (not sure if that's the right word) hot weather, so outdoor time has been a must! Us Western Washingtonians need to soak up the Vitamin D while we can get it! Ben is taking a nice afternoon nap while I catch up on some bills, reading, and recipe marking (my mom just bought me the book Against All Grain and I am loving it). When Benji wakes up we are heading out to play in the pool and climb on the play set before Justin gets home from work.