Thursday 3: July 12, 2018

Fresh off two back to back vacations, I am back from a blogging hiatus. I am doing the stay-at-home-mom thing during summer break, and let me tell you, toddlers don’t leave you a lot of time to catch your breath! Needless to say, I am learning to love afternoon nap time! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks.

 

Thursday 3: July 12, 2018

 

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No. 1: Seven Years of Marriage

My husband and I celebrated seven years of marriage and eleven years together on July 9th. When we lived on Maui, every year we would go to Merriman’s Kapalua, overlooking Kapalua Bay. It was such a beautiful location and the food was amazing. Last year, we went to Nell Thorn in La Conner, WA, which also had stunning views and fantastic food, but wasn’t quite Maui. This year, we went super low key.  K brought home flowers and a bottle of wine. He couldn’t decide between hydrangeas and roses, so he bought both! (We had a lot of hydrangeas at our wedding, which is why they are special to us on our anniversary). We celebrated with a homecooked meal at our own dining table. The food was delicious (if I do say so myself), the views were not that great (a backyard of dead grass strewn with forgotten toddler toys), and the company was wild (nothing is more romantic than a freshly bathed toddler in her jammies crawling back and forth between you and your husband’s laps). It may not have been Merriman’s, but it suited us just fine this year.

Hydrangeas for our anniversary

Roses for our anniversary

 

No. 2: Two Vacations in Two Weeks

Why did we scale back on our anniversary this year? Because we had a lot of fun on two back to back vacations in the weeks prior to our anniversary! We first went to Lopez Island for four days, which was incredibly relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. The highlight of that trip is the day we biked 15 miles and hiked 4 miles before eating dinner at Ursa Minor, a restaurant whose menu changes every day based on what ingredients they are able to locally source.

Bike at Agate Beach on Lopez Island
The bike my husband rode attached to the trailer my daughter rode in behind him at Agate Beach on Lopez Island.
Shared plate at Ursa Minor
One of our shared plates at Ursa Minor on Lopez Island.

After our return from Lopez, we went on our annual summer vacation to Lake Chelan. We’ve owned a timeshare at Wapato Point Resort on Lake Chelan since I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and my extended family goes up to four times a year. Each season in Chelan has its advantages, but I’ve always loved summer best. It gets toasty in the central mountains, which makes going for a dip in the chilly glacier-fed lake highly appealing.

This year, our week ran from June 28th to July 5th, so the temperatures were not as hot as they get in the later summer months. Little Miss Fi did not like the lake water one bit (and neither did I), so we spent a few mornings in the pool before lunch and her afternoon nap. The 4th of July fell during our week in Chelan, so I woke Fi up to watch her first fireworks show. My cousin warned me that she may be scared of the loud noises, but she loved the show and clapped and squealed in appreciation.

K couldn’t stay for the whole week, so when he arrived we made the most of his weekend there. My cousin and aunt offered to listen to the baby monitor so that K and I could have a date night. We went to a stand-up comedy show at Campbell’s Resort and had the best time. We got upgraded at the door to VIP status, which meant we got a seat with a table that we could put our drinks on. Afterward, we were hungry, so we wandered the main drag of Chelan looking for food, but ended up at the bowling alley (which we’ve frequented a few times to actually go bowling) and got a plate of fried goodness perfect for soaking up alcohol.

The next day we rented bikes and a bike trailer from the kiosk at Wapato Point. They only had single speed bikes, which made going up hills pretty challenging. We rode into the town of Manson and did a couple hills, then treated ourselves with wine slushies at Rio Vista Wines at the Cabin while Fi napped in the bike trailer. (Don’t worry! We sat on the porch about 15 feet away from her and kept our eyes on her the entire time.) The employees behind the counter were super nice and explained to us they mix their Chardonnay with different Torani syrup flavors in an honest to goodness slushie maker. We had the mango flavor, and the slushies were so refreshing, K and ordered another one to share.

Wine slushies at Rio Vista Wines at the Cabin in Manson, WA
Our wine slushies on the porch at Rio Vista Wines at the Cabin in Manson with a view of our bike and bike trailer (and napping toddler).

I am planning on writing more in-depth posts about our vacations to both Lopez Island and Lake Chelan, so stay tuned!

 

No. 3: Q Ginger Beer

Ever since the morning/all day sickness during the first trimester of my pregnancy, I have become obsessed with ginger. Before, it didn’t do much for me, but now I can’t get enough of it. One ginger item I love is ginger beer. My standby has been Cock ‘n Bull, but my aunt bought Q Ginger Beer for us to try while we were in Lake Chelan and I have become a huge fan. The difference, according to their label, is that it is meant to be a mixer and not a soda (i.e. not to be drunk on its own). Therefore, they’ve made their product spicier, more carbonated, and less sweet than other ginger beers. Well, we did not read the label when we tried it and I think it’s spectacular on its own (the company does claim it is spectacular ginger beer). I love its spiciness. It gives other ginger beers a run for their money!

How have the first weeks of summer been for you? Any vacation plans?



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