Thursday 3: May 24, 2018

A Thursday 3 on Friday? Well, it wasn’t done in time, but I’ve got it for you now. Did this week just seem to drag on for everyone else? Maybe it’s because we are so close to the end of the school year, but I have been one day ahead the whole week. I am looking forward to a long Memorial Day weekend. Even though it was a rough week, there were more than a few things I loved. Check them out below.

 

Thursday 3: May 24, 2018

 

No. 1: Mother's Day 2.0

On Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day. It was just too hard for me to do it last week. My husband took us up for lunch at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA. This is where we got married almost seven years ago, and we usually stay a night every winter. We didn’t make it up there this winter, so it was fun to eat lunch at one of the resort’s restaurants, Packers, and walk around with our daughter afterward.

The front of Semiahmoo Resort
The front of Semiahmoo Resort

 

The back of Semiahmoo Resort
The back of Semiahmoo Resort

 

We ordered a soft pretzel with beer cheese sauce as an appetizer, and let me tell you, it was the best soft pretzel we’ve had in a long time! For our meal, I ate a Kobe beef burger and my husband ate a veggie pizza.

Soft pretzel with beer cheese sauce

 

American Kobe Beef Burger
American Kobe Beef Burger

 

Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Grilled Vegetable Pizza

Semiahmoo is located on a spit in Semiahmoo Bay, so there’s plenty of beach to explore. It’s right on the border with Canada and it’s amazing to see the difference in density of housing on the Canadian side versus the American side.

View of the beach from Semiahmoo Resort
View of the beach from Semiahmoo Resort

 

View of White Rock, BC, from Semiahmoo Resort
View of White Rock, BC, from Semiahmoo Resort

 

Herons flying over Semiahmoo Bay
Herons flying over Semiahmoo Bay

 

Our little miss LOVED climbing on the driftwood and picking up rocks both on the beach and on the walking path. She really wasn’t into doing the walking part of the walking path that day! Along the way, we saw some beautiful flowers in the resort’s gardens and growing wild along the walking path.

Climbing over the driftwood
Climbing over the driftwood

 

Picking up rocks on the beach
Picking up rocks on the beach

 

Bee pollinating a foxglove at Semiahmoo Resort
A bee pollinating a foxglove at Semiahmoo Resort

 

Wildflower at Semiahmoo Resort
Wildflower at Semiahmoo Resort

 

Wildflower at Semiahmoo Resort
Wildflower at Semiahmoo Resort

All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon with my family, and I was sad when my husband had to go to his office in Bellingham to work on a problem that needed solving before Monday morning. (It worked out, though, because his hard work helped secure a contract with the client.)

 

No. 2: Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

When I was pregnant, my version of morning (ahem, all day) sickness made me nauseated, and thus my love for ginger began. Since then, I enjoy cooking with fresh ginger; eating ginger bread, candied ginger, and ginger snaps; and drinking ginger beer (Cock ‘n Bull is my favorite). On Saturday, my honey and I got a few hours to ourselves and visited Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Unfortunately, the storage on my phone was full so I was only able to capture three pictures: the fabulous view from our table inside Front Street Grill, my drink, and the view of Penn Cove on our post-meal walk. At the restaurant, I orderd Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Ginger beer is usually non-alcoholic, so this was a fun a little treat. It wasn’t as gingery or spicy as Cock ‘n Bull, but I did enjoy it!

View from Front Street Grille in Coupeville, WA
View from Front Street Grille in Coupeville, WA

 

Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

 

View of Penn Cove from Coupeville, WA
View of Penn Cove from Coupeville, WA

 

No. 3: Our Crow Friend

This may sound odd, but we’ve been cultivating a friendship with a crow at our house. My husband read about crows’ intelligence and how they can remember human faces. They remember the humans who are nice to them along with the humans who are not nice to them. Even more interesting, they are able to communicate this information to other crows, who, upon first meeting a human, can know whether a human has been kind or unkind to other crows simply through word of mouth over the course of years. Crows have been known to bring gifts to humans who have been kind to them, and there are stories of crows finding and returning wedding rings lost in gardens. So we’ve been feeding a crow almost every night when we eat dinner on our back patio. He (or she) is getting quite comfortable with us and is beginning to pick up food that is ever closer to us in proximity. He hasn’t brought us any gifts yet, but he sure has a fan in my daughter. She squeals and claps her hands when she sees him. The photo below is of her extending her arms out toward him. (This is the gesture she does for every animal she sees, even in books, because she wants to hug them all!)

Our daughter reaching out her arms to the crow
Our daughter reaching out her arms to the crow while wearing her pajamas and sparkly silver shoes, naturally

 

Finally, here’s some more awesome cell phone pics my husband took. He captured these on the top of Cap Sante looking out over our town of Anacortes. (For local friends, he rode his bike up to the top before taking the picture. That’s a good workout going up that hill!)

Cap Sante in Anacortes, WA
View from Cap Sante in Anacortes, WA

 

Cap Sante in Anacortes, WA
View from Cap Sante in Anacortes, WA

 

I hope you had a great week! How are you planning on spending Memorial Day weekend?



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