Sunday, May 31, 2009

Day 1 & 2

Most of you know that we left Friday night for our trip to Maine and north eastern Canada. We thought we'd share a few of our pictures and give a little update on where we've been! 

Our plane took off a few minutes late from SeaTac at 11pm. We landed in Philadelphia at roughly 5am Seattle time, which translates to 8am their time. We had breakfast and took a tiny little plane to Bangor, Maine from there, arriving at about 11:30am. We got our rental car, hit up WalMart for a cooler and some food, stopped at a Starbucks (apparently there are no Starbucks mugs for Maine!?), and started driving North. We made a few stops where things looked interesting, and got to our first destination; Lubec, Maine. It is the most eastern piece of land in the US excluding territories.

From there we continued along coastal road as much as possible, and drove into Canada. My passport got its inaugural use, but sadly received no stamps. We both love the old architecture of homes and churches around here. Most of the houses are either Victorian or older farm house style, and have been kept up well. The churches all have awesome steeples and stained glass. We stopped at an information station above Reversing Falls (called the because there are such large tidal shifts it appears like a river going one of two ways depending on the time of day), and ended up sleeping in our little rental Toyota Yaris just outside a city campground in St.  John because the campground had closed for the night. 

This morning we headed out along the Bay of Fundy. This is the area that is know for having the most severe tides in the world. As we drove along we saw miles and miles of red mud tide flats. We stopped at a little fishing village and noticed that all of the boats were sitting in the mud. We walked into a lobster shop, and the lady running it told us they strap wooden crates under the sides of the boats so that they don't get damaged as the tides rest them in the rocks and mud. 

The roads along the Fundy Coast were some of the prettiest we've seen. There are so many tiny little villages, and so many old buildings. We came across the following church and school along that road. The school (K-12) had some pretty exciting looking fire escapes, as well as separate entrances for boys and girls!

We stopped at a railroad museum to get our lunch out and ended up going for a little exploratory walk because the weather was so warm and it looked interesting. We were amazed at how clean and un-vandalized everything was, considering it was open without any attendants. 

At some point we left New Brunswick and crossed into Nova Scotia. We've been hoping to see some moose, but have instead seen deer, pheasants, a raccoon, and a few dead porcupines. We drove through Halifax this evening on our way to Peggy's Cove, where we're spending tonight and tomorrow night. We checked into our bed and breakfast, had some yummy seafood dinner, and are now having a quiet, non-driving evening! 

If we have internet, I'll try to post more pictures soon! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day

We had a great Memorial Day weekend! We were able to squeeze in helping friends move, Starbucks in the sun with Tom's mom, hot dog BBQ with Tom's parents, church, several episodes of Star Trek Voyager, dinner at the Keg with my birthday coupon, a small hike, and dinner with my family and some family friends.

We started off Monday with lunch at my parents' with our friends. Kelly and Alex then joined us and "the kids" all went for a quick hike down to Meadowdale Beach (along with about a million other people) before dinner. We found lots of little critters as we turned over rocks on the beach. We saw hermit crabs, rock crabs, anemones, and some other unknown leach-like things. We then enjoyed yummy steak dinner and a game of Bohnanza

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Starting the weekend off with a picnic

Last night after Tom got off work, we drove to Volunteer Park for a picnic! We had a fun time walking around the playground, up the water tower (after the 106 steps we were able to see the Cascades, the 520 bridge, the Olympics, the Space needle, and Mt. Rainier), looking in the lily/koi ponds, and a great view of the space needle as the sky began to turn pink. 

Monday, May 11, 2009

Year 26

I had a great 26th birthday yester- day! Since we stayed up so late the night before, Orange gave me a quick birthday cuddle before we headed off to bed. Tom gave me gifts when we woke up, we headed off to church, then up to my parents' house to celebrate birthday and Mother's Day. 

We enjoyed a yummy Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream cake, on which my brother, sister, and husband insisted I blow out 26 candles (which I did all at once!). Tom and Kyle were trying to figure out how to do candles in binary, but that fell through... who wants unlit candles anyway?!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Can you guess what this will make?

I'm guessing you weren't thinking it'd turn into this lovely dessert?

A few weeks ago a friend brought these super yummy brownies to community group, later revealing that they didn't have any flour in them, they have garbanzo beans! I made them for dessert tonight, and am planning to frost them as well. You should check out the recipe, they're super easy!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Here's what we do on a rainy day...

(We, meaning the three of us who are in charge of the general state of cleanliness and order at home!) Some of us sleep on the couch, even though the hummingbirds keep coming for their nectar in the rain. Side note: in the last 7 days, the hummies (that is what Orangey calls them, as everything he talks about has an "ie" on the end, like mousie, doggie, etc.) have drunk over a cup of sugar water and we've witnessed several territorial disputes over the feeder!

Some of us sleep in the freshly washed towels still waiting to be folded on the bed.

And some of us try to sort through all the bedding that has been hogging the top shelf in the closet. Remind me again why we have sheets and blankets for twin, full, and queen beds?! I spent a while packing up and squeezing out the air to store the twin and queen stuff out in our storage unit!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Anyone else have a talking doll from their childhood? This is Cricket! If I remember correctly, my Grandmother gave her to me for Christmas when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I was so excited about her! She has a cassette tape player in her back. When her tape is playing, her mouth moves as she talks and sings, and her eyes swing back and forth. My brother and sister were probably about 2 when I got her, and were enamored with her moving mouth. We all thought it was funny to stick our fingers in her mouth to be "bitten." 

Over the next couple birthdays and Christmases, I received 2 more outfit/play sets for her. One is a sleepy time outfit with awesome bunny slippers, and the other is a flower girl outfit for her cousin's wedding. Considering I only had 3 tapes for her, I must have driven people crazy! I can still remember some of the songs and rhymes I learned from her. 

The following picture was taken the Christmas she was given to me. 

While cleaning out our second bedroom we re-found her! Tom is scared of her though, and I have to agree, now she looks a little intense! 

Check out the following video I took of Cricket this afternoon to see why Tom is scared of her. (Our kitty is not pleased with her either!) :)