Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is such fun - and even more fun when a little boy is involved.  I just "happened" to have some photos of Donnie that fit this month's scavenger hunt - so let's go.

A is for

Action - Donnie jumping to pop bubbles from the bubble machine
Picking a video from the video drawer

Helping Daddy set up the new swing set

A smooth slide
Donnie's head is smaller than the pot

I couldn't come up with a photo for tile - but thought you'd like to see Donnie visiting Grampy in bed one morning  
You can see the Bob Evans logo on Donnie's menu as he discusses what he wants to order for breakfast.  He had the Little Farmer Breakfast
Matching rocking chairs at the airport 
Little boys can make a path of most anything -
 Layers of colors on the easter eggs - and layering on stickers
Carrying Bubble Guppy guys while hunting easter eggs - mostly he wanted to take a bath because Bubble Puppy is a bathtub toy
Donnie carrying our suitcase into the airport in West Virginia
Fire truck toy at the park

And that is our Scavenger hunt for April

Monday, April 28, 2014

Friends Sharing Tea - A Springtime Tea

It is still too chilly in the garden to have tea outdoors - but this tea from last year helps me feel that the warm days are coming - and soon we'll be sharing our tea in the fresh warm days of spring - soon.

This set is one of my favorites - though it isn't really a tea set - it is demitasse - but one of the prettiest I've ever seen.  It combines two of my favorites - tea cups and flowers.
My favorite of them all - Forget-Me-Nots, the  Alaska State Flower
And a tiny spoon for a tiny cup

Spring time and tea

Pansies picked fresh from my own garden

This very delicate set was made in  Germany, before 1945

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tulip Fields

 We're back from two weeks in West Virginia - visiting our son, daughter-in-law and grandson Donnie.  What fun we had - the weather was wonderful - except for the one day when it snowed.  But otherwise it was delightful - much warmer than we are getting here in NW Washington - but the warmer weather is supposed to be here next week.

The plane rides were long - the layovers even longer - 7 hours layover in Seattle after flying just 30 minutes from Bellingham.  Two and a half hours in Charlotte, NC and finally West Virginia.  Coming home we had 26 minutes between flights in Charlotte and boarded our plane with  one minute to spare - nice flight to Seattle though, new,wider plane - bigger seats, but by the time we'd been flying for 6 hours everyone was ready to be done.  Rainy and cold in Seattle - home by 1 a.m. - and in bed by 2 a.m. - then awake on WV time at 7 a.m..  Lots of naps the first couple days - and we are almost back to normal - though I'm not sure what normal is sometimes.

Our first full day home we headed down to the tulip fields -  hoping to see the flowers before they were done blooming - and we weren't disappointed.
Oh - you wanted to see a picture of Donnie first?  I thought you would. Waiting for breakfast at Bob Evans in Ohio

He is a Handy Manny Cowboy Pirate - love the imagination.

And now on to the tulip fields
Yellow and Pink Tulips - with a strip of land that is someone's back yard (complete with young apple tree) in between the fields 
The yellow tulips were visible from a very long distance - they almost glowed 

One of my favorites 

The fields go on for miles and miles - with signs directing you down certain roads - the signs say "Tulip Route" 

So many red tulips 

The fields are not planted to tulips every year - this is a field that has grass growing in it - but a few bulbs escaped from last year and are dotting the field 
It was a very windy day - these yellow tulips with a hint of pink were dancing in the wind 
We'd never seen so many purple tulips before
Coloring easter eggs - waiting to get started 

The yards in Skagit Valley are filled with tulips 
Yellow tulips everywhere! 
When the tulips reach full bloom the flowers are then cut off so the bulbs can grow to the proper size for sale. 
This is the first year we've seen the space between the rows filled with the flower heads 

Another beautiful yard 
It had been raining earlier in the day and the droplets were still on these pink tulips 
Taking a ride in his red car 
Have you seen any spectacular flowers lately?  We are so fortunate to live in this area of great beauty.