It worked out perfectly to combine a work conference for Nick in Seattle with family weekends in Bellingham. So we flew into Seattle and headed up for a day with Kara’s Grandparents who are in their 90’s. We did church and lunch which was enough adventure for one day.  While Nick was at his conference, Ivan and I explored Seattle. We have a museum pass that let us into some in Seattle. So we enjoyed the Children’s Museum of Bellevue, Science Center of Seattle, Museum of Flight. Ivan’s favorite was the Children’s Museum where he got to play with race cars, a big rig, climbing ropes, trains and water tables. After the week of Seattle we headed back up to Bellingham for one more day and thankfully it was a wonderful sunny day. We took Kara’s grandparents on a drive and out to lunch with a view of the water near the Canadian boarder. It was a lovely trip to see family and friends, but we were glad to be back home, despite the early snow in CO!

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IMG_20180820_115610.jpgWe spent a lovely week on the beach in Florida.  Ivan loves the sand and is beginning to like the waves and water so it still is a great place to relax. This time we found a tiny complex with about 25 unites right on the beach. We had a kitchen, outdoor tables to eat at, pool that over looked the beach with sand and water 5 steps below.

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It was perfect. We took a few excursions to Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway and bowling. Ivan loved it all. I really enjoyed learning about all the space science at Kennedy and we ended up meeting another couple on the beach who used to work there so interesting to get inside stories.  We enjoyed both delicious seafood as well as simple meals prepped at our place. All in all a great relaxing vacation. Check out our video https://vimeo.com/286768881.

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My parents had a celebration of 40 years of ministry that they asked my brother and I and our families to be a part of in Pennsylvania.  So we booked a flight to Harrisburg and arrived and headed to the party. We had a busy weekend of being together in a very eclectic house in Mt Gretna as well as spending time where my parents are parked with great family friends who have known me all my life.  The boys were in the pool as much as the rain held off and didn’t seem to mind the chilly water.  We hit up a few tourist stops before parting ways.

Nick and I then took a day to visit Baltimore, MD and hang out around the Inner Harbor area. We walked around and explored some local places and the free Baltimore Art Museum. We thoroughly enjoyed some great seafood while there then headed back to drop Nick off at the airport.

Ivan and I stayed a week longer so that I could visit with my dear friends from elementary school and a college friend in the area.  It was fun to reconnect and have play dates with kidos.  Ivan as always was excited to meet new friends and play as much as possible yet did really well when he was the only one as well.  He is such a great traveler.

We rounded off the trip by a visit to Roots Farmers Market and dinner with special family friends. It was great, but we were tired and ready to be home and see Nick again.

 

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We had the chance to go to Cabo for vacation in February.

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It was not as warm as we thought it might be and we were all a bit sick, but otherwise it was relaxing and  nice to be in the sunshine.  Ivan enjoyed the sand and playing everyday on the beach.

Here’s a video of some picture. https://vimeo.com/260672986

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Nicolas’ grandparents have birthdays very close together, so the family decided to throw a party since this year would be Grandpa’s 90th.  I decided that Ivan and I should road trip to Kansas City before to hang out with old friends.  We took off early Friday morning and much to my delight he enjoyed the car ride: listening and reading books much of the time.  We picked out a few special surprises from the dollar store so that helped as well!   I got to catch up with many friends from Kansas City past as well as other pasts. Ivan was such a trooper and we would leave one house of “new friends” and he would always ask, “Where are we going to next, Mommy?”

After a week of visits Nick flew into Kansas City and then the next morning we headed to Newton, KS to hang out with his family.  Newton was having a few festivals that we tried to enjoy but the rain kept us inside. Ivan didn’t mind as we utilized the hotel pool!  The birthday party was a success! Then on Sunday we spent the day with Nick’s dad and some other family.

The drive home with Nick was enjoyable and Ivan again did a great job in the car.  A most successful trip.

 

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Nick surprised Kara by booking 2 nights without Ivan at Steamboat Springs for anniversary celebration.  We had such a great time doing what we can’t do with Ivan: ejoying a 3 hr dinner with wine, walking along the river and talking, scenic drive, sitting with wine by the river, relaxinging in the hot springs.  We also enjoyed the chair lift up and the alpine slide down the mountain.

Here’s a link for a short photo video:https://vimeo.com/240541301

Shortly after vacation my nephew flew in to visit from Michigan.  Ivan had a blast playing with Silas.  They had fun swimming together, going to the playground, museum, creek, making and eating popsicles, reading Garfield and building forts.

The three of us flew together to Seattle where his parents and my parents met up and we all spent a week together in Birch Bay, WA.  My cousin was getting married in Bellingham so Nick flew up from work just for the weekend.  The boys really enjoyed the bay especially low tide when they could dig up rocks and shells and splash in the water.  The house we rented also had video games so they enjoyed playing against each other and the adults.

My cousin is an animal lover and her wedding shows that. Instead of attendants she had her beloved pets!  It was unique but fun to experience. Ivan loved watching the animals.

Check out the video of some of the fun memories we created at https://vimeo.com/227995067