We just arrived home a while ago from Tulip Festival in Washington State. We had a BRILLANT time!
We left on Wednesday night and stayed at my parent’s house. We left early Thursday morning and went through hell at Ontario International Airport. We returned the rental car and got charged $6.69 a gallon for gas at AVIS. Their motto at Avis is, “We try harder,” but they lie. They do not try one bit.
When we arrived at the terminal, we decided that checking four people, a baby, a car seat, four suitcases, a stroller, and miscellaneous carry-on items would be easier curbside. We concluded Skycap service would be more efficient. We could not have been more wrong. We had already checked-in and had our boarding passes. We only needed to check our bags. We tipped the very rude and socially inept Skycap Porter $2.00 per bag. He put tags on our luggage, and then directed us INSIDE to WAIT IN LINE to check our bags in OURSELVES!!
Security was a nightmare.
We boarded the plane without a hitch. We pre-boarded because we had a baby and because my father is disabled. We sat in the front row in the bulkhead, where we had an amazing amount of space for a Southwest Airlines flight. We had a layover in Oakland, which did not require us to change planes. The flight was three and a half hours, including our layover in Oakland.
Our baby is the most wonderful of all wonderful babies in the whole wide world. She was so good. I breastfed her during take-off and landing. She sat there and sang, ate, played, laughed, and smiled. Eric and my mom were a tremendous help. Eric is the most wonderful of all wonderful husbands in the whole wide world. He was happy to take the baby, instead of leaving me to do everything like some husbands may be inclined to do. My parents were sure to remind me that he was a wonderful husband. I told them they were right and I probably do not deserve such a wonderful husband and all his wonderfulness.
We arrived in Seattle about 1:00 p.m. The weather was clear, blue skies, warm (around 55 degrees), and beautiful. We went to Ivar’s for a nice piping hot bowl of clam chowder. The baby sat quietly and contently, except for the occasional request to be gently rocked and walked around.
It was after 6:00 p.m. before we arrived at my godparent’s house in Mount Vernon, Washington. We got to visit and have some dessert. It had been a long day.
Friday, we went to the Tulip Festival. It was breathtaking. I absolutely LOVE the bulb flowers. They had daffodils and tulips EVERYWHERE!
Sunday I went running SIXTEEN MILES!!! WOO HOO!!! I ran the whole trail, around the Port of Anacortes, and around the marina. It was drizzling rain, but it was nice weather for running. I finished the whole 16 miles under three hours, which was my goal. Eric, Allie, my parents, and Debbie went around the antique shops along the main drag in Anacortes. It was absolutely an amazing run!!
Eric and I have been talking about moving to Washington for at least three years now. We have been going up to Seattle for about four years, mostly during the winter time. This was the first spring that we had ever gone up to Washington. We have decided that we really want to make a go at it. We love San Diego. We love our home. We love our little life here, but we want to try other places. We will begin home searching right away. We would like to have a nice bit of land that is zoned for horses. I had a horse (horses) when I was a kid and I think it would be great for Allie to have one too. It is so beautiful up there. We know that it is a risk (What if we hate it?), but one we are surely excited about taking.
We are looking at homes in different areas. We have not decided EXACTLY where we want to live, but we have already begun the search. This will likely be our last summer in San Diego. It is bitter sweetness. I really do LOVE San Diego. We will miss it, but I think we will really love it up there.