Monday, April 22, 2013

a ballerina birthday

Ada birthday by Southworth Sailor
Ada birthday, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.

PINK is really big with Ada these days, and ballet is also really big; so it was a pink ballerina birthday party to celebrate our oldest granddaughter's fourth Bday. The party was enjoyed by family and special friends, with Aunty Marti producing another award winning cake and Bjorn's friend Carl whipping out crepes. Saturday afternoon's party rolled on to well after midnight as we waited for Mike and John to return from Esther's cousin Arnold's funeral in Portland. Sunday, we witnessed Bjorn's installation as elder at Oikos and then we enjoyed Russian dumplings Pelmenis in Bellingham. A cold walk at Boulevard Park and a visit with my mom completed the busy weekend. She turns 90 next week!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Ruby Retreat

The bulk of our Spring Break was occupied with entertaining Ruby. She stayed with Papa and Farmor from Tuesday night until Saturday. The marginal weather on Wednesday and Thursday allowed us to go to the beach, to the park and play outside with the wagon. The rain on Friday chased us indoors to the Imagination Station. Ruby seemed to enjoy her special time with Papa and Farmor. Towards the end of the week, she did start asking when she was going to go home. We managed to get a few chores completed. The lawns got mowed, the shower door and lazy susan were repaired; and I bought a good used outboard motor to replace my stolen one. Thanks, Ruby, for a good Spring break.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Pleasant Pateros

morning Pateros by Southworth Sailor
morning Pateros, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.

This year's Spring break is a 'break' from the Bulthuis road trip routine. We are spending the bulk of it 'babysitting' our youngest granddaughter, but we couldn't resist at least a short getaway. We spent a long weekend in central Washington. We moseyed around Wenatchee, Chelan, Pateros and Leavenworth, spending a night in Pateros and Leavenworth. Pateros was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed a very nice riverfront motel, with gorgeous weather and strolls through the sleepy little town. We also did the Enzian in Leavenworth absorbing the Spring heat wave. We came back to Southworth ready to take on Ruby for the week.