I was so tired out today, I took a nap around 6 and Erik was home to make dinner. It was delicious. He used a couple of the artichokes from the backyard.
Nicole had her final piano recital today. She played a movement from a Beethoven Sonata and four pieces from Dello Joio. They were energetic and full of feeling. I could tell there was joy and relief from having completed all those many years of piano study and performance. She contributes willingly and beautifully in church and youth meetings. I am proud of her. Here she is with her teacher and both of her piano teachers and then with the family afterward.
We went to the beach today to just have fun and relax with some of our friends from our ward. It was a lot of fun. We had an awesome game of ultimate frisbee, hit a volleyball around, played ladderball and smash ball, built sand castles, did stop motion movies, and the harlem shake. We have a few burns, and we are tired, but we love our dear friends who we spent the day. We needed a day for relaxation, good conversations, and beautiful weather.
We went to a ward in Anacortes. I met a friend from Finland there who I knew at BYU. It is always amazing what a small world it is in the church. In a remote ward in Washington I met someone from college and Finland. We had a great chat.
After that we had a wonderful hike around the top of Anacortes that overlooks the San Juan Islands. Beautiful vistas and talks and time to think.
We followed that with a delicious dinner and more connecting.
Julia Mary Ann Sue Melissa Kristine Rachel
Today was a day to discover the small town where our inn was situated. It was the small town of La Conner. In the morning some of us went to a yoga class, while others got neck massages and facials. Then we went for a delicious lunch and afterward went to the river where some of the ladies did some glass blowing.We stopped in many of the shops and book stores. I spent time just reading in a book store about Daring Greatly, overcoming fear and letting ourselves be vulnerable. We had lots of great chats and time for beauty. Rachel gave us all these beautiful scarves. It was cool outside, perfect for wandering and exploring.
Matching tulip shoes, perfect for the weather and wandering in the fields
This morning the six of us set out on a bike tour of the tulip fields in Skagit valley. It was a rainy day, so we had to bundle up in ski clothes. But it was an adventure on the bikes. And the tulips and tulip fields were magnificent. We also passed by raspberry and blueberry fields, daffodil fields, and rustic barns. It was a memorable experience on a cloudy day filled with color and light.
Rachel and I flew to Seattle this morning and had a great tour of some harbor towns across from Seattle. I thought this sign in the airport was amusing. Seattle is near lots of water. We just needed a rental car, not a cruise ship.We had a delicious lunch in Gig Harbor. We then stopped in at Rachel’s aunt’s jewelry store in Port Orchard.
We then made our way to Poulsbo where Rachel’s grandparents live. It is a Norwegian town on the water. They live in a wonderful home with tulips and a great view of the water. We had a great visit with them.
Her grandparents took us our for dinner. They are sweet. I loved watching them take care of each other and hold hands on the way out of the restaurant. Years of life and love together.
We had a long drive up to La Conner in the Skagit valley where we are going to see tulips and have our Jacobsen women’s retreat.
This was waiting for us in the room we stayed in.
We made it and united with the rest of the Jacobsen women for our adventures this weekend. Some delicious cookies and conversation, and we had lots of rain on the drive up. I am glad to have arrived safely, and I am looking forward to a fun weekend.
I am tired right now. I am going out of town in the morning and so I squeezed all the piano lessons for the rest of the week into today. That was nine piano lessons. I guess I am determined to keep up with these kids weekly. It makes a huge difference to do weekly piano lessons. But I am tired! We also got all the laundry folded and the all the beds changed today. Erik was integral in that process. I couldn’t do it without him.
After all the work, I went to Brandon’s baseball game. Erik came a few innings after I did. Brandon got to come up to bat with the bases loaded. He had his first hit of the season and hit an RBI. The next batter hit a triple and cleared the bases; Brandon scored all the way from first base. It was a bright spot after all his hard work to make the team. And then after making the team, his hard work to earn playing time and batting time. He has been getting some great hits lately, but they have been caught or barely thrown out. So today was the reward for the hard work. I am so glad Erik made it to the game too. I am so proud of Brandon’s work ethic. He gives it his all, works hard all practice, and really listens and responds to the coaches.
He and I were definitely worn out tonight. But there is nothing like the feeling of fatigue after giving it your all. It feels satisfying and rewarding, and sleep is calling me.