This mom: takes the ferry to Kingston

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It’s been hours since we got home and my toes are still cold. Wool sock and rainboots are still no match for the Puget Sound. We headed out early this morning as the snow began to fall in Seattle.  We had our hearts set on taking the girls to Edmonds to take the ferry over to Kingston.
I grew up in Edmonds and cant help but act as a tour guide to my hometown just 20 minutes north of Downtown Seattle. “Ohh that’s the Denny’s my friends and I drank coffee at and smoked Camel cigarettes. This girls I was friends with, her mom used to own that shop over there, and now a girl I used to babysit works there!” Super vital information like that.
We park right by the ferry and decided to walk on. Instantly as I open the door I’m like “ahhh I can breathe again!” The air in Edmonds is different. Its chilled and clean…I cant describe it. But its like the rest of the world is a stuffy smoke filled room in comparison.
The ferry was full of young pre-teens going to some soccer tournament. And those are most of my memories going to Kingston too. School camping trips or a softball game. Or in the summer we’d go over just to get ice cream. Today our old goal is to get crepes and just take in the sights. I didn’t photograph much over at Kingston, eating with two little ones is all the challenge I can handle.
But after lunch we walked to a look out point to watch the ferry boat come in. The misty rain starts curling my hair and my girl’s cheeks turn red.  Thankfully the ride back seemed to go by so quickly. We all couldn’t wait to get back in the car. It’s been way too long since I’ve felt that stinging of cold cold hand warming in the car on the ride home. Reminded me of taking off my soccer cleats in the back seat, and begging my mom to let us go through a drive thru for dinner.
I dont hope that my girls some day smell the fresh air and think of their childhoods, I hope they never stop exploring the Pacific Northwest. And playing outside even though its raining.
I feared that getting a car would mean walking around less and not getting outdoors as much. But I’m starting to think it’s just the opposite. I think there’s going to be more family outings outside and less netflix marathons inside from now on.
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These Parents: got a car.

20140220-170049.jpgI don’t drive. I have major anxiety behind a wheel and work myself up. Would you want someone like that on the road? How about driving your children around? Well me neither so I don’t drive.
Justin is a fine driver. But he’s a city person. He grew up in Chicago and when I met him he had a studio apartment on Capitol Hill and could walk to his work. We actually fell in love walking home from his work to his studio. We were just friends but it was those walks where he would make me laugh and we’d storm around at 3am after King Cobra had closed. But I digress.
Anyways the years have past and a car never seemed like a priority. We own tons of shoes and there are bus transfers all over our house. But when given the opportunity to buy a really REALLY nice car that is just perfect for our family, we went for it.
The timing felt right to make the investment and give our family a bit more freedom!
We got the keys last night and the first two places I wanted to go are Queen Anne for brunch and then Golden Gardens. Neither are places far to drive, but for some reason there is no easy way to bus there. A 10 minute drive is an hour and a half to bus for some reason. So we just haven’t been able to go to these places often.
We had one of those days where I felt like a kid again. I couldn’t wait to climb up to the top of Kerry Park to see the view of the Seattle skyline. And I ran with Lucy up to the waterline, and squealed with her when I realized just how freezing cold the Puget Sound still is. I could have stayed all day but Justin had an appointment he had to get to.
I feel a bit like a sell out for breaking down and getting a car after years of bragging about walking everywhere. But today wouldn’t have played out like it had if we didn’t. I would have stayed in, watched a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy and maybe taken the girls in the yard to play. Having a car is a game changer. Seattle just got a whole lot bigger and the options feel limitless for how to spend torn together as a family.
-jill

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This Dad: the pre-nap laps

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Recently, Mila has been having a hard time falling asleep for her afternoon nap. But Jill figured out that if Mila walks laps around the house she passes out right after.
Normally, I miss out on this cause it’s during the time I’m getting ready for work. But today I actually got to join in and Lucy’s home on mid winter break.
So often when the girls go outside I use that time to do housework or make a phone call but I won’t be missing out on this anymore. The girls quietly walk around. Calmly, exploring a familiar space they are comfortable in. And so Jill and I get to catch up and recap the day.
Jill took all these photos and they are some of my favorites of Lucy and Mila. The matching outfits were an accident, by the way.

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These Parents: go to California

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When my best friend Laura gave birth to her first son P, I showed up at the hospital with a 6 pack of PBR and couldn’t wait to meet her tiny new bundle. As we approached the room, p’s dad stormed out of her room horrified telling us they couldn’t get her bleeding to stop. We sat in the waiting room for nearly an hour. All our excitement quickly turned to the fear that we could lose her.
Fast forward to last month when she was in labor with her second son T, I was physically shaking almost all day. Laura is one of the few friends I have that I feel like I truly know. I might not know her current favorite song or her Starbucks drink( actually I do, and it’s ridiculous) . But I know at the core of her being she is a solid person. Who refuses to smile “just because”. she doesn’t have it in her to be fake like that. If she gives you her friendship or even just the time of day, feel lucky! Cause I can promise you it’s not for any personal gain.
I wanted so badly to be there for her again through her pregnancy, and birth and adjusting to life with a new baby and when she was sick and had to be in the hospital. So the moment we could afford to, we headed down to see her and her family! Who just happen to live in beautiful sunny SoCal! Haiiiiii! I woulda come see her even if she lived in middle of nowhere Kansas or something, but the fact that she lives near beautiful beaches and world famous tiki bars is just a perk!

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