Wow! I feel like it was just the first of September yesterday.
The last month was packed with fun family time. For two weeks I had all three kids home for the first time since last December. We went on several adventures and enjoyed some beautiful September weather. We revisited a family tradition we had when the kids were just little tots. Over Labor Day weekend, we packed an ice chest with a picnic lunch and drove up to Mt. Baker for a hike. Boy, was it cold! The forecast did warn us that it would be “breezy” but it was closer to a wind storm up on the mountain!
The highlight, the kids and I would agree, was our time on Orcas island. We couldn’t have asked for two more beautiful days. After an early morning ferry ride, we drove to main street and had brunch at the cutest little café in East Sound. After powering up with a full breakfast and dropping our bags at the VRBO, we explored town for a little bit, then went on our first hike around one of the few lakes on the island. It was incredible to see how big the lakes were on an island! Following our hike, still full from brunch, we went on a 3-hour kayaking adventure! It was SO fun and great exercise! The water was smooth as glass and although we didn’t see any whales, we saw a pack of seal pups and other wildlife.
On our second day after checking out of the VRBO, with lunches packed, we headed up Mt. Constitution for another gorgeous hike! What we thought would only be two miles turned out to be a bit more. But the views along the way were worth it. Especially once we got to the lookout point at the top! We enjoyed snapping lots of photos while we caught our breath.
Our cabin get-away to Idaho was less eventful, and more of a “forced relaxation” for all. The smoke from wildfires up and down the west coast kept us inside all day and evening. There was plenty of football watched, but although we couldn’t spend time on the lake, it made for a fun road trip none the less.
After a whirlwind of adventures and hosting a small family gathering to celebrate Chase’s graduation from Bellingham Technical College, Eric, Madison and I left for SeaTac early Thursday morning. Eric and I were off to visit our close friends in Naples, Florida and Madison left back to her now-home of Louisville, KY.
Now, October as crept up on us and Halloween will be here in spooky fast speed.
Are you a “spooky season” fan? Do you love finding a good scary movie on Netflix, or maybe watching Halloween for the 34th time? Or are you already planning Thanksgiving dinner? Or maybe we’re on the same page and have already begun Christmas shopping-or at least started the hunt for ideas.
As we transition to the chilly season of pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters, I’ve found a few fun Pinterest recipes that sound yummy and I would love to share them with you. I would love to hear your successes (or funny failures!) with these ideas.
Sweet. Zombie eyeballs (no bake peanut butter goodness!):
Savory. Cheesy buffalo chicken skulls.
Cocktail. Did you know black vodka is a thing?