This summer I turned 40. For years I was planning a great way to celebrate this big birthday. I completely missed my 30th and thought I need to make up for it by doing something real exciting for my 40th. I had planned to take the family to Mexico and many other family members were planning on joining us but due to lack of funds this trip didn't happen. Instead I used frequent flyer miles and went to Vegas with my family from Seattle. As you all know that ended with Vertigo and Anxiety so I am not super thrilled with this last birthday. Funny thing is I was the only person not dreading turning 40. I feel as though I have learned a lot from this last summer and if anything I am a lot stronger having been through it all. It has definitely taught me to not sweat the small stuff. On my birthday I went out and had lunch with Ben and dinner with my family. Every year I celebrate my birthday with my mom because her birthday is the day after mine. She made us an amazing cake that we all enjoyed.
I try to do different activities every summer and it is not easy to do on a budget. My sister invited us to join her at the aquarium and she had a discount card. I was so excited to hear that because I was dying to take them but the prices were outrageous. I'm so glad she asked us because Coolidge is still talking about all the wonderful creatures he saw there. His favorite was the star fish and see urchins you could touch. He loved that when you stuck your finger in the center they would grab on to your finger. He also couldn't get enough of the sea otters. He spent many days looking for the river otters outside my moms house. However, the best part for all of us was that we got to do it with two of my sisters and their kids. It has gotten harder and harder to only see them once a year. I am so glad that I got a chance to spend a lot of time with them this year.
Adrian came to visit us in August. He loved Seattle last year and we were glad he wanted to join us again. With his busy schedule and ours we had a hard time finding just the right days but we managed to get him for 4 days of fun. I wanted to show him and my boys a part of Seattle they had never seen. I took them to a favorite park of mine when I was younger, Carkeek Park. They have fun easy hikes that are just perfect for young city kids like Brody. The best part is that you can go on a very short hike and then go check out the beach. Coolidge and I found a star fish that looked just like the one at the aquarium. That has to be the best find we have ever seen on a beach. In one day my boys got to experience 3 of their favorite loves, nature trails, trains, and the creatures on the beach.
|The train rain right under us on a bridge.|
|Brody found a hermit crab|
While Adrian was visiting we all experienced Jetty Island for the first time together. Even I had never been there. My brother-in-Law Henry recommended it and it was a blast. I got very nervous because I had no idea what to expect and while we were on the ferry that literally takes one minute to get to the Island the captain said we may not be able to return until 8pm, which is the last boat. I panicked for a few reasons one because my anxiety was on high that day and two my mother was at home making her sauce for the lasagna and she would have killed me if she cooked all day and nobody was there to eat it. After you get to the other side you realize that you can easily get off the Island when you ready but they scare you with the "speech" they must tell you just in case that actually happens. I didn't expect it to be so busy because the day we went it was over cast and a little chilly. But of course we picked a day that they set up a treasure hunt. We didn't find any treasure but we did enjoy the beach and company.
This summer was great. I had a lot of plans and didn't get to do all that I wanted but yet I was able to do almost all of it. My anxiety through me for a loop but happy I didn't let it stop me from much at all. I am truly blessed to have such a great family. I can't end this blog without giving my mom a big THANK YOU. She helps make our summers the best every year. I get sad when I think of her selling her home and our summers changing forever. Ben, the kids and I appreciate her more than she knows. She shops, cooks, cleans, babysits, and pampers us all summer long. Mom you truly are the best and we are missing you like crazy.