Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dana's way-back machine

(from the Awwwww department)

Hi everyone,

Dana sent me four memories of Rose that she had archived in her computer.  Here they are - in reverse chronological order.

May 29, 2011
Dad: Rose, you're Scottish, and you're Italian.
Rose: I am an adorable butterfly.

October 12, 2010
Rose told me the other day, "I'm not breaking it, Mommy. I'm just taking it apart." Crap. She's like her dad. I did point out to her that taking something apart only counts if you can put it back together.

June 18, 2010
Paul said to Rose tonight "you're quite the little drama queen". Rose said "No, I the King!" - point taken.

November 20, 2009
I've just had one of my most awesome parent moments. Rose just said her version of "I love you, Mom" after giving me a hug and a kiss on the mouth. I started crying immediately. She's never said any version of that to me or Paul. Ever. When she told me she loved me, not a single word was coherent.  She had to repeat it three times before I realized what she was saying


Monday, May 6, 2013

Trip to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA - May 3rd to May 5th, 2013

(from the It's better in the Islands department)

Hi everyone,

We took advantage of the nice, warm weather - and a Groupon - and headed up to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island this weekend.  We stayed at the Earthbox hotel - it's a nice place, which they self-describe as a "retro motor inn".  Plus - they have an indoor pool, which is always a plus for Dana & Rose.

Here's a few photos. 

First up - waiting for the ferry in Anacortes.  Ice cream is good:

Next - some photos from the ferry:

The last photo shows the puzzles they have on the ferry - Rose was helping us work on this one.

Then, after we spent the night in Friday Harbor, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the Farmer's Market:

Next up was the Children's Festival, where Rose got her face painted, and I took a self portait with Dana:

After that, we headed out to Lime Kiln Park, and I managed to get some amazing photos, some using the Panorama feature on my Nokia Lumia 920:

The next day, we stopped by the San Juan Island Distillery, the San Juan Vineyards, and the American Camp.  (Sadly, no pictures of the distillery):

Finally - we boarded the ferry and headed home:

During this trip, I also took some Photosynths.  These are 360 panoramas you can do with your camera, but you have to view them online.  Here's one taken at Lime Kiln park:

and here's a second taken at American Camp:

(Sorry about the weird image matching on these.  I've actually learned how to take them better now.)

All in all - a great little mini-vacation!