Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bellingham: Take Two

We headed up for our second tour of Bellingham this past week. It was decent weather, and Sora instantly attached to her grandpa and grandma. 

We took advantage of the sunny weekend by packing it full of activities! We took a tiny historic foot ferry across a tiny bay (I think we could have swam in 10 minutes - even Sora, but instead we took a 20 minute boat ride).

 We saw a lot of seals on our short tour.
 And our whole weekend was filled with beautiful views of Mt. Baker.

 Sora practiced her polo skills.
 And got right back on the horse after being thrown off a time or two.
 She loved playing at the beach, and we even got to see a wedding (which was more fun for me and my mom of course).
 Sora is such a grandma's girl. Almost the whole time we were there, she insisted that grandma help her with everything. It was great to have a break from being the chosen one all the time, but I'm sure that grandma was secretly exhausted!
 We also toured the Tall ships, one of which is the official ship of Washington state. It was more interesting for Kyle than Sora, but she loved driving the boat!
 Sora has finally made one of the most important list yet in her short life: the list of berries ranked by preference. So far, the list is "raspberries at the top, then blueberries, and strawberries at the bottom". Luckily, my mom's friend owns a raspberry farm so we got to see the pickers in full swing. This was one of my first jobs in high school, which brought back a lot of memories! Kyle loved learning all about the system, and Sora just loved stuffing her face with fresh raspberries. I think it's probably a good thing we live so far away, because I don't think a toddler can live on raspberries alone.
 One of the highlights of my parents house is that Sora is learning to like animals. It's a slow process, but she (kind of) made friends with their dog by feeding him treats daily, and also helped papa put in the horses each night. She pet the horses, and even the neighbors pigs, on many occasions, and on our last night there, she even rode a horse! She was very excited about the helmet (who can blame a girl for loving accessories?).
 It took a lot of watching papa and mommy ride Dakota first before finally deciding to join mommy.
 It was a short ride, but it totally counts as her first horse ride! What a brave little kiddo!
 Sora is lucky to be blessed with three sets of doting grandparents. All of whom will read to her at the drop of a hat. For example, here is her "Papa D" reading a book about hats with her while wearing his hat and having a hat for Sora on his lap. Too cute!
Thanks again Papa and Grandma D for all of the fun and hospitality! I wish I could call you guys to come over on all of Sora's cranky days (especially if you could bring the magic iPad with you)!

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