Memorial Day weekend we were able to attend a family reunion for my mom's family. It was held on Guemes Island, a tiny island in the San Juans. Friday (Carson's birthday) we made a day trip out of traveling up there along with Mallory, Brandon, and kids. We took a route than consisted of a ferry ride, a beautiful drive over Whidby Island where we stopped and hiked to Deception Point, then drove over the bridge, and then made our way to Anacortes where another tiny ferry would take us to Guemes Island (a five minute ferry ride). We got to the ferry terminal about 6:45 only to find that the ferry workers were on a mandatory union dinner break until 8:00. So we sat, watched the ferry sit, and the ice cream in our car which we had just purchased for Carson's birthday melted. By the time we got to the cabin, everyone was starving and kids were getting tired so we didn't quite do the birthday dinner we had planned (don't worry he got plenty of celebrating later). We got kids fed and in bed as soon as possible. All the big cousins, including Mason, had a cool attic room where they laid there sleeping bags out and slept. Mason was so excited to be included as one of the big kids and did great. Mike, Elliot, and I were just a few feet away in a different room if he needed us, but he never did.
My camera died on the hike on the way up there, so all the pictures I have are from other people. It was a fun weekend though. The weather wasn't fantastic, but we made the most of any sun we did get. We went clamming, had a clam bake on the beach, did family trivia, played games, and just hung out. We stayed in a smaller house with Mallory and Brandon's family while the rest of the extended family was in a big house down the road. Every time we went to the big house, my teenage cousins completely entertained and played with our kids while we held Elliot and visited with the adults. It was awesome! It was nice to spend time some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins I don't get a chance to see very often (I also loved spending time with those I do see!) I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing family and am grateful for the examples they are to Mike and I and our kids.
Below are pictures my sister was kind enough to email and a few that I stole of my cousins Facebook page (thank you Sara!)
My little family.
It was a fun weekend and the island was beautiful, but we decided we could never live on an island. As mentioned earlier, we ran into dinner break on the way to the island. On Sunday we took the ferry to Anacortes to go church and on our way back the workers were on their mandatory hour lunch break. Then when we were leaving Monday, we left with what we thought was plenty of time, but there was a huge line of cars waiting to cross and the ferry only holds twenty two cars so we almost ran into union lunch hour again (we were the second to last car let on). I guess if you lived there you would just have a stash of snacks (everytime we were stopped we were hungry which made the wait seem a lot longer) and things to do in the car while you waited for the ferry. I can see the draw of living somewhere so private and beautiful, but I think we'll stick to vacationing to islands, but not living on them.