Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nobody said it was easy...it's such a shame for us to part


Bethy, Sequim Lavender Festival, Purple Haze Farm.



Our time here in Seattle is quickly winding down, and I feel like, well, like I've been on a 5 week vacation. I had an amazing time seeing you all, the people and places I've missed, and now I'm ready to go home with the kids to Mike.


Thomas gathers up his courage to ride a camel with Cousin Alex the second time he went to the Defiance Point Zoo.


While here we've gone to 3 zoos (some more than once!), a baseball game, lit fireworks, rode a Thomas the Tank Engine train and 3 ferry boats, went to 2 lavender festivals, ate innumerable hot dogs, did lots of touristy things, stayed up too late, slept in too long, and had an overwhelmingly lovely time with all of you.

Mostly I want to say thank you.

Thank you for making time for us in your lives.

Thank you for being forgiving of our unforgiving schedule.

Thank you for asking so many great questions, and being so interested in what it's like for us to be in a faraway place.

Thank you for the hospitality, the blog comments, the neighborhood barbeque.

Thank you for loving Bethy and Thomas even when they were worn out from being dragged around.

Thank you for watching those kids so I could get largely boring and time-consuming but very necessary errands done.

Thank you for meeting me for a meal, a beer, a cupcake, a chat.


Thank you for listening to my long stories that probably had no real point and nodding at all the right places.

Thank you for the hug, the grin, the shared joke, the moment.

Most of all, thank you for the welcome home.


Espresso, overlooking the Puget Sound as the wind was blowing my hair into an ungodly mess and the sun reflected warmly off the water in a moment of complete and utter bliss.

7 comments:

Cathy O. said...

Just looking at your coffee photo made me feel more relaxed this morning. :-)

dorothy said...

Missed your visit! Safe travels home - and thanks again for the personal flower delivery.

Natalie said...

You are both very, very welcome. :)

*Paula* said...

have a safe trip back! I know it can be hard to go home. :)

Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian said...

I was so happy that you came to the library TWICE even coming to my crazy chaotic story time.

Thank you also for the gift and the hugs.

Blessings on your journey!

sherrip said...

It was so great to see you and share calories with you! Thanks for making time in your busy social calender to spend some time with me.

Pat and Colleen said...

Natalie,

It was absolutely wonderful having you, Mike, Bethy and Thomas home.

Dad & I wish it could have been a more normal situation while you were here, but everyone seemed to be able to adjust as needed to make things work out OK. And I got lots of holding time memories with Bethy and Thomas.

We miss all of you already and can't wait to be able to see you, hold you and hug all again.

Thank goodness for the internet so we can talk or visit via Skype and email and better yet, live vicariously with you through your blog! LOL :-)

Glad you arrived home safely! Take Care!

Love & Hugs!