Ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton, WA
I'm not sure how much resolve I have right now, but I am feeling inspired and I'll take that for sure! :) The sun really is shining brightly today, and I have a couple more "sunshine in my kitchen" posts planned for this week. :) I feel a LOT better than I did just 4-6 weeks ago. HalleluYAH!! :)
My younger sister Bonnie came to visit us for 10 days in December, and we enjoyed every minute with her! She flew from cold and snowy Ohio to a cold and rainy Seattle, but the sun did peek out a few times during her visit... and she has a very "sunny" personality so it was as if she had brought sunshine with her! ;)
Bonnie and Moshe (11 months)
Having Bonnie here was like having an extra set of hands! We had dinner guests a couple evenings, took a couple days off to go out and do fun stuff (like thrift store shopping and actually going into Seattle), and had a number of days where we just stayed home and hung out. With Bonnie's help, the homeschooling, meals, cleaning, and basically everything went super smoothly and we had a blast. :)
Here is Eliyahu (4) and Ruth (2) drinking some kefir for breakfast, taken the first day Bonnie was here. Since Bonnie arrived late at night, we kept her arrival date a secret from the children (they just knew if was sometime "soon"), and they were surprised and delighted to wake up and find her at our house! :)
Knowing that Yehoshua (6) had wanted a violin for several years, Bonnie and Joshua and I pooled money together to get a 1/4 size violin for Yehoshua to start learning. We got the Franz Hoffmann Prelude violin outfit from Shar Music and it is a really nice Romanian-made violin for the price. I am a big believer in using quality instruments that can and will produce beautiful music, since the point of investing time and money into learning an instrument is to actually make beautiful music. :) Bonnie gave Yehoshua a number of violin lessons during her visit, and I am continuing his lessons now that she's gone.
Bonnie came here thinking that Ruth (2) would be the sweetest thing around, but little Moshe stole her heart! This was the second time Moshe got to meet/spend time with Bonnie, and they really hit it off! It probably helps that Moshe is napping better and generally in a pleasant mood... oh, and the toothy grins and kissable cheeks help too. ;)
We took a bus down to Seattle and then did some sightseeing, meeting up with Joshua when he got off work to get a ride back home. Bonnie had never been on a ferry, so we took the Seattle-Bremerton ferry for a fun adventure. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, and not too cold for December!
We enjoyed exploring at Pike Place Market, listening to live music, eating freshly-cooked doughnuts, sampling apples and pears, and generally just walking, walking, walking and taking in all the sights! :)
More "Seattle" posts (all with photos!):
Coming this week: (Yes, for real! I will be blogging!)
Spiced Cranberry Apple Sauce recipe (finally!)
Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: TBA
Roasted Carrots and Potatoes recipe
Sunshine in my kitchen: TBA