Hawaii to Portland to NYC…
So….. we decided it would be The Summer of Recovery for our lovely Maribeth, but also for the whole family as we pass through a very difficult season of learning, sorrow, endurance and patience.
So as food and the sharing of it has been a binding factor helping us move through this time, we have also found that our summer calendar was building to a crescendo of movement across the country! A Big Vacation had been in the works for awhile, and with the generous offers from friends and family to take care of pets and other loose ends while we were in and out of 620 for several weeks, we set out. We never thought it would be such an amazing journey as it has turned out to be.
First, we ate our way across the Big Island of Hawaii, starting on the plane (Alaska air, always!) with whatever the kids wanted to eat – and they willingly obliged! Great salads, protein plates, bahn mi sandwiches even. We were all 5 together in adjacent rows, eating our way across the Pacific, headed toward Paradise. MB had been to Hawaii once before, 30 years prior, but this would be a fresh experience for the whole family for a week of Airbnb and then the Fairmont, swimming, snorkeling, beach time, and especially eating together 3 times a day for a week.
After Hawaii, it was 3 days in Portland looking at colleges for Imogene – oh, there IS good food in Portland, then back home for one day of rest and then another flight – this time East – for MB and Peter to eat their way through a 4 day City tour of New York City with two very lovely and longtime friends. Food, jazz, bagels, Statue, pizza, Bridges, french food, Parks, pastries, oh man…
One goal of it all was for Maribeth to relax, but also to work on her vocabulary… We think it worked, but it was also maybe a bit much in a tight window. We all got tired at times – of movement, communication, compromises, all of the things that make looking back so much better than the frustrations at the time.
New York City
…with Mark and Kate!
In between getaways, MB and I do a little s-h-o-p-p-i-n-g, as the Pet Shop Boys sang… In our new favorite grocery haunt. Did I mention she is working on that vocabulary list? What better place to do it than Central Market in Shoreline?!? Ahhh, just a little together-time 😘🍓
“Avacado”….”Sweet potato waffle fries….” …etc, you get it. Y-U-M. Central Market, yeah. Better than vocab flash cards