We stayed at a huge house in Port Orchard for the first few nights. All the cousins had fun in the house with all the kid-sized furniture, dress-up, and toys. We spent some of the days in Seattle. We got the city pass and were able to see the Woodland Park Zoo, The Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Science Center, and the space needle while in Seattle. We all enjoyed the ferry ride also from Port Orchard to Seattle on the second day. You can't go to Seattle without getting seafood, so we ate at Ivar's one evening.
On Sunday, we all went to church in the Tumwater ward (our previous ward) in Olympia. We had fun seeing many of our friends there. Then we all headed up to Sequim where we spent the last two days of our trip. We'd never been to Sequim. It is a beautiful drive along the coast. It is on the Olympic peninsula. While in Sequim, we spent time hiking and playing in the water at the Dungeness Spit and enjoyed the Sol Duc hot springs. On the way to the hot springs, we drove around Crescent Lake. It is amazingly blue and beautiful with towering mountains all around.
While at the Dungeness Spit, we had quite a scare when Jesikah suddenly passed out face first in the sand. We still don't know why, but when Eric turned over her limp body with her eyes rolled back in her head, I'd never been more scared. She wasn't breathing at first, but took a breath as soon as Eric cleared her mouth of the sand. She came to pretty quick, and has been fine ever since. I never want to have that panicked feeling again.
It was sunny and warm the entire time we spent in Washington...which is amazing. After spending a couple of days in Sequim, my family headed home, and Eric, I, and the kids went to Tumwater to visit all our friends. It had only been about 10 months since we moved from there to Tennessee, and it just felt like we were back home.
Other than Jesikah fainting, the only other problem we had over the 10 days was Jarem being sick. Jarem had a fever on the way to Seattle and was sick the first couple of days. Then, he was well for the middle of the trip and ended up getting sick with a fever again the day before we left.
I don't usually post slideshows because they won't transfer to the blogbooks I like to make, but with all these pictures, it would take forever to upload, so I'm going to post a couple of slideshows of the family reunion. The one below is of our first day in Seattle at the Woodland Park Zoo. The slideshow above is of our second day in Seattle that we spent at the Aquarium, Science Center, and Space Needle. Many thanks to my sister, Brenda, for putting together the reunion.