Saturday evening we picked up and packed up and set off for Whidbey Island.
It was nearly dark by the time we arrived at the cabin to join Jill, Isaac, Irene, and Allie.
Sunday morning we all got a slow start. I had not slept well and was very tired, but it was my birthday and I was determined to enjoy it fully. Jill cooked a yummy breakfast, and then, since there was an extra low tide, we all walked out onto the tide flats of Useless Bay.
The kids love to collect things, and Isaac especially will spend hours trying to catch little fish in the tide pools.
After lunch we eventually collected everyone again for a craft project Jill had planned. We came back over to the beach to select the pebbles and sticks we would need.
We all took turns gluing.
That was a lot easier to organize than using the camera timer to take the official photo.
Later Tom joined them all together and we will find a place in the cabin to hang them.Dinner was a joint effort with grilled teriyaki chicken and bacon wrapped shrimp skewers, foil packet potatoes, green salad and summer fruits, all very yummy.
As the sun was getting low in the sky we all went for a walk on the beach road.
And then we had cake! I see that Tom did not get the cake in his photo. It's hard enough to get all the people looking at the same time, and Mr. Whiskers too!
It was chocolate zucchini cake, and there was plenty of ice cream to go with it. The kids made cards for me, and presented me with my birthday gift, this objet d'art selected in the gift shop at Redwoods National Park, just one of the places they have been in the first month of summer.
It's not everyone who can claim to have their very own hand blown glass banana slug!
Yes, we are a strange lot. We like it that way.