This was the day that we said goodbye to Port Townsend. After spending much of the morning gathering her belongings packing up dishwashing and generally straightening up the place I walked around and took pictures so that I would forever be able to remember this wonderful place. Let's start with the giant tree out front.
This is the best picture I could get, down from the ground up through the tree.
I loved all the quaint little fire places that were in most of the rooms.
And here is the Harry Potter room under the stairs. William really tried to convince us to let him sleep under there one night and we probably would have except for the fact that what you see is all there is. It was just a tiny square that he couldn't lay straight in.
These are some of my favorite scenes of the houses.
I was really sad to say goodbye.
After everything was packed up and we were ready to go we headed down to the beach one last time for family pictures.
Here was Ted set up.
And Ted took some great pictures of us but I don't have them yet so we will have to do with the ones I had my niece take with my camera of us by the lighthouse.
And can you believe these little sweeties down on the beach?! I cannot tell you how happy I am that Carmen now lives in the same state as us.
With boys everything is a gun.
Russ, Kirsten, Grayson, and Joseph waiting for pictures to happen.
I will never get over how awesome it is to have a photojournalist as a member of the family.
And then letting the kids climb on this huge anchor that I thought was really really cool.
Driving through Port Townsend. This is a place where I've learned that I really like boats.
It wasn't long before the backseat looked like this:
and out the windshield looks like this I was holding Russ's hand and we were listening to Florence and The Machine and it was pretty much a perfect moment.
We headed to Bremerton where we would take the ferry to Seattle. It was a little bit out of the way but I knew the kids (and I) would really like taking a ferry. We got there about five minutes after a ferry left so we were the first in line to wait for the next one and we had about an hour to kill. So we went and got some hot chocolate and went out on the pier and looked at some amazingly huge starfish.
And then we got to go on the ferry.
Gracie was extremely giddy over the whole thing. See, look she's cackling in this picture.
Russ let Gracie fly. Watch out Leonardo DiCaprio I think Russ has you beat.
It was a very windy on the ferry.
And William did have a good time, he just want to take pictures.
Here he is spitting over the edge but don't worry I made him stop after I took this picture.
We are coming up to Seattle. Can you see the Space Needle in the background there?
Here we are coming up to the city. It was kind of actually way cooler than it probably looks in this picture to just pull up to all of these tall buildings after you've just been riding around on the water.
Then we drove back to Tacoma here is Ted getting ready to compile all the pictures into the family DVD like he does every year.
Here are some of the nephews playing the piano and singing I wish I could remember what they're singing but I do remember that it was awesome.
I also wish I had a picture of us watching the family video that night but I was too taken up by the video itself to think about taking pictures. Some of us also practiced a song that we would sing the next day in Kirsten's ward at church. It was really cool to sing with them. There is a lot of great musical talent in this family.