Truth is: I wasn’t even going to post photos from the end of our summer travels. It all of a sudden feels like it was so long ago, and life just keeps moving…no time to look back, right? But then…Josiah developed his new Film Photos, and I just couldn’t not…(bad grammar there? it’s summer and I’m all out of sorts.)
First about the film camera: I was initially very anti-film camera. When Josiah started wanting one I was like “What? I mean, have you heard of this thing called PROGRESS? Cuz that’s what happened to bring us FROM film photos TO digital photography!” And he started in with all this talk about art and passion and film and I got lost in there somewhere but sure ‘nough– we bought him a film camera for his 17th birthday.
And I think he’s off to an incredible start.
So without too many words (I know, funny idea) I’ll give a brief recap of our time in Washington state in July…
Beginning with the Fourth of July at my brother’s home.
On Henderson Bay, Gig Harbor, Wa.
And for a little piece of MY HISTORY…
The little square house up there on the right was my home from age two until about nine. (cute right?) Then my parents bought the house next door (the one on the left) except it looked way different then, but they remodeled it a bunch of times while we lived there until I graduated high school. A few years later my brother bought the house from my parents (and remodeled it even more) so it holds all kins of sentimental feels for me. And really. Being on Henderson Bay for the Fourth of July is so spectacular. Not only are there about a thousand people shooting off fireworks across the bay (on the sandspit) but there is a barge that also shoots off some brilliant beauties from the bay.
This is my favorite shot…
It was an incredible Fourth.
We spent one more quick day at my parents’ home right at the heart of Gig Harbor. I love their home. And it’s literally across the street from where everyone walks the sidewalk around the little harbor. (We can sit on their porch and wave as friends pass by. Isn’t that so small-town dreamy?) It’s also walking distance to important things like: Coffee shops. Bakeries… *Swoon.* Sorry but mind a little more history?… This grocery store (which is located literally next door to my parents’ home- if you looked to the left of this pic. you’d be looking at my folks house in the previous picture) was my Grandfather’s store. My Grandpa, John Finholm, opened it with his brother Eddie, and it was one of the first grocery stores in the harbor. Grandpa was also a butcher, and this store was home to the only frozen meat locker in the town. I remember visiting him and (vegetarians — close your eyes for a sec…) seeing all kinds of dead cows and pigs hanging upside down in the meat lockers. Haha. Grandpa always wore a big white apron with blood on it. And he was always smiling. So many good memories.
ALSO: If the cars weren’t blocking the above photo, you could see a new mural on the wall on the right side of the store above. My parents’ found a wonderful artist to paint a mural using an actual photograph from the 1930’s! If you visit there you’ll see my Grandpa and his brother in the mural looking just like they did in the good ole’ days. Click HERE to see the artist’s website with full story and photos of the mural–it’s really awesome!
^^That’s the harbor at night from my parents’ house. I know, right?
But we only had a day in the harbor before we boarded my parents’ boat for a cruise to Seattle…
The boat my parents lived on while their home was being built. (For three years!)
My PNW heart was very full.
But to keep everyone happy, we only stopped back in the harbor for one more night before zipping off to mom and dad’s mountain cabin for the final days of our visit.
And here’s what you need to know: Luke dreams of this cabin allyearlong. I literally catch him (when he’s supposed to be doing school) on Google Earth studying the streets and surrounding areas of this cabin.
It’s on Mt. Rainer, close to Crystal Mountain ski resort. It sits on the Green River.
AND…it’s boy heaven.
And there, my friends, ends a spectacular time with my incredible parents in Washington State.
We’ll be dreaming of more adventures until we see them again.
Meanwhile you might like to hop over to Josiah’s OWN WEBSITE where he posts all of his photos (and usually a little writing every month as well!)
With much aloha,