I know that technically it’s midweek, but I’m still reliving the wonderful, LONG weekend that started last Thursday and ended Monday, with my Taft’s birthday. Here are some highlights …
Mom and Shirley drove over on Wednesday night, totally cleaned Chase’s room (scary) and helped me make beds, etc.
I picked Darci, Kristin and Hillary up at 1:00pm on Thursday and we headed to Coeur d’alene to eat at Hudson’s.
Hudson’s is a walk-in, sit-down and eat hamburger bar that is 103 years old. There are about 20 stools to sit on, which are almost always occupied. All you can get at Hudson’s are hamburgers and pie and pop (no fries and don’t ask for a straw either.) The hamburgers are made from fresh ground beef (no seasoning, just beef), you can get a plain burger or cheeseburger and options include tomato, pickles and onions. I’m pretty sure the pies are brought in (nothing special there.) The best part about Hudson’s are the customers–note the tall cowboy with a yellow bandanna and an heirloom vest made of fur. He was quite the character–chatted up my mom for several minutes!
Look at my pretty, pretty sister and mom. Darci is having a baby on May 24th!
And me, Kristin and Hillary. I was super bummed that it had rained (hard) for 48 hours straight. We didn’t get to do my favorite hike and just had to eat instead (ok, I guess it wasn’t that bad!)
We explored an inside mall (found a couple really cute stores) and then headed to The Dockside for dessert. The Dockside is known for their desserts. Aunt Shirley got the personal-sized birthday cake “gooey”
Kristin and Hillary shared the regular (HUGE) peanut-butter cup gooey.
My tummy wasn’t up for super rich and chocolaty, so I opted for the coconut cake (it was divine.)
Darci got the cheesecake with totally delicious strawberries and somehow I forgot to photograph Mom’s creme brulee.
Our first evening ended with stunning sunset. We had a light dinner and headed to bed relatively early!
Friday morning, we walked in freezing cold wind for almost 3 miles, got dressed and ate breakfast at a leisurely pace and headed out to explore Spokane. We got a tour of Geoff’s new surgery center and enjoyed a quick stop by The Trellis (favorite boutique) on our way.
Spokane was preparing for the annual Bloomsday run and festivities that draws nearly 40,000 participants, so the city was bustling and happy. This series of bronze runner statues commemorates Bloomsday and each runner was wearing a Bloomsday T-shirt from past years. We took several silly pictures here — note Hillary keeping up with the pack!
Here we are at Riverfront Park, sitting just opposite the famous red wagon. As you can imagine, we stopped numerous people to take group photos over the course of two days!
One of the main purposes in our gathering to Spokane, was the Time Out for Women event. As the title suggests, this is a very fun, bucket-filling, spirit-building event put on by LDS book publisher, Desert Book.
Here’s a little video. It was fantastic. Here we are posting with our Time Out bags! Kayce and my friend Erin joined us for the event — even though I *think* I take too many photos, I always wish I had more.
We stayed up late on Saturday for our traditional sharing and girl-bonding activity–FUN!
Everyone left Sunday, we went to church and then mommy crashed.
Monday was Taft’s birthday. Somehow most everything got done and we celebrated this adorable 9 yr-old boy.
The best part for Taft–the Taft-friendly dinner of strawberry milk, yogurt and cheese quesadillas. There was roasted chicken and salad too, but they were optional for Taft on his special day. Taft was due for a date with mom and dad, but since his birthday fell on a Monday (traditionally family home evening) we decided to include the whole family and we all saw “How to Train Your Dragon” in 3D.
We came home to cake and ice cream and I fell into bed!
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