We journeyed once again to the great Northwest to visit with Amber, Drew, and Silas in western Washington state.  We only get out there twice a year, so we spent every minute possible with Si and his parents.  In the photos below, Seattle and Mt. Ranier are seen from the ferry, and Silas is looking for crabs at a tide pool on Puget Sound.  Also on the sound is Bloedel Nature Reserve, where we spent a beautiful afternoon.  It includes a meditation garden, shown in one of the pictures.  That’s Si on the slide at the school’s playground, and picking "Jack-in-the-Beanstalk beans" in their yard to use in a bean dish.  They are growing pumpkins in the garden, too.  Silas,3, now sleeps in his own room, which is a great playroom as well.