So instead of boring you with every little detail of my parent's visit I'll just stick to the highlights.
Friday we all went to Pike's Market, which was super fun. I love the crowds, the commotion, the flowers and fish. We ate some yummy lunch, gyros and clam chowder and pizza and lemonade. It probably seems so cliche to go to the market on a visit to Seattle, but really, it's so cool. There's a reason so many tourists AND locals enjoy the market!
Saturday we took Iris trick-or-treating. Local businesses sponsored trick-or-treating in a neighborhood close by, so Matt, my parents, Eloise and I walked with Iris for quite a few blocks. She completely got the hang of saying "trick-or-treat!" and of course, "thank you!". It was so darn cute. I can't wait to take her every year from now on. It was nice that there were so many families out, as well. We even ran in to some friends! That afternoon Matt's parents and sister came over and we all spent some time together. This is the closest we've ever gotten to get our entire families together, so that was nice. We've just been working so darn hard at repairing all the damage we've done to our relationship, so to have everyone there, bringing our families together, I think it felt really nice to both of us to have all of that support.
Sunday was a crummy day so we didn't do too much. My mom and I made an yummy brunch for everyone and then relaxed most of the rest of the day. Right before sunset we went down to Greenlake where Lily had done a lot of swimming so we could spread some of her ashes. I didn't really know how it would feel, but it was pretty sad and also provided some closure. I know my mom and dad appreciated being able to participate in this and my dad got this great photograph of us standing at her swimming spot. That night Iris and my mom and dad carved pumpkins. They turned out so nice! Iris really got in to it, scraping out the guts and everything.
Monday Matt went back to work and my parents, the girls and I went to Bainbridge Island on the ferry. It was a short trip, but they really enjoyed (as did the girls and I) riding on the ferry and taking in the view. It was a really clear, cold day so the views were magnificent. We had some lunch, looked at a few shops, drove around to see some houses and then came home.
I was excited to be told that my dad is finally building me a substantial piece of furniture! He is a woodworker and has built my brother and sister quite a bit of furniture, but all I've gotten is a small table and bookshelf (compared to the bed, end tables, bunkbeds and entertainment center that my sister has!). So, I've been carrying a chip on my shoulder about this for some time. Well, my dad presented Matt and I with the plans he is using to build us a fantastic entertainment center. It is huge and perfect. I can't wait until we get it! He is building it IKEA style, so it will all come apart and pack flat for shipping. We're going to have to get a flat screen tv to put in it (I know, boo hoo, right?) but that's allright by us!
My parents left at about 5:00 this morning and when I woke up today I was so sad. I am going to miss them a great deal. Probably the next time we will see them is next summer for our first annual family vacation. Matt and I have been rallying hard to get them to move out here. They actually probably would if it wasn't so expensive. They have a lovely home where they live in WI and the money they would make off of selling it would barely buy them a shack out here. I get incredibly jealous of people who have their family close by. I want so much to be close to my parents, but really, really, REALLY don't want to move back to WI. I kept saying we should all buy a duplex together and it can be a good way to save some money. No one seemed to be going for my idea.
Today it's back to the daily grind. Iris went to school this morning and I have been back spending the whole day in my jammies while cleaning, doing laundry, giving baths, sneaking in computer time while the girls sleep, you know, the usual.