celebrating birthdays and the family cabin

August 23, 2010 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

I think when we’re back home and looking back on this trip, our overnight stay at the family cabin right on Puget Sound will be a highlight. The cabin, built in the 20s and in the family since the 50s, is owned now by Mark’s mom’s cousins. We’ve had quite a few memorable celebrations here including various family reunions and our Washington wedding reception after we got married in Hawaii in 2002. This past Thursday and Friday, we celebrated Mark’s sister and mom’s birthdays.

We knew the girls would love the cabin. Much of it is intact since it was bought in the 50s, including the original “Persian rug” linoleum floors and mid-century furniture. There’s a fig tree in the front yard and access to the water down a tiered landscaped hill. On clear days, you can see Mt Rainier directly across the water. The girls were less interested in exploring the beach when the tide was out (we saw clams squirting water!) as they were playing hide and seek inside the house and picking blackberries around the property.

In the evening, we had a bonfire, something that I was really eager to do on this trip. We can attest that our marshmallows make excellent campfire treats, toasted alone or in s’mores. The kids were entranced by the whole marshmallow toasting ritual and Mia became an instant expert at getting them toasted evenly without getting them burnt (I like them burnt, though).

I’ve had a bit of jet lag the first few days. Since I can’t seem to sleep more than 6 hours, I’ve been getting up around 5am. It’s been a drag most mornings, but sometimes, especially when you wake up to a view like this, it can be nice to get bundled up with a cup of coffee in hand, go down to the water at low tide and watch the sun rise above Mt. Rainier.

I’ve missed this view.

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  • ChantaleP August 23, 2010 at 5:25 am

    What an incredible cabin… and that view! It’s great to have that quiet time in the early am.. and with that space and view, I’d love it too.. Glad to hear you’re enjoying this trip Jenna.

  • Jane August 23, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Wow! What a picturesque place. I bet the entire family had fun. I couldn’t get over how serene the place looked. It’s truly a wonderful place for your family. The pics turned out really good by the way. Great job!

  • mau August 23, 2010 at 5:51 am

    it looks spectacular!

  • Caddy August 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

    The cabin looks cosy, like a great place to snuggle up in when the rain pours. That first shot of your girls, Mia’s doing exactly what I’d do. 🙂 I love your shots of the water as well and the landscape surrounding it.

  • bronwyn August 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Two cabins in one summer. Lucky you! These photos are gorgeous. Such beautiful light at the cabin.

  • linda August 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    so glad to hear you’re having a great time. the view of the water with trees and the mt. is always a nice, nostalgic feeling for me, too.

    p.s. i also like my mallows burnt. i like the smell of burnt sugar, basically.

  • BRAZEN August 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    wow, so pretty…I wish i had a cabin by a lake.

  • tk August 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I can practically smell the place from the photos!

  • Nidhi August 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I too would like to imagine waking up early and walking down to the water with a cup of coffee…such a beautiful place!

  • Rowaida Flayhan August 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Wow love your photos looks like a beautiful place!

  • snaily August 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    gorgeous! having jet lag has to be a blessing in disguise, who would want to miss that view?

  • elaineganmaclaine August 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Oooh, the sight of old woody interiors! The comfy holiday feeling… Great pics 🙂

  • deidra August 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    So cozy and relaxed. It made me sigh out loud.

  • victoria September 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    so serene, beautiful, & lovely…

    thanks so much for sharing such intimate moments. it’s been wonderful to follow along with your family.

    kindly,

    v

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