well, vacation is over. it was a great 9 days with family and i wish it could have been longer. we saw lots of beautiful things and it was nice to simply be together. between the six of us we took over 1,700 pictures (!), so sorting through them takes more than a few minutes. here are some pics from the first part of our trip: anacortes in washington state! more pics later…

the original starbucks!

a lot of coffee, chai tea or hot chocolate was consumed on this vacation

and how could one resist this giant donut with a cup of original starbucks coffee?!

boating on the puget sound

we caught 24 crabs and ate them for dinner. lekker! this is how we killed them 😦

a cool thing happened on this trip: i was finally baptized! it's a long story as to why it just now happened, but i was glad to have joe do it in a lake. thanks, joe!

and after the baptism the three of us (and joe) jumped off a cliff! it was about 25ft and a lot of fun