The following Saturday was the Washington Ferry Holiday Cruise sponsored by AFECT (Active Ferry Employee Charitable Trust). Paul, Cherlyn and I joined them for this excursion on a Washington State ferry which went half way to Bremerton and then back. We left our car in the parking lot and walked on—past employees, clowns, musical groups, Coast Guard and Marine volunteers. What a happy, festive atmosphere. Santa made his rounds passing out stuffed toys while we enjoyed being on the water and munching on snacks provided by the volunteers. When we disembarked 1 ½ hours later Clark and Phil each received a large stuffed animal donated by Toys R Us.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the kindness extended to Clark and Phil’s community. A few weekends ago was Seafair's Annual Special People's Holiday Cruise - a holiday tradition! They boarded private yachts at south Lake Union with hundreds of their peers for a two-hour cruise of Lake Washington and Lake Union. When we picked them up at the conclusion they had on blinking Santa hats and a bag of goodies each. Their smiles told us they had had a good time.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
As I walked through the kitchen this evening to get to the garage (on my way to a Christmas Music Fireside) I noticed Clark’s birthday banner still hanging above the kitchen table. Thursday was Clark’s birthday. We knew he was excited because he talked about it every day for many, many days and then would ask “Are you excited for my birthday?” Birthdays are exciting around here and begin as soon as the birthday boy or girl awakens. “Happy Birthday” is spoken many times during the day. Lunch on this particular birthday was a trip downtown with Dad to eat lunch with #2 son who works there. Then at 6:00 the party began with requested hamburgers, chips and potato salad. Phil was the chef and the burgers were pronounced delicious! Then came the opening of gifts—a 100-piece puzzle, Cars 2 DVD, National Geographic DVDs, three packs of gum and a note with an invitation for a future golf outing with #2 son. Finally it was time for cake, a requested train cake. I chuckled as I read online that “Your preschooler will chuggah chuggah choo choo all the way with this choo choo train birthday cake.” My “preschooler” loved it.