Sunday, March 31, 2013

an hour and a half for chicken fingers.


If you are crazy enough to follow my Instagram feed, than you may have seen my Round Table Pizza photo from our visit here in Spokane and you also might have read my friend's response, "Round Table is it?  The only thing worth going to Spokane for."  And she is mostly right about that, no offense to the fine people of Spokane {remember I lived here}.  In fact, we actually have to drive 1.5 hours in middle-of-nowhere Moscow, Idaho for one of our favorite restaurants.  That's exactly what McKenna and I did today.  It had started to become our tradition when we did live here.  And so we drove out into the open road, out onto the rolling plains, and through Pullman, Washington {home of the WSU Cougars} and into Moscow, Idaho {home of Wingers and a mall that sits across the street from a cow farm.  Yes, you walk out of the mall and you can see cows right across the street; and smell them too.

And do you know what?  The Winger's chicken that we LOVE is not even the same.  It was still tasty, but not the same.  I make it better at home.  This is actually great news because now we can all stop obsessing over this darn chicken.  It doesn't matter that we live so far away anymore.

Except....



Are you starting to get the idea that this family likes to eat out at restaurants as often as possible?

a beautiful break.












After some time with friends yesterday morning {and on into the afternoon}, McKenna and I were zonked.  East Coast time and lack of sleep had finally caught up with us.  We managed to squeeze what was left of our energy and take a peek at the backside of our hotel.  I knew it had to border the river, but when we came to the other side of the building, there was a whole amazing world back there that I never knew existed while we lived here.  A trail along the river was filled with runners and walkers and strollers, the people out taking advantage of beautiful weather.  It was awesome.  We walked on the trail  a bit and McKenna stopped under the overpass and skipped rocks, until we decided we'd love to just sit around a watch tv and headed back up to our hotel room.  Our evening consisted of swimming, The Wizard of Oz {Judy Awesome Garland!!!}, snacks from the lobby, and then zzzzzzzz.
Beautiful.

Have a wonderful Easter!

the closest i could find to a bunny.


This guy is still pretty cute though.  I can't imagine he's going to be bringing me a basket full of candy, but it sure is nice seeing these critters out and about, after a long winter.

May you find joy in whatever it is you are celebrating on this Easter!


Saturday, March 30, 2013

thoughts on spokane.


















I emailed Husband this morning.  I am sure he was waiting to hear my reaction to being back in Spokane, after moving across the country 8 months ago.  Was I going to regret the move?  Did we do the right thing?  After being back in this little city for just a day, I am confident we made the right move.  Spokane does have its upsides, but we've kind of outgrown it.  The familiarity of it is all, well... it's just familiar.  And that can be comforting for some people, to have routines and sameness and familiarity, I totally understand.  But I think our family was ready for some spice.  A change of scenery.  Something new and different.  Change is not for everyone, but we took to it quite nicely and are very happy in Pittsburgh.

Although we hold many memories of our time in Spokane, I believe it wasn't just because it was Spokane.  It was because we are just awesome.  We are happy.  We make the most.  We enjoy our kids.  Our kids enjoy us.  We are still all of those things in Pittsburgh.  We set out on a new adventure and our kids are better for it.  I had always thought it would be ideal to live in one place and have my children go to the same schools and have the same friends for their entire upbringing, but we haven't been able to provide that.  But what is that really, anyway?  Security, yes.  Sheltered?  Oh boy, yes.  The moves we have made have given them roots in many places, but also a knowledge that the world can be explored.  Heck, it's taught me the same thing too!

So, Spokane, I love ya, but I've already let you go.  You were really good to us, a great place to raise a young family.  Not much for being multicultural, but you're getting there.  You are truly your own quirky, little city.  Thanks for the visit.  I have no regrets.

Oh, and Spring always did look really great on you.



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