Apparently I had briefly met Rebecca and her husband Matt and first child nearly 14 years ago, but I had no recollection. Nonetheless, we took her up on the offer and were blown away by their family's hospitality! Their 11 year-old daughter Abbi got along fabulously with our 10 and 8 year-old daughters, and their 15 year-old son Lucas had a soft spot for Jake that was apparently mutual. Even Genna fit right in, playing with toys, and sucking Rebecca's husband Matt into grandiose imaginative play. Steve was able to talk for hours a day on the phone to train his replacement while the kids were otherwise engrossed in play elsewhere.
Alyssa, Abbi, and Shanan
A big thanks to the Bartholomews for loaning an extra bike for me and a bike trailer for the little ones and for suggesting the perfect spot to go biking as a family. We managed an eight-mile bike ride on the Centennial Trail. It was absolutely beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the kids did awesome. The river was so clear that nearly everyone took a dip in it before biking back to the truck.
Rebecca also insisted that we let her & her family watch all our kids, so we could go out on a date completely childless!! Wow! What a treat! We totally needed that. Thank you, thank you for making that happen! We went to Riverfront Park in Spokane, fabulous place to walk around, with or without kids.
Floaters down the Spokane river as seen from the Centennial Trail
Manito Park per Rebecca's suggestion. There was so much there that we didn't even see, but we so enjoyed our time there.
|Spice and Renee Welch and kiddos|
Luc, Jake and Rebecca