One of our favorite picnicking locations is Sentinel Island, where the Sentinel Island lighthouse shines off over Lynn Canal. This last summer we were able to visit the lighthouse several times, sparking bursts of creativity!

Abby of course did what she so loves doing: drawing.

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On our first visit out to the lighthouse, we were on a mission. Namely: to find blueberries. Paul, Quinn, Laura, and Abby all reassured Emily that the island had the best blueberry crop they’d ever seen. And that remained to be seen when there were no blueberries to be found. So instead of filling the many empty bags that had been brought, everyone went their own ways to enjoy the sunshine.

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But like I said, there was creativity at work!

We love all sorts of music (though the family wishes Quinn would not wake them up with Klezmer music), so Emily was inspired by the lighthouse to make a music video to a song by one of her favorite bands, The Hush Sound. But to do this we would need to make a return journey to the lighthouse (oh darn!).

For this video, Abby would need to make several costume changes…



And Emily’s younger brother Henry would need to come along for the fun (and to hold up coats against windows to get the perfect mood lighting for filming. Thanks Henry!).


Emily’s youngest sister Valerie would also end up helping. In fact, she volunteered! Even when Emily said she would need to jump in the ocean. Of course, she told her that in July…and then didn’t end up filming until an early (very cold) August morning. Abby had to get in the water too (she says her fingers didn’t warm up till the following day!). I don’t think they’ve quite forgiven Emily yet…

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Quinn’s favorite part of the music video process? Building THIS giant fire on the beach:

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And Emily’s favorite part? The very last scene:

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So without further to do, here’s the link to the music video we made for The Hush Sound’s ‘Lighthouse’. We had so much fun putting our acting and filming skills to good use, we hope you enjoy it!