Showing posts with label Memories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Memories. Show all posts

Permit Me To Gush (Pike Place - Seattle Part One)


Derek and I hit double digits in our marriage this year!  When we were first married, we dreamed of taking a trip to Europe for our tenth anniversary.  I'm not really sure what we were thinking, because even with our original "plan" for kids (the Lord was just laughing at us), we would have been smack dab in the middle of baby years.  And what do you know, despite having more babies faster than we originally thought, the baby years is exactly the stage we are still in!  Sorry, Callie-from-the-past, but there is no way I'm flying off to Europe with five little kids at home, even if we could afford it (which we can't).

So, we improvised, signed up for the Frontier Airlines credit card solely in order to get the two free domestic tickets, and we chose Seattle!  I have a few blogging buddies from Seattle or the Pacific Northwest, so I had a vision of the area in my head already, but I have never been anywhere on the West Coast at all.  I was excited to check it out!

Friday

We flew in on Friday evening, just as it was starting to get dark.  I've always thought my state was one of the prettiest from the air (I still do), but I must say, Washington is definitely in the running now too.  Look!



We picked up our rental car, and the guy talked Derek into splurging for the luxury car (it wasn't hard).  We always regretted that we didn't rent a really cool vintage car to drive away in on our wedding day, so getting the luxury car for our anniversary trip was fun.  I'm not a car person, but all I know is that it smelled good, talked to us when we got lost, and went from zero to sixty pretty darn quick.



We set off in search of our lodgings.  We decided to try something different this time and rent an AirBnB - partly for the experience, partly because the hotels in Seattle were more expensive than we thought they would be.  Derek and I were a little worried as we drove through a not-great part of town, in the dark, looking for our lakeside cottage.  

We finally found it, and the owners stopped by to welcome us!  They showed us around, and we immediately decided the AirBnB was the best idea.  Not only was it adorable (click here for pictures), but outside the owners had a fire pit set up, and they had a dock/shed thing with kayaks and paddle boards to use on the lake.  Derek and I were wishing we had thought to bring out swimsuits so we could have tried it out!  They even left a bottle of wine in the kitchen for us with a note that said "Happy Anniversary!" (we cooked with the wine).  It was great!

Saturday

The next morning we got a better look at the lake and our little cottage, and it was even better than we thought.  It was like a secret garden back there!






The last picture requires explanation.  There were a bunch of these spiders everywhere near the lake.  I have no idea what kind of spider they are, or if they bite (it's better if I don't know), but this particular spider built a web across our walkway every single day we were there.  Derek had to brush it away several times.  I almost felt bad for it by the third time we destroyed it's web.  It's just a little spider trying to get some food!  I called him our little spider friend.  The very last day it finally got the hint and built it's web on a bush instead, and I got to watch it capture a gnat for it's breakfast.  

We started off our trip by checking out Pike Place Market, because I feel like you can't even say you've experienced Seattle without going to the market.  


















All I can say is I love the Market.  If I lived in Seattle, I would be over there all the time! There was so much there, we visited a couple times, and I still feel like we didn't even get to see it all.  A few observations:

-The flowers!  They smelled so good, and it was an interesting counter-point to all the food smells.  Derek bought me this bouquet for $10, and it felt like a steal!  Where we live, a bouquet like that would cost at least double.

-We ate pastries at Piroshky Piroshky, and after trying a cream-cheese pastry called Oscar's Star, and the cardamom cinnamon bread, I think I like their subtle breads better than the super-sweet pastries.  

-We got to see the guys who throw fish around and sing, and while I was highly amused, my introverted side was cringing, because I couldn't imagine working there unless you were a strong extrovert.  It was cool to watch though!

-We bought tea at MarketSpice, and oh my goodness.  I'm drinking it every night at home now, and it is so good.  I got the Spicy Seattle Chai, and the Caramel Rose Rooibus tea.

-I took a picture in front of the original Starbucks, but we did not actually get coffee there.  We got coffee at Storyville, and the view up there is wonderful.

-We ate mac and cheese at Beecher's, and I can see why people say it's the best mac and cheese they've ever had.

-I bought books at one of the several bookstores in the Market (of course).  I snagged two books in "The Railway Series" by Rev. W. Awdry, which is the book series that Thomas the Train was based on.  They are so cute!

-I kept looking at all the buildings, trying to figure out where Frasier Crane's apartment would be.

After the Market, we drove out to Snoqualmie Falls!  We originally thought it was going to be a little hike to reach the falls, but you can walk right up to it.  I wish we could get closer, but I get why they don't let you.  The falls were gorgeous!



I might have brought my tripod so we could get a couple decent pictures together on this trip.



After our adventure in the forest (at home we have woods - this was a forest), we went back to the cottage and Derek cooked me a very delicious dinner and dessert with the chardonnay our hosts gave us!



This post is getting long, so stay tuned for Seattle Part Two - including whale watching!

The Summer Album: The Sequel


Let's continue with my recap to our summer, shall we?  See yesterday's post for Part One.

Our 10-Year Anniversary

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary this summer!  Anniversary trip is still to come, but we did go to a fun local restaurant/petting zoo/park to celebrate.  The kids ran around and played, and we ate Southern comfort food.




Ballet Class For Gwen

Gwen has been dying to do ballet all year, and was beside herself with excitement when we finally signed her up!  She loved it so much.  We will probably be doing another class for her in the future - it was so sad to see her disappointment on her last day of ballet.  Clarice also dressed up in ballet clothes and tagged along a couple times.




Art Projects On The Porch

A lot of the summer looked like this - just having around at home and goofing off.


Naps

We took a lot of naps.


Lots Of Birthday Parties For Friends And Family

There were a lot of birthday parties this year.  We went to splash pads, and a couple bouncy house parties (one coming up this weekend).  


Trip To Six Flags

A friend of mine got a season pass to Six Flags, and invited me to go with her for a mom's day out!  Derek and I went to an amusement park a couple years ago, and we got sick on a few of the rides but found our sweet spot by the end of the day, so I figured I'd be fine.  My friend and I had a ton of fun, riding all the roller coasters and getting a chance to talk uninterrupted by children!  I did get nauseous between rides though and had to sip a lot of water - why are adult stomachs not as hardy as kid stomachs?  It's just not fair.  I'm bringing Dramamine next time.


$1 Movies At The Theater

Some of our local theaters do $1 kid movies over the summer, so we went to see a couple of them!  I want to go more next summer, it's a fun day out for all of us and it's a nice little break for me!



Campfire In The Backyard

They finally lifted the fire ban toward the end of the summer, so we had a backyard campfire strait away!









Camping On The Porch

We also threw in camping on the porch, because why not?





Trip To See Dinosaur Footprint Fossils

We had an opportunity to hear a creationist geologist speak at a nearby area with dinosaur footprint fossils.  His talk was more geared toward the adults, and I found it interesting (until we had to dive out because the sun was becoming a little too much for Georgie).  The kids were fascinated by the dinosaur footprints, and we all wished we could search through those rocks on the side of the road for fossils.







Last Hoorah For Summer Camping Trip

We decided to take a camping trip on the last weekend before we started school this week!  We went to a KOA, and it was amazing.  They had a water park included in the price of the campsite, so we spent several hours there, letting the kids play!  The water wasn't very deep, so I could just let them go off by themselves while I watched.  It was so much fun!  We also snuck in a hike and trip to "Whit's End".  We got one more campfire in before the summer ended.  It was lovely.










Now Autumn is officially welcome to start!
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