"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last day of school!

Annie finished off preschool with Miss Katie, and Will completed his 1st Grade year with Mrs. Kendall.  Both kids have grown so much this year and I am so proud of them.  We celebrated with a zoo day, and a late night with the kids in the hood.  Let the summer begin!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Seattle, WA

What a beautiful, diverse, and exciting city!  We loved our visit to Seattle.  We stayed with my cousin Laura and her husband Tyler.  They were the best hosts!  The best food we ate was at their house.  Laura is quite the cook!  I checked out for the entire weekend.  In fact, I even missed out on entire conversations at times.  It was the relaxing vacation we were hoping for.

Day 1: We arrive!  We spent more time in the airport than we had planned.  A 4 hour delay because of a mechanical malfuntion left us with a 10:15 PM arrival in Seattle and $400 in flight vouchers.  Laura surprised me with balloons and a coconut cake topped with 30 candles (it was my 30th birthday after all!), and some sweeping views of the city.

Day 2- Our fabulous tour guide took us to the big city.  We toured Pike's Place, put gum on the gum wall, rode the fairy to Bainbridge Island, and ate some awesome seafood from Ivar's where we had to fend off the seagulls.

Day 3:  The boys indulged in their engineering side and took the factory tour at Boeing.  The girls had a less sophisticated approach; we hit up H&M and basked in the glory of a $4.95 shirt.  That night we watched the Mariners and King Felix get a win on the home field.  Neither Dallas or I had ever been to a pro game before and we had a total blast!  It was one of our favorite activities of the trip.  Plus the guy lounging in the camp chair with his binoculars provided endless entertainment.

Day 4:  This was an epic day.  We got up early and headed to the coast.  Along the way we visited the Quinault Rainforest, went inside the largest red cedar in the US (in circumference), flew kites and touched anemones at Kalaloch Beach, passed through Forks where I got to giggle about Twilight and take some "twihard" pictures of my own, and eventually landed at our destination- La Push Beach.  It did not disappoint.  We made it home via Bainbridge and capped the night off with a gorgeous city view from the fairy.


Day 5:  We slept in (can I get a hallelujah?!), went to church, visited the Chittenden Locks, and then had a double feature movie night with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Mr. Universe.

Day 6:  Travel home and back to the best sight I ever saw.