Seattle

Last pictures of our trip to Seattle. We had a great time this day as we were going to a wedding.

it’s such a pretty city
We took the Bremerton ferry to Bainbridge. Awesome island-totally awesome.

I like water vehicles.

Trav, me and Emma. Emma didn’t appreciate the sun in her face. Neither did I.

We had to wait about 1 1/2 hours in line. Yes it sucked. But they had McDonald’s soft serve and birds for Emma to chase. Trav was so wonderful and took Emma everywhere to walk. But it had to eventually end because she didn’t want to hold onto daddy’s hand- ‘sorry chica, that’s not an option’.

Isn’t she adorable?!! Oma got this dress for her- thanks mom.

More of Seattle’s buildings

This was a horrible picture until I got to mess with it on Photoshop. I love that program…*sigh. The fountain is really romantic huh.

Handmade goodies

I bet you have facebook. I do too. And a while back, I was tagged in doing a pay it forward thing. But with creative terms. They were that the first 5 people to comment to that note would get a handmade thing from me. There is no time line though and I can give it whenever I want. I can also make whatever I want- no rules. So, I made my first handmade present. It’s to a mom who goes to my church and is wonderful. She is simple and sweet. Just like the earrings I made her. Easy for everyday wear. And with the holidays coming (is it sick I’m already thinking about that?) I’m sure they will match many outfits.

3 blank handmade thank you cards

she actually makes time to nap EVERYDAY! I can learn a lot about her time managment. And with 2 kids too! I thought she could expand and maybe take a bubble bath in the cold winter months.

again with the pampering. you can’t get too much of it-ever.

and wrapped up in a candle holder. cat not included 😉

Imagination Center

We went to an Imagination Station in Everett, WA and it was tons of fun. Hope you’re ready for lots of pictures. Enjoy!
~oh, and yes my blog changed AGAIN. But really, I think you and I would be bored after a bit if everything stayed the same. Yes?!
Emma and my hand
She loves water

A very cool station where you spray chimes to make music

Grandpa and Emma

Aunt Jamie and Emma trapped inside a dinosaur!

Me and Emma

I have an obsession with baby feet

Jamie showing us her skills

Grandpa walking the Frankenstein walk with Emma

Emma playing chess

Tuesday Treats

I know it’s been a while since posting. But we’re back and unpacked (I hate unpacking a car), laundry in the process of being cleaned and tonight is our first night just ‘us’. We’re excited to say the least. But I wanted to post some adventures, well more like excursions, we took while in Seattle with family. Last weeks Tuesday Treats was a blast. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out Emma’s blog at the side of my screen)
My mom, Emma and I went to Baskin Robins. Finally she could enjoy an ice cream treat with her granddaughter! (She’s been graciously sending me gift coupons so Emma can gorge out on ice cream this summer)
If you know me a little bit, you know I love all things cutsie. (new blog title? hmmm.) Well I didn’t fall far from the tree. My mom is way more creative than me and loves themed parties, gift baskets and whatever else. So, for our outing she bought Emma an ice cream outfit! There is a tank top with a double scoop, but since it was about 65’F, we opted for a turtleneck.It is supper cute, I hope you can see it in the pictures. If not, take my word for it. Emma’s favorite ice cream? Snickers. Mine?…the free kind

Oma and Emma
Emma’s thing is feeding herself and she gets…vocal if you don’t let her.
Yeah, great new stage.

My mom bought her a ton of jewelry. Including this necklace.
Emma LOVES bracelets and necklaces.

Emma missing her mouth but successfully stuffing her nose of Snickers. Mmmm.

Emma wanting every kind.

Mora

Our outing today was nice and warm-surprisingly. My mom, Emma and I went to get pizza, go on a ferry ride and then get ice cream. Right now Emma is crazy tired ans is zonked out in bed. Lucky. What I wouldn’t give to take a warm nap with cozy blankets around me…*sigh
But, I am blogging and since I love that I’m satisfied.
I have to first say that we went to the best ice cream place EVER. Not only were the employees sweet but the sorbet was to die for. I had raspberry and my mom had Lemon Sorbet. AMAZING. Look them up here. They ship too and have gift cards! 🙂

Mora

Emma and I on the ferry

Our beautiful trendy and amazingly perfect daughter.

Frodo

We have been having a great time here. Shopping, eating and watching movies with the family. Overall it’s great. However, sprinkled in between those times are weird images and thoughts. OK, so last night as I was in bed, I closed my eyes and saw horrible/evil faces pop up. Freaky. I opened my eyes up and asked Travis if that ever happened to him. “No” was his response. Great.
But, after some praying they went away. Now, I don’t mean for this to sound ‘preachy’ at all. I want to be understood that I respect you and your experiences. All I have to go off of are my experiences. So my beliefs are based off some of those. Well, those and the bible. Anyhoo, I was amazed that those scary (and they were freaky) faces was not some mask I saw early in the day or from a scary movie. They were faces I have never seen before but they were in my mind. How frustrating!
I know there is an enemy and that he will do everything in his power to hurt, confuse or scare me into thinking that I am nothing but a little skinny 5’4 girly girl who is afraid of Star Trek. (the Star Trek part is true- some of the older episodes. Hehe)
But what I DO know is that I am more than that. The best way I can compare it to is me with a different shadow. There’s me that you see and laugh with. But there is also my shadow-a part of me not easily seen. I know that I have a calling on my life to be a warrior for God and that it will touch and greatly encourage others around me.
And when I see those faces, I know it is an example of how scared I make the enemy.
A also have to admit that I have a love affair with being someone from Lord of the Rings. A fighter and one that brings devastation to my enemies. But no. I realized that I have a different calling than one I ‘romantically’ like. I feel I am called more to be a Sam. I cry every time I see his love and devotion to Frodo.

Today’s Zoo Trip

~Today was overcast and cloudy. Lovely in my opinion. We went to the Seattle zoo today and it was cool. Not too busy and I wasn’t forced to push little kids out of my…or I mean Emma’s way. 🙂 Here are some pictures. Enjoy.

Us and a goat. I am tempted to write many funny comments but I won’t.
I’ll let you come up with them.
Proof Autumn is in the air! I was so excited when I saw this gorgeous tree.
And if you know me, you know I LOVE trees. So, perfect!
You gotta start teaching your little girls to ‘strike a pose’ early.
I’m so proud of Emma. 😉
A Carousel and Emma did great! I was a little nervous on how she would do, but bravo!

A new penguin exhibit. They were cute, but boring. They don’t do anything but sit there.

Some of my favorite flowers. I think they’re just soft and girly. They make me smile and I think we should all have things around us that make us smile. For me it’s flowers and sparkly things.

More pretty white flowers.

Daddy and Emma- obviously related. I’m praying that she has my personality or in the future she will look more like me…we’ll see. Well, she at least has my pale or I mean fair complexion.

This was an area for little kids to play in. Nice. Chickens, goats and bunnies.

Our little group today. Besides me behind the camera.

Ferry’s and McDonald’s

This first picture is of Emma on the ferry to Seattle- or rather Edmonds to meet my mom. It was so much fun to see her love the water and get all excited because we were surrounded by it. I am officially tired of driving and will take any one’s offer to drive, but it is nice to be around family and Trav is working remotely and I think so far it is going well.
Emma is asleep right now, nap time, and after that we are going out on an adventure to a children’s museum. Cool, and I’m sure cutsie pictures will be taken then.
Also pictured below are picts of Emma at her first Mc Donald’s. She enjoyed watching the kids play in the play structure and wanted to to follow them inside- not yet sweetie.

Emma looking out into the world
Yummie french fries

Her chicken nuggets, she shared with me. Sweet little girl.

Wanting to eat so she can go play 🙂

Update

Yes, I am alive and we are having fun. It is super late and I’m half asleep typing this. Glad the hot weather is done and enjoying our family around us. A longer post will follow, and tons of pictures are being taken. 🙂

Adventures in Portland

Today was such an adventure. Full of wrong turns downtown, being suck behind bridges as they were raised and ghost train trips. OK:
Today was the day I took my sister back to Seattle via the Portland Train station. The drive there had no…interesting turn of events, however once we entered the absolutely gorgeous station, that is when we were caught in the webs of chaos. Well, I’m sounding dramatic- which is more fun- there basically wasn’t any attendant to take our luggage. (their luggage was too big to carry on) So, about 10 people were literally ‘denied’ admittance onto the train! My sister being one. But it was only because nobody would take their bags- crazy! But we stayed chill and went to change the ticket to tomorrow morning, costing $8, and then back home.
Wrong turns were my best friend and confusion was my middle name. I have gone home so many times from there but never got lost. Today I have no excuses. One interesting event that I got to capture on film was our huge Burnside Bridge. It was raised for a boat, and thinking that it looked weird to see a road point to the sky, I took a picture. After crossing the bridge, I took more wrong turns, got lost about 3 more times but was able to show Jamie all around the funky neighborhood of Hawthorn.
Emma was freaking out in the backseat because she was crazy tired and I was hurrying home.
We arrived and Emma and Jamie promptly went straight to bed. I wonder if there are any connections between toddlers and teenagers…hehe. Won’t go there although I’m SO tempted…

enjoy the pictures.

The Burnside Bridge. Looks odd to me like this, so I took a picture.

This was our lunch, a BLT on sourdough…

which I’ve decided I don’t like sourdough bread…

it tastes sour.

The entrance of the train station.

The beautiful ceiling. It’s hard to see the colors, but it’s amazing.

A cool chandelier. They had tons of them hanging everywhere

A cool neon light, to bring people to a place where they won’t take your bags*