What an awesome time we had. It was SO good to see our 2 kiddo's again - we haven't seen them since they left on June 1st to head back to Seattle to prep for their honeymoon! Too long for this mama, but also very grateful that we were able to spend this time together.
We really didn't do a whole lot of sightseeing, just went back to a couple of our favorite places. We spent Monday heading up to Woodinville to a Whiskey Distillery for Dream Boy....and me. He likes their vodka, I like their bourbon candles. So it was a win-win for us both.
We ate lunch while in this quaint little town that literally was surrounded by vineyards & wineries! Seriously, the little strip mall we ate at had at least 5 different winery tasting rooms and there were at least 20 more in the short span of space that made up this quaint little town. But they are all open only on the weekends, so we were unable to do any tasting. Actually, we did do some last April when we were out there, so we were okay with that, plus Dream Boy did some tasting at the distillery.
We picked up a few groceries on the way home and Dream Boy fixed dinner for us, while I took a nap. The kids were so happy to come home and smell dinner out in the hallway! He makes this seafood casserole that actually tastes like crab cakes - and if you like crab cakes, you would love this casserole with crab & shrimp.
Tuesday the kids headed off to work again and we headed to the big grocery store to do the shopping for our Thanksgiving feast. D2 had given me her list and we added to it. With a trunk loaded full, we headed back to our home away from home. Do you know how hard it is to shop in a grocery store you've only been in once before? It took us a little longer to get the job done.
After putting the groceries away, Dream Boy set to making dinner once again. This time he made a tortellini and kale soup and once again the kids were over the moon when they came home and smelled dinner cooking from out in the hall. It was wonderful just spending time around the dinner table with each other and talking, laughing and enjoying our time together.
Spending time with our Maci girl was just as great! She is only 2 years old & full of energy, but full of love!
Wednesday we took the bus downtown and met up with S&D2 for lunch, then set out for a walk downtown. I wanted to return to the Gum Wall. It had recently been cleaned off after 20 years of people sticking their gum on it & the sugar from the gum was beginning to destroy the brick. So they used high power washers and spent 130 hours removing 90+ one gallon buckets of gum. Dream Boy & I visited it 1 1/2 years ago during our 1st trip out to Seattle. It was a warmer day and the minute you walked up the alley, you could smell the gum before you saw it! The alley smelled like a giant bubble gum factory. I didn't contribute to it that time, but you better be sure I contributed to the delinquent act of chewing my wad of gum & sticking it to the wall!
We had fun watching this little girl with her grandma, who was boasting that the little girl had never chewed gum before! So I pulled out my Fuji Mini and asked permission to take her picture. Grandma & the little girl were amazed when the little polaroid pic popped out and were SO excited when I gave it to them to take home to show mom!
We then went upstairs to the Public Market and strolled around before finding a walkway to head out to. The sun had been shining all day & the mountains in the Olympic Range were covered with snow. I tried to get some shots, but the sun was too far west to cast a glow on the snow. But then Dream Boy told me to turn around and there it was! In all it's majestic glory......Mount Rainier!
Nestled right between the arches of CenturyLink Field it stood so clear, so tall and so snow covered! They say that you don't see Mt. Rainier more than 90 days out of the year, and we have been fortunate enough to see it every single time we've been out there!
We soon headed back down to the stadium to meet up with the kids to ride home with them where I promptly plopped my hiney on the couch and took a nap. I had come down with a bad head cold last weekend before we left & on Wednesday it was kicking my boot-ay again.
But I awoke from my nap refreshed and ready for a night on the town. We headed into the Capitol Hill area to a Mexican restaurant where a woman made fresh tortillas right next to me. We feasted on tostadas, tacos and margarita's before heading to The Garage for another cocktail. The Garage also houses a small bowling alley & pool hall. We put our name in to bowl, but it was over an hour wait, so we soon called up a Lift, which is now a competitor to Uber, and headed to another bar - 1,000 Spirits. Here I tried something new called a French Open. The bar tender brought me a glass filled with cotton candy over which he poured a french wine, called Lillet. This melted down the cotton candy & then he quickly added champagne to it. While it was very sweet, it was an interesting flavor and the presentation was great!
Now I know I sound like a regular lush here - bar hopping in the big city, but we were gone for over 5 hours and we were just thoroughly enjoying our time together! It was a beautiful, cold, but beautiful night to be out with our kids and I am so thankful for the time to be with them and create some more memories.
Thanksgiving dawned bright & sunny, but it was bitterly cold. We all layered up and headed to what the kids refer to as the "Disneyland" of dog parks! It was absolutely huge! Maci had the best time running leash free and playing with a few other pups who were also out at the happiest place on earth. I have never seen so many dogs in one place and they all got along great! Seattle is a very dog friendly place and it was very evident at this park!
We had started dinner before we left, but had to head home to baste the turkey and turn up the oven. I had made the pies & cranberry sauce the day before and D2 had made the side dishes in the crock pots before we left for Disneyland. So there were just a few details to take care of before our company arrived.
Sophie is from our home town, but now lives in Seattle with her 2 beautiful girls that she has adopted from Zambia. These girls are absolutely amazing - all 3 of them. They have such deep hearts, filled with so much love and joy. It has been several years since I had seen Sophie and this was the 1st time we met the girls. Big sister loved being able to be the "photographer" for our group photo. I set up Lucy on the tripod and handed her my remote, showing her how to make the light flash. There were several out takes before getting a pretty good group shot! Poor little sister is in a full on turkey coma here - she can eat!Before we knew it, they were headed home and we were left to a quiet apartment once again. I did my packing as we were leaving bright & early in the morning and soon headed to bed.
What an amazing week we had - gone way to fast, but the memories will hold this mama's heart over until we can be together again!
Today, I hold this memory in my mind as I head back to work.
We have 3 weeks before Christmas break - wow, that time has flown by!
Have an awesome day everyone & thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.