Sunday, 12 August 2012

Seattle 2012

 Matt and I recently returned from a long overdue vacation. We went to Seattle with a bunch of our adopted family for a week-long getaway. It was fantastic!

 We drove down through Sparwood BC, and stayed with some friends of mine in Kettle Falls, WA. They have a lovely home on the side of a mountain with a little lake in the backyard. It was so nice to visit with them. I was pregnant with Miss A the last time I saw them. I was kicking myself because I forgot to take my camera out. Ouch. Still am.
 We got to Seattle and stayed in a beautiful home we rented through VRBO. I highly recommend it for a larger group. It was right on the water, overlooking Camano Island. The only negative is that it took about 20 minutes to get anywhere, but it was very quiet and peaceful. There was an eagle that must have lived nearby, because it flew by early in the mornings. The hot tub was a hit too.
Some of our friends dug clams on the beach in front of the house when the tide went out.
There was all sorts of sea life, foreign to us landlocked folk!
Here's the whole group on the deck overlooking the water before we headed our separate ways.

We did a bunch of touristy stuff. We went to the Crab Pot for lunch. It's right on the Pier 57 near Pike Place Market. The waitress rolls out butcher paper across the table, then gives everyone a wooden plate, a mallet and a little fork. She dumped the seafood out on the table and we all dug in. The shells all went into a bowl on the floor. Pretty classy. Hahaha It was one of my favorite things we did. Something totally new to most everyone in the group.

We walked around Pike Place Market for a few hours. There were such a variety of booths and buskers and foods. The flowers were stunning. If I lived around there, I'd have fresh flowers all the time. :) The blackberries were huge. I tried to show my thumb in the pic for scale, but it was too hard to focus with the throng of people bumping me. I thought the cigar box guitars were pretty cool. They reminded me of this music video I saw by Walk Off the Earth called Little Boxes.
The Pike Place Fish Co. is known for throwing fish that customers have purchased from the display and back to be packaged. Why do they throw the fish? Because it's faster than walking it around, and probably because it draws a crowd.
 I always thought it would be cool to go to the fish market where they throw fish, so I did! Here's my little video.
 While in Seattle, we went to see the Freemont Troll (who lives under a bridge, and grabbed a VW Bug from above), the Space needle and we happened to walk by the Hammering Man in front of the Seattle Art Museum. We went to Snoqualmie Falls later on that day. The falls brought back lots of memories from when I lived near there.

We spent a day out at Whidbey Island. Deception pass is beautiful.
While we were out on the island, we stopped to have lunch with the Kendall's. When I lived in Oak Harbor as a missionary, they only had 3 kids. Check out that awesome family now!
Overall, it was an awesome week and a much needed break from the munchkins. Matt and I needed some together time. We are going to have to do this again regularly. I am so glad the kids had a fun time camping & fishing with grandma and papa in Saskatchewan while we were away. My parents are wonderful to take them for us. Thanks mom & dad!


  1. Love all the pictures! Looks like a fantastic trip!!
    XO Leah

  2. Loved all of the Seattle Pix!!! Good times Sister :)

    1. Thanks, we had a fantastic time. I assume I know you from my mission, since you called me sister. Who are you? lol