Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seattle Recap

View of Mount Ranier from our plane

**This is a photo heavy post, so I'm warning you up front**

Finally - a recap of our recent trip to Seattle. 

First night - We flew direct from Cleveland to Seattle. The view coming in was just beautiful. It was completely clear and you could see Mount Ranier perfectly. I had just bought a zoom lens for the trip and whipped it out on the plane to get the above picture. I snapped a bunch of other photos with my phone. We got in around 7 pm PST. After a little snafu with Rob "forgetting" Laila's backpack at the car rental place (it was still there!), we drove about 20 minutes to our hotel, SpringHill Suites by Marriott in the South Lake Union area. Rob had a bunch of Mariott gift cards to use. It was a pretty good hotel in a great location with a free hot breakfast. The rooms were a good size too. That first night we were pretty tired but decided to walk a few blocks to a Mexican restaurant. I felt very safe walking in the evening. I snapped a few pictures on my phone of the sunset on the buildings.  There is a ton of construction in Seattle right now.

Laila was able to visit the cockpit on our incoming flight

More views from our flight

Sunset on the buildings walking home from dinner

More from our walk home from dinner the first night

Day 2 - We started off by taking a Duck Boat tour. It was so much fun. The driver/tour guide was hilarious and provided a lot of good commentary on the different areas of Seattle including the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and going in the water on Lake Union. We saw all of the neat house boats and floating houses, After our Duck Boat tour, we went up to the top of the Space Needle. It was a perfect clear day and not too windy. We ended the day by going to a Seattle Sounders FC game.

Jacob actually wanted to sit with me on the tour

The Duck Boat home base is right across the street from the Space Needle

Photos from the Duck Boat tour:

On Lake Union:

Up on the Space Needle:

At the Sounders FC game

Day 3: We tried to sleep in but it was a bit hard with the time difference (3 hours).  We ended up taking a drive to Discovery Park and took a hike.  I was very proud of the kids. It was about 3.5 miles round trip and had a few steep  parts. The trail started in woods, went through a meadow, along Magnolia Bluff above Puget Sound, and down to a beach with a light house. The weather was pretty hot, but it wasn't very humid which I think makes a huge difference. After a quick nap back at the hotel, we took a ride to Alki Beach for dinner. We could not find a parking spot to save our lives. I think the gorgeous weather brought everyone out to the beach. So, we headed back to Seattle but stopped off in West Seattle taking a chance on a restaurant called the Copper Coin. We lucked out. The local beer and food was really good and the service was outstanding! 

Day 4: We drove up to Everett to take a tour of the Boeing factory. Wow! Very impressive. Unfortunately you can't take any pictures in the factory. I was able to get a picture of a test flight of a finished plane.  On our way back, I was able to shop at a Nordstrom and bought a very cute pair of brown Frye boots. I can't wait for fall just so I can wear my new boots. To top off our last night, we walked over to Pike's Place Market. It was kind of neat because we were walking with the commuter crowd. Seattle has such cool people.  I did have a bird poop right on my head and drip down onto my new shirt that I had picked up that day from the J. Crew sale.  Jacob and I were waiting outside of Walgreen's while Rob went in to get Jacob some cold medicine. I should have known not to lean against the building as the birds had left plenty of warnings. I made Rob march right back into Walgreens and buy baby wipes. Ick! We ended up eating at the Yard House. I know it's not very "Seattle" but it was one of our favorite restaurants when we were living in Florida and I love their Korean tacos. 

Right before the bird bomb

I have to end this on two funny stories. When we were in line at the airport in Cleveland, there was a guy in line with a man-bun and he happened to be on our flight. I just don't understand the man-bun. Laila and I decided to count the man-buns on our trip. We ended up with 16! I'm actually surprised we didn't see more.

And our car rental!  Something seriously crawled up in it somewhere and died. It smelled like really bad dog breath. I know we could have exchanged it for another car, but we didn't want to drive back to the airport and waste precious time.  We just drove around everywhere with the windows down. It was bad though!

All in all, this was one of my favorite vacations ever. I can't wait to head back to the Pacific Northwest.

And a quick shout out to Gina from The Daily Express. She previously lived in Seattle and sent me a list of suggestions for our trip. Thanks, Gina!

And Happy Birthday, Mom!!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

A-Line Denim

A-line button up denim mini skirt, j crew leopard blouse, summer outfit, summer look, every day look
 Blouse: J. Crew (similar)
Skirt: Zara (similar)
Necklace: The Limited (kind of similar)
Purse: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Shoes: eBay (similar)
Bracelet: Express (similar)
Watch: Charming Charlie (kind of similar)
Earrings: The Limited (similar)
Sunglasses: Loft (similar)

Did everyone have a good weekend?  I originally thought mine was uneventful until I started thinking of everything that we did. We started with a sleepover on Friday with four 13 year-old boys. I brought them to the pool, my husband took them soccer golfing while I put together 2 shoe cubbies for my closet, and it ended with a backyard fire pit. Holy cow - the energy and appetites of those boys!  On Saturday, my husband and I were able to go on a little date night dinner. And today, we ordered a Sleep Number bed and watched some of the Crossfit games (that is some crazy sh*t!). It was nice to have a weekend at home because we're traveling the next few weekends to visit friends. I can't believe it is the end of July already! It seems like just yesterday that it was the last day of school, Now, it's less than a month away to the first day.  

I ordered this skirt from Zara last week and am so happy that it worked out. I am always nervous ordering from there. It has a slight a-line style which is so flattering especially because it is a mini length. I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear out of this even into the fall with boots and tights.

p.s. My legs aren't this white. They're actually tan but are washed out in the pictures for some reason. LOL!

A-line button up denim mini skirt, j crew leopard blouse, summer outfit, summer look, every day look

A-line button up denim mini skirt, j crew leopard blouse, summer outfit, summer look, every day look

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Travel Outfit Variation

 Blouse: Forever 21 (exact)
Tank: Target (similar)
Leggings: Old Navy (similar)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Tory Burch (similar)
Sunglasses: Target (similar)
Purse: Forever 21 (exact)

I was hoping to have the Seattle recap for today but there are so many pictures to go through. Therefore, I am including my travel outfit - well, a variation of the outfit. I received this boxy tunic from Forever 21 last week and wore this outfit for a few appointments and realized that it would be perfect for the plane ride to Seattle. I did have to change the bag and shoes, but overall, it was pretty much the same and comfy. Oh, and there are pockets. 'Nuff said.

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