Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seattle Summer Day Trip

A week ago the girls and I took a trip to Seattle for an afternoon of doing whatever we wanted.
I've said plenty of times that I think its so cool we have this beautiful city only 2 hours away!
We need to do this more often as there is always something new to do!

And we had a lot of fun and took tons of pictures!
Hannah took many of the pictures and Jenelle added some too so you'll have to watch for photo creds!

Our drive from Yakima to Seattle.
photo by Hannah
 A stop in North Bend for a coffee!
#predictable
#necessary
Riding the Seattle Great Wheel
 photo by Hannah
 photo by Hannah
 photo by Hannah
 photo by Hannah
photo by Hannah

Did we have a perfectly gorgeous day or what??

After the wheel we messed around in a few tourist attraction areas...waste of money type places, but interesting to check out.
And yes...even a scary mummy from South America in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.
We just couldn't figure out how a place like this got an actual mummy.
Shouldn't this be in a proper museum somewhere?
photo by Hannah
Jenelle and I wanted to show Hannah the gum wall since she wasn't with us when we saw it over spring break.
Still disgusting...but you can't look away!
photo by Hannah
 photo by Hannah
photo by Hannah

Then a walk through Pikes Market, lunch at The Pike Brewing Company (with lemonades and iced teas...no brews this time!) and a walk past the original Starbucks.
photo by Hannah
Could they have really imagined in 1971 what their company would be like today?
Amazing success story!
We walked our butts off to the Seattle REI.
Hannah took some cool architectural pictures along the way...
And somewhere along our walk, this kid took a cute selfie!!
photo by Jenelle
At REI, we were unsuccessful in finding what we were looking for, so we walked back down to the waterfront.
Hot and sweaty by that time - we needed some ice cream!

Then it was time to head back!
We stopped at World Market in Bellevue and then I hit the road to Yakima with these two lovelies!
A perfect day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The 2nd May Birthday Celebration!

He caught up with me again!
Donald turned 45!

Hannah and I decided to test his "youth" by presenting him with carrot cupcakes holding 45 candles!
 Can he blow them out all at once?
What do you think?
Yep!
He was concerned that the smoke detector might actually go off!

It's hard to surprise Donald with gifts.
If it's wrapped, he'll shake it or feel it long enough to figure out what it is.
Plus usually he's been asked what he wants and so he knows it's probably coming.
This year I actually surprised him!
With a chainsaw!
Probably my most favorite shopping experience ever...not!
But I did know what I was looking for and I knew it was something he wanted!
And I was right!
Happy birthday to our very favorite guy!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

11th Birthday Party!

Jenelle just keeps getting older!!
This one LOVES her birthday!
She started it off right with a rainbow sprinkle donut for breakfast!

After school and dinner, the fun part starts...
Cupcakes and gifts!
I made an attempt at cupcakes baked in an ice-cream cone, but they turned out terrible, so we just made pretty cupcakes instead!
 And one just for Dad who didn't want frosting.
Showered and ready for the party!
On another night she had her friend Chloe over for a birthday sleepover.
This night was just family.
 She was pretty excited about the present opening part, but really, who isn't?
This is probably the strangest gift I've ever given anyone.
It was a request that Jenelle had.
She loves to braid and fix hair, so she asked for a mannequin head.
This one is actually named Emma and she has real human hair.
She sits on a shelf in Jenelle's bedroom closet...
We make sure to have it shut each night before lights out.
You don't want to wake up to Emma staring at you in the night!

Happy Birthday happy (crazy) girl!