Our Seattle Trip

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Hey all,

For our 12th anniversary, we decided to drive up to Seattle and spend a few days seeing the sights. What a great time!

Luckily, we’re Oregonians, so we weren’t too disappointed that it rained (or hailed, or snowed) most of the time. The sun did break out at odd moments, but I don’t think it ever got warmer that about 50 degrees (except in our room, where the knob on the old radiator was broken and it stayed around 75 degrees day and night, lol!)

Here are a few of the highlights…

Gracie’s first French-fry…ever…when we stopped for lunch on Friday. I think she enjoyed the empty container more than the fry.

The girl’s having fun at Tup Tim Thai (both the food and service were awesome, btw!) Gracie loved the mangos and hated the coconut rice.

This would be “Vickie Heaven” the (seemingly) mile-long flower shop at Pike Place.

Watching the otters play at the Seattle Aquarium. Gracie thought the “underwater tunnel” was pretty cool, too.

The front entrance of the nunnery-turned-inn where we stayed. A little noisy, a little warm, but it was walking distance to most of the sights.

The butterfly room at the Pacific Science center

Gracie was more impressed with the giant butterfly kites that hung from the ceiling.

Looking up from the base of the Space Needle as the sun made a rare appearance.

Team Perk had an awesome dinner at the Space Needle restaurant, there’s something very weird about sitting at a table as the city rotates beneath you!

Of course, the trip would not have been complete without a trip to Mecca…the very first Starbucks (at Pike Place.)

So, we had a great time, though it was decided that, as Gracie has tagged along on our last two anniversary trips (tho’ she was much quieter in Hawaii, lol) we’ll be getting a sitter from now on.

-Perk

Gracie’s first picnic

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At almost eighty degrees today, it’s hard to reember that it was hailing just last week, and snowing the week before that! By the time Vic got home from a rare 1/2 Saturday in the office, we were all ready to get out into the sunshine.

As this was Gracie’s very first picnic, we decided we’d better do it right…stopping at Popeye’s Chicken for some bird, taters, and coleslaw to go (it was another 20 miles round-trip to get to a KFC but, in retrospect, it would have been worth it. It was a toss-up which was worse, the food or the customer service, lol)

Besides, she slept through that part anyway!

ANYWAY…

Got to the park, had us some lunch under a shady tree, then went for a nice walk though the park in the new pink stroller. Throw in my dad chain-smoking and starving ducks attacking me for my food, and it would have been just like the old days at Blue Lake Park.

Oh, and we got to wear our shades for the first time too. Luckily, Mommy is fast with the camera!

-Perk

On her own two feet…

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Okay,

So it was torture watching her pull herself us, waiting for her to thump her melon against the glass as I stood by with the camera ready…but she did it, all by herself…

I’m not sure I’m ready for this…

It seems like yesterday that she was here…

-Perk