The Blog Days of Summer {NORTHWEST OR BUST #2}

So our Road trip continued! After we left Portland we headed to Washington to see a few of our favorite people for a quick visit.  We got to catch up, play games, check the lake and relax.  The kids had so much fun together too. It was refreshing to be with people you have known for years and there were many inside jokes and laughs shared by all (as usual). It was as it should be with good friends! And since we did not make it to our annual Hume Lake trip it was great (we actually got to see them one more time over the summer but I’ll get to that later).

And then we were off to our favorite city…if you only have a few hours to kill in Seattle you must go to a few of our favorite spots. First we went to Kerry Park and then just over the hill and across another bridge are the Ballard Locks.  I imagined bringing my kids to both of these places back when I was in college – so it was great to finally do it on a lovely summer day (the weather really was perfect for us)!
Check out Paige’s expressions and Grant’s funny faces…what in the world could either of them be thinking about!
Just below the Kerry Park Viewpoint is a path to an actual kid’s park that my crazy kiddos could not get enough of! We were there for over an hour. It made me laugh to remember it because in college one of my roommates and I would sneak off to this park and smoke cigars (I know you are wondering why I would be sneaking off but this is just what Christian college girls do for fun and a flair of rebellion – I guess it’s honestly another topic for another day)!
If you ever get the chance to see the Ballard Locks in Seattle you must go! The beautiful foliage and plants, the architecture of the buildings and seeing the salmon run (which basically means they are swimming up stream), even the fish ladders are fascinating to me and in my opinion you will be in for a treat.  Growing up in Colorado and California did not expose me to anything like this. So check it out sometime- especiallyif you get to go there in the summer!

Woohoo…the salmon were running!
Kids can make anything fun!
Love these two!
Aaron got to take the kids to Gasworks Park for a picnic and while it was not as nice as he had remembered the kids had fun…until poor Grant smacked his head into a pole while running full speed. He got a nice goose-egg on his forehead- poor guy may just be accident prone like his Mamma.
They finished up their outing at the Seattle Center and after a fun afternoon and dinner with our dear friends {the Pelton’s} we were headed back down I-5 to make the long trip home. Our time with the Pelton’s is always too short but we loved seeing their beautiful home make progress (paint was going up that day). And we always just love their company! They took us to an amazing restaurant called Tutta Bella Pizzeria (you must go here if you are in the area). Wish we could have hung out with them all night!

Here are a few more pictures I took with my iphone (check out Grant’s goose-egg bump).

This last one is the sun set as we were leaving town. My only regret is that we were not able to see more friends while we were there.  But there are only so many hours in the day!

We miss you Seattle…hope to see you again soon!
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