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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in A Day in the Life | 0 comments

A Weekend in Seattle

A Weekend in Seattle

E and I have officially decided we’re trading in birthday gifts for birthday trips. So last weekend we packed our bags, dropped the little lady off with her aunt and uncle and headed to the airport for 3 kid free days of sleeping in, leisurely strolling the city streets, and eating warm meals without playing defense to flying crayons, meltdowns, and food tornadoes.  Don’t get me wrong I love the chaos of our daily life but a quite break was desperately need and some quality couple time was such a treat!

^^^I felt it was fitting to start our trip off to Seattle with a Starbucks coffee for the plane ride (decaf of course, which pains me but with baby onboard it’s better than nothing).  However, after the craziness of trying to pack, get everyone a schedule, and dealing with the guilt of leaving a 13 month old home while we were away I could of used a triple everything and a side of bloody mary!^^^

It wouldn’t be a trip to Seattle without a stop at Pike’s Place Market.  E actually ended up booking us a room at the Moore Hotel, I’ll admit I was skeptical about staying there as the reviews were either stellar or not so flattering and the hotel has both private rooms and rooms at a lower rate with a shared common bathroom.  Being 5 months prego my own bathroom was a non-negotiable, so we opted for the private room and it was great; clean, super convenient (2 blocks from the market), and the staff was really nice.

I know it’s beyond touristy of me to say that I love Pike’s Place Market but I really do love it, the flowers alone are enough for a daily stroll through it And the fruits and veggie displays make me want to eat only apples and salads for the rest of my like, I mean really how amazing does everything look?

^^^The amazing La Panier french bakery is also located in the market, the line is usually long but totally worth the wait^^^

On Friday night we headed to the Mariners game because if you know E, if there is a professional sporting event going on while we’re on vacation I guarantee we’ll be at it!  I’ve grown to love this about him, there is something magical about baseball stadiums and while I admittedly spend most of my time people watching over actually watching the game I love the whole experience.

On Saturday morning we walked to the Space Needle as E had never been to Seattle and felt like it was something he should do.  Along the way we stopped at Dahlia Bakery, which again was AMAZING!  This cute little spot was recommended in almost all of the bloggers on their Seattle City Guides, and it did not disappoint!  It’s a miracle I didn’t gain 50lbs on this trip!

Well here it is, the Space Needle. Funny that we walked all the way there but didn’t actually go up it.  I was just fine with it though as we strolled around the grounds and sat on the lawn for a bit, which any parent of a toddler knows is a gift.  To have the afternoon to leisurely walk through the city was so much fun.

A ferry ride to Bainbridge Island was next on the list and I would totally recommend an afternoon trip over to the island for anyone visiting Seattle.  It’s a 30 minute ferry ride with amazing views of the city and the town has the feel of a little east coast harbor village.  Main street on Bainbridge is pretty short but packed full of shops, cafes, and restaurants.  

^^^E and I found a place for lunch that wasn’t amazing food but had an incredible view of the harbor that made up for it.^^^

^^^Ice cream is hands down my favorite food, and Mora’s did not disappoint!  I would almost go as far as saying Mora’s alone is worth the ferry trip, it’s really that good!^^^

^^^The view of the island as we rode the ferry home at sunset.^^^

^^^This photo doesn’t even come close to doing the view of Seattle’s skyline from the boat justice^^^

That night we returned to Seattle and had some of the best gnocchi I’ve ever had at Trovolata.  Unfortunately, E and I had ate so much we could barely put a dent in our food but it really was amazing and the atmosphere was spot on.  Located in Belltown, which was my favorite part of town in Seattle I would highly recommend Trovolata and of course the gnocchi for dinner.

^^^With an early evening flight on Sunday we spent the day checking off a few more of the toursity things that we had on our list and of course hit up Top Pots for their famous doughnuts and coffee.^^^

^^^A stroll through the SAM^^^

^^^And of course a photo-op at the gum wall^^^

All in all it was such a great trip, and Seattle as stolen my heart once again!  There really is something special about that place and our weekend adventure made E and I both realize that we need to take a little time to ourselves more oftern.  So here’s to the next adventure.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Monday Makes Me Long for the Weekend

Monday Makes Me Long for the Weekend

I always find the Monday after a great weekend the hardest day of the week. As I sit at my desk I long for lazy mornings with Charlie and Boz piled on the bed and those first morning giggles out of her tiny lips, coffee on the front porch, and the anticipation of what the day may bring.
This weekend was especially great with crafting, farmers markets, art festivals, patio lunches, and evening bike rides. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with the daily grind and this weekend was exactly what I needed, no house projects, no agendas or planned social events, just our little fam adventuring wherever the day took us.

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^^^ these two^^^

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^^^ask her how old she is and she promptly respond by showing you she’s ONE^^^

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^^^her dad bought her this gem for her birthday, it was almost as cute watching how excited he was to build it with her as her hiding all the screws on him^^^

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^^^alot of this has been happening lately, I think she loves him^^^

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^^^ those lips ^^^

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^^^ one of our favorite summer activities, bikes and snowcones are pretty much the best ^^^

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Charlie’s First Birthday

Charlie’s First Birthday

Our sweet baby girl, Charlie Rowan, turned one this past weekend!!  How did that happen?!  It seems like just yesterday she came into our lives with her little luscious lips, big round eyes, and feisty little personality.  To say we adore her would be a huge understatement.  I never new a love so big and overwhelming until I became this little ladies mama.

This weekend was all about Charlie, and we tried our best to pack it full of all her favorite things!  Needless to say E and I were winded to say the least by the time she went to bed on Sunday night.

 

 

Pancakes at Eggs in the City.  Somehow this girl has already decided that she discriminates on what types of pancakes are worthy to eat.

 

Running through sprinklers with pops, and a day at the beach….which pretty much took the cake!  This little bug would live at the beach if she could!  Dirt to play in and water is pretty much her heaven on earth, if there is one thing this little lady isn’t afraid of it’s getting dirty!  We invited our family to celebrate and a few close friends and the day was a huge success.  Both the kiddos and adults had a great time, and most importantly Charlie loved it!

^^^ I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed I feel to have this little family of mine!  I’m not really sure what I did to deserve them, but somehow in this crazy world they are mine and I’ll never give them up!^^^

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When Saturdays Start at 6

When Saturdays Start at 6

Parenthood brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “sleeping in” these days 6:30 feels like a treasure. But more commonly Charlie likes to make sure we’re up and ready to play by 6, an hour I use to never imagine I would see on a Saturday morning!
The plus side to this is by 10am we’ve accomplished more than I use to get done in entire weekend days!

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^^^like morning crafting and coffee^^^

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^^^followed by trips to the farmers market, costco, and target^^^
It’s strange to suddenly be the first people to show up and to be checking opening times rather than closing times.

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in A Day in the Life | 0 comments

CharlieRo Growing Up

CharlieRo Growing Up

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This sweet thing is about to turn 1 in less than a week and as we approach this mile stone I’m filled with mixed emotions. On one hand I can’t believe we made it! We didn’t burn the house down, Bozley never missed a meal, we survived nights of 3 hours of sleep, my boobs finally stopped leaking like the Niagra Falls and we all still love each other! Hallelujah, we survived, have all of our limbs, smiles on our face, and still want to hangout together!

Because let’s be honest there were times this year when Charlie turning one felt like a lifetime away! But on the other hand my little bug is growing up so fast! The snuggling for hours has turned into tornado spins and 20 second snugs when I’m lucky. The learning to sit up, rolling over, first smiles, first laughs, starting to crawl, and standing and climbing for the fist time, those moments have passed. That sweet little baby we brought home from the hospital is turning into a little person. A real life person. Her little personality is starting to show, she’s fiercely determined, adventurous like her father, and sweet and gentle. She adores her furry brother Bozley and I’m pretty convinced she thinks she’s a dog or he’s a human.

Only 5 days away I find myself avoiding this event. Which feels like some sort of life milestone. Typically I would jump at the chance to plan a party, design invites, gather the troops up, and have a hell of a time, with each and every detail thought out. But here we are 5 days out and I’ve barely sent a text out inviting a small, intimate group of friends and family to a beach party. No theme, no pretty details, no fancy invitations, just a celebration of this amazing little human doing exactly what I believe she would want to be doing on her birthday. Playing in the dirt and swimming in the water.

I hope she doesn’t resent me one day for not going all out on her first birthday but in a weird, unexplainable way a small gathering at the beach with the people she knows and loves just seems right. It almost feels like I somehow know this is what she wants, because after all she is one and when you’re one dirt, sand, and water trump fancy garland and place settings!

So I’m pushing my guilt aside for not decorating the hell out of this and I’m approaching Saturday with so much joy and gratitude, and a few tears that my sweet baby girl, Charlie Rowan is on her way to toddler hood!

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