Thursday, May 29, 2008


Our Seattle trip was amazing! Chris and I have not been on a vacation alone since our honeymoon so it was good to get away as a couple.
We left Friday morning. We got on the plane and prepared for take off when an engine light went on. So they brought us back in and "fixed" the engine and we prepared for take off again. No go. The engine was not working so we had to switch planes. 2 hours later we arrived in Seattle.
First on our list was Pikes Place Market. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was let down by the market. The famous fish throwers were not throwing the fish around like I have seen on tv and like everybody told me they would. The market was crowded and it smelled. But one side of the market was lined with fresh flowers that were being made into bouquets and sold. I would have loved to buy some but I didn't really have a reason or a place to put them. We then went to dinner at Zeeks Pizza and it was wonderful.
Saturday we went to Chateau St. Michelle and toured their winery. The winery was not operating that day and some event was taking place so half of the winery we couldn't see. But the grounds that we did see were gorgeous and the tour was very informational. After the tour we ate lunch at Texas BBQ. We ate outside and had some good grub. Then we went to the Kobuta Gardens which are nestled in a neighborhood on a hill. The grounds were beautiful and the flowers were gorgeous. The garden had tons of different trails and paths and I'm sure we missed half of it. We then did the Underground Seattle Tour and learned the history of the city. We asked our tour guide where we should eat dinner and we followed his suggestion. We found the Palace Kitchen downtown. We did not fit in at this restaurant, it was like a swanky martini bar. The food was good though, but I felt dumb sitting there.
Sunday was spent whale watching. We drove about 2 hours north of Seattle to Anacortes. 20 minutes into the tour we saw whales. This rarely happens, it can sometimes take hours before they see them. We followed them for 2 hours then broke off and explored the San Juan Islands. We saw eagles, starfish and otters. Our captain then got word that the same whales we were following were not far from us. So we caught up with them and spent another 30 minutes with them. The sight of the whales was amazing. They are giant creatures, yet so beautiful. Besides marrying my best friend whale watching is the coolest thing I have ever done and I would love to do it again!
On Monday we toured Safeco field and we even got to go in the owners suite, The owner of the Seattle Mariners is the man who owns Nintendo. Our tour guide said that he has owned the team for about 10 years, but has never visited Seattle or the field. We did some more touring of the city and then we watched the Boston Red Sox play the Seattle Mariners. The Sox won and the game was very cool to watch!
Then came Tuesday..back to reality. We didn't get to do half of the things that we wanted to so we are planning on going back in the next couple years. It was a great trip, lots of fun and I am very glad that we got to experience Seattle!

The Next Few Weeks for Chris

Chris sent me some pictures that he received in an email of where he will be living and working for the next few weeks. I have not been scared, but I am now.

This is the "shack" where Chris will sleep.

This is the kitchen area

This is what they call the meeting area

The Shower and Bathroom

The Shower

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Little Leah

This is for you Melanie-This is what happens when you stay home sick, Matt brings Leah to my house, her hair falls out and Matt messes it up! I love Leah to death! I've seen some crazy Leah hair, but that's the craziest I've ever seen it.

It's Official

It's official....Chris leaves for Botswana, Africa Friday morning! Don't ask me if I'm scared or nervous, I am not thinking about it now, that will make for a long 3 weeks. I am very excited for his opportunity. The brat even gets to see Paris on his way home. I tend to shut the world out when Chris is gone and stay home, so call me to hang out so this doesn't happen!

Not Happy

I am so not happy today. I went to the dentist today for a teeth cleaning and he asked me if I had any concerns about my teeth. I have a tooth that is starting to stick out and he told me that I am probably grinding my teeth at night and my bottom tooth is forcing my front tooth to stick out. I said ok, how do we fix that. He then told me the worst thing ever-a retainer or braces! I have gone almost 24 years without these things in my mouth, I have great teeth and now I might have to have braces. This sucks. But he did say that it's not a concern yet and that I could wait on it to see if I keep grinding my teeth. So you don't get to make fun of me yet. Cross your fingers that I don't have to have braces, a retainer I could live with, but braces no.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

So Sad

We are sadly back home. Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment, work, Jaedon's baseball game....I could go on but you get the point. Real life continues, but I knew it would. A long post loaded with pics is coming soon!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I'm not sure what happened to my little vacation countdown at the bottom of the page, but it's off. We leave tomorrow for Seattle! Don't have too much fun without us this weekend. I will of course take lots of pics and post when we get back.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In the Jungle...

Chris just got notice that after we get back from our trip to Seattle next week they are sending him to Botswana,Africa! The trip will be 2-3 weeks long and we probably won't get to talk to each other. It is a trip of a lifetime for him!

Friday, May 9, 2008


So our Seattle trip is only a couple weeks away and I'm getting scared. Being the planner that I am I have a schedule and I have already received our Go Seattle Passes! But seeing as we've never been to Seattle I don't really know what to do. Here is what I have:

Friday 23rd: Fly to Seattle, Check-in to hotel, Tour Space Needle and Pike Place
Saturday 24th: Underground Tour, Garden Tour and Winery Tour
Sunday 25th: Whale Watching (This takes about 8 hours total so that is most of the day)
Monday 26th: Tour of Safeco Field and the Red Sox Game (This is the whole reason we are going to Seattle)
Tuesday 27th: Go Home

If anyone has ideas on what else to do, where to eat, places to see, whatever please let us know!