Posts Tagged ‘seattle outings’

We completed round two of summer berry picking! Mmmmm…. I love raspberries! We met up with our friends for some sweet times the girls all had a blast and Ava is obsessed. She has the list plotted out. “First we went strawberry picking, then raspberry picking. Next we have to go blueberry picking, blackberry picking then apple picking and pumpkin picking.” Yep she has got a plan! No worries here I love it all and no surprise but the photo opts are not too shabby either!  Ella, while after a taste or 20, she is simply happy playing in the wagon!  She also LOVED the ducks a chickens although on chicken got her hand 😦 Quite tramatic it took her a couple days to move on from the experience.  Every once in a while she would just cry and say “chicken”, sooo sad!

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Ava’s final preschool field trip was to Mulkiteo Beach. Good thing is that is only 5 min. away bad thing it was COLD, rainy and slippery. The kids had a blast and I got a few good shots in. I LOVE my kid and how unbelievably cute are those yellow boots? They made the pictures. And of course she got some BFF time with her fellow classmate Emma they are soooo cute together.  Ella thought the beach was quite worth it and I am sure we will be back soon~

Since it was low tide we were able to meet a crab and starfish but as always the big draw was rock throwing!

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Since I have completely neglected my poor little blog I thought I would share pics from our recent trip to the pumpkin patch in honor of Halloween. It was Ava’s first school field trip and the most perfect mid day light possible. If you take away that sometimes I am a stress ball with two kids, outings and photography attempts it was a total success! Ella ate a few tablespoons of dirt but wouldn’t you do the same for these adorable pics!  (more on flickr account if you are interested!)

New Favorite!

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1.5 hour drive but totally worth it!  The girls and I along with our BFF gang headed out to Bellwood Acres, an apple orchard outside of Bellingham.

Truth be told it was exhausting.  An extra pair of hands was needed, next time hubby’s required.  In the end we had a blast and so did the kids.  We got a basket full of apples had a picnic, survived the light rain drizzle and just look at these pictures!  FUN!  Sorry to post so many but I just love them!  Fall is my favorite time of year and since I will not be in michigan to capture the amazing fall colors the apple orchard totally filled the bill.





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My brother made it out for a pre-holiday visit!  Although he spent a majority of his visit sick he was able to join us on our annual family outing to Farmer Brown’s Tree Farm.  As children we never cut down our own christmas trees.  It was always a trip to the suburban tree lot.  I LOVE that this was a tradition in Larry’s family and now will continue with our girls.  My quirky twist… naming the tree before arriving on site.  I love to name things but also it helps me focus in on exactly who I am looking for.  After all a tree named everett inevitably looks different than a Howard!  This year we were on a hunt for Tiberius!

Of course the beauty of my naming tradition is that I always get a large say in just exactly who we take home!  As always we found the perfect tree and with the perfect little helper and some teamwork he made it back to our family room!  I am grateful that Uncle Chris was able to experience a little toddler magic for the holidays.  There is nothing better than this time of year with kids and this year Ava has been so much fun!  Next year… almost four!  AND… almost one!  Christmas times two kids will only be better!

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A Beautiful Day

California may have the warmth, Michigan has much sunnier winters but NOTHING beats a beautiful day in the northwest!

The Snohomish River



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When we did not make it to the pumpkin patch back in Michigan and then returned to the northwest clouded in rain I thought dreams of this years pumpkin patch visit had ended.  So last week when I woke up to what appeared to be a dry day I jumped on the opportunity!  It turned out to be a beautiful day and Ava had SO much fun!  We walked through the patch where she picked out her very own pumpkin.  She was VERY sure of her choice!  She got to see all the farm animals,  laughed at the noisy pigs (and made pig noises of her own) and petted the kittens and bunnies.  The kittens were her favorite.  She kept going back saying, “mama they are so cutie!”  “LOOK!”  One of the most exciting adventurers however, was a room with 2 feet of corn cornels for children to play in.  She had a blast!  And just when you thought there could not be any more pictures of Ava here are more….

These were taken 5 minutes apart CRAZY, just look at the sky differences

tired eyes and not quite a smile but my girl nevertheless!

The Corn Room

Her Pumpkin

one day I would like to do an entire apple shoot... I love apples in the fall!

My Beauty

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June. It is June.

Although you would never guess it based on the weather here in the Northwest. ENOUGH OF THE RAIN!!! Seriously, this has to be the longest stretch with hardly no spring and no signs of summer. With Ava and I preparing for our trip back east tomorrow promises of warmer weather may become a reality. Just my luck warmer but the forecast the day we arrive… RAIN! That’s right!

With the sun a distant memory Ava and I run for the outdoors at any sight of that yellow ball hanging in the sky!  The other afternoon we made a mad dash for the beach.  Ava LOVES the water, sand and rocks and mama wanted to try out a new camera lens.  I did not get too many shots but I did decide I liked the lens and it was a good decision to trade in my old zoom for a wider angle.  FUN!

Here are some pics to leave you with.  It will be a couple weeks till my next post but I am sure I will have lots to blog when I return.  A baby meet-up with my college roomie and my cousins cutie I have yet to meet are just a few posts I cannot wait to share! Cheers and I hope the sun is back in the sky by the time I return!

I just love how her little feet are bare and crossed!

From not wanting dirt at all to LOVING messiness!

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1,2, 3…Imagine

Sesame Street Live came to out town. With connections in the ticket office we ended up with front row floor seats. They were AMAZING!   So close, Ava could even stand and dance and the characters came by throughout the entire show passing out high fives.  I am afraid it will need to be front row seats every year… the only way to go for sure!

When we arrived I noticed they had replaced the street signs with yes, Sesame Street.  Parents were lined up taking pictures of their kids underneath the sign.  This is the moment I realized I forgot my camera!  REALLY!! AHHH!  I tried to remind myself all day, “point and shoot, point and shoot.”  Thank goodness for the internet I can post a few shots that were not taken by me but nevertheless will document the experience!

I have never seen Ava so excited. To say she had a blast would be an understatement.  Thankfully there happened to be a chalk mark on the floor in front of us.   I explained to Ava that she needed to stand behind the chalk mark.  It worked like a charm!  She would look down at her feet often and scooch back and then resume her dancing! It is the only thing that kept her from running on stage!   She shouted often at her TV friends; wanting to show them her snuffy, her necklace, tell them she loved them.  It was too cute.  I was sure that it would be Elmo that was the most exciting… NO wrong… Big Bird!  Abby and Elmo took close seconds.

Of course there was no escaping the merchandising nightmare they had in place.  With stands throughout Ava ended up with a spinning, light elmo toy.  I was sure that this would be the only splurge until intermission…. When a man carrying hundreds of Elmo ballons walked onto the floor.  You have to be kidding me how do you escape that one?  Ava was pretty good until her friend received her Elmo balloon and then it was all over… $10!!!!!  Yes a $10 balloon!  All in all the experience was worth every penny. I cannot wait until next year!

OK I will look at the camera but I will not smile!

Snuffy, the chosen one for our adventure!

The Elmo toy

The $10 balloon!

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One of the things I miss most about Portland is the ease of the city. Of course there were times when traffic was not pleasurable but after experiencing Seattle traffic I may have to amend those thoughts! It was so easy to get to, park and enjoy Portland… not to mention a whole lot cheaper.

Seattle is a great town, don’t get me wrong but so difficult to actually take advantage of especially with a little one.  We mostly reserve trips to the city for visitor outings.  Here are some pictures from one of our most recent excursions.  Finding it impossible to get a good shot of Ava I turned to photographing the city something I rarely do as people are more my thing.  It was fun however to attempt creativity in a different genre. I must remember to experiment more often.  Variety is good for the artistic sole!    These were all taken near the famous Pike Place Market… and home of the very first Starbucks!

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