Over Memorial Day weekend, Craig and I traveled to Seattle for a little getaway. The main motivation for going was my cousin’s wedding and the opportunity to see my mom as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins on her side of the family. The wedding was lovely, it was great to catch up with my extended family, the weather was cool and refreshing (no rain!), and it was wonderful to visit a city Craig and I both really enjoy.
Craig had a hold of the camera throughout the trip. Here are a few of his photos:
After the rest of the family left, we stayed for an extra day to spend time with some friends who call Seattle home, and Jon, Kelly, and Max hosted us for the day. Kelly was one of my very first friends in the prospective adoptive mama blogosphere, and it was such a delight to see her in her role as Mom to the charming and adorable Max. We first met last spring in New York (along with Jon and Christine, Doug, and Spencer) but Max wasn’t yet home from South Korea then. We had a lovely day, starting first with a bagel brunch with Sarah and her cute kiddos Miles and Ada. This was my first time meeting Sarah, and it was so nice to finally meet another of my blog friends. Sarah and her crew left when it was getting to be nap time for the youngsters. Our afternoon included a walk to a neighborhood coffee place and then to a nearby playground, where Craig captured the only shot of Kelly and me together. This makes me chuckle because you can’t at all see my face, but hey, it’s proof we were there together:
This photo also cracks me up because Kelly and I noticed that we had dressed virtually identically for the day – dark jeans, black flats, black sweater over similar tops. This was particularly cute to me because we often note how many things we have in common (least of which is our shared name)!
After the playground, Max decided he should push his dad to the gelato shop for an afternoon treat. This was super cute and also slightly scary for the onlookers, since Max was pushing pretty hard and there was a bit of a downhill slope involved!
After Max had his bath and went to bed, and before we had to head off to the airport, we were treated to a home-grilled meal featuring Copper River salmon. Yum!
Spending the day with our friends was truly the perfect end to our little getaway. I feel so lucky to have made so many friends through this blog – something I honestly had no idea could happen when I started blogging – and it is wonderful to get to spend IRL (in real life) time with them.
Craig and I were both pretty amazed at how relaxed and refreshed we felt upon our return, even after taking a red-eye back and coming home to 100-degree heat. It was a good reminder of how important it is to take some time off every once in a while, and that four or five days away from the grind is really enough to unwind quite a bit. Next up is a week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at my dad and stepmom’s cottage, in just a few weeks. Let the countdown begin…