Gracing us with her presence…

August 26, 2014 Tuesday

My sister Pauline is in town for the week. She arrived today and brought with her plenty of California sun.  After picking her up from the airport, we went straight to business. We walked all over downtown Seattle.

Enjoying a ride on The Great Wheel on Pier 57.
Can you spot the Space Needle? This is the view from inside the Great Wheel.



Sisterly love. Just what I needed!

While the boys are on Pier 57, Pauline and I get lost (in purpose) at Pikes Place Chowder on Post Alley. We had clam chowder, sourdough bread and crab roll. It was really fun just hanging out with my little sister before she gets married in December.



August 28, 2014 Thursday

Today, Richard and I are on an overnight date. We bought burritos from a food truck, stuffed them in my purse and had lunch at the movies! Shhhh, don’t tell them. We saw “Lucy” (Scarlett Johansson) and was blown away. We had a lot to discuss the moment it ended!

Afterwards, we checked into Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast.


This beautiful Victorian house is very elegant inside and out.
This beautiful Victorian house is very elegant inside and out.

The house has a lot of character and is very still and silent. The owners have homemade cookies for guests. We took a few to take home  to Owen and to pay our babysitter…

While away, my sister babysat Owen. Here’s what she did for him:

Eating s'mores while reading a good book.
She made him s’mores.
She built him a campfire.
She built him a campfire.


She & Owen went on the roof of our trailer. I just about had a heart attack whenI saw the picture. Look at him, all smiles and unattended.
She & Owen went on the roof of our trailer. I just about had a heart attack whenI saw the picture. Look at him, all smiles and unattended.
Thumbs up, no one is hurt, having a blast...
Thumbs up, no one is hurt, having a blast…


She roasted vegetarian sausages.
She roasted vegetarian sausages.
Owen loves Aunt Pauline.
Owen loves Aunt Pauline.

Fearless in Seattle

To celebrate our 2-month anniversary being on the road, we are staying at an apartment vacation home for three nights. It’s located in Tacoma, 45 minutes away from downtown Seattle. We wanted to immerse ourselves in the city without having to drive all the way to our campsite in Olympia, which would be a 4-hour drive round trip. So we basically went on a vacation while on vacation… 

Here's Owen enjoying his quiet time.
Here’s Owen enjoying his quiet time.

This apartment we are staying at is a lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bath close to shops and parks. The owners have 3 little boys and the sound of them playing makes me feel right at home. I took advantage of the endless kitchen counter space and made my special meals. I made pasta, I baked pumpkin bread, I made apple-sauce and made meat lumpia for our friends.

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Our friends Ashley G. and Chris. C. came over for dinner. Playing Carcassonne was dessert… which I won, by the way.
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They are locals and they told us the best places to see and things to do while in the area.
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Being silly… Find Owen!



Chris became our personal tour guide.
Chris became our personal tour guide.
He and Ashley knew where we could park our truck in downtown Seattle.
He and Ashley knew where we could park our truck in downtown Seattle. It wasn’t easy but we made it, thanks to Chris.
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Chris knew the back way to our destination. It was nice to sit in the back and not be the navigator for the day.
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Hats-off to Richard for surviving the drive.

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Post Alley Gum Wall


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We would have never found this on our own.
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Whatever you do, don’t let your hair touch the wall of chewed gum…

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Pike Place was fun!
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We’re standing back watching the fish mongers throw fish at customers.
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Owen wrinkled his nose the entire time. He said it smelled like the fish his Lolo cooks.
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I elbowed myself in front of the crowd and took this picture. This area was packed with locals and tourists.
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Fried food on display. We bought a basket of fries and munched on it while people-watching.
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Sea of flowers. It balanced the smell of the fish market.

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Watching cheese in the making.
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We needed fresh air and our tour guide directed us to the Waterfront.
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We watched people board the cruise ship.
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Owen didn’t want to get on the Great Wheel. He says, the fries he ate would end up on his shoe if he did.
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The walk and the weather was memorable and pleasant just as our friend was the entire tour.
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This building intrigued me. Creepy yet fascinating…
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The Naval Ship was scheduled to leave that afternoon. Men in white uniforms made my day brighter!
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A few piers down, Chris took us to YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP. The coolest shop I’ve ever been in. Look closely to the left of the picture. Do you see what it’s the jar?
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Metal art. It peaked Owen’s interest.
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Uncle Sam thanking Chris for taking us there. Nice to meet you, too, he says.
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Richard had no idea this picture was taken. He was staring at something across the street. It must have been good because look at the intense body language as opposed to my demeanor.
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Chris took us to see the troll under the bridge. This is where they filmed part of the movie “10 Things I hate About you”.
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Last stop- Chris & Ashley’s favorite local hang out. A park that overlooked the city.
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You’ll never guess what the boys found in the water!! A shopping cart! Space Needle in the distance.
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Marveling at the reflection of the water, creating lightning shapes.
What a wonderful day we had in Seattle.
What a wonderful day we had in Seattle.