sequim open aire market

September 27, 2012

we went to more outdoor farmers markets on our trip to washington than i’ve been to in my whole life. this little detail, made me realize how much i miss my home state…

At the Sequim open wire market, we chose some really cool homemade kaleidoscopes as souvenirs that now sit on our living room table.

besides Quincy market & Wilson’s Farm, {readers} do you have any recommendations for really good farmers markets or flea markets in the Boston area?!? I’d love to know…

{photos by me.}


family time…

September 25, 2012

i can’t say this enough – one of the best parts of our washington trip was how much time we spent together as a family + how much time we spent with extended family. from here on out, we are going to try and plan 10-day road trips as a part of every summer. it was priceless.

my kiddos thought aunt sue’s house was an amusement park between the wildlife, cool greenhouse, and the dog that would play with them for hours — they were in heaven!

did you “drive” on your parent’s laps when you were little???


hurricane ridge

September 19, 2012

we spent a good amount of time in national parks on our washington trip.  starting with the olympic national park, we ate lunch one afternoon al fresco style, on top of hurricane ridge. we felt like we were eating on top of the world!

you can see by the pictures below, the clouds would just float right over the ridge, right past us…

{all photos by me.}


graysmarsh farm

September 19, 2012

from seattle we took a ferry and headed up to Sequim where my sister lives.

our kiddos were fascinated by the ferry’s that you actually drive your car on, park, and cruise across the water.

our first morning in sequim {pronounced s-q-w-i-mmm} we headed out to graysmarsh farm to pick berries. picking berries was a big part of my childhood in the pacific northwest. however, we didn’t ever go to farms to pick berries. my dad would find good patches of wild blackberries, then i’d spend my weekend picking till my hands were stained purple. We would keep some for ourselves, and the extra berries i would sell to the local berry shed for about 25 cents a pound.


space needle

September 17, 2012

the next stop on our trip…

{our handsome driver. i looove his racing stripes!}

even though i have visited it many times before, i still love going to the space needle whenever i am in seattle. the view – on a clear day is so unreal. you just don’t realize how the city comes together with all that city and all that water unless you get 520 feet above ground.

this year the space needle is fifty years old! in honor of the event, it is currently painted in it’s original colors.

did you know… that there is a restaurant at the space needle that actually rotates around the needle while you are dining?


pike place market, seattle

September 13, 2012

we spent half a day in seattle. i have always adored the indie-chic creative culture in seattle.  if the sun shined a whole lot more, this would be one of my top choices for a place to live.  as you walk the streets it feels like a small town, complete with historic buildings, green plazas, and a quaint business district puzzle-pieced together around a beautiful waterfront. pike place market is where it all merges for me. there is raw live music, the country’s best fruit and veggies {dude. so good, you gotta eat them on the spot!}, local flowers, and authentic personalities all dwelling together. this market alone, is worth a trip to the northwest.

one highlight of the entire Washington trip –