Back from vacation

My husband ran his first half marathon last fall, and in the package of stuff they hand you the day before the race, there was a little postcard advertising another event . . . the Rock n’ Roll Marathon in Seattle, Washington. He’d been wanting to run a full marathon, and figured, why not? So he signed up and started training, and we started planningย  a big family vacation.ย ย  Here we all are after he finished:


We went up to Seattle a couple days before the marathon and stayed several days after, and absolutely loved it! Here are a few shots from our trip.ย  If you’re a voyeur like me and like to look at other people’s pictures, there are more after the page break. ๐Ÿ™‚


The kids and I in front of Pike Place Market.


In front of the bridge at Deception Pass on the way to the Ebersole Casa where we enjoyed a phenomenal clam bake outside.


Good friends, good food, good times! We loved it all!



This picture was taken at Ebey’s Landing on our last day on the island.ย  The next morning, we drove back to Seattle, and hopped on a ferry to Victoria, BC.


Here’s my family in front of our hotel, The Empress. Amazing view, right on the harbour.ย  We went whale watching, had fish and chips right on the dock,


visited Butchart Gardens with Kim Teasdale and her family, and


went back to The Empress for high tea. Such a fun experience. . . and when it got dark,


it was out to the hotel grounds to celebrate Canada Day with fireworks.ย  We went back and headed to bed . . . had an early ferry back to Seattle the next day. There, we visited A Muse.



and it was so great to see Linda again and do a little shopping, too! The store is SO FUN!

While back in Seattle, we went to the Experience Music Project, had dinner with Pam Becker, a friend from Back In The Day, and then visited this place.


We spent the fourth of July with friends, and I got zippy in the way of good pics of Seattle fireworks.ย  It was an amazing trip – 11 days of cooler weather, lots of great experiences . . . we’re definitely going to be back there!

I took a ton of pictures, so thanks for indulging me and checking a few of them out. Back soon with some crafty stuff!

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  1. Posted July 8, 2009 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Okay, now I’m officially missing my real home state where I lived the first 58 years of my life. Great photos. We’re going in September and again in December for Christmas. Glad you had such a wonderful vacation.

  2. Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I LOVE the Market. I make sure to get there everytime I go home.. no matter the season.. It’s probably a perfect place to run.. although its been warmer as of late.. Great pictures.. Best of Luck to your husband..


  3. Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Looks like you all had a great time! What a fun vacation…thanks for sharing your photos!

  4. Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness!
    Your VC pics are fantabulous, Jenn! We missed you, but oh what a fabboo time you must have enjoyed! I’ve had lunch atop the Space Needle in Seattle, but I love your “viewpoint”! (Imagine .. I didn’t even have a camera with me at the time! Argggghhh!) Thanks for sharing your unique perceptions with us!


  5. Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    OH WOW!!!! What an awesome, fabulous trip!!! Congrats to Mike for completing another marathon — I’m so impressed. Such beautiful pics — glad you had a great trip, and so looking forward to seeing you SOON! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Wow! What a fabulous trip you had Jenn. Congrats to your husband for completing a marathon. Thanks for sharing some of your pics. I loved them.

  7. Debbie Fisher
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Look at you! I love your scarf! I can’t believe how big your kids are getting too! My oldest is going to be a senior! He loves to run (runs 8 miles every morning and nite) and would love to do a marathon sometime. He’s in cross country and track, so trains in the summer too. Kudos to your husband as I know this takes LOTS of dedication!

  8. Posted July 8, 2009 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful trip! I visited that area 15 or so years ago when I was in high school with my parents, it’s a wonderful place to vacation. Your pictures are incredible, can’t wait to see the scrapbook pages you create! MC2F

  9. Posted July 8, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Great pix Jenn! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like a great trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Great pictures, I’ve enjoyed seeing them and your visit around with all the others. I absolutely love the pic of your daughter with the tea, perfect placement of the pinkie finger ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looks like you had a great time!

  11. Posted July 8, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Such fun! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Posted July 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I love living in WA! Isn’t it fun here? Great pics!

  13. Posted July 10, 2009 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Since DH and I decided to forgo the vacation this summer, I just LOVED looking at your pics!!

  14. Posted July 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of your holiday by celebrating Canada Day with us! We had a fabulous time and it was so great to see you again and meet your sweet family ๐Ÿ™‚



  15. Posted July 13, 2009 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Fun times for sure, Jenn!! I LOVED all of your pictures…and was that a MICHIGAN shirt I saw there? *wink* Thanks for sharing your pics!!

  16. Posted July 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    looks like you had a FAB time Jenn! I think I talked to you on the phone the weekend of the car show, when you were trying to get to the A*Muse Shop…Glad to see you were able to make it there later in the week when things were less crazy! Glad your trip went well…I think we have marathons ALL the time…so I am sure you can find an excuse to get the hubby to come back to our “rainy” city soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. kjo13
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink


    Awesome pics – thank you for sharing. I loved seeing you and your lovely family. Looks like it was truly a wonderful trip. You were so striking in your pink scarf & (I think) SCSC Tee. Your kids are adorable.

    Take Care.

  18. Posted July 18, 2009 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    oh Jenn! Im soooo jealous!!! LOL. Ya know, I too live in the Seattle area and how fun would that have been to meet! ๐Ÿ™‚ WOW-what a fun filled adventure! So happy you and yoru family and our SCS friends had such a blast! What a top notch trip!!! Loved seeing all your pics and reading all about it!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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