vashon island

When we were in Seattle last month, a main stop on my itinerary was Vashon Island to visit my dear friend Brenna and her family. They’d moved out to Vashon after we left Seattle, and I’d never otherwise made the trip, so Vashon was a total mystery to me. (Ok, “total” is probably an exaggeration, since I’d heard lots about it from Brenna and others, but I was still very excited to check it out.) Brenna’s daughter is the same age as Willa, and we were so happy they’d have a chance to play together for a couple days.

Vashon was beautiful. The island itself, and in particular my friends’ house, made me feel like life had slowed down. Everything felt calmer. Quieter. More relaxed. It was lovely. I was super excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest. So green! Moss! Trees and flowers of all types! Friends and fresh air are quite rejuvenating.

DSC03162^^ferry riding^^

DSC03177 DSC03166^^coffee, pastries, and steamed milks @ the vashon island coffee roasterie. it was the birthplace of seattle’s best coffee. and they now “specialize in heirloom coffee.” (i love seattle.)^^

DSC03215 DSC03253 DSC03272^^just look at all that green! don’t you feel more relaxed?^^

DSC03187 DSC03188 DSC03201 DSC03186^^around town. we had the most fabulous lunch at snapdragon. it was so hard to pick our sweet treats; such options! and, how cute are the little ladies?^^

DSC03227 DSC03265^^beach time. breakfast time.^^

DSC03279 DSC03281^^this is what trying to do a self-timer shot with two toddlers looks like.^^

Thanks for everything, Brenna!

girls’ trip to seattle

Where oh where has the last month gone? It was just April, but now May is nearing it’s end?

Things have been happening. Lots of doing. Lots of comings and goings. Lots of sleeping.

Perhaps most exciting of those things was a trip to Seattle during the last week of April. My mom, Willa, and I flew out to the sunny PNW for a week. (Yep, it was mostly sunny!) The goals were pretty simple: food, fun, family, and friends. We accomplished pretty much all of that, and more. It was wonderful visiting some of our favorite places and showing them to Willa for the first time. Not to mention it was fantastic having my mom’s help with Willa because, in case you didn’t know, traveling with a toddler is exhausting. Thanks mom!

DSC03138^^greens and blues. really nothing won’t grow in seattle.^^

DSC03143^^seattle: where even the highchairs are hip. (@ skillet diner)^^

DSC03293^^brunch at café presse on capitol hill^^

DSC03305^^BFF. dressed up. lake washington views.^^

DSC03322^^ladies who love seattle. and each other.^^

DSC03329^^i love denver. but there are no views like this in colorado.^^


DSC03390^^afternoon at the aquarium.^^

DSC03397 DSC03399DSC03408^^din tai fung, u-village. where i learned that not only do they have the best XLB ever, they also have the best kids’ plates ever. but they are not for sale. i asked.^^

Check out more Seattle posts here, as well as my Seattle restaurant list!