Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Avery's First Season of Fall Soccer

We signed Avery up for soccer this Fall and she's really starting to like it. It's just a pre-k league where half the time is drills and the other half is a little scrimmage. It's 5 Saturday mornings from 8:00-8:50.

The first week she was shy and wouldn't really run around or do much without us being out on the field with her. Then the next week one of the coaches held her hand and ran around with her during the scrimmage and that really helped Avery. By the end of that week she was running after the ball all on her own. :-) Now she gets right out there and knows what to do!! I'm so proud of her and love to watch her play.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Introducing, Our Newest Family Member...

My sweet baby niece Addison Jayne.

She was born at 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning, October 15, 2017, weighing a whopping 9lbs. 12 ozs. and she was 19 inches long. She's such a sweet baby girl and we are so smitten with her. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Our 10 Year Anniversary Trip to Washington State: Day 7

The last full day of our trip was also our anniversary. It was such a beautiful day. We started out with reservations for breakfast in the hotel dining room. We had a beautiful view of the falls and such a yummy breakfast.

After that we decided to go for a hike down to the bottom of the falls.

After our hike, we went back to our room and got ready for our couples massage! It was lovely and so relaxing.

Then that evening we had dinner reservations in the hotel dining room with the best view of the falls. Jake really went all out!! We had Beef Wellington and it was delicious.

After dinner we went out and took some pictures by the falls. It was a beautiful ending to a beautiful day!

The next morning we got ready and left Snoqualmie and drove down to Seattle to see a few sights. We saw the space needle and drove through Pike's Place Market. It's a beautiful city and one we'd love to come back and spend some time in.

After that, we headed to the airport to get checked in and head home to the kiddos. It was such an amazing trip and I can't thank Jake enough for surprising me with such a special 10 year anniversary! He did a wonderful job planning everything and keeping it a surprise. It was so much fun and I will never forget it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our 10 Year Anniversary Trip to Washington State: Day 6

On day 6 of our trip, we said goodbye to Orcas Island. I was sad to leave, but I had no idea where we were going next. Had I known, I may not have been quite so sad.

We took the ferry over to Anacortes, WA and then from there drove to Snoqualmie, WA. We checked into the Salish Lodge and Spa, which is right next to Snoqualmie Falls. It was absolutely beautiful.

We dropped off our bags and headed to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge for a tee-time. Jake loves to golf and this is a pretty awesome golf course that you can only play if you're a member or if you stay at the Salish. The golf course was really beautiful. I rode along in the cart and had a relaxing time taking pictures and enjoying the quiet.

A deer we saw on the golf course.

You could see the Salish and Snoqualmie Falls from the golf course.

After golf, we went back to the Salish to get unpacked and settled in. The falls were right outside our room. Jake spared no expense on this trip. It really was amazing. There were rose pedals in our room and champagne waiting for us.

The view of the falls from the patio right outside our room.

That night we had dinner and drinks at The Attic at the Salish. It was casual dining and very good food. It was such a fun day!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Our 10 Year Anniversary Trip to Washington State: Day 5

On day 5, Jake surprised me with a ferry ride over to another of the San Juan Islands. It was actually called  San Juan Island and it's the most popular island for tourism. Jake had reserved mopeds for us for the day. It was so cool to ride around the island on mopeds. We stopped many times to take in some of the sights over on San Juan Island. It was such a fun day!

Pulling in to Friday Harbor.

Once on San Juan Island, we walked up to the moped rental stand and took a crash course in driving a moped. It took a little while to get the hang of it, but I eventually passed and they let us go. ;-)

I never mentioned this in previous posts, but it was quite chilly there. We were there in July and it was in the 50's at night and in the 60's and occasionally low 70's during the day. If you were out on the water or here on the mopeds, you definitely needed a jacket or hoody. Here I had on a jacket over my hoody. It was definitely a change of pace for us since it was in the 90's back home in St. Louis.

As I said before, we made several stops along the way. We stopped at a couple beaches, a couple lighthouses, a lavender farm and a fort. We drove all the way around the island!

Cattle Point Lighthouse

At first I thought the Bald Eagle on top was just a decoration, until we got closer and he started making noises. So cool to see a wild Bald Eagle up close.

The view from the lighthouse.
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Kayakers off the coast of San Juan Island.

The English Camp.

After turning our mopeds back in, we did a little shopping and had a drink at the Harbor while we waited for the ferry to take us back to Orcas Island.

Once we got back to Orcas Island, we had dinner at The Madrona Bar and Grill. It was really good and had a wonderful view. This was our last night on the island before leaving on another adventure.

Stay tuned next week for the last 2 full days of our trip.