Babymoon in Seattle

About two months ago, I was off to the airport and on a direct flight from Austin to Seattle. Scott left earlier in the week to attend a conference, which had ended that Friday. The conference was in Bellevue, so just about 25 min outside Seattle. I landed around 10:00 pm and took an Uber from the airport to Scott’s hotel in Bellevue. During our stay in Seattle, we stayed one night in Bellevue, one night in the Laurelhurst neighborhood at Scott’s cousin’s house and 2 nights in Downtown Seattle. I’ll try and share our experience in chronological order!

Saturday

  • I arrived in Bellevue late Friday night and crashed pretty hard! Pregnancy+travel=pretty darn exhausting. We woke up the next morning and had a yummy breakfast at Lot No. 3 before heading into town to meet up with the cousins. We met up with the cousins around noon and got settled into our room for the night before we were off to our first adventure.
  • Fremont Troll! I’ve read up on a couple of sights to check out while in Seattle and the Fremont Troll was one of them! We learned that it was created by 4 sculptures as a way to improve the area that had become a dumping ground. Now, it’s a popular attraction! 
  • Fremont Brewing: Shortly after we saw the troll, we walked the area a little bit before we ended up at Fremont Brewing. It was a cute little brewery that reminded me a lot of something we might find in Austin. It was indoor/outdoor, kid friendly, with people sitting at community picnic tables playing games. It had a great vibe to it! I didn’t get to try any of the brews this time, but maybe that means I’ll have to make another trip ;)

  • We ended up coming home and resting a bit before heading to a yummy dinner at Mamnoon, a Lebanese restaurant in the Capitol Hill area. It was located in a really trendy part of town and right across the street from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. After dinner, we stopped in to check out the roastery. It was quite the set up and smelled amaaaazing!

Sunday

  • Sunday morning we woke up slowly and ate breakfast with the cousins before we were off to our next adventure. We stayed at the Marriott Downtown, just a couple of blocks from Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Everything was really close and an easy 10 min walk. During our two days in Downtown, we tried to make the most out of it! We seriously did ALL of THE THINGS!
  • The first thing on our nonexistent agenda was the underground tour in Pioneer Square. We learned about about the city and it’s history. It was really informative considering I really didn’t know much about Seattle at all!
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  • Afterwards, we toured around Pioneer Square and looked for a place for lunch. We tried a place called Delicatus for a quick and easy lunch that included a roast beef sandwich for me and a reuben for Scott.

  • From there we made our way down to Pier/boardwalk area and got in line for the big ferris wheel. We got a great view of the city including the Seattle Seahawk stadium, Mount Rainier, and the bay. It was beautiful!

  • The Seattle aquarium was really close by so we thought, what the heck! We didn’t have a set agenda so we went! And it was SO FUN! There was a little area where you could touch sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers, which was really cool. The best part by far was watching the adorable sea otters swim around together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in person and I was in love. They were so cute!!!

  • We had plans to meet up with one of Scott’s coworkers and his wife for dinner. They live just outside of Seattle and drove into town to meet us at this yummy pizza place right outside the infamous gum wall. Even before approaching the pizza joint, we were hit by a wall of old, stale gum smell. Initially, I had the gum wall on my list of things to see/do but after that encounter, I was severely grossed out! We made our way in to the restaurant really quick as the smell was nauseating me! The pizza was great though!!

  • After dinner on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the famous little piggy bank at Pike Place Market and snapped a pic. Evening was the best time to go check it out as there was no one around and no line! and of course when we passed by a gelato place on our way to the hotel, we had to make a quick pit stop for dessert!

Monday

  • Biscuit Bitch! Our morning started slow as we made our way over to Biscuit Bitch for breakfast. We got there pretty early around 10 to try and beat the crowd. There wasn’t much of a line when we got there. I ordered the bitchwich with bacon, egg and cheese and Scott got the hot mess bitch. OMG everything was so good!!!

  • Toured around Pike Place Market. Of course we saw the famous fish throwers, fresh bouquets and flowers and all your other typical farmers market finds. I couldn’t believe how cheap the bouquets were! I told Scott that if we lived in Seattle, I’d expect fresh flowers weekly :)

  • From there we made our way over to the monorail and road it over to the space needle. Honestly, not that impressive. It was neat looking back on the history of the Space needle, but we weren’t crazy about the experience.

  • After touring the space needle, we walked next door to the Chihuly garden and glass exhibit. WOW, talk about incredible. We were blown away(get it, because it was a blown glass exhibit…) with all the talent and beauty of it all. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

  • Afterwards we were pretty worn out so we made our way back to the hotel for a little nap before dinner. Seeing as we were on the water, we wanted to indulge in some yummy fresh seafood. We made reservations at Elliott’s Oyster House on the pier and were not disappointed. Of course Scott ordered a variety of oysters while I got the halibut. We finished dinner just before the sunset, which worked out perfectly. We got ice cream from a little vendor on the pier and watched the sunset from the pier. It was beautiful! It was the perfect ending to our sweet little vacation with just the two of us. :)




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Lake Tahoe vacation!

Back in November we bought an Epic Local season pass. With the pass you have unlimited ski access to Vail resorts like Park City, Heavenly, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Kirkwood just to name a few.
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We figured to get our money’s worth, we’d have to take at least two ski tips this season… Ok, twist our arm, ha! We had a trip on the horizon for Breckenridge in February with a few other couples but needed to choose another time and place for our second trip. We eventually decided on Lake Tahoe.  Scott skied Heavenly about 9 years ago, but it was my first time! We strategically planned the trip in the middle of January. I had a couple of work holiday’s coming up, so I only had to use 3 days of vacation. Score!

We flew into Reno on January the 14th, took a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe and stayed for a total of six nights. Alright, time for the complete recap!

  • Where we stayed

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We stayed at a little mountain motel a block away from the Heavenly village called Big Pines Mountain House. It was nothing fancy, but it served us well. A spacious/clean room, really hot shower and a kitchenette, what more do you need? They also offered a free continental breakfast every morning, which was a nice perk. The best part about the motel was that it was within walking distance to everything! It made getting around without a car very easy.

  • Where to eat

With our kitchenette, we were able to cook at home for most breakfast/lunch/dinner meals + snacks. But there were times when we wanted to go out for dinner or were in the Village right after skiing and wanted something quick and close by.

  1. California Burger Co.: We arrived in Tahoe after a 12 hour travel day and needed a meal desperately! We were on our way to the grocery store to pick up meals for the week and saw a cool burger joint. We stopped off at California Burger Co. for a quick burger and fries. The food was great! Truth be told, we actually went there the very next day to watch the Cowboys/Green Bay game if that tells you anything. #noshame cali-burger-co
  2. Base Camp Pizza Co.: After skiing on Tuesday, we stopped by Base Camp Pizza for a late lunch. Scott ended up getting the Base Camp and I got a personal size Big Mountain(their meat lovers). It was very good! Such a treat to go out for lunch after a full day of skiing. img_3855
  3. Rocket Fizz: We stopped by a little candy store in the village after skiing one day. You know that saying, “Like a kid in a candy shop.” That’s totally me!!! When we’re traveling, I always look ahead of time to see if there is a candy store near by. This place didn’t disappoint. It was adorably vintage and had SO many candy options. My favorite candy is gummy sour belts. img_3868
  4. The Loft: We had completely open night and decided to stroll the village in hopes of finding something that peaked our interest. We eventually decided on drinks and a movie in Heavenly Village. We had a drink at The Loft before we were off to see La La Land(loved it!) at the local movie theater. When the movie was over, Scott was feeling a hungry and didn’t like the idea of going to bed on an empty stomach, so we went back to The Loft for a bite to eat. Scott had a specialty dish and I settled for a salad as it was nearing 9:30pm! We both enjoyed our meals very much. The Loft also doubles as a theater, hosting magic and burlesque shows. If we had known ahead of time, we definitely would have considered a fun show at the Loft!

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    The atmosphere was really neat and swanky
  • Skiing Heavenly

Wow, the skiing here is Beautiful! Almost every ski run is backdropped by Lake Tahoe. It was incredible! We also lucked out with perfect ski conditions this season. Tahoe has gotten record breaking(in recent years) snowfall and it made for GREAT skiing conditions. The weather was also very nice the first half of the trip. Sunny, blue skies, and warm temps… My favorite type of skiing! Wednesday morning a storm started to roll in, causing the main part of the mountain to be shut down due to high winds and rain/sleet mixture. Why we decided to ski that day, I’m not sure! But we made it over to the Nevada side and skied 4 runs before getting soaked and calling it a day. Over night, Tahoe got about 8 inches of snow, and more on the mountain… For someone who was taught to ski on packed powder, skiing fresh powder took some getting used to! The first two runs were rough! A core and thigh burner for sure, but once I got the hang of it, I became a fan. It snowed on us all day, Scott LOVED it. It was the perfect way to finish off our last day of skiing.
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Let’s play catch-up

A lot has happened since my last post and our trip to Iowa. I’ve been wanting to devote a couple of posts to everything that’s been going on, but I can’t seem to find the time. Image result for upset emoji So to kick off the New Year, I’ll play catch-up and share a few fun things that we did over the last few months of 2016! We did a lot, which means a lot of photos…You’ve been warned!

  • Girls trip to New Orleans 

Two weeks after we got back from Iowa, I was off for a long weekend in New Orleans for a bachelorette party. I’ve been to New Orleans for a girls trip once before, so I knew how much fun it would be. I loved exploring the city with the bride and her girlfriends. The bride and I are becoming fast friends and I felt like I was able to get some good quality time with her on this trip, which was a major plus! From eating yummy creole food, to dancing the night away, to beignets, to ghost tours. We had a great time celebrating the bride to be!
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  • My first trip to Disney World!!!

Scott was signed up for a conference at the end of August through Labor Day weekend in Orlando Florida. We’ve talked about taking our nephew to Disney World a couple times and figured this would be the perfect opportunity, so we made a vacation out of it! Jude and I left for Disney on Friday September 2nd and met up with Scott on his last conference day. A trip to Disney honestly needs a whole post devoted to planning and all the details, but considering it’s taken this long to mention it, I’ll just share our itinerary with you. I did A LOT of research and surprising the trip went over seamlessly. Also, there are people that LIVE for planning Disney vacations and they will plan your trip for FREE. I definitely utilized that resource. You can not go to Disney without a plan. Anyways, we ended up spending 3 days at Disney, hitting Epcot, Hollywood Studies, and the Magic Kingdom, and then headed to Universal for our last day (day after Labor Day–A very slow day for park goers!) We ended up riding *almost* every ride at both parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Of course we had to check out the new side of Harry Potter World and yes, it was AMAZING! Our 8 year old nephew was a champ. It was so fun watching the magic unfold right in front of his eyes.



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  • Bruce and Cristina got married!

Such a fun wedding!!! The ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on East 10th. It was gorgeous!!! We then headed over to the Omni for one hell of a reception. Good times with good friends!

  • Attended my cousin, Michael and Allyson’s wedding

They got married on October 9th at The Addison Grove. The ceremony was outside under the gorgeous oak grove. My sister in law and I were both asked to be a part of the ceremony and read two different readings. It was sweet of them to include me in the ceremony!
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  • Our first Wurstfest!

Sausage and beer, what more is there to say?
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  • Hosted our first Friendsgiving!

We hosted a couple of our friends on the Sunday after Thanksgiving for Friendsgiving. I loved having our besties over for a mini Thanksgiving. Each couple brought a traditional dish to share and we provided fried turkey. It was yummy! I can never get enough traditional Thanksgiving food. It’s my favorite holiday.
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Of course we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families. It was a really low key Christmas for us. We opted out of buying gifts for each other and bought ourselves a new king size mattress and a new bed. We also hosted pajama New Years Eve party with 4 of our friends for low key celebration. It was the perfect (and safe) way to ring in the New Year.

I know this post is long overdo, but I felt that SO many notable things had happened this past fall/winter that I didn’t want to miss posting! My favorite posts to write (and look back on) are recaps of daily life. I’d really like to get back to posting more consistently. Maybe the new year will be a good starting point? Cheers!