I just returned home from my trip to Washington State. I had a wonderful visit with family and friends there. I also loved every minute I got to share in making new memories with my husband and the adventures we shared there as we celebrated our anniversary. Although I don't like long plane rides, I LOVE to travel and feel blessed at every opportunity I get to visit new places and experience new adventures.
As soon as I arrived my mother in law and I hit the ground running. I love to visit all the places that I don't get to go to in Hawaii so we had lunch at Panera Bread and went shopping at Hobby Lobby which is one of my favorite places for Home Decor. I went there for one reason only and that was to pick up some decorations for my Downline Christmas party. I passed by the Fall section where everything was 50% off and couldn't resist picking up a few of my favorite things but don't tell my husband cause he has banned me from buying anymore pumpkins... but did he say no more scarecrows? I can't remember??
Later that evening, even though I had been up for over 24 hours, it was time to stamp. I had some projects I needed to get done and my sister in law Jennifer graciously offered her stamp room and some of her supplies to help me out. I was probably a little delirious from being so tired but we had fun and we were all productive.
I designed a gratitude journal for my Bunco Aloha prize that I will highlight in a future post. Jen cut enough supplies so we could all make one. This will be a great project to use in November during the season where we should all remember to be grateful and have thankful hearts for all God's blessings. One of them being these ladies pictured here with me.
Jennifer celebrated her birthday last week so I hand carried her birthday card and gave it to her that evening. Here is the card I created for her.
Jen's card featured the Pop of Pink specialty designer paper and the Balloon punch.
I love the combination of pink and black and it is fun to add a touch of gold. I accented this card with gold sequins.
One of the things I was most looking forward to was to see the colorful falling leaves. I thought that maybe I was arriving a little too late to see them. I was pleasantly surprised.
My sister in law Lisa invited me over to her house the next morning and it was a beautiful day. This is her backyard. Isn't it gorgeous?. My brother in law build this fountain himself. What a perfect setting for some fun on a crisp and sunny Fall day.
My niece who is an artist discovered that these leaves looked like lips so the three of us picked out our favorite shade of leaf and tried it on. There was lots of giggles and laughter as we tried on different shades of leaf lipstick for our photo shoot.
We had a lot of fun playing in the leaves. After all it way more fun to do that than to rake them. I'm so glad I got to experience some Fall fun with my family.
After my husband arrived we planned an outdoor family adventure. We went hiking to the Ice Caves in Granite Falls, Washington. It was a family affair, led by the three Baughman brothers.
One thing I don't like is to be cold and wet at the same time. However even though we got rained on the entire morning I didn't mind one bit. I was never cold! I had my waterproof gear on, it was a pleasant temperature outside so all was perfect.
The trail was absolutely breathtaking and it was fun to spend time with family. I'd love to go back there again when the weather is clear cause I bet it would be even more beautiful.
The hike was super easy but we knew we were in good hands if anything came up because our nephew Jacob was with us and he is an Eagle Scout.
Although it was too wet to do some serious rock climbing we managed to scramble up to a few fun spots.
I'm glad that my husband enjoys being outdoors as much as I do. We throughly enjoyed every minute.
The rain never let up the entire time we were out but it didn't damper our adventurous spirit.
In the evening we had a family dinner and it was good to gather with everyone.
I also got to meet the newest member of the family, precious baby Aaron. Isn't he adorable?
The next day we said Aloha to my wonderful In-Laws and headed to our final destination, downtown Seattle.
This was the view from one of the windows in our suite. Although I've been to Seattle many times before, I have never stayed in the city. It was an adventure in itself.
We walked down to the waterfront and I remembered the fun I had here on this wheel last spring with Zeny and Terry. Derek and I didn't ride on this but chose to try a new attraction called the Wings over Washington. It was a short ride but reminded us of all the beautiful places there are to see in Washington State.
Although we didn't eat there this time we stopped at Ivar's after all, its tradition.
It is always fun to see how hungry and fearless the Seagulls are.
We enjoyed strolling through Pike Street Market and we had the most amazing dinner at the Metropolitan Grill.
The next morning we went to Snoqualmie Falls and enjoyed breakfast at the Salish Lodge.
We had been to the Falls years ago but this was the first time we had a meal at the Lodge. It was wonderful.
We did some shopping and then headed back to our hotel cause after all today was GAME DAY and the reason why we traveled to Seattle in the first place.
Derek blessed me with tickets to an NFL game to watch the Seattle Seahawks play at Century Link Field as a gift for our 28th anniversary. I was so excited to be there that I teared up when we passed through the gate.
Once inside I was happy to take a photo with my favorite player in the world, Russell Wilson. I love positive people, strong leaders, and people who serve others with humility and love. That is just a few of the reasons why I love, support and cheer for this young quarterback who sets such a great example to the world.
The game was absolutely amazing. I loved it from start to finish and the best part was, we WON!!!
It was fun to celebrate with all the 12's, I wonder if there were any other Hawaii 12's in the stands like us?
We're home now and I was able to hang up this early Christmas gift that Jennifer gave me. I'm so glad it arrived safely in my luggage as a smaller glass item I brought home was smashed to a million pieces.
Isn't this a beautiful piece of art that Jen made for me at a class she attended. It is not exclusive Stampin' Up! products but I do recognize our card stock and some of our glimmer paper.
If you'll notice some of the paper used in this project is wrapping paper. A couple of years ago Jennifer created a card using wrapping paper background that looked like this.
It was a great way to highlight one of our Stampin' Up! images on an official NFL wrapping paper back ground. Using wrapping paper is a fun way to make your gift wrap and card match perfectly.
Well, It was fun to share my a little about my adventures in Seattle with you and I hope you enjoyed the journey as well as seeing a few creative ideas along the way.