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 Love this picture of Sophy in the tree and summed up our recent Texas trip perfectly. We had a great time seeing Mom, Dad and Jen plus worked in lunch with a few close friends on the square.   



Summer Visitors…from last summer

So I got a little behind in the blog updates. But, here are some highlights from last summer’s visit by my dear friends Ann and Mark (or Mawk as Sophy refers to him).

Sites seen included Gas Works Park, The Fremont Troll and Lake View Cemetery. The Space Needle, Chihuly Museum and random park visits not captured via fancy camera.

running sophy gas works close up Ann and Fremont Troll ann and mark 8-1 Mark Seattle skyline Seattle skyline sunset 8-2 sophy lake view tree 5 three of us - troll

Goonies Never Say Die!

Astoria CollageSaturday we took a day trip down to Astoria, Oregon. It’s a lovely coastal town that also happens to be the home of the Goonies! If you are unfamiliar with the Goonies you should rectify that immediately.

Astoria Column ViewThe view from the Astoria Column base. Incredibly gorgeous. And pretty much all you need.

Below is the Astoria Column which is an odd column on the top of a hill that offers an amazing view. You pay $2 to park for the year (an excellent value with the picnic tables for lovely seaside views) and then you can climb the tower and hang out at the top, or on the grounds, as much as you’d like. We made it halfway up the unbelievably rickety stairs and bailed. Major anxiety attack. I don’t enjoy heights, and am increasingly disinclined towards tight spaces, this column offers both. Rolland was also carrying the toddler up with super winding stairs and agreed with the decision to abort. Those stairs were crowded and wobbly. I swear, my knees start shaking just thinking about it.

Astoria ColumnOur column tour guide.

Sophy Astoria Column 1Quick snuggle with the tour guide.

Sophy Mommy Astoria ColumnUnrelated to the tower but our primary reason for the visit was a quick house visit. I’ve had a pilgrimage to the Goondocks on my to do list since moving to Seattle. I can now check it off the Seattle list. The house is pretty awesome and lives up to the vision. The experience itself is kind of meh. You just walk up a gravel hill driveway, take a pic and move on. A bit of a let down but I’m not entirely sure what my expectations were for said house.

Goondocks - Goonie HousePrior above house visit.  We ate lunch at the Rogue Public House which was also meh but primarily an awesome experience irrespective of our actual meal. You drive over the rickety pier and eat lunch in the brewery / canning factory. Rolland said the beer was super tasty but the food was just ok.

Rougue Public HouseA big hit at the Public House, untasty food aside, was our lovely lunch companions. The sea lions were cavorting outside our window and offering an awesome show. You could hear them barking through the window. They were adorable and looked like they were having a fantastic time in the water. It was chilly or I would be tempted to join them. Please note I realize this is a total pipe dream as one doesn’t hug a wild animal, particularly a super sized sea lion.

Seals in the harborAstoria was awesome and we want to head back and travel even further down the shore to check out Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Still, a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Woodland Park Zoo

We visited the zoo on Mother’s day for a birthday party and Sophy loved the free carousel rides for a couple of hours. She loves riding on the horses, the faster the better! The zoo was really pretty but it was still chilly for May and we had dressed appropriately until the toddler threw up as we pulled into the parking lot. This required using back up clothes that only included a short sleeve shirt. Gift shop sweatshirt to the rescue! It tells you something that I thought I got out cheaply at under $25 for the toddler size sweatshirt.

The zoo is specifically designed to make it feel like a natural habitat for the animals which often meant there were no animal sightings. Disappointing for all visitors. Luckily we had free admission for the birthday. I would recommend the zoo for older kids who have better lines of sight over fences and willingness to push through crowds.

Sophy and Daddy on carousel 5x7 Sophy and the lion 2 Sophy Carousel 3Someone got tired of pictures

Sophy carousel pout Sophy sunglassesGood times.


Lincoln Park is a great little park close to our house. It’s a 5 minute drive and we’re walking through the trees to the shore. The park trail is mostly paved and curves along a small part of the sound with a rocky beach. Perfect for a toddler practicing her rock throwing skills! It’s got an area for picnics and fires with tons of people walking dogs. Sophy’s loves are babies and puppies. Girl after my own heart.

Her most favorite part of the park is the swing set when we first hit the trail. She’s a huge fan and proved how grown up she was by sitting in the big girl swing, swinging her feet and then jumping out – landing on her feet! – and hitting the ground running. Oh my, not ready for this big kid but here she is. She’s pretty fantastic. I think I’ll keep her.

IMG_4022 Sophy swing close up Sophy swing

Discovery Park

Last weekend, before I was hit with the plague (AGAIN), we visited Discovery Park. The park is pretty awesome and offers Puget Sound views and trails through the trees, and wide expanses of grass and blackberries. There are also lots of buildings from when it was an army base. It was gloomy on our visit so it was kinda creepy through that area. I would definitely avoid it at night! Otherwise it was awesome and may be my favorite park yet. I also practiced some camera skills with the camera off auto! Results were mixed.

Me on bluff Rolland on the bluff distance Radar and house - milk and cookies Sophy walking on path Radar and yellow house 2 Sophy pushing stroller Sophy and Mommy funny fce 20140123-094150.jpg 20140123-094136.jpg 20140123-094103.jpg

Random Tuesday

Completely random blog post today. We had “Tamale Tuesday” at work today with the rest of tamales I had ordered for New Years. Sooo yummy! It was crazy several of my coworkers had never had tamales so I had to explain about the corn husk wrapper. Thank goodness someone asked. It never occurred to me I would need to provide directions! They’re hooked. I could make a fortune importing tamales. :)I also made cake for dessert. It’s my Grandma’s chocolate sheet cake and it’s incredibly good. Plus, it’s huge so perfect for work.

photo(28)To continue with the random, we collect points off of the pampers diapers and wipes so Rolland had a promo for 200 free prints from Shutterfly. I felt like I was cheating on mpix but I can’t pass up free prints when I had over 300 to order from Thanksgiving! My sis-in-law also got a promo for $20 off a photo book from Shutterfly and sent it with Sophy’s Christmas stuff. I put a book together of our last Halloween trip to the Arboretum in Dallas. I had a million pics and have been wanting to do a book but had been putting it off. I’m pretty happy with how it looked online but we’ll see when I get it, I ordered from Blurb for my last book and it was fantastic. Again, $20 off so I can’t be too choosy. Total order was $50 bucks with $24 of it shipping! Greatness except I’m still grumbling about the shipping. I am getting mpix pics for us as soon as I get another promo code. I can’t live without the luster finish, it’s a little bit of a problem!

Project Life Week 1 & a1/2

My week 1 pics with our trip to Gas Works Park and around Seattle shots. I’m also counting last Sat as the first page for this week and our Mt Rainier trip.





Clearly the mess on the bed is not sustainable for long term computer/printer. It shares an outlet with my iPad mini and lamp which is why I’m doing this post via iPad and my computer battery is dead! Oy. I’ve got to get it all organized but loving this so far.

Mt Rainier

We took a a day trip out to Mt Rainier just to do some reconnaissance for future trips. It was a really lovely drive and the forest was beautiful. No rain and clear skies were amazing. Sophy loved it and wanted to make a snowman and kept yelling “snowman, snowman”. It was crazy cute. Slightly adventurous when visiting the restroom with a sign “flush bathrooms and facilities 3 miles”. I almost backed out but sucked it up and went in. Not too bad but next time, may drive the 3 miles!

We could only go about 6 miles in the park, chains were required to go any further, but definitely paid for the annual pass. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in the late spring and late fall. Can’t wait to go back when well and plans for hikes.

Mt Rainier Entrance

Mt Rainier on the trail

Sophy and Daddy on bench

Sophy crouched in hat

Sophy in hat - troy radlab

trees with waterM

Side benefit, we found a Dicky’s BBQ on the way and had it for dinner. Insanely good, maybe even better than those in Texas, I’m thinking it’s the new comfort place when we get homesick. Yummy!