It's time for the last of our Alaskan adventure. I left you in Victoria and we did get off that boat eventually. While we all had a really great time on the cruise we were equally excited to see Seattle. This was my favorite part of the trip on many levels. When you're on a ship and touring the sights in different ports, you always have that thought in the back of your mind that you have to be back at a certain time or the ship will leave YOU! We didn't have that hanging over our heads in Seattle. We knew all the time was ours and we made the most of it. I had an agenda and I was so excited that we completed the agenda and more. I was so proud of the kids because I walked there little legs OFF. They loved Seattle and learned a lot about this great city. Only one regret, Russ not with us. Seattle is a place I want Russ and I to go back and see together! He would love it!
Here are a few of our highlights:
You have to go to the Space Needle because it's just SO cool. We were there early and no lines to get in. Loved that. We took the Monorail to the Needle and the kids thought that was cool right away. I'm such a cool mom. Ha! Anything to save on the walking. They rode shot gun on the Monorail and this tickled them pink.
Only thing that I didn't like was feeling that Needle thing move back and forth with the wind. WOW!
After the needle we made it over to the Aquarium. Fantastic place and very hands on for the kids. They touched a ton of sea life and just loved this aquarium. I am a HUGE hit at this point! Yippie!
This was a huge fish and I was excited when I caught his mouth open. It's HUGE, just like my own.
Next on tap was the Market. Holy Cow. Amazing place. Simply amazing! This was not as kid friendly only because it was a lot of "sight seeing" and not a lot of touching. My kids are all about touching EVERYTHING! I'm sure you can relate.
I could have spent the entire weekend just at the Market. I loved everything. Especially people watching. This was a little bit of a life lesson for the kids as well. I love moments like these. It went something like this… A homeless man was on the street corner. He looked dead in my eyes and said, "Lady, do you have any money for alcohol? I'm in need!" Me- Kids, please walk FASTER!! This prompted lots of questions including why didn't I give him money? This would be Brandon's question. Always wanting to help someone. Love that about it him but… Jeesh!
Besides the life lesson, the rest was amazing. They were able to see a fish fly through the air, beautiful flowers, and lots of food. Good food!
This area really FASCINATED my kids. It was also pretty stinky so we didn't stay long. Brandon said he was going to throw up if we stayed much longer. Out we went…
Another site on our agenda was the Gum Wall. I couldn't believe my eyes. This is when I wished I had the hand sanitizer with me. Duh! I just kept telling the kids, "Remember, someone chewed that gum to get it to stick to the wall!" Don't touch. Ick! So cool to look at though.
Just around the corner was heaven to me, the graffiti wall. I know you are probably thinking I've lost my mind. However this is when my photography mode set in and I could see COLORS just popping through the viewfinder of my camera. My kids thought I was nuts, too. These are my favorite photos of the day.
The photo above I did a little photo editing to bring out more of the colors on the wall and make the photo have a vintage feel. I loved Brandon's expression… "Are you done yet, Mom?" They love my camera in their face-NOT! Alexis looks like she "fits" in with the hat on her head. Dang. I wish she would have taken it off. I guess it just adds character to the photo.
The photo below is my favorite and for me sums up my entire experience in Seattle. We had a BLAST!
There you have it. That was our trip. It was great. A few obstacles along the way but we recovered quickly. The kids enjoyed everything and that is all that mattered. They were able to experience Stampin' Up! in a new way. They learned that hard work pays off and we could experience something we never would have done if it wasn't for the great rewards Stampin' Up! offers. Thank you Stampin' Up! for giving me the opportunity to share the experience with my kids! They will talk about this for years to come.
A big thanks to each of you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share. We'll be back to our normal crafty viewing tomorrow. I'm ahead of schedule in the creating department! This means I have a pile of cards and projects waiting to be revealed. I know, SO not me. I'll be starting to share Old (but fabulous) and New (Whoo Hooo) products this week with you. Very exciting stuff!
Have a FABULOUS week!!!