Seattle-My Favorite!

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!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


This was a huge fish and I was excited when I caught his mouth open.  It's HUGE, just like my own.

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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…

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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.

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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!!!



  1. I've enjoyed the trip right along with you and the kids……awesome!!  Thank you for sharing it, and for sharing your life also. I pray for you and Your Prince and Children often. For your service to our country, I'll never be able to find the words……Thank You just doesn't seem enough.
    Love to you,

  2. Kim,
        Rik is from Seattle and every time we go back I fall in love with the city again.  The market is great plus there is a fab Chocolate shop 2 blocks from there!  The best part of this city is watching my husband go back in time and tell me stories about growing up there.

  3. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the trip, Kimberly. I always enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with you and yours. Have a creative day!

  4. I've been enjoying your blog for a while, and love hearing about the joys (and sorrows) of your family. I'm happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time in my hometown!. Next time you come, plan for late summer – I promise it actually gets warm around here for a few weeks! (lol) It's a great place to live if you can deal with the weather (mild temps and rain most of the year, not a lot of snow or heat)….
    When you come back, try to make a trip to Snoqualmie Falls, it's really neat because they have viewpoints at the top of the fall, and a trail you can take down to the bottom, so you get to see it from both angles.. One of my favorite places ever, and it's not that far outside the city….. Another thing your kids would love is the Fremont Troll  – it's a cement statue under the Fremont Bridge (Google "Fremont Troll, Seattle" to check it out – although the internet pictures do not do it justice). People climb on it, take pictures, it's really something to see. He's holding a (real) VW Beetle in his hand, just to give you an idea of how big it is. First time I took my son there, it took me an hour to get him to leave, he was so fasinated by it!