Whew! We. Are. Back.
On Saturday night, we returned from a 10 day vacation with 18 members of my family to Seattle and then on an Alaskan Cruise.
That’s right…18 of us went.
It was a once in a lifetime, super fun, a little crazy, very loud, never dull trip that we will remember forever.
A ton of whales.
So many bald eagles.
1 trip to the cruise ship medic.
2 lost pairs of sunglasses.
1 recovered pair of sunglasses.
1 pair we’re still trying to locate.
A little sea sickness.
About 400 rounds of cards and/or dominoes.
Bowls and bowls of chowder consumed.
A birthday girl.
More ice cream gobbled up than one could count.
And much, much more!
So, how did this vacation come about? Well, Andrew and I had decided to take our kids on an Alaskan cruise and then last July, my parents got wind of our idea and kind of hinted that they would like to go, so we said, sure, come on! Then, my grandmother said she wanted to go…so, we said, absolutely! After that, we just started inviting people because…why not? We booked us all on a 7 night round trip cruise out of Seattle last July and then before we knew it, we were departing 11 months later. We spent the first day and a half in Seattle before we boarded the ship so we could get to know Catherine’s hometown better and so we could celebrate Ashby’s 5th birthday.
Here we go…loads of pics from days 1 & 2 in Seattle. As always, if we’re wearing something new that you may or may not want more info about, I’ll add a link.
Happy Wednesday friends! It’s so good to be back with YOU!
About a third of us flew together to Seattle…and when my grandmother showed up at the airport, I was so delighted to see that she had made herself a Barrington Bag too!! I had no idea! Look at our three bags. Aren’t they all so fun?! Best totes EVER!
Airport selfie with Grandmother and Ken (affectionately called Papaw by the littles).
Our flight left at 10:30, so we grabbed brunch beforehand. We were pumped! Side note: we finally bought a selfie stick 😉 .
Annnnnnd…three and half hours later, we landed in Seattle and this was the best pic I could get. Ha! We landed, checked into our hotel and were ready to hit the town.
First stop, Pike Place Market! Apparently, we brought the cold snap with us to Seattle. Everyone kept saying how warm it had been up until the day we landed. It was in the low 50s with drizzle but that didn’t stop us!
Catherine, Sean and Samuel were already in Seattle and they met us there. Madeley couldn’t wait to greet Samuel!!
We, of course, watched them throw fish 🙂 .
Madeley was loving her day in Seattle!
We visited the very first Starbucks! Aunt Shay and Uncle Andrew thought it was so cool…Samuel, not so much.
Love that boy of mine!
Family of six er seven. We’d keep him if they’d let us 🙂 .
After enjoying the market, we found a park for the kids to blow off some steam. My big three climbed right in…
…and then Uncle Seanie did too.
After the park, we visited the gum wall. At first, Kensington was not sure about this place. Pictures do not do it justice. It is crazy big!
Our crew checking out the gum.
That’s me…adding my piece!
Sweet Ashby adding her piece too.
Finally, we made our way to dinner at Cutters Crabhouse. This seafood and steak place was Catherine’s suggestion and it was delicious!! We all loved it! Catherine’s family met us there and we had one big family dinner. In this picture, Ashby is all like “are you taking my pic?”…
…and then she’s all like “oh, well, let me say cheese then!”.
Miss Madeley loves her daddy!
My last picture with my four year old. The next morning, we woke up and…
…this girl was FIVE!
And she was LOVING it!
Our birthday girl!
Just the six of us spent the day together celebrating Ashby before our family dinner that night. We had loads of fun things to do! First up, breakfast in our hotel. And I loved my black top HERE and my scarf HERE. I’m going to be wearing that top a lot!
It’s always so fun traveling with this guy!
Gotta love the selfie stick!
Our first stop of the day was the Space Needle! We only waited in line about 5 minutes before we took the elevator to the top. It was really easy to get in and out of there.
Four excited kids about to head up!
There was so much to learn as you walked through to the elevators. We were soaking up the history!
View from the top!
The birthday girl taking a look at Seattle!
The Space Needle was the perfect start to our day!
We walked back by the gum wall to see if Kensington’s gum bubble was still there. It was! She was pumped about that!
After that, we walked to the big Ferris wheel out on the pier. My kids loved this! We went around 6 times before we got off.
Well…Kensington was a little nervous because it takes you out over the water. Ha! I was a little nervous too!
The birthday girl was having a blast!
And she’s smiling now!
After the Ferris wheel, we walked to lunch on the pier at Ivar’s. I ate fish at every single meal while we were gone. I could not get enough! At this lunch, I had a cup of crab chowder and fish tacos. Yummy!
And after lunch, we walked down to the Seattle Aquarium. We liked it because it was very hands-on.
We all got to touch lots of fun sea creatures!
Smith loved taking pics of the fish!
This kid’s a keeper!
So, after our fun-filled day, we headed to dinner at Primo’s Pizza with my family to celebrate Ashby’s birthday (okay…this would be the one meal I had without fish 😉 ).
This restaurant was another Catherine pick because it was pizza (which Ashby loves!) and close enough for all of us to be able to walk to from the hotel.
One half of the table 🙂 .
Everyone brought a few little things for Ashby to open and then we sang happy birthday and celebrated with gelato.
This little dog was a huge hit!
By the time we got back to the hotel, our kiddos were wiped. We went to bed excited because the very next day, we were boarding our ship!!
That’s part one…see you tomorrow for part two!!
Really and truly, you have no idea how much I miss you when I’m gone. I love you guys so much!