Alaskan Cruise 2017: Days 1 & 2 in Seattle!

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.

18 people.
6 kiddos.
3 strollers.
A ton of whales.
So many bald eagles.
7 cabins.
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.
Icebergs.
Cold weather.
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!

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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!

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Airport selfie with Grandmother and Ken (affectionately called Papaw by the littles).

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Our flight left at 10:30, so we grabbed brunch beforehand.  We were pumped!  Side note: we finally bought a selfie stick 😉 .

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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.

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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!

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Catherine, Sean and Samuel were already in Seattle and they met us there.  Madeley couldn’t wait to greet Samuel!!

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We, of course, watched them throw fish 🙂 .

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Madeley was loving her day in Seattle!

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We visited the very first Starbucks!  Aunt Shay and Uncle Andrew thought it was so cool…Samuel, not so much.

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Love that boy of mine!

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Family of six er seven.  We’d keep him if they’d let us 🙂 .

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After enjoying the market, we found a park for the kids to blow off some steam.  My big three climbed right in…

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…and then Uncle Seanie did too.

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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!

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Our crew checking out the gum.

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That’s me…adding my piece!

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Sweet Ashby adding her piece too.

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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?”…

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…and then she’s all like “oh, well, let me say cheese then!”.

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Miss Madeley loves her daddy!

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My last picture with my four year old.  The next morning, we woke up and…

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…this girl was FIVE!

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And she was LOVING it!

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Our birthday girl!

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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!

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It’s always so fun traveling with this guy!

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Gotta love the selfie stick!

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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.

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Four excited kids about to head up!

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There was so much to learn as you walked through to the elevators.  We were soaking up the history!

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View from the top!

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This face!

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The birthday girl taking a look at Seattle!

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The Space Needle was the perfect start to our day!

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We walked back by the gum wall to see if Kensington’s gum bubble was still there.  It was!  She was pumped about that!

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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.

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Well…Kensington was a little nervous because it takes you out over the water. Ha!  I was a little nervous too!

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The birthday girl was having a blast!

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And she’s smiling now!

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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!

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Happy sisters!

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And after lunch, we walked down to the Seattle Aquarium.  We liked it because it was very hands-on.

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We all got to touch lots of fun sea creatures!

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Birthday shenanigans!

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Smith loved taking pics of the fish!

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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 😉 ).

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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.

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One half of the table 🙂 .

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Everyone brought a few little things for Ashby to open and then we sang happy birthday and celebrated with gelato.

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This little dog was a huge hit!

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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!

xo

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  • Natalie Juns June 21, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Loved part 1! I want to visit Seattle now. 🙂 Glad you’re back!

  • Elspeth Mizner June 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

    So happy you are back Shay!!! Sounds like a wonderful trip so far!!! We missed you on here!! What type of clothes did you pack for the cruise? Always wondering how you know what to pack.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Layers!! Lots of layers and then evening stuff to wear on the ship at night.

      • Elspeth Mizner June 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

        Thank you so much!!! Love your tan jacket!!

  • Erika Slaughter June 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Wahoo!!! I’m so glad you’re back both virtually and in real life human form. 😉 It looks like Miss Ashby had a great day! I’m pretty sure I could have stared at them throwing fish for a long time! And that gum wall?! Was it hard to not touch other gum? Eek!!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily June 21, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Sounds like you guys made the most of your time in Seattle! Can’t wait to hear about the cruise – my grandma has gone on a few and took my mom and aunt last year. They loved it!

  • Alli June 21, 2017 at 5:50 am

    What a fun trip! I’m sure you’ve mentioned it several times before, but do you remember your lip color here? I love that rosy look!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

      I believe that’s my Chanel lip pencil in Rose Clair 🙂 .

      • Nikki June 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        It really is a nice color! Your trip looks great … can’t wait to see more pics!

  • Narci Dreffs June 21, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Oh my gosh–what a fun first few days! All of the pictures were so sweet, and the market and the needle look so fun! Can’t wait to read the rest!

  • Ivana June 21, 2017 at 5:54 am

    We love you, too, Shay…..you and your sweet family! Can’t wait for part 2! 😉

  • Jenna June 21, 2017 at 5:55 am

    How fun! I just got back from my second Alaskan cruise last month! Seattle is so fun, too. But somehow I never knew about that gum wall!! What kind of gray sneakers are you wearing in your pic with Kensington? I’m always looking for cute comfy ones for walking a lot when traveling.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 6:19 am

      They’re Nike! Love them!!

  • Natalie June 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Hi Shay! This looks like so much fun! My husband and I are heading to Seattle for the firs first time next month so I loved reading your suggestions. What hotel did you stay at and did you like it?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Renaissance Marriott! Loved it! Great location!!

  • Courtney June 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

    You have no idea how much we miss you! I look forward to your posts. This looks like an awesome trip with your family – so many memories!

    XO
    Courtney
    http://www.greywoodmama.com

  • Annie B June 21, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Looks like so much fun! Love the jacket! Where can I find it?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Burberry!

      • Annie B June 21, 2017 at 7:07 am

        Thanks! I thought so. I have the black one. Is that the short one, or the regular? Is it the mink gray color? It’s adorable on you!

        • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

          This is the short one!!

  • Kate June 21, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Enjoy reading about your family and travels! You guys take the best vacations and I LOVE how you always have a jam packed schedule to get out and do as much as possible in a day.

  • Britt June 21, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Love Ashby’s jacket & her hugging smith in family pic on top of needle! So precious!

  • Riley Wroe June 21, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Seattle looks amazing!!! Can’t wait hear about the cruise! We miss you too when you’re gone!’n

  • Brooke Richardson June 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Yay! Your back!!! Can’t wait for all other trip updates. What a memorable experience!

  • Tricia June 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Yay, you are back!! So happy to see the blog updated, especially since this is my morning ritual while I eat my breakfast at work. I can’t wait to hear about the cruise…I’ve always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. And Seattle is such a fun city from what I heard!!

    • Kelsey June 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Haha, we have the same ritual!!

  • Sheaffer Sims June 21, 2017 at 7:09 am

    My goodness! Y’all have already had so much fun! So excited to follow along for the rest of the trip!!!

  • Leslie Z. June 21, 2017 at 7:11 am

    How fun!!! I love seeing K’s personality come out in these pictures!

  • Sarah June 21, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Happy to have you back!!! What a fun trip with your entire family!! Can’t wait to hear about the cruise, as that’s been something I’ve been considering with the little ones in the next year!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Tamara R. June 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Welcome back Shay! We missed you! We did this exact same trip last year and we had a blast. Can’t wait to hear more. Wish you would have been planning these trips when we booked, we would have definitely used you as our travel agent!

  • Sarah June 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

    So much fun!!

    I’m so grossed out by the gum wall! I don’t know if I could have put anything on it without touching other gum!

  • Heather June 21, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Shay, do you know the style of your LV bag? It looks like the perfect bag for travel. Love the crossbody style and exterior pocket.

    Also what cruise line did you use? I’m already telling my husband we need to plan an Alaskan cruise for next summer! It’s been on my bucket list for awhile.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

      It is the Bloomsbury and we sailed on Norwegian :).

  • Melissa June 21, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I’ve never really thought about Seattle as a fun family trip, but this looks like a ball! Thanks for all the ideas…glad y’all had fun and are back safely!

  • Alexis deZayas June 21, 2017 at 7:32 am

    We missed you!! Loving how much Madeley seems to love to travel and how much fun Ashby had on her birthday!

  • Becky June 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I missed you so much!!! hahaha! Seriously kept looking on Monday- no post, Tuesday- no post, so I started wondering maybe she enjoyed her break and decided she doesn’t want to blog anymore, haha! So happy to see you post today! : ) : ) Ps- I had a dream last night that you announced that you were pregnant. ha! 🙂

  • Jenna June 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Seattle is one of my favorite cities. I cannot wait to hear about your cruise. Happy you are back!

  • Megan Butler June 21, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Soooo much fun!!! And you just can’t beat ivars! Hope y’all fed the seagulls French fries!! That was Baker’s highlight last time we were there!!

  • Amanda Wilson June 21, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Wahoooo Shay is back and now my mornings are that much better again!! I missed your posts!! Thanks for being you and sharing your fun family life with us!

  • Chrystianne June 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    YAY! So excited that you are back!!! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip. Family trips are chaotic, but full of so much love. 🙂

  • Susan June 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    So glad to see a new blog post today, I was missing reading your blog (it’s my fave). Looks like you guys had a great time, can’t wait to see more.

  • Abbey June 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Yay!! You’re back!

  • Jenna Holtzner June 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    How do you manage cruising with kiddos who still need car seats? Do you bring them with you or can you rent them from the ship so when you get to the different ports you have a car seat?

    Thanks!!

    Jenna

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      On this trip, we never got into a vehicle at the ports. It was all walkable :).

  • April Parrish June 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

    We missed you too!!! I can’t believe ASHBY is 5!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Jen June 21, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Such a beautiful family! So glad you’re back! I missed your posts!! Love the white jeans have you posted a link to them before?!

  • Laci June 21, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Yay! Welcome back! We missed you, looks like an awesome few days in Seattle!

  • Laura June 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

    So glad to have you back! 🙂 Love all the pictures and stories from your days in Seattle. A happy belated birthday to your Ashby, looks like she had a pretty special day! My son and I had to laugh at the gum wall, I’d never heard of it! Can’t wait to hear about the cruise too!

  • Rebecca Brittain June 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I don’t know how you do it, but I LOVE it! All kiddos so happy and smiling. I love the love and Seattle has been on my list forever. Last year I made it to Portland and it’s basically my dream city, as I would imagine Seattle to be as well. I can’t wait to see the rest of your vacation pictures. XO

  • Gail June 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So fun! Great Pictures. We are looking at a cruise out of Seattle. What cruise line/ship did you go on and would you reccomend that one? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      We sailed on Norwegian and loved it!

  • Kathy L June 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    So happy your back to blogging today–your were missed. We are sailing to Alaska in July on the Norwegian Jewel so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the cruise! Looks like Ashby and all of you had a blast celebrating her 5th birthday in Seattle!

  • Michelle B. June 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I don’t know if I could go close to the gum wall. Chewed gum grosses me out ha!! Love the recaps. Can’t wait for the next!

  • Jillian June 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Can you please provide a link or the name of your tennis shoes?! Thanks!

  • Sue Campbell June 21, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Looks like a fun couple of days! Too bad you didn’t get to gorgeous Seattle on a sunny day.

  • Amber June 21, 2017 at 8:51 am

    So fun to hear about the first part of your trip! We just did a Mexican riviera cruise this February with 16 members of my family and had a blast! We are talking abou an Alaskan cruise for our next all family adventure! I’m curious though about whether or not you hit a lot more choppy weather. Our last night we on our Mexican cruise we hit a bad storm and everyone was so motion sick and miserable. I’m just wondering if Alaska would be harder in terms of smooth sailing?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      We didn’t hit any storms but we had one night of choppy seas.

  • Sarah June 21, 2017 at 8:53 am

    So glad you’re back! What a fun trip! In the photo at the gum wall, I think it’s your mom (pictured from behind) that has a backpack purse. If it’s her, could you let me know what brand? Thanks so much!

  • Darcy Sexson June 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

    So fun! We live in Oregon, about 4 hours from Seattle and it’s always a favorite go to for girls weekends. 🙂 (The original Nordstrom is there too!) Looks like your family had a great time!
    PS – we stay at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown. They’re right under the Space Needle, have free parking for your vehicle and have a shuttle van that will take you all over downtown so you can leave your vehicle parked. In addition to Pike, and the Needle (which I’d recommend having brunch in the Needle restaurant, it’s delicious and includes the admission to the Needle), we like to hit up the Duck boat tours (guides are hilarious, and it’s a great way to see a lot of the city/water in a short time period) and have dinner or dessert/drinks at Tolouse Petite on Queen Anne Hill. For kids, the science museum is great too. Looking forward to hearing about the cruise! We want to go on one in the next two years so I’m excited to see your experience.

  • Melissa Sexton June 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I love Seattle! Such a great city to explore! I’m sorry if you have covered this in a previous post, but do you fill your eyebrows in?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Bobbi Brown brow gel 🙂

      • Heather June 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Do you use the blonde? Or taupe? Or another shade? I have similar hair color and skin tone as you and your eyebrows always look great!

        • Mix and Match Mama June 22, 2017 at 4:41 am

          Blonde!

  • Lindsay D June 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Welcome home! The last picture melted my heart!! Can’t wait for the post on Alaska! My husband lived in Anchorage until he was a senior in high school.

  • Natalie June 21, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I’m so glad you’re back Shay.. missed you…oh I loved part one.. looks like so much fun.. love your gold jacket..see you tomorrow Shay…?

  • Kristy June 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Can you please link your sneakers?!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      They’re no longer in stock! I love them!! If they come back, I’ll let you know!!

  • Ashley June 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Yeeeeessss! You’re back 🙂
    Between you being away and Erika blogging less, I’ve been a little lost On what to do while I drink my morning coffee ?

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt June 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    So glad you’re back to blogging! Can’t wait to hear about the Alaskan cruise!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Corbie June 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Thank you for being back! You were missed! 🙂

  • Leslie June 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Can’t wait to hear about the cruise. My husband has been wanting to go on one.

  • Carolyn H June 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Welcome back! Mornings just aren’t the same without a new post on your blog! Can’t wait to read more from your trip.

  • April Bass June 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Looks like a fun time! You were missed! Happy you are back.

  • heidi June 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Oh what a great vacation. Can’t wait to read more about it.. welcome back x

  • Christy MacKenzie June 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Sounds so fun! Random question, but do you have any tips for sharing a hotel room with littles when you travel? We have a one year old and a three year old who both nap and go to bed relatively early (aka it’s still light outside). And it’s tricky to keep them from keeping each other up! Any tips or suggestions?? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      We usually forgo naps in those situations. If they’re truly exhausted, they’ll go to sleep regardless of the room, but if they’re keyed up, we skip them!

  • Michelle N. June 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

    We miss you too!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} June 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Oh yay, I can’t wait to see your take on this trip!! It was one of our faves for sure, and how fun that your whole family went together!!! Happy day to that darling, Ashby, too! xoxoxo

  • Kayla B June 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    So glad you are back! My morning routine was totally thrown off without your blog posts, although I have been loving reading all about Britt and Willow’s adoptions. Looks like a great trip so far!

  • Lisa June 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Where is Kensington’s coat from and does it come in my size, haha!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Boden!

  • Morgan June 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love love love that beautiful city. I lived there for a year and I miss it every day!

  • Marina June 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    They cleared out the gum wall recently. Last year or the year before. I’m surprised to see it so full of gum already! We live just south of Seattle, and it’s been forever since we toured. Definitely going to plan something for the kiddos soon.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams June 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Yay we miss you too when you’re gone! It looks like you guys had so much fun in the first two days. Ashby looked like she loved her birthday! Can’t wait for the rest of the trip 🙂
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick June 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Oh the gum wall!!! It seriously makes my stomach turn!! haha. So glad you’re back!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Yolanda McLean June 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’m so glad you are back! I appreciate you taking time off for vacation but so glad when you return to blogging. What a great trip and such cute pics.

  • Emalie June 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

    SO great to be back with you!! I missed all the cuteness and your posts!!
    Looks like a FAB start to the trip! I have always wanted to go on an Alaskan Cruise!!

    xo
    Emalie

    http://balancinginslippers.blogspot.com/

  • MICHELLE O June 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Welcome back! I look forward to your posts! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Christina June 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    So glad you are back! Looks like Ashby had a great birthday! 🙂 What type of Nikes are you wearing with your white jeans?

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design June 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

    What a fun trip — especially with your whole family! I love those Barrington bags — I think I might need to get one for toting all my essentials to work each morning!

  • Angela Ellingson June 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

    We missed YOU! So glad you’re back. Love your travel posts! You packed so much fun into these first 2 days! Happy belated birthday to sweet Ashby!

  • Anna S June 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Welcome back! We missed you. I have coffee with you every morning. 😉 Days 1 & 2 looked like they were packed with fun. Looking forward to hearing about the rest. What a special trip to take with your whole family.

  • Lesley McFarland June 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

    What a fun trip sooo far. Can’t wait to see the rest
    Of it!!!

  • Lauren June 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Love this! I took an Alaska cruise with my parents and grandparents back in 1999, and I still have so many wonderful memories from the trip.

  • Susie June 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    What are those grey sneakers? So cute!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      They’re Nikes!

  • Mindy@OurDreamHouseDIY June 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Wowza!!! Looks like an amazing trip…..

  • Bri June 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Welcome back!! I’ve missed your posts! Looks like the beginning of an amazing trip, can’t wait to read more 🙂 PS – you said 6 kiddos – I only count 5? Did I miss somebody?? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      I’m holding Samuel in the picture :). See, he blends right in! I should keep him too!

    • Bernadine June 22, 2017 at 4:19 am

      Her cousin joined them and they also have a baby boy.

  • Elizabeth June 21, 2017 at 11:59 am

    What type of stroller do you travel with?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      A Chicco travel lite!

  • Mandi June 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    You have such a cute family, but your grandmother is just precious! What sweet memories to travel with her, your kids are so blessed to have this time with her! Does she have any secrets to looking so great!?

  • Amy Rae DeVito June 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    What a wonderful trip! I love the photo of Smith & Kensington pointing to Ashby on her birthday. It was so precious. And I love how in the second photo Madeley is pointing to Ashby in the one after that! So very precious and adorable and it melted my heart.

    I went to the Caribbean for my college graduation with my two nephews (brother, sister-in-law, and my dad) and there’s nothing better than getting to spend quality time on a trip together. My nephew N, who was almost 4 at the time, loved going down the water slides with me (since he had to be accompanied by an adult). Vacations with family, just like any times with family, make such great memories to cherish and look back on.

    I missed your posts while you were away but I am always excited to read your vacation recaps (as well as all of your other posts!) 🙂

  • Whitney Pegram June 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    So glad Ashby had a great birthday!! Can’t wait to hear all about your cruise!!

  • Paula June 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Amazing that it could ve the whole family. Fun trip so far. I can’t wait to hear about the cruise. You are blessed with a wonderful family & beautiful legacy. Sadly, I am not. But my husband & I hope to change that.

  • Vivian June 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    6 kiddos? Who’s the 6th? Is that a hint to something? Lol
    Love Seattle! Glad you guys had fun. Can’t wait to see the rest of the trip!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I’m holding Samuel in the picture!

      • Bernadine June 22, 2017 at 4:18 am

        Her cousin joined them and they also have a baby boy.

  • Jaren June 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Yay! So glad you guys had a safe trip! Great pics! Can’t wait to hear more about it!!

  • Alexandra M June 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Can you tell me about Andrew’s watch? My fiancé is a watch collector and wants an all gold watch but all the ones he’s found look grandpa-y. (Side note, if it’s automatic, I got Lane a watch winder for his birthday and he loves it because he doesn’t have to wind and reset if he goes a few days without wearing it.)

  • Bethany June 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    LOVE IT! Family is just too big without a selfie stick =)

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life June 21, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This is going to be so fun to read along to!! I’m already excited and you guys haven’t even boarded the ship LOL! Love all the celebrating for Ashby and it looks like we need to take a trip to Seattle, so much to do!

  • Patty Anderson June 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Oh, we missed you too! Even though I knew you were going to be absent for awhile, I pulled the blog up anyway-just because! My family did the Alaskan cruise a few years ago, too…so many of us that we wore matching shirts on the first day just so we could spot each other. Your trip practically mirrors ours so far. (Only our daughter turned 21 while cruising!) Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s post! I’m eager to hear which port was your favorite!

  • April June 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I missed your blogs. So glad you had a good trip.
    I’m jealous you got to go to the first Starbucks… lol?

  • Terry Pitzer June 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Looks like an awesome trip! We enjoy traveling big, too. We treat our kids and grandkids to a family vacation every other year. We’ve always rented a house in Hilton Head, but decided to change things up this year. We took all 21 of us to Disney in January. Our kids grew up going there every 2 years with their cousins, and they wanted that for their kids too.
    BTW, I love your scarf! Source please?

  • Janet Inman June 21, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I was in Seattle at the same time you were. There were a few cruise ships docked that we were told were sailing to Alaska. Maybe it was yours! We were there visiting my son and daughter-in-law and attending University of Washington’s graduation. Who knows–we might have been at the same place together. We love visiting Pike Place and the gum wall. Isn’t it disgusting!? Ivar’s is also one of our go-to places while there.
    I’m glad you had a great time on your cruise. Nothing better than traveling with a large group of people!

    Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • Kandi pacheco June 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    My family was on the same cruise as you guys. I saw your family a lot but never got a chance to say hi. I wanted to but I didn’t want to disrupt your time. It was a great vacation!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 21, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I was beginning to wonder why you weren’t updating. Turns out you were on this fun family trip! 18 people sounds crazy – but it looks super fun!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Liz Davies June 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

    We miss you when you’re away too. My days always feel like they’re missing something when I don’t have a new blog post of yours to read. Welcome home!

  • Mirsa June 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This is great!! My daughters graduation trip will be to Seattle so will have to remember the places you visited and where you ate!! Looks so fun!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World June 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a great first two days! I’ve never been to Seattle but it’s on my bucket list! We missed you while you were gone… blogland is not the same without you!

  • mindy June 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    What a great start to a vacation! It looks as though beautiful Ashby enjoyed every minute of being the center of attention during her birthday celebration! Btw, your eye shadow and eye liner looks beautiful in every picture. Do you mind sharing the name/brand?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much!! I”ve been using that new Urban Decay 3 set I talked about before i left! It’s all pretty rose gold colors!

  • Becky Carl June 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

    We miss you too! What great memories for everyone! Thank you for sharing your sweet life with all of us ♡

  • Erin Port June 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    My sister and brother-in-law live in Seattle and we are going to visit for the first time at Thanksgiving. My kids cannot wait. My sister lives by the Space Needle and my brother-in-law works for Amazon. They talk about Ivar’s all.the.time. We have all of these on the list and my kids want to see the Freemont troll and ride the ferry too! HA! xoxo ERIN

  • Mari June 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Seattle is a beautiful (cold!) city but the gum wall….I just can’t get past the gross-ness of it! I’m not sure that’s a word but glad to hear you all had fun!

  • Chelsie June 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    So weird to see pics of the Shulls around my hometown ♡ btw it’s not technically the first Starbucks, just the oldest. The original was on Western Ave before it moved to Pike Place Market 😉

  • Tina July 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Shay! What style is your Barrington tote? I’m needing one that’s a good size for carrying on a plane. TIA!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2017 at 4:43 am

      The Savannah Zippered Tote!

  • Lauren July 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Did you do a city pass in Seattle? If so, would you recommend it?

    • Mix and Match Mama July 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      We did not, but looking back, we probably should have!