So I have decided to give you a shortened version of my weekend with a few pictures. Mostly for my own sake, but if you're interested and would like to read along I'd be delighted to have an audience :) And if you want to view more pictures than the ones I post here just go to my facebook page.
Nick and I left early Saturday morning out of DIA and flew into Portland, OR where Ethan's baptism would be held at the family's church later on that night. Once we arrived in Portland we had the best late breakfast with Katie and her husband Wade, and of course their boys Ethan & Joe. We spent the day relaxing, catching up and Nick was drooling over how green and simply beautiful everything was. And of course blabbing about how much he wanted to go fishing :). (What else does he talk about?)
The service was at 6pm, with family and small congregation. Ethan did great during the baptism and afterward we had a family bbq at my aunt Kathy's house. We had yummy burgers and hot dogs, the BEST dessert (brownie cups - YUM!!) and Ethan opened gifts. We were all pooped super early!! (We're so old :P) So we hit the hay by 11pm so we could get a good refreshed start to Seattle the next day!
The boys preparing the yummy Brownie Cups - you prepare brownie batter, then put it in a cup, stick it in the mircowave then add ice cream, whip cream, and chocolate sauce - HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH!
On Sunday morning we had a semi-early start. Uncle Walt made yummy waffles for everyone which we enjoyed with yummy syrup while we were all getting ready to head back to Seattle. Katie, Nick, and I were headed up to Seattle to sight see for the day and shop H&M! :D Wade was taking the boys back home, where we'd meet them for dinner.
We of course had to hit Pike's Place Market first. I had been there once before in high school , but Nick had never been. We were very touristy, taking our sweet time walking through the market. We got stuck on the pasta stand where we were tasting every single one of their vinegrette's which were ALL amazing! Nick and I ended up buying a balsamic garlic kind..it is sooo yummy!!! We'll have to try really hard to not eat it all at once! I was in love with all the colors and people and kind of went into my own little world taking pictures, taking in the smells of all the different sea food, vegetables, and produce.
H&M was nothing short of amazing :) Duh! But Katie and I managed to get out of there with our wallets still in pretty good shape :) I'll have to get some pictures of the great little treasures I found there!
After making it out of H&M alive we were all completely pooped and got back in the car to head back to Katie's house about 40 minutes back south of Seattle, to Yelm, WA.
We decided that were really wanted to see the beach while we were out there, so again we all got up early again on Monday morning, picked up some doughnuts for a healthy and even yummier breakfast and hit the road. :) Wade had to work so it was just Katie and I, Nick and the boys. A semi rough 2.5 hours later (Nick and I weren't used to the windy roads..we felt a little car sick once we got there) we finally made it to Long Beach. We stopped for some yummy fish&chips at a local diner and headed straight to the beach after.