friday morning we went to breakfast with great grandma and grandpa, helped clean up around the house and headed out. we stopped in portland to stretch our legs and grab some taco’s at por que no? then we were off for seattle. the drive took forever. between stopping for lunch + gas + jacks new game of i have to go potty every 9 minutes, i thought we’d never get out of the car. we got in pretty late. we drove a few neighborhoods to check out some houses on our list and headed to the hotel.


saturday morning we headed to pike place market for some 10am mac and cheese at beechers then wandered the city with the kids. henri and jack were both in desperate need of shoes so we stopped into nordstrom. that and the anniversary sale they’re having lured me in. the kids love the city and ava was telling me how much she likes having everything so close. i was shocked, she’s always the one saying how much she loves the country and asking me why i would ever want to live in a city. i guess she’s coming around to the idea.

DSC07174DSC07194DSC07213DSC07217DSC07211for lunch we went to serious pie. we ordered the sausage and roasted pepper + fried egg and arugula + buffalo mozzarella and basil. the crust was amazing! the kids loved the mozzarella and of course jack ate all the sausage. its a cute little place downtown and the table was perfect for our family. seattle restaurants are much smaller than the ones back home but everyone seems really accommodating and always stores our giant double stroller.

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we did some house hunting and let me tell you its left me depressed. the one house we saw online and sent our application in right away was already taken. another house we looked at was in terrible shape. tiny + expensive, smelled like animal urine and was falling apart. oh and it turned out to have another family living in the basement with a shared laundry that had a quarter machine attached to it. icing on the cake was the cemetery RIGHT next door. as in nothing between the house and acres of graves. i walked through and talked to the owner who was showing it to another couple at the time. she was so kind and helpful and said to let her know if i wanted an application. an application?? no!! i want to run like the wind, thats what i want!! not to be a total bummer, we do have a few houses to see on monday and i’m really hoping some new ones pop up. wish us luck. we need it! so far henri’s allergies + asthma are great! ivan not so much.



we headed down to florence in search of good mexican food. unfortunately what we found was not good. the few times we’ve had mexican food on this trip the first thing¬†out of our servers mouth has been¬†warning us the food was spicy. i laugh and tell them we are from arizona. we would go visit my moms family in wisconsin every summer and they thought everything was spicy. taco bell was spicy. growing up in az our babies are raised on spicy food. jack can handle it just as well as i can. we’ve been sadly let down on our search for good mexican food and i’m a little worried that just might be our future in seattle.


after lunch we headed over to the sand dunes. they’re full of beautiful drift wood. the kids had the best time building forts. it was such a fun + unique beach. where else can you find giant logs that you can drag around and won’t get splinters? perfect for kids and perfect because no one is swimming in that freezing water. ivan got some work done while sitting on the beach. the kids had a blast and i got to watch them come up with some really fun creations.

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today ivan’s grandma took us to the aquarium just a few towns up in newport. jacks finally at the age where he can understand what i’m pointing at and isn’t just looking at my finger. he was a little nervous at first. especially with the otters and sea lions that kept swimming towards him. we assured him they couldn’t get him and he got so excited showing us the “big” ones and the “baby” ones. the older 3 really love animals and are so intrigued by sea life, there couldn’t be a more perfect place to spend our afternoon. my favorite part was the otter feeding and the shark tank you can walk through, the sharks swimming behind glass all around me makes me just nervous enough but still entertained. we took a little ice-cream break between exhibits and a little squirrel decided to join us.

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we went to lunch after at the chowder bowl. she told me our kids were the most adventurous with trying new food of any of her grandkids. that made me happy, sometimes i feel like they’re living off the same three meals. i love that they get to spend this time with her and really get to know her. i love that she loves spending time with them and goes out of her way to spend and entire day with them and make it special doing what they like. we are so luck to have great grandparents for our kids. mine had all passed before i got to meet them. i feel so fortunate that my kids get another set of grandparents to love them.

DSC06765DSC06755we took the kids to the beach after and collected broken sand dollars. henri and his puzzle loving self likes to try and piece them together. this was the first time we’ve been to the beach in oregon and i wasn’t freezing the entire time. it actually wasn’t windy at all. we walked over to toppers, the local ice cream store. because ice cream two times in one day just seems like a good idea on vacation.

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we are thinking of heading up to seattle this weekend. i’ve been searching for a house and found a few we like. if you know of any send them my way. or if you know of any family friendly areas or neighborhoods to avoid let me know. i’d love any help i can get!




sunday morning we decided to head from portland to the coast. ivan’s grandma has a beach house overlooking the water. she has family members coming and going all summer long and we were so lucky that she had a break in guests just in time for us to visit. we usually come every year and enjoy our time here so much. its absolutely beautiful. the weather is pretty cool so i’m typically in a jacket. which is always nice coming from the hot az summer. i feel so relaxed here. there’s something about looking out your window and seeing the ocean, it just doesn’t get any better.

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we headed up to depoe bay, just a few town north of where she lives, for caramel popcorn and whale watching. its one of my favorite traditions and i look forward to it every year. the caramel popcorn at ainslee’s is the BEST i have ever had. to be honest i don’t like caramel popcorn from anywhere else. we only spotted a few whales. usually we have better luck.

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we headed back to her town and grabbed some pizza on the way home. the kids love the pizza place because its two stories and we always sit up top overlooking the ocean. we got home and decided to go for a walk to burn off some energy. there’s a winding road up a mountain behind their house. the kids did a great job hiking it, jack too. part of me never wants to leave and the other part wants to settle in seattle. could life really be this relaxing if you lived here or is it because we are on vacation? i’m learning a lot about myself like i like extremes one way or the other. i want to be slap dab in the middle of this city. no car, walking everywhere or in the middle of nowhere, preferably over looking the ocean. anyone else feel that way? i hope i’m not the only one!

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