Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Somebody needs a makeover this year!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Break Seattle - Day 2

Day two!
We started with breakfast at a wonderful place we've been before called Bacca's.
Awesome fresh squeezed juice blends and amazing omelettes!
It's also close to Pike's Market where we were headed afterward anyway!
I never get tired of seeing this sign!!

I'd heard of "the gum wall" a few times before, but never seen it.
Apparently some wall in the area where people smashed their gum against the wall.
We were told it was in Post Alley...
I was having a hard time finding it (didn't realize Post Alley was split up), so I asked a guy working in the Market.  
His response was "Oh...it's gross!"
But he told me where to find it anyway!

I can't tell you how much stinkin' gum was on that wall!
The layers were so thick!!
I seriously couldn't push my gum up against the wall, so I decided to throw it and hope it stuck.
It didn't...and Donald told me that was such a "mom" move!
(there it is...forever to be stepped upon)
 Close up of Jenelle's gum!
Ivan...hardly being able to put his gum on the wall!
 The other side of the alley had cool/strange/colorful/unique art and graffiti.

Afterward we went upstairs to the main market.
There was this crazy fish set out on ice amongst all the salmon ($27.99 per pound for salmon!!??)
I'd never seen a monkfish before, so I took a closer look...
All of a sudden it started moving and flopping around!
I screamed and jumped back...as did Ivan and Jenelle.
One of the employees saw us taking a close look and went behind the counter where I suppose they have a rope/string or something attached to the back end of this thing.
They pull it and the fish starts moving!
So freaky...but extremely hilarious!!
Oh the flowers!
They are always gorgeous!!

More of the market to explore...

We found a very uptight fruit and vegetable stand...
Oh good grief!!!  I seriously only just noticed that lizard as I was typing this!!!
Not even sure if its real or a toy!?
I'm so glad I obeyed the sign!!!
How are you supposed to buy any fruits or vegetables here??

Donald ended up buying a handmade and leather belt from a vendor.
Then we found a spice market we had been in before and I bought a few spices for curries.
After that we headed out of Seattle and back toward Yakima.
We stopped for a bit of shopping and lunch in Bellevue.

The Lego store...
...and Claires!
Way too many decisions!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Break Seattle - Day 1

The next two days of spring break we spent in Seattle with Donald.
We had gorgeous sunshine!
A rare treat for our Seattle visits.
We went places we had been before, but some new places too.

We walked from our hotel on the Waterfront to Seattle Center.
I never get tired of seeing the Space Needle.
It's just so cool and even more so with a beautiful blue sky backdrop.

Our first stop was the EMP Museum...Experience Music Project.
I wasn't able to get a great shot of this amazing building...its worth your while to take a minute and look it up!
Funkiest architecture ever!
Here's just one side of it...

The focus of the museum is music, Pop Culture and Sci-Fi.
The exhibits during our trip included Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix in London, Icons of Science Fiction and Lure of Horror Film!

Of course there were instruments everywhere!
And a recording/sound area that the kids enjoyed...particularly Jenelle...

Ivan's thrills were at the Sci-Fi exhibit!
These costumes and props were from actual episodes of Dr. Who.
Mind blown!
Green screen fun!

There was an area dedicated to amazing architecture..."Block by Block".
Guess what they were built out of?
We could have left Ivan there for the rest of the day...

There was this really strange screen in the horror film area.
If you stood in front of it and moved yourself around, strange shapes and "things" would come off of you.

And then finally we stopped at the Fantasy exhibit where Ivan was in heaven AGAIN...with a lifesize dragon sculpture!
Donald found this place before we went to Seattle...
I think he scored major points!

After the EMP we went to see an IMAX and killed some time waiting for the movie to start.

After the IMAX, we visited Chihuly Glass and Garden.
Dale Chihuly is an artist from the Seattle area.
His glass sculptures are so incredibly amazing!
My camera and photography skills don't come close to doing the colors and textures justice. 
Whatever you see on my blog looked 100 times more amazing in real life!
It was all just a beautiful combination of light and glass and color!
 And my favorite Space Needle picture!
We finished our first day with a walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park...
...and dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Now for some rest as more adventure awaits!