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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Next stop Portland

Portland was a lovely city to pause in.  We got out of the car to stretch our legs at this wonderful rose garden.  The Rose Garden society takes care of the hundreds of rose bushes.  Doesn't that sound like a fun society to belong to?  Sounds right out of the 50's, lots of gossip, tea, and tupperware.

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We later wandered down to the riverfront in search for the smallest park in the world.  You might blink and mistaken it for a planter.  People have written reviews on this little dollop and claim to have lovely picnics by it.  I wanted to build a swingset out of popsicle sticks and weed the little park.

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The blues festival was going on and our Harris eyes spotted alligator on a stick. Had to try it.

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Tasted fishy to me, but chicken to the rest.

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We also heard of a place called Voodoo donuts.  They make little people out of donut dough, fill them with jelly (blood), frost them and add an outlined heart.  Finish touch is a pretzel stabbed right through that outlined heart.  It's very popular, open 24hrs with a line out the door.  It was 9PM with a line still out the door.  It moved fast and I couldn't help to notice the sign across the street that said "Keep Oregon Weird".

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let's talk Seattle

What a lovely city with cooler weather.

We arrived just in time for the fireworks in a nearby down called Edmond.

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We loved stretching out on the lawn watching fireworks that weren't too long or too short. There must be a sweet spot for how long a firework show should be.

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We spent all day down at Pike's Place Market.  The walking felt good after driving.

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Busy little place

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Gretchen grabbed some earrings, her signature souvenir on any trip. And, Becket got a snake and Micah a stuffed little dog, Sophie which became a huge part of the family by the end of the trip. More on that later.

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I found the bathroom signs very funny. Seattle is just a creative city. They just let it be.  I feel like it's a happy New York.

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Oh yes, the famous gum wall.  People would stick their gum on the wall before entering the theater because there was no gum allowed.  Looks like a lot of people chew gum and have fresh breath here.

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Eeww! Don't touch it!

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Let's talk Sophie shall we?  She'll be in a lot of our pictures.  She originally had a tag on her that said Douglas, so to tease Micah, we all called her Douglas.  She ended up cutting off the tag at lunch, but we couldn't let it die.

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Sitting on a pig with Douglas Sophie

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Seattle streets with Douglas Sophie

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Ferris Wheel Douglas Sophie

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Harbor tour Douglas Sophie

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The aquarium Douglas Sophie

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I particularly liked this pose with the hand posted up on the otter and the other, clutching Douglas Sophie.

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Douglas Sophie became quite attached to Mat throughout the city. This is the only dog Mat has bonded with

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We snagged the city passes which allowed us to do more than the average Joe passing through Seattle.

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Space Needle (without Douglas Sophie, hence the sadness of the separation. We just didn't want her to run and jump off the Space Needle)


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EMP Museum

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Just around the city

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Underground Tour: We learned a lot about the early days of Seattle, especially the sewage system.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Harris Road Trip

With our summer flying by, we really needed some family time that didn't involve iPads, painting, or cleaning.  We decided to hit the Northwest starting our journey to Seattle and working our way down the coast through Oregon.


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As you see, my daughter slept in the Kraus sink bag last night.  My kids are neglected, slightly, but to be fair, she wanted me to save this bag that wrapped our sink to be all hers.

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My toes have been neglected too!  Good thing my PTA gals were nice enough to get me a gift certificate for a pedicure and I really needed it. And, I was really looking forward to it. And, I was really embarrassed at my unkept feet and jagged toenails.


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Big driving day today getting to Seattle.  We drove to Boise (5hr) and then to Seattle (8hrs)

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We made a few stops along the way in small reservation towns of Oregon and Washington.

Granger, Washington

This town likes to collect dinosaurs and they will admit it's just because they like dinosaurs.  Little fact, not one dinosaur has ever been discovered in Washington, yet there is a whole lot of discovery going on in this little town.

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To get the kids moving we challenged them to run and touch everyone of them on the nose. There ended up being so many of them, we took the challenge back and said get in the car!

Checking the dinos in Granger, WA

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These bathrooms are vast on the out side, but EXPLOSIVE on the inside.  Let's just say I would rather use a gas station bathroom.

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Note to self: Look around to make sure no cops are around when you throw a pop firework at you kids and husband.  He will stop you to tell you that it is not a good idea and it is illegal to throw any kind of firework, INCLUDING POPS, in public parks.

Zillah, Washington

The world's most unique gas station. When you think unique, I guess your head goes straight to a teapot form?

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This little old lady told us about the gas station and then she told us how she hated Seattle. I don't think she knew that was our next stop.  We had to cut her short otherwise we'd never get to that loathing place she called Seattle.

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The wonders of the world, right here.

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We grabbed some food in Yakima at a Thai place. You would have thought St. Helens had erupted again, because it was a ghost town. I'm glad this joint was open long enough so I could tip my head back for some shut eye proceeded by a tall glass of ice water while we waited for our meal.

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Micah's fortune:

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We're looking forward to it.  And just in case we get lost, Micah has made us a map.

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Pretty straight forward.

As for my toes, they are polished and resting nicely on my hotel bed.  I can't believe how much a little scrubbing, polish, and relaxing has made such a difference in my step. I have thought about my clean feet at least three times a day.  I really appreciate the gal who worked on them to make them look somewhat normal again. It is just one of those little things I am so glad for.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Carpet for the guest room

The last of our gross carpet was replaced in the guest room.  I believe it was vintage carpet from the 70's when our house was originally built. You're welcome future guests, and yes I will get to replacing the guest room trailer shower--but don't be shy to stop in and say hi.

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I tried to match up the carpet as best as I could in the store--carpet height, color, density and what not, but when I got it home, no deal.

My foot (wearing Becket's basketball socks, closest thing I could grab because of the carpets being clean) is on the guest room side.

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Much lighter as you can see.  It's still soft and cushy and it has already been charged. We'll live with it.

Without Mat in town, getting the guest room ready and whipped back into shape proposed a challenge.

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Luckily, my mom was up to purchase a new car. Say, hi mom. Hi mom. Oh and hi awesome car so bold and green.

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and she brought my brother Casey.  Hi Casey.

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He helped me take down the bed and with a little pleading, I got my contractor and my floor guy to help me set it up again.  He was a jolly gentleman saying it was only going to take but a few minutes, actually it was a good thirty.  Ikea beds are hard without the dummy picture instructions.

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