our first girls trip

Sorry to those of you still waiting an email response from me. I thought I turned on a vacation response, but evidently it didn’t work. I am slowly working my way through email. Baby Sister and I are back from our first Girls Trip….I look forward to many more to come.

We said ‘goodbye’ to her daddy and brothers…and waited to board the plane. I had visions of a sleeping baby in my head. I also was hoping I’d sneak a peek in the plane’s cabin and find Frank Lapidis. Not that I wanted the plane to crash on a strange island, but it would have been fun to see a friend on the plane.

Those visions stayed in my head. Little Firecracker stayed awake for 6 hours of travel. As I sat down for the longest flight the guy behind my seat loudly asked the flight attendant for another seat. Thank you kind sir for making an already stressed mom a little more on edge. It was so kind and thoughtful of you to announce to everyone how displeased you were to have a baby in front of you . Thanks to 2 bottles, lots of food and my huge level of endurance we made it the whole flight without either of us crying. She won the hearts of those around her with her wrinkled nose smiles.

And we arrived at our destination…Seattle, to visit our friends, Ryan & Angela, and their sweet kids.

Pike Place was FULL of peonies. They were incredibly beautiful. We ate fresh doughnuts at Pike Place – they were incredibly tasty.

Public Market at Pike Place in the background.We stopped by Anthropologie. She didn’t like the window display.

Food: how to keep kids entertained while walking during naptimes.

Angela knows me so well. We got the kids to bed with Ryan at home and headed out for dinner. Dumplings at a dive. Thanks Ang – they were so, so good.

Catching the Light Rail (I hope that is the right name).

Angela & I at a bakery (kids & Ryan not pictured)…I ate more over the trip than I have in months…it was wonderful to only have to share with one kid!

The International District for lunch…did I mention Ryan & Angela know me well? We walked all day and ate the best food.  I’m getting hungry.

Angela took these pictures. Baby Sister basically never slept unless she was in bed, but I borrowed Ang’s baby carrier for a brief period…and got a sleeping baby for lunch.


She woke up and decided she loved Pho…

Jenn, I’ll deep clean your stroller before I return it to you.

This little guy has better verbal skills than a lot of teenage boys I have been around. He is two. He is a cool little guy.

Eventually he got used to her trying to take all his stuff and eat all his food.

Ryan & Angela’s youngest. She is beautiful like her mommy.

And our trip home. She woke up at 6:30am and got home at 10:30pm….sleeping for only 10 mintues during that entire time. It was a LONG LONG LONG day. On the longest flight home I was sitting in my seat and saw a couple in their 60s approach my row. She looked at her husband, back at me and said, “I’m going to the other seat. You can have fun here.” He groaned. Why can’t people whisper such comments? Well, Baby Sister didn’t cry but she gained 10lbs from all the food she ate to avoid it. What was supposed to be a 3 hour layover at DFW became a 5.5 hour layover. Pictures tomorrow of how I entertained myselft for part of that time.

Seattle is a great city. I have never seen so many coffee shops in such a small geographic area. I also am very jealous of Trader Joes, the ease of recycling and the overall healthy way of living the city promotes. I can’t wait to take Chris back one day and roam the streets without a thought to naptimes and baby snacks!

Thanks Ryan & Angela.

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  • Alba - six hours flight alone with the “sleeping beauty”? gosh, you are a tough girl.

  • Cate O'Malley - Love the Light Rail picture – that scrunched up nose slays me every time.

  • Jaime - I have experienced similar plane rides.. Very tough for mom, before the comments from the other passengers. I am sure you viewed it as a great success!

  • Jesse - Looks like such a fun trip! I am ready for an adventure!

  • jo - love your pictures! my fiance has lived in washington state.. just a few miles from seattlr his whole life.

  • Zoë - being expats I take a lot of flights with the kids alone and so have got hardened to people trying to avoid sitting by us. I have also learnt that using food to pass the time is ok when you are with one or even two kids but more than that and you are outnumbered when they decide to push it through the gap between the seats in front, chuck it over the seats or when they eat so much they vomit. Now the older ones are good at occupying themselves and the little ones get a bag full of tissues and wet wipes – pulling them all out and then “washing” everywhere can fill hours!!

  • susie whyte - you went to seattle?!?!?! gasp. i wanna go so bad! the fact that baby sister could wear layers..in june…tells me that my thoughts are correct in wanting to move there!! 🙂 glad you girls had fun!

  • Anna Joy - Your trip looked so fun! Seattle is a place I would love to visit soon. I can’t believe how rude people can be! I haven’t flown with G yet but I guess I need to prepare myself for all the “nice” comments. ANYWAYS, I can’t believe with you were at DFW! I live literally 10 mins away from the airport. How cool. 🙂 And of course, beautiful pictures!!!

  • Melissa W. - How fun! I lived in Portland, OR my whole life up until three years ago when I moved to Salt Lake City, UT. I never once visited Seattle – but we’re moving back home in the next few months and I’m inspired to go visit Seattle before the rush for school and work kicks in again. Beautiful photos as always! Hope you had a great trip! 🙂

  • Erin - Great picture story, makes me want to visit Seattle for sure…

  • Janica - What a great trip! I went on a vacation to Seattle 10 years ago and have wanted to go back ever since! I LOVE Pikes Place market—-I would buy myself a fresh flower bouquet every week:)

  • Shanalea Atchison - Trader Joes alone is one reason I must stay here. I love it. It looks like a fun city. Glad you were able to have a good time.

  • Margie - I’ve been on a six hour flight alone with one of my babies, and it still makes me laugh when I think about people walking towards us on the flight with a look of dread thinking they would be sitting next to us the whole time. Little did they know my baby was the best in flight entertainment ever!!

  • lorae - I have been taught that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Therefore I shall remain quiet in regards to your flying companions. Maybe their mamas didn’t teach them the same thing. Glad you enjoyed Seattle.

  • bopha - looks like fun. i know what you mean about the comments on a plane, i mean really. also didn’t know you like asian food so much, lots of good pho in tulsa, we’ll have to go have lunch sometime.

  • denise - i can’t believe you came to seattle!! i am just up the road! aw, well hopefully you & babysister had a fabulous time, (looks like you did!)

  • chantelle - you get an A+ for being such a cool Momma. I loved loved flying with my little guy until he hit 22 months, we’ll flya gainina few years now.

  • robyn - i have trader joes and have neglected to take advantage of it ironically until this past weekend.
    now im obsessed. can’t believe its 3 minutes up the road and ive never gone!

  • Heather - seattle is one of the places i’d love to visit, especially after seeing your photos. for the life of me i don’t understand why people get amnesia when they enter a plane. chance are that guy has kids and that older couple did, too. i just don’t get it!

  • emily anderson - so, a few things…the weather looks totally amazing. i’m drooling that baby girl is in a sweater. i’m dying over here in this ridiculous heat.
    and secondly, i’m sure you can only imagine the comments i get when i’m on the plane with all 4 of my munchkins. gotta love people and their bluntness.

  • Alina - I live in Seattle and you did a great job capturing the Pike Place Market. The pictures look beautiful! Great inspiration. Thank you.

  • Rachael B - I live in Seattle and your pictures capture it so well! Glad to see you had a fun time 🙂

  • Kim - Happy to hear you had such a great time on your well-deserved break. That light rail photo is AMAZING! Love it. Love your blog.

  • Amanda - I used to live in Seattle! I miss it! Brought back memories seeing pike place market.. as well as made me hungry for some incredible food! Looks like you girls had fun! Seattle totally made me a coffee snob! I cannot and will not drink generic coffee!

  • patti - this post just made me so home sick. i’m from seattle and haven’t been back in about 6 years. i love it there. it looks like you had a wonderful time. did you eat the mini donuts in pike place? they used to put fresh plain mini donuts in a paper bag and pour a cinnamon/sugar mixture over them and then close the bag and shake! oh my…such sinful goodness!!

  • julie - Seattle is my fave city in all of the world.
    I love it so.
    I do not love how the second people walk through and airplane door they suddenly seem to lose all sense of compassion and humanness.
    She could sit next to me and scream for six hours straight. She’s that cute.

    Wanting to go to Seattle now.

  • Kim - I have actually heard an entire consensus of fellow passengers groan in unison when I walked up to the waiting area of a flight with my baby. I wanted to crawl under the carpet. My husband travels a lot for business. I asked him if he reacted that way to babies. He said, “well, yeah”. He won’t be doing that again.

  • amy.bramer@gmail.com - sounds like a wonderful girl’s only trip. i have always wanted to go to seattle so i feel like i just got a mini-trip through your awesome photos, thanks for sharing!

  • lifeologia - How great that you decided on this excursion with a wee one. I guess it seems like now you need a vacation for just yourself 😉

  • maria - Love these amazing pictures of seattle, dying to go there. totally relate to your airport delay. we’ve lived in okinawa japan for the last 4 years and have mastered the art of entertaning ourselves in airports for the multiple 14 hour flight we had to endure to come home!! I would love to know what lens you take your pictures with in the posts!! just love the way you capture light.

  • Tysha - Awesome little Girls Trip! I live in Seattle. It is a great city! Glad you enjoyed it (and sorry your little Firecracker didn’t get as much napping time in as would be desired on such a long trip).

  • Faith - I dreamed about that market last night after reading this post….. iwannago! 🙂 And thanks for checking out my church pew.

  • AshleyG - Yay! I live in the Seattle area. It would have been cool to run in to you hehe 😀 These pics are so fun! I am taking my first plane ride with my nine month old son (my first and only so far) to… (wouldn’t you know it. haha) OKLAHOMA to visit my parents over the 4th of July and I am so scared of someone being rude or overwhelming me with loud sighs, muttering under breath, etc. 🙂