Wednesday, August 6, 2014

10 years, baby!

 10 Years, Baby!

On July 24th, Brett and I celebrated 10 years of marriage!

What an amazing 10 years it has been.  We have had our ups....big ups and we have had some downs....really big downs.  The one thing that remains consistent with us is our commitment to each other. Sure we disagree sometimes but we have made a commitment to each other and often think of each other. It's not about winning or's about surrendering your heart to the commitment that you have made and working towards the commitment's best interest.

Someone once told us-

 "If you just focus on making each other happy, 
then you will both be happy."  

Those words struck both of us and I truly feel that this is how our marriage has been so successful as it has.

Do it.
It works.

We decided this year to travel together....NO a place that we have never been.  We have done the resorts by the pool, the beach, the big city.  We wanted something different.  Somehow in our talks about where to go we started to research the Seattle/Vancouver area and that is where we went.  It was a ton of fun.  We really went with no plans, other than what city we would be in each night.  We would wake up each day, grab coffee and start our trek to see all we could see until sundown.

 It was awesome!

 We definitely had our favorite places and definitely want to go back one day to explore once again.

We have not taken a trip for that long away from the kids so we decided to bring a lil piece of them with us to we thought it would be really fun to send them pics of what the Ewok was doing!

Ewok Selfie :)

Here is a journal of what we did, see, ate.........through the eyes of our Ewok!

Seattle (Day1 - Day 3)
What we did:
Walked- a ton, Emp Museum, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Pike Place Market, REI Flagship store, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Fountain and hung out with some awesome friends from Portland.

Where we ate: 

Flight from Seattle to Atlanta
Pike Place Market, Space Needle & Sushi for dinner!

Top Pot Coffee & Donuts

The very first Starbucks!
 Too bad the line was forever long.....
Biscuit B* far our favorite restaurant of the trip.
So good, we went twice!

REI- Flagship Store- we did a lil shopping!

EMP Museum- Nirvana Exhibit

Victoria (Day 3 & 4)

What we did:
Ferry ride from Anacortes, WA to Victoria, B.C., walked- a ton...again, Whale Watching, Harbor Taxis & Shopped:)

Where we ate: 
Milestones Bar & Grill, Barb's Fish & Chips, Moka House, Ferris' Upstairs Oyster Bar & Bard & Banker Scottish Pub in addition to random candy shop stops for yummy fudge!

Waiting on the Ferry to Victoria

Whale Watching

By far the most amazing thing I have seen in nature......
We were able to follow a pod of killer whales for about an hour.
Bloody Caesar (as the Canadians call them)
And yes, that is an oyster and mussel!

Hanging out in the Harbor

Harbor Taxi

Qualicum Beach, B.C. (Day 4 -6)
What we did:
Glamping at Free Spirit Spheres, Cathedral Grove Forest (where we briefly lost the Ewok) , Little Qualicum Falls, Coombs Country Market, Qualicum Beach,  & Canada Day Festival

Where we ate: 
Coombs Market (we shopped the market and ate in one evening.....mmmmmm truffle gouda!) & Shady Rest Pub

 Free Spirit Spheres- a MUST DO on your list.

Night View

Cathedral Grove Forest- biggest.trees.ever.

 Cathedral Grove Forest.....where we almost lost this lil guy

A Coombs Market Treat- delish!

Vancouver, B.C. (Day 6 & 7)

What we did:
Walked everywhere....even some not so great places! Took a ferry (a very fancy ferry) from Nainamo, B.C. to Vancouver, B.C., Gatson Park, China Town & Granville Island

Where we ate: 
Tap & Barrel @ Coal Harbor &  Cat's Socialhouse

 They are reading while waiting on the Ferry

 Ferry Ride

 Our GORGEOUS view from our hotel in Vancouver.

 Going through customs from Vancouver...

Biscuit B*tch one more time before we fly out of Seattle

I also captured some really great shots on our "big" camera..... and will share those in another post:)


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