Vashon Island

One of my FAVORITE places in the Pacific Northwest is Vashon Island. On my family’s last full day here, we took a ferry over to enjoy as much as we could in one short afternoon.

First of all, ferries. LOVE THEM. Can’t get enough. A ferry ride is an adventure in and of itself, regardless of where you’re headed.


The last two times we’ve gone to Vashon, our first stop is a little beach we happened upon once. At the time, I think we meant to head to Maury Island (not really an island), but got sidetracked by this beach. Now it’s a favorite place. (I believe it’s called Tramp Harbor, or KVI Beach.) We could (and do!) explore here for hours. Bring an extra set of clothes AND shoes for the kiddos! And maybe even extra socks for yourself. 😉

Besides being a beautiful place to simply sit and be, it’s also fun to tromp around, searching for crabs (there are thousands!), getting squirted by clams (hilarious!), and searching for pretty rocks, shells, and sand dollars.


After getting good and dirty, it was time for lunch. We love grabbing picnic food at the Vashon Thriftway – it’s the best grocery store ever! … Side note: my new favorite thing is rosé in a can. Life. Changing. 😉

We asked the cashier where to have a picnic (I was thinking on the little patch where they host the Vashon Farmer’s Market), but she recommended Ober Park just a block away. It was the perfect picnic and play spot! We had a blast!

After lunch we went to see the bicycle in the tree, and putzed around in some stores.

Thank you, Vashon, for being so lovely. We’ll see you soon. 😉

Seattle Waterfront

I’m smooshing together a couple of adventures in this one!

One afternoon the girls took the kiddos to Pike Place Market (of COURSE!). We got to see a flying fish (woot!) and eat gelato. I’d call that a success. And the kids had a ton of fun playing on the Harbor Steps (it’s the little things, really).

On another work day for Darrick and I, everyone else went to the Seattle Aquarium. I love, love, love the aquarium here, however, it was a good adventure for us to skip because it costs an arm and a leg.* Totally worth it if you’re here visiting! The touch tank is rad, and the otters are the cutest things you’ve ever seen in your life. Olivia was also really excited about the “unicorn” fish — which look like grumpy old men to me. 😉

There was more ice cream and some wandering around on the waterfront. Can’t go wrong there, especially on a beautiful Seattle summer day!


“unicorn” fish LOL



Jack Block Park – West Seattle

While I was coaching one day, the rest of the fam visited Jack Block Park in West Seattle. I’ve actually never been here before, and it looks beautiful! Apparently on clear days you can see Rainier. Their primary goal was to check out the gantry cranes, since my nephew is obsessed with anything and everything construction/truck/train/etc. Mission accomplished!

Sculpture Park

This weekend, Dad had a 2-day seminar to attend, so Olivia and I took the opportunity for an adventure date on the Seattle Waterfront and the Olympic Sculpture Park. I’m not gonna lie, I was exhausted today and somewhat grumpy. (Lest our life looks perfect in all these photos.) But it was good to get out of the house, let the wind whip our hair, and then meet daddy for burgers and milkshakes at Red Robin.