Makes Me Smile

Here are six things that are making me smile this Monday:

Smile #1: We recently had a friend stay with us a few nights while she was in the process of moving. As a way of saying thanks, she left us this cute salt and pepper shaker set.

Smile #2: When I arrived at my mother’s house Thursday, I found these little gifts waiting on the nightstand (minus the glasses and keys). The Pike Place cook book is perfect since we just got back from Seattle.

Smile #3: Every time I head up to the Bay Area, I make it a point to visit my favorite sushi restaurant, Shogun. In all honesty, the only sushi that I’ve had that tops their quality was in Tokyo, at the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Smile #4: Seeing this dog makes me smile like no other. Roz is 15 and the most lovable dog there is.

Smile #5: This is my great grandmother. She’s 98 and wonderful, and puts the biggest smile on my face. Did I mention that she’s 98?!

Smile #6: This Monday, I’m smiling because I was able to witness my friend from high school marry the man of her dreams in the most beautiful ceremony I have ever seen. Congratulations!

What’s making you smile this Monday?

Travel Tromp: Seattle & Whidbey Island, Washington

I spent the last two weeks of May living out of a suitcase – and loved it. I started the vacation off with meeting Matt in Ohio to join him and his family in celebrating his little cousin’s graduation from college. Most of our time there was spent hanging out with family and we did little sightseeing of our own.

Whidbey Island

A few days later we (Matt and I, and his father, stepmother, and grandparents) packed up and flew to Washington state to visit Matt’s sister and nephews.

Adventure: Matt’s nephew’s kindergarten play! All of the kindergarteners put on a cute little performance called A Barnyard Moosical. Yes, Moosical. The kids were dressed as cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. And it was just as cute as you could possibly imagine.


Seattle! Where have you been all my life?! What a fantastic city. From the interesting shops in Pike Public Market,  to the good eats, I completely fell in love with everything Seattle. Except the lack of diversity – not a whole lot of that going on, from what I could see.

Yum: Taylor Shellfish Farms. Although I recently made the switch to a more vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve found it difficult to stay away from seafood. And I have a particularly difficult time saying no to freshly shucked oysters. Clearly, I was tempted from the moment I spotted this restaurant tucked away on a little side street. So tempted that I dragged Matt there for a second (and larger) meal the following day.

Adventure: Urban hiking! Our hotel was in downtown (a few blocks away from the Pike Public Market), but we really wanted to get out and explore different parts of the city. While we spent most of our time walking up to and around Capitol Hill (where my lovely sorority sister Sheryl played tour guide for us), it was great to adventure out and explore side streets and parks without a set plan.

After our time in Seattle we headed out to the Gorge to watch the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Here are a couple of pictures from our time on the Island and in Seattle. Excuse the photo quality – I only had my iPhone with me all trip!