During this time of R&R between school and the internship, we decided to road-trip it up to Seattle. Our trip included visits with everyone of Ryder and Penelope's grandparents, including the "greats".
Penny with her great-grandma and grandpa Shorten. We usually stop in for visits with them on our way to Tremonton.
We started our trip spending Mother's Day weekend with my parents. Saturday we did lunch and errands followed with the arrival of Aunt Auty and Gracie. We spent Sunday giving and accepting Mother's Day well-wishes while my mom, sister and I donned our fabric corsages I made to match. We spent the afternoon eating a delicious dinner with my grandparents who came up from Downey, ID.

Monday we spent driving...

Tuesday we went running and playing at one of our favorite Seattle spots, Greenlake. And after naps went next door to visit Phil's Grandma and Grandpa Pugmire.

Wednesday we went to visit Laurie (Phil's mom) at work (Nelson Orthadontics) and I was fitted for a back-up retainer! I have a really bad habit of losing my retainer, so this was a very kind gesture. We grabbed some Dick's for lunch and had a picnic at the park where we took some photos of the fam. That evening we had a BBQ with some of Phil's friends.

Thursday we went downtown to REI and the Pacific Science Center. So fun. Why we didn't ever go there while we lived here, I do not know. Fun for adults and children. Phil and I particularly couldn't get enough of the mirrors and we all enjoyed the butterfly exhibit.
That evening we had dessert at Red Robin and enjoyed great company with Phil's friend and former co-workers Chris and Cindi, who we would gladly have enjoyed eating mile high mud pie with them all night had Ryder not needed to go to bed.

Cute Chris and Cindi with Penny. Check out her fashion blog and nice entry about Penny here.

Friday was the Zoo, of course. After which we ate at Redmill Burgers, I believe it was called. It was put on my must visit list from now on. I'm still day dreaming about their onion rings and tartar sauce. The Zoo pooped us out. We spent the rest of the day napping and falling asleep to Avatar.

Saturday was mostly spent playing pickle ball and relaxing. Later in the afternoon we visited the chilly beach and took one last stop to Nordstrom Rack. I love that place. I always have luck, good luck too, shopping there.

And last but certainly not least we spent our Sunday morning attending church in our old Garrison Creek Ward. Oh how we love that ward!!! It was so fun seeing dear friends and catching up with them while sitting through our Sunday meetings feeling like we had never left.

Monday we spent driving...

With a quick stop and wonderful break at my parents we are back at home trying to quickly make our final arrangements to get off to NYC for the rest of the summer. Bring on more adventures!


  1. Super fun road trip! There are some great pictures of the fam too! It was awesome to see you guys! Such a cute family of 4 now! Best wishes on the big move to NY!!! :)

  2. I loved getting to see you even if it was just for a few minutes! love you so much!!! And you'd better plan on at least once a week blogs once you hit NYC!! Your readers/fans demand it!! xoxo

  3. Ooh, I love Redmill! We saw them on Man V Food on the Travel Channel and checked them out when we visited Seattle. Cute pictures (:

  4. It was great to see you!

  5. LOVE all the pics! Give the munchkins a squeeze for me. I hope you are feeling better and that you are lovin' NYC! I plan on seeing pictures of you guys playing on the big piano at FAO Shwarz:) Have a blast this summer, I wish I could meet up with you all there:(