(This was our first ever trip alone in 13 years of marriage since our honeymoon... it was much appreciated and needed.)
The main purpose for the trip was to attend a wedding ceremony of friends on the Oregon coast - but we were able to fit in some time with family too, which was so meaningful to us!
We flew into Seattle, and made a beeline for IKEA.
It was Jeremy's time first to one of the stores. Even men like IKEA.
Except we had to ask for directions to the exit. Those places are twisty-turny and confusing. I think they like it that way. Keeps you stuck in their aisles forever buying cheap and colorful dishtowels, insanely cute mugs, and all of the organizational tools one could need. We had Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes for lunch there too. Yum!
Then, we went to meet with our friend Leigh and her kiddos for donuts! I met Leigh at the MOPS Convention my first year attending back in 2005 in Dallas, when Leigh stayed with our group at the hotel! We adopted her into our group and met there a few years in a row - - we've been friends ever since!
After that, it was north for a beautiful drive up to the Washington/Canada border to see Jeremy's brother Aaron, his wife Abie, and our sweetie pie 7 week-old niece, Katie!
Oh, she's so yummy!
Uncle Jeremy in baby heaven.
Proud Uncle and Auntie!
We wouldn't have seen her otherwise until next Christmas when they make it to our neck of the woods.
Standing on her baby cousin, wishing she could come out and play...
At the end of my 35th week!
Aaron and Abie took us up on the ridge, we saw several deer, which was cool since we never see them where we live!
Happy family, thankful for the time (though short) together!!!
What a beautiful drive!!! The next day we headed down to the Oregon coast to get ready for wedding weekend in Astoria, Oregon.
It was so surreal that we were without our kids, and the only potty breaks were mine!