Our Overdue Visit to Seattle
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If you’ve been following my Instagram posts, you know we were in Seattle recently; enjoying a long weekend catching up with family and friends and touring downtown. It was so nice.
I grew up in Seattle and it’s been a solid 6 years since my last visit there. Everything felt like a home away from home. I savored spending 4 (stress free) days with my hubby and son.
Our camera tagged along so we took “a few” photos. There’s no required cooking with this post. It’s ok, I too struggle with feeling like I need to be productive 99% of the time, but this is meant to be enjoyable so pour some hot cocoa, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
This boy had the most fun. He’s very social, plays well with others and makes friends quickly! He was surrounded with kids the entire trip and spent most of his time hanging out with these two gals (my cousin’s beautiful girls). They sure enjoyed each others company. This picture gives me warm fuzzies.
They found a puddle (now that’s a puddle!) Never-mind the pink boots 😉
Then they found a “jumpapoline,” as my son calls it. My little guy told me he would buy one for my birthday. He also talks about getting me a helicopter toy for Christmas.
This is the lovely Katya who is also quite a baker. She has shared several of her wonderful recipes such as: Russian Cake Truffles, the Tres Leches Cake and Cherry Surprise Cupcakes. Isn’t it great to put a face to the recipes?
And here’s one with the Mr. I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy… way too much Nemo.
My son was grumpy for all of the pictures on the peer until there was mention of candy. So we bribed him, ok?
With the Mr and the wee one (post bribe – doesn’t that look like the face of a boy who just heard the word candy?
We toured Pike Place Market; the oldest farmers market around. Of course I wore a plaid shirt in downtown Seattle so everyone could tell I was from Idaho. Such a tourist!
I tried my very first macarons ever at a French Bakery in the heart of Seattle. I’m a little embarrassed that it took me this long to try one (shhhh!). I guess these babies are all the rage in these parts. They were also $2.00 a pop. Ahh!!
I also met Natalya of Mom’s Dish. That was pretty cool. If not for this blog, we probably would not have become friends. The same goes for you! Yes, YOU! I’m so happy to get to know you through this blog. In other news, my split ends are out of control and I need a haircut. How short should I go?
So nice to also catch up with my hubby’s side of the family. Our boys became instant best friends 🙂
I refer to my hubby’s cousins as “the bachelors.” They are a hoot. It’s always a good day when we see them and our son loves them too. I think kids are a good judge of character; they just know whose cool and who to run away from.
Seattle, we’ll be back; much sooner than 6 years next time! Thank you to everyone who so graciously welcomed us to this lovely state.
I hope you enjoyed poking around our “family album.” Have you taken any memorable trips this year? Are you planning any?
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I never usually comment on websites, but I wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting these wonderful recipes! The are easy to follow, and they give me a chance to make some of my favorite dishes. I’m leaving Russia soon, and while there are many things about this country I will miss, I will especially miss the food! I’ve already tried a few of them and they are a hit with my Russian friends. Even the non-Russian/Ukrainian dishes are a hit )
So, thank you thank you thank you!
You’re so very welcome 🙂 I hope these are just like you remember them (and I really hope they are even better than you remember them ;). Thanks for commenting. It’s so nice to hear from you!! 🙂
Oh so u related to Katya Denisyuk? cool, we go to same church 🙂
That’s awesome! Yes, she’s my cousins wife 🙂
A helicopter toy for xmas? I must say I am a little jealous.. and yay!!! its about time for trying the macaroons!!!
Yeah, I’m a pretty lucky girl. lol. I know it! I was way overdue 🙂 Now I’ve tried macaroons and real cocoa. That cocoa you brought me is super amazing by the way! 🙂
Thanks for bringing us along with you on your trip. It’s always so much fun to read about your regular life as well as all your awesome recipes, since we readers feel like we know you and are part of the family:). Great photos.
Thank you Olga 🙂 You’re so sweet. I love sharing a little behind the scenes and I love the same thing about your blog. We get to know the real you!
Natasha, that is so awesome that you were here in Seattle! Looks like you guys had a great time! About your hair, don’t go too short! You look beautiful with this length. I wanted a change so I cut my hair up to my shoulders and now kind of regret it…but my hair grows fast so I’m not too upset. You have a beautiful family, it’s great following you!
Thank you so much 🙂 I tried too short once and it was a disaster. lol. I should post a picture to give everyone a good life. It was a dark time in my hairs life. ha ha.
Seattle!!! LOVE! Lovely pictures, beautiful family! I’ve been to that French bakery and never tried macarons. I guess the price tag is a problem. Did you go to Piroshky, Piroshky?
We visit Seattle once a year and tour the same places.:)
I have the same issue. Always thinking what I’ll be cooking, writing, pinning, buying etc. LOL. Ugh. But I work hard on myself to relax and it works. Yay!
My mind spins 100mph most days too. I kinda like it that way so it’s hard to relax. I’ll watch a movie in the evening while responding to comments on instagram and drafting a new recipe. I have a problem. lol 😉
OK, good it’s not only me. I’m terrified Alex’s patience will come to an end one day…Good we have 2 children together and he is stuck with me. LOL
Thank you for sharing your lovely trip pics with us.
Shhh…I haven’t tried macarons either. 😉
Now I feel better. Lol
Fun post:) Seattle is a beautiful place, I have two sisters living in Auburn.. We actually were in Seattle this past May for my sister’s wedding. We also drove down to San Diego in August with my sisters families.. Also drove to visit my sister’s family in Lovelock NV this past September.. Our next vacation will be Alaska for Christmas. Going to take out kiddos to visit grandma & grandpa:).. Love traveling & with family being all over we deff have ppl to visit. Our kiddos are getting used to traveling with us.. Thank you for all your work you put into your blog. Yummy recipes, I started reading your blog a looong while back, my sis Luda introduced it to me. I think our first recipe that we both made from your blog was your mushroom soup, which we still love & make. -Blessings to your beautiful family!
We know a Luda that lives in Lovelock! I bet it’s the same Luda Z!! We stopped and visited them on our last trip to CA. Sounds like you are a traveling bunch. It is fun isn’t it? Say hi to Luda! 🙂
I love love love your hair! It looks good on you so just trim it a little 🙂 your trip looks so much fun.. We don’t plan anything with 4 little kids it’s impossible to go on a vacation so maybe in 2 years or so… Lol
Thank you so much Ira. Now I’m motivated to keep it long. I’m torn. :-\ I could see it being impossible with 4 little ones. Wow! How do you do it?
We’ll it takes lots and lots of patience! But I love it 🙂 they will grow up some day but I’m treasuring every moment right now once they are little like this.
It looks like you had a great time because the pictures look really good. Maybe one day I’ll visit the west coast.
Are you on the East coast? Maybe one day I’ll go to the east coast and the south. This country has so much to see!
Yes, I live in New Jersey. You are welcome to visit any time you want.
Loved seeing these pictures. I follow you on instagram, have tried many of your delicious never-failing recipes, and adore your cute family. You are a beauty!!
Thank you so much. You’re so sweet 🙂 I’m so happy you enjoy the blog!!
Natasha you were 2 hours away from where I live, Vancouver Washington. Next time you need to stop by!! Great pictures, you look awesome in every one of them!
I haven’t been there in years and years and years 🙂 we wanted to take the fairy but didn’t have enough time. Next time!!
Thank you for sharing your trip!
I think that you shouldn’t cut your hair much since you have such nice hair:) I couldn’t even tell that you have split ends!
Didn’t have any memorable trips this year unfortunately and they’re not in our plans but our planning usually happens the same day as the trip, haha
Thanks; you’re so sweet 🙂 Maybe I’ll just take a few inches off. Spontaneous trips are usually the best ones anyway!
Loved having you over!!!! Don’t, don’t cut your hair short!!!! 😉
I wouldn’t do it short. No way. My hair is too thick to be short. I tried that before and learned my lesson. It was a low point in my hairs life. Lol
Natasha you should go for a medium cut, I think you would look good with bangs but I know its hard to take care of. anyway thanks for the recipes its nice to be able to go to a site I can actually read I love to bake so loots of times I go to Russian website but takes me forever to figure it out. I saw u a few weeks ago at your church singing, my brother was getting engaged with one girl from your church, did not know u can sing:)….. thanks for sharing the pics of your trip nice to hear you grew up in Seattle.
If you got and new recipes for a cake let me know my kids birthday is coming up what to try something new. be blessed Marina 🙂
That’s so cool!! Yeah I sing in my worship group 🙂 I actually ended up with a medium cut. You were spot on!! 🙂