Saturday, October 4, 2014
Brendan and I went to Seattle 8 years ago when we were dating to visit his sister.  This was our first time back, and we loved it.  The weather was perfect, and we had a good time with all of my family being in town.  We made a stop at Pike Place Market.  Such a fun place, but more work this time around with kids, even with all of our helpers.  I was bummed I left my big camera in the hotel, so these are iphone pics.

I LOVE all of the beautiful flowers at the market, and they are such a deal.  I was feeling left out not having a bouquet in my hands, so Brendan bought me some even though I really had no place to put them while traveling.

 The produce is so colorful!

 We went to Molly Moon's for ice cream, and it was AMAZING!  Some of the delicious flavors I had were blueberry lemon custard (my favorite), strawberry balsamic, and salted caramel.

We went to Ella Bailey park, and it had such a great view of the water and city.  It was also in a cute neighborhood.

Blake and Katie Tie the Knot

Friday, October 3, 2014
The reason for our visit to the Pacific Northwest was to attend my brother Blake's wedding in Seattle.  It was a wonderful wedding, and the weather was perfect too.  They were married in the LDS Seattle Temple and had a reception at Salty's on Alki Beach.

All of my siblings and parents.  Photo credit

The nieces admiring their new cousin.

This was the best picture we could get together as a family, and I wasn't very happy about it.  All I wanted was one picture of us dressed up together and they just wouldn't cooperate.

The wedding was actually the same day as my sister Brook's birthday, so after the wedding festivities we had a pinata on the side of our hotel that Bill and Merrill brought.  Of course the kids loved it, and of course a few were upset with how much candy they got.  Later we all went downtown and ate on the water for Brook's birthday dinner.

Cape Horn Landing and Portland, Oregon

Thursday, September 11, 2014
We had Brendan's family reunion up the canyon from July 31st to Monday morning Aug. 4th and we left on our trip that same Monday afternoon.  We had to come home and unpack from the reunion and pack up again for our 10 day trip to the Northwest. It was pretty busy.  We drove up and stopped in Boise for the night at my sister Dawn's house, and then continued on the next morning to Cape Horn Landing in Washougal, Washington.  Brendan's mom's cousin lives there, and they invited us to stay at their house.  It is about 30 minutes outside of Portland on the Columbia Gorge.  It is the most beautiful location right on the water.  They have a 10 year old son and a dog named Fisher that Hattie loved.  We planned on hanging out in Portland a little more, but we ended up doing a lot around Cape Horn because it is a destination in itself. Darren and Shawn were great hosts and made wonderful meals everyday.  Shawn even packed us a lunch when we were going hiking to the falls.  

Blackberry picking in the yard for our blackberry pancakes.

Gotta love Hattie's bed head.

The girls helping set the table for breakfast one morning. Wonderful dining with a fantastic view and beautiful weather.

We had blackberry pancakes that we picked that morning, and fresh squeezed apple cider from their apple press.

Their house was beautiful!

Hiking just up the road from their house on the cape horn trail.

This is the beautiful meadow on the road down to their house.

A view from the road above.  Can you see the top of their roof in the bottom corner?

Brendan walked down and jumped in the water.

Not sure what they are all doing, but they look bored.  Maybe waiting for dinner.

The girls were afraid of Fisher at first, but then loved him.  Hattie still talks about going back to Daddy's cousin's house and seeing Fisher.

One night we had a campfire and s'mores in their yard.

I had never seen this type of tree before, but it was so cool looking it almost looked fake.  It's called a monkey tree.

We stopped and saw horsetail falls.

The beautiful Multnomah falls.  We started the hike to the top with me pushing the double stroller, but it was quite the workout, so we headed back down.

We of course had to stop at the famous VooDoo Doughnuts.

We only ordered half a dozen and took a few bites and were sick from all of the sweetness.  As I was posting these pictures Hattie was watching me and she said, "Next time I'm going to get the fruit loop one and not the marshmallow one because the marshmallow one is small, and I like big doughnuts." Haha. That Hattie!

We loved Powell's city of books.  It is the largest independent book store in the world.  We could have spent hours in their, but didn't have time.  We let the girls pick out a book to buy.

Of course we had to stop at the Portland food carts.  We tried a gyro and some Thai food, and they were both really good.  We had more plans in the city but everyone started calling us from my family as they were arriving at the hotel and kept asking if we had checked in yet.  Our plan was to get to Seattle in the evening, but we left early and headed to Seattle to start the pre wedding party.

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