Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tacoma trip recap

Oh man you guys.  My trip to Tacoma was such a blast!  It was so good to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and to see family in such a beautiful land like Washington.  Seriously though.

I'll give a short recap of the trip.  Dad took John and I in to Chicago Saturday evening.  We flew out of Midway on a late flight and arrived without any issues around 11:30 pm.

Sunday morning we woke up bright and early to little Ayla cries and got ready for church!  We really enjoyed Ben and Kristen's church - everyone was so friendly.  Plus their church is housed in the same school where 10 Things I Hate About You's football scene was filmed with Heath Ledger - ya know the part where he sings "I love you baby" etc...so that's pretty cool.

Ben, Ayla, myself, and Kristen.

Then Sunday afternoon, after Ayla Mae's nap - we headed to Seattle.  We went to Spud's - a fish and chips place and YES I, Emily Alma, ate fish.  Isn't that insane?!  Haha.  The more insane thing is that I liked it!  But that's because it was so deep fried that it didn't taste like fish.  Then we headed downtown.  We walked around Pike Place Market and to the first Starbucks and just around town.  It was fun.

Johnny and me chillin on the grass in Seattle.

Then on Monday, Ben and John and I ventured two hours away to Mt. Ellinor.  We spent about 5 or 6 hours hiking up this gorgeous mountain.  It was a 6.2 mile hike - which doesn't sound that bad, but it was pretty intense.  It was about 1,000 feet in elevation per mile and there was quite a bit of snow that we had to traverse!  But it was gorgeous!

On our hike up Mt. Ellinor.

At the trail head.

Hiking on the snow!
 And there were mountain goats!  This was at the top.  Ben told us on our way down that a few years back a hiker got gored to death by a mountain goat on this trail and they had to shut it down for a few years....so that was fun!  This mama goat and her baby were cute but they kinda followed us a bit and it freaked me out.  Notice the hiking pole kinda shoeing them away?  Lol.

Mama goat and baby goat at the top!
Then on Tuesday I drove Johnny to the airport at 3:30 am for his flight to Detroit.  It was sad to see him go, but I was glad he was able to join us for a few days and that he could meet my family.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing with Ben and Kristen.  We didn't do a whole bunch Tuesday, which was nice.  We prepped for our camping trip, Kristen and I got manicures, and we went to their church community group on Tuesday night hanging out with a bunch of people, which was fun.

Then Wednesday we went CAMPING!  FUN!  Ayla and Kristen only stayed one night.  Ayla didn't do suuuuper well camping as it didn't get dark until late, but we had a blast anyway.  She is such a cute little camper.  She played in the dirt and was so much fun!

Baby Ayla at the campsite.

At the beach.
After Kristen and Ayla left on Thursday, Ben and I had a lot of good bonding time.  We just sat around and talked and cooked food and made s'mores and relaxed.  We went on walks in the woods and sat looking out at the water.  It was nice.  Good quality brother/sister time.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ben and I returned to the apartment on Friday after packing up camp.  It rained most of Friday.  But the gang and I decided to go on a mini hike/walk anyway!  We put on our rain gear and went to Titlow Park and walked in the rain.  It was so fun!  We saw jumping fish and sea lions in the water!

Then Saturday was time for me to head out.  All in all it was a wonderful week.  Ayla started out the week crawling and ended the week walking like crazy!  She was toddling around like it was no big deal.  So cute!  It was so neat to see her progress so quickly!  I love my family so much.  It was so good to be able to spend some quality time with them.

Love this little girl so much!