It seems like everytime we go on "vacation" it never feels like an actual vacation because we are either doing projects...like painting...or we fill up our vacation time with crazy schedules of going everywhere and visiting everyone that we never quite get to relax. So this time as usual our vacation time was spent in Seattle spending time with family as well as seeing only a few friends... and of course, my little project to do some minor fixing up to help my parents sell their house. I felt bad putting Dean to work on his week off work, but in all reality, I don't think that is possible when you are in his line of work. But it was definately nice to get a break from working and spend time together as a family...even if it was while doing a little physical labor. Here are some pictures of the time we spent there.
My parent's house was built in the 90's so there was waaay too much oak in that house. We painted as much mouldings as time would allow. The house is 3200 sq. ft. so pretty much only the downstairs got painted. But it looks much better...even with the bright green couches.
We booked the ticket thinking we'd only see my brother Makoto's girls who we only get to see once a year but to our suprise, my sister Yumi and my brother Atau ended up going to Seattle as well. It was a lot of fun for Aya and Kash to have so many kiddies around in one house...and much easier for us to get painting done with Aya occupied.
The weather was suprisingly so nice when we were there so we took advantage and drove up to Snoqualmie Falls.
The kiddies picking plums in the back yard with ojichan. Yum Yum!!
Eating out again and again and again...
Eating out gets a little tiring but at least I don't have to cook! Yeah for vacations!
Picnic with the fam at Silver Lake. They had a huge play ground for the kiddies to play on...I should have taken more pictures.
The one big thing I miss about the mainland...
Shopping!! The mall next to my parent's house...literally down the street...has been drastically renovated within the past few years so I didn't have to travel far to go shopping. My little helper carried some of the smaller bags for me.
The cutest beanie...
I've been looking for a beanie for Kash for forever...and I found this one at the Pumpkin patch store. It was a little pricey but sooo cute. Aya loves hats so I got her one too...not as cute...but she loved it just the same.
The dreaded 10yr...
Dean had been dreading going to my highschool 10 year reunion from the moment I booked my ticket to go. I didn't know what to expect since the few friends that I actually keep in touch with from Highschool didn't even go, but it was actually kinda fun and nice to see some old friends. Some people didn't change a bit so it literally felt like highschool. Suprisingly Dean said it wasn't that bad. Thank goodness for football!