We couldn't let a week off from school and work go to waste so we packed up and took a little road trip. Thank goodness we have Kate to make sure that everyone knows that we are not home. Do you think she noticed that we took her fantastic signs down before we left?
Our first stop was in Yakima, WA for some Miner's burgers and shakes. the burgers were HUGE! We didn't stay long as we headed up to this cute Bavarian town called Leavenworth, WA. If you are a fan of beer and brats this place is for you! My favorite part was being serenaded by the cute old man playing the alphorn during breakfast, and literally having the greatest nights sleep I have ever had in a hotel bed. The highlight for the kids was the massive jacuzzi in our room.
Then we hit our favorite stop during our trip, Cafe Rio! I would give anything to have one in Portland so I didn't have to drive all the way to Seattle to eat the best Fresh Mex known to man. And of course our trip to Seattle wouldn't be complete without a trip to the American Girl Doll store? We stayed at the kids favorite embassy suites hotel.
The next day we played in Seattle's children's museum. Thank goodness for their art room, otherwize I think next time we will find something more exciting for the older two kiddos to see and do, but they were good sports. Pike's Market is always fun to walk down and we finally found the infamous Gum Wall! We added our wad of gum to the wall and ended the night at a family favorite, Maggianos.
We still had a few days left of vactaion when we returned home so talked our friends, the McCauleys into going to the beach for the day to catch clams. Unfortunately it was the worst day ever to catch them(according to a man who catches them daily). Seriously though, that is just our luck.
I sure hope the kids remember these little side trips we take.