Sweet little girls

Bethy is such a sweet cousin. For two weeks she had Isabella by her side nonstop. They cooked with the easy bake oven (45 minutes for 1 cookie.)


Then had tea parties with their treats…


and they played at the park down by the lake…


They played lots of games, this time with Drea and Isa. They also spent many hours playing Guitar Hero after Daniel fixed the Wii.


Everyone loves playing with Beth.




You may be wondering where are all the pictures of the boys from our trip to Seattle? Well here they are out on G-pa Larry’s boat crabbing. Big Larry, Dan, BJ, Thomas and Daniel all went out to catch us a crab feast.

Here’s BJ putting the bait in the traps. They bait them then drop them all in the water. After eating lunch on the boat they go back around to see what they’ve caught.


This one looks pretty full. You have to use those red things to make sure the crabs are big enough. If not, back into the sound they go. Since there were 5 people on the boat they were allowed to keep 25 crabs.


I think its funny how Daniel is all bundled up in many layers of clothing plus the big heavy coat and then there’s BJ in just a flannel. The weather’s so different than just a few weeks ago deep sea fishing in North Carolina, there you have to worry about getting sunburnt and being too hot.


BJ is an old pro at this, Daniel on the other hand looks much more hesitant about holding the crabs (notice the tongs.)


Why does Dan always catch the smallest creatures?


Looks like the boys have gotten over their fear of the crabs for a photo.


Finally Dan with something a little bigger.


They caught their limit so a crab feast it will be!


Since Shauna’s husband Chef Larry is in Alaska cooking on a private yacht Dan had to take over the cooking. We’re on Judy and Larry’s deck which is set all up for just these type of feasts. It’s a regular thing for them to go crabbing.


Look at the table all nice and clean waiting for the feast.


And this is what it looks like after all the crabs have been cooked.


The view of Lake Washington from Judy and Larry’s deck. One of the reasons I miss living there.


We’re much cleaner eaters at the girls table, that’s mom, G-ma Judy and Shauna.


We missed Little Larry at our crab feast but it was still a wonderful time with family!

The Scioto Mile Park

Thomas and I made a detour today on our way home from COSI. Before heading home we walked across the bridge to check out the new Scioto Mile Park. It was an easy and pleasant walk from COSI only taking a few minutes. It will be even easier once the new bridge is completed. Instead we walked across another bridge that was just completed this past winter.



As were approaching the park we were impressed with the size of it and all of the massive water features!


These pictures don’t do it justice, it was so bright outside I had to just snap photos without being able to tell what I was shooting.


Thomas loved running through these fountains. This would have been more fun if he had some friends with him. But it was a quick way to cool off before we drove home.



Columbus may not be Seattle but we still have some really cool stuff to do around here!


I’m looking forward to coming back down to this park in the evening with Dan and eating dinner at this restaurant that overlooks the waterpark.


Here are some of the evening pictures of the fountains from the website:

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Another favorite place that we always visit is the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Every time I go I discover new treasures. This time I really focused on reading about some of the strange collections.

Home of the weird, freaky, interesting and curious, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a licensed museum and gift store. We have been in business since 1899, so we have collected quite the eclectic mix of treasures. We have interesting items for sale like jewelry made with real insects, butterflies in frames, or recyclable wallets. Our gift selection will please with Seattle’s own Glass Eye Studio’s hand-blown ornaments and paperweights and Northwest Native American hand carved totem poles and masks. We also have fair trade gifts from Africa and Asia.

Our museum of oddities and curiosities range from genuine mummies and shrunken heads (tsantsa), to a two headed lamb, to a four legged chicken. Our miniature collection comprises of a display of fleas in dresses, paintings on the heads of pins, and the Lord’s Prayer written on a grain of rice.



And here is the lady writing on the rice, Beth and her friends each got a necklace.


This was in the case by the front door, very handy for those that are travelling up to Forks to visit the Cullins.IMG_2948

And for those that say Mermaids don’t exist, here is taxidermically stuffed mermaid.


Some things are more authentic than others, such as the 2 mummies that the store has on display both of which are completely real…

and shrunken heads from the Amazon (some of them definitely genuine, others probably not.) I’m hoping the ones I’ve bought for Daniel in the past are not real.


Feeding the Seagulls

One of our favorite Seattle things is going to Ivar’s at the waterfront and feeding fries to the seagulls. You have to watch where you sit while eating your food since there are quite a few bird flying around. On this trip Beth got hit by a fly by poop that was shot at her arm while eating.

As the sign states, “Do not be afraid of overfeeding, Seagulls are Dainty eaters.” Well I’m not sure if they’re really dainty, I think they would eat you fingers if they were given the chance.


Ok sometimes the birds do seem a little scary! Those beaks hurt if they catch your finger instead of a fry.


Did Beth think she was under attack?


The Seattle Gum Wall

Our family has just returned from a 2 week vacation in Seattle. I grew up in Seattle and most of my family still lives there. Some grouping of us travels back to Seattle at least once a year to visit. The kids have made plenty of treks to Seattle throughout their lives, when we’re in town we have our favorite places we like to visit (Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Pike Place Market, Lake Washington, Ivar’s on the waterfront, Taco Time, Vince’s Pizza, Hmm I guess a few of them center around food.) But somehow in all of my many travels around the city I had never heard of “The Seattle Gum Wall.” We were with some out of state friends visiting Pike Place Market when they mentioned the wall and directed us to it. Just down the side stairs from where the fish are being thrown at the market.

Beth thoroughly enjoyed the grossness of the wall.


Don’t worry she didn’t really tough her tongue to the wall.


One of the most offbeat attractions in the United States, the Seattle Gum Wall is also one of the most germ infected tourist spot in the world.

Located in Post Alley, under Park Place Market, the Gum Wall has its beginning in the early 1990s, when people, irritated that they had to wait in line to get tickets to the theater, stuck chewing gum on the wall. At first, they would use the gum to stick small coins to the wall, but in time, the tradition of the coins disappeared, and the gum remained.

Theater attendants scraped the Gum Wall twice, but gave up in 1999, when it became a certified tourist attraction of Seattle. Now it is filled with thousands of pieces of chewing gum, of any color imaginable. And, as the wall grows, the chewing gum art becomes more sophisticated. You’ll find names written with pieces of gum, and symbols like hearts or the peace sign.

But, the Seattle Gum Wall is also one of the germiest tourist destinations on Earth. In a ranking made by Trip Advisor, it came in second place, after Ireland’s Blarney Stone.

It was quite an impressive site to see. Now that I know of its existence I noticed the souvenirs being sold at various shops down on the waterfront. How did I miss this in all of my previous trips downtown. IMG_2849