Or freeze to death.
Or get eaten by a bear.
I did, however, have a fantastic summer! Before I fill you on how this school year has been going, here are some of my summer highlights!
I spent a couple days in Seattle after school got out and of course had to hit Pike Place Market:
Then I met up with my parents and Grandma and we took an Alaskan cruise for a week (I am fully aware of the irony of that sentence).
I could get used to cruise life!
One of our ports-of-call was Skagway, Alaska, where we took an old train up into the Chilkoot Mountains and Yukon Territory.
riding the rails
We also stopped in Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan is one of my most favorite places and I really hope to live there one day! See that cute little white church? That could be my church! And all those boats? I’d definitely make friends with someone who owned a boat.
Historic Creek Street, Ketchikan
While in Ketchikan, we visited the Saxman Native Village and viewed one of the largest collections of totem poles in the world. It was pretty impressive.
Saxman Native Village
totem poles in progress
After the cruise, I flew down the L.A. to visit my friend Sara for a week. We did many fun things while enjoying the sun and warmth, one of which was eating lots of Brazilian BBQ at the farmer’s market!
We also went hiking in the Santa Monica mountains:
Our hike ended here, at "The Grotto." The hike was downhill on the way in, and entirely uphill on the way out.
While in L.A., I also got to visit my dear friend Shannon and her daughter, Lucy. It was so great to see them and hang out!
how adorable are we?
Lucy cracked me up! She was SO happy to see me and we became BFFs. I love her!
I headed to Kalamazoo after my week in L.A. and stayed with my parents for about six weeks. While there, I started working on my Master’s degree and spent an inordinate amount of time working on papers at Water Street Coffee Joint.
I took six credits in three weeks. I wouldn't recommend it.
I was able to catch up with some dear friends while in Michigan, too. I headed to Ann Arbor one day to hang out with my friend Stacey and her boys. Stacey introduced me to spinning and we visited a spinning/fiber shop in Howell, Michigan. So cool! Someday, when I need something else to occupy my time, I believe spinning will be added to the list :)
I must admit to hair lust whenever I see Stacey...
I was also able to get in a Tigers game with my family while in Michigan. So much fun! I hadn’t been to Comerica Park since it’d been built, so it was cool to see the new park. The Tigers played the Braves and won! My first Tigers win, EVER!!
me and Aunt Loretta
This summer I had the privilege of visiting some new places, one of which was Georgia. I flew down to Atlanta from July 1-5 to visit my friends Cathy and Carrie. We had so much fun hanging out, eating lots of yummy Southern food, crafting, and playing with Carrie’s baby, Charlie. I had my first taste of Chick-Fil-A and now find myself craving it. I also tried boiled peanuts. I have yet to crave those.
Cathy, me, Carrie, and Charlie, with bonus Shannon and Lucy who were with us in spirit!
Cathy and I went to the Georgia Aquarium one day, which was really cool. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world! They also had this really neat tunnel you could walk through while sharks and fish swam above you:
Carrie taught me and Cat the art of freezer-paper stenciling one day and we spent hours stenciling little onesies for Charlie and Cat’s soon-to-be baby, Jack. These were so easy and fun to make!!
Cat is a high school English teacher, so this onesie only seemed fitting
Carrie and Charlie, the Happiest Baby Alive. Aren't they beautiful?
Another new place I got to check out this summer was Washington, D.C. I can’t believe I’d never been to D.C. before! I’m so glad I went, too. It was 100 degrees, really humid, and there was even an earthquake while I was there. Exciting!! I also got to hang out with some more awesome friends while checking out the sights. Here’s me and my friend Anne in front of the White House:
If you squint and look really hard, you can see the tiny White House waaaay in the distance. hee :)
Anne and I also met up with our friend Mai and spent a day in Alexandria. They even found a little creperie that served wheat- and gluten-free crepes for me! Yummy peach crepes, coffee, and fantastic company made for the *perfect* brunch. Oh, and air conditioning. It was super hot that day, too. After brunch we walked around downtown Alexandria and hit a couple of awesome yarn stores. Fibre Space was our favorite:
These two just make life so much fun!
I stayed with the lovely Julie Frick and her family while in D.C. Jules and I spent an entire Saturday sewing and making quilt blocks. Seriously, it was one of the best days I had all summer. I’d been wanting to learn how to quilt for some time and I finally got to sit at the feet of a master! I even got to check out and perhaps even paw through Julie’s fabric stash. WOW. Just wow. We had a great time chatting, cutting, and sewing that day. I’m really excited to buy fabric and supplies over Christmas break so I can start sewing!
And being the instigator inspiration that she is, Jules also got me into embroidery this summer:
my first embroidery!
Embroidery is so quick and satisfying. Guess what ya’ll are going to be getting for Christmas this year…
I ended my summer back in Seattle for a week or so. I hung out at all my favorite places, got my fill of sushi and coffee, and spent a great deal of time with two of my most favorite kiddos ever. Gracie and Oliver were appalled to learn that I lived in Seattle for six years and never once rode the Monorail. So one day we went downtown and rode the Monorail back and forth. :)
on the monorail
All in all, I had a pretty a-mazing summer and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Of course, it was also really nice to return to Alaska, the village, and sleep in my own bed. I love my quiet, slow-paced life here. And since I literally wore the same six outfits all summer, returning to my closet full of clothes was like Christmas!
Only seven more months until summer break of ’11…..
we're such goofballs