June 27, 2009

My Run-In with the Seagulls

In Seattle, I had a bit of a run in with the birds. Although 100% of it was my fault because I decided that I wanted to feed them my pretzels which I did not want to carry back to Dallas. After one bird saw what I had there were probably 10 more right behind looking for a hand out. They were grabbing them out of my hands and let me tell you, these bad boys are a lot bigger when they are up close and personal with you. They were still fun even though a few times I thought they would peck my eyes out.

June 25, 2009

Big Double Bummer

We lost two great talents today, both in one day.

Farrah Fawcett has died today of anal cancer and Michael Jackson passed away this evening of a possible cardiac arrest (not sure if that is a real reason yet since they have not completed an autopsy). I am extremely saddened by this news as I loved the works of both of them. I am sure they are in a better place!

June 24, 2009


First day in Alaska was fabulous! Ketchikan is the first city ever formed in Alaska (they even have a sign to prove it). In the morning the Boys went fishing and caught nothing but the girls went on a canoe ride and a jeep ride. When we got to Harriett Hunt Lake, I ended up being the Hood Ornament on the canoe, which meant I did not have to do very much work. That is how I like my canoes. After getting inside the canoe, I realized that both of my feet were soaking wet in 6 inches of water....Brrr you think? Not at all, my mind was focused on the fun and therefore I really did not feel it. Then after crossing the lake into the forest, we checked out some scenary, had a home cooked clam chowder and smoked salmon and checked out some trees and the animals "nests".
After a hearty lunch we took off on Jeeps to the top of the mountain. It was breathtaking!

We met the Boys on the pier and took off to downtown Ketchikan looking for some gluten free lunch, furry bikinis and random hats.... haha!

June 23, 2009

Space Needle (Seattle)

The Space Needle in Seattle was a great site to see. It was really neat to go to the top and look down! We took a few pictures.
David was a really great poser and I was the official photographer of the "Needle Trip". (except from the top....when Dave took over the camera and never gave it back....but who is counting....except for me......haha! :)

June 22, 2009

Pike Fish Market

Pike Place Market is an amazing market at one of the Piers in Seattle. Lucky for us it was on the Pier where our NCL ship left us which made it very easy to visit. What did we see? Trained Cats, Whole Octopus, Flying fish, Russian piroshki, cheese manufacturing, alot of salmon, elephant garlic (see picture below), pirates, a stuffed pig, crawfish trying to get away from the salesman and much much much more creepy and fun stuff.

Do you want to see a team of sales guys sell fish to the customers, then throw the fish around before packing it away?
Well then visit this site http://www.pikeplacefish.com/webcam.html

The very first and the very original Starbucks in the world. That's Dave make an intelligent conversation with a Hobo! :)

June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in my life. My dad, My other dad (Stanley), Philippe and Father-To-Be David.
I hope you all are having a terrific day!

David and Olga


I guess the best way to show off our vacation is just to start from the beginning! We went to Seattle 2 days earlier than the rest of the family because we wanted to see the city. Our flight was cancelled, but let's just say it was just a minor set back because we hopped on a later flight just one hour later (although I was stressed out by that point). Arriving to Seattle was no issue and I braved the plane pregnant like a real Trooper along side with my handy-dandy barf bag.

It was cool in Seattle that evening, definately not shorts/tshirt weather but oh well.

We got up extra early in the morning and dashed off to meet the rest of our party and the big luxury bus we took to Mt. Rainier National Park, which was fabulous. Did I mention the fabulous part? Everything about it was breathtaking. The mountains, the snow, the scenery, the water, the rocks, the smells and the animals. We spend 10 long hours there even though it only seemed like a short afternoon. By the time we got back, we were pooped and all we had time was to eat dinner at a Korean BBQ.

Check out the pictures yourself!

David Resting

Oldest tree in the forest

Nursing Log for other trees

David and another very old tree cut down many years ago by the logging industry

Olga and Bambi




Many feet of snow

David mailing postcards home

Lunch at top of Mt Rainier


Mt Rainier

Waterfall Dropoff

David drinking spring water

Rainbow at the Waterfall

David at a Waterfall

Fallen Logs

Us with Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier