Mother’s Day Recapture

Happy Monday!

First off, I’m sorry I didn’t post Sunday Social yesterday and that I didn’t notify everyone that it wasn’t going to happen. I got very caught up in Mother’s Day.

Second, happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the strong, beautiful, tough mamas out there.

To anyone who felt grief or loss yesterday for your own reasons, my heart goes out to you. I know that while yesterday was a day of celebration it can also be painful for people who have lost their own mother or a child.

Holidays can be rough.

Over here in Washington, we celebrated with my mom and went paddle boarding on the lake.

Have a wonderful week. See you on Wednesday.

-Rachel

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Picture Pick FriYAY: Washington State, Highway 2

Happy FriYAY everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well. This week I’m featuring a few more photos from Miles’ hike. These were also taken off of Highway 2 in Washington State.

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Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to “see” everyone at Sunday Social this week, where we can share our blogs and build our community.♥

-Rachel McKee

Picture Pick FriYAY!: Washington State Highway 2

Good morning friends,

Not much new to report here. I’ve been a little MIA this week. I have to blame HBO’s Westworld for being such an intriguing distraction.

I will be hosting Sunday Social here again this Sunday. (For the record on the Sundays where I know I will be busy IRL, I cancel Sunday Social.) I just want to make sure I can engage with my guests and not just drop a post. I will try to post a cancellation message on the Sundays that I cannot host.

For Picture FriYAY I chose some photos that Miles took on his hike at Steven’s Pass. Most of the images are from the drive up (and down). They were taken on Highway 2.

Have a wonderful weekend, I hope to see you all on Sunday.♥

-Rachel

Washington Woods
Washington Woods
Highway 2 Washington State
Highway 2 Washington State
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Deception Falls Washington State
Deception Falls Washington State
Deception Falls Washington State

Weekend Get Away

Hi everyone,

First, I want to thank everyone who participated in Sunday Social. I’ve had the best time meeting new people and catching up with old friends.

I feel very lucky because I got to read your incredible blogs from this amazing cabin in Shelton, Washington with my family.

While I was reading your incredible writing I was also taking in this view.

Here are some more pictures from our trip. We left Sunday and arrived home this afternoon.

Thank you again everyone. It means so much that you shared your beautiful blogs at my virtual party.

I hope to see you all again this Sunday.❤️

-Rachel

Picture Pick FriYAY: Seattle, WA

Happy FriYAY!

Miles took these from the rooftop of The Mediterranean Inn. (Where we stayed in Seattle.) The room was pretty inexpensive, the staff was great, and it was in a good location. The rooms were a bit on the small side and dated, but really not bad for the price of staying downtown.

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Seattle

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of adventure or rest (depending on what you need most)!

-Rachel McKee

Picture Pick FriYAY: Blue Sky and Powder

Good morning and happy FriYAY!

Today’s pictures are of Miles’ ski adventure with his brother Alex at Steven’s Pass in Washington State.

They hiked uphill with a special material attached to their skis that grips the snow. This form of skiing is called skinning.

Miles has been much more active on his Instagram account. This week his picture was shared on a pretty large Instagram account called The Clymb, so that was exciting for us!

Skiing Steven's Pass Washington State

Skiing Steven's Pass Washington State

Skiing Steven's Pass Washington State

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Rachel

Picture Pick FriYAY: Washington Winter

I hope everyone is having a cozy winter, and you are all recovering from the bustle of the holidays. Does everyone have New Year’s Eve plans? Miles and I are going to enjoy a quiet evening at home with the kids.

I have compiled a few of Miles’ photos that he has taken this winter.

If you would like to see more of Miles’ photography please visit his Instagram account: @milesmckeephoto.

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Hayden and I doing a little Christmas shopping. She is 4.5 months old now!
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Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State.
Skyline Ridge Washington State
Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State
Skyline Ridge Washington State
Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State
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Winter Solstice Reflection Walk.
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Zeus on the loose. Christmas morning.
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Home for the holidays. This is my mother’s house where I grew up in Orting, Wa. I’m standing on the dike of the river.
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My river, my church. Carbon River, Orting, Wa.
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Carbon River, Orting, Washington.
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Carbon River, Orting, Washington.

Picture Pick FriYAY: Pumpkin Patch

Last week our family visited a local pumpkin patch. I’m amazed at how much there is to do at a pumpkin patch now. I remember going as a kid and there were normally animals and pumpkins and that was about it. Now there are slides, and duck races (rubber AND real ducks)! The corn mazes are huge and elaborate. Some scary, some educational. There are corn kernel pits and blow up jump toys. It’s wonderful that people have made pumpkin patches so trendy, they are the greatest thing to happen for local farmers since the novelty of Christmas tree farms.

Here are some pictures from our pumpkin patch adventure this year. Miles and I took turns with the camera so these pictures are a mix of our varying talent.

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Happy Friday everyone.

-Rachel

 

Picture Pick FriYAY: Hood Canal, Wa

Hi ladies and gents,

I hope everyone is falling cozily into the season. I’m getting tons of baby snuggles and toddler kisses… as well as meltdowns and projectile vomit. All par for the course right?

Anyway I was going through pictures and found these photos from Miles’ “dude” weekend. Miles and all of his close friends went to Hood Canal  a few weekends ago. Even though it was “guys weekend” it was all very tame (So I’ve been told). So the pictures are all “G” rated. 🙂

*Hi honey I hope you don’t mind me sharing*.

I love the PNW and sharing the beauty that surrounds us.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

-Rachel

 

Picture Pick FriYAY: La Conner, Wa.

Miles and I typically visit the tulip fields every year in La Conner, Washington. We got a late start this year and it was the first sunny day in weeks. Which meant sheer and utter tourist chaos. We waited on a side street for 45 minutes before I said, “Let’s skip the tulips.”

I was sad to miss seeing them, but my son in the backseat was losing every ounce of toddler patience. (Which isn’t a lot to begin with.)

Here are some pictures of daffodils and tulips from years past.

These are two of my favorites that Miles took back in 2010:

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La Conner, Wa tulips

Anyway, back to last Friday…

We decided to skip the tulips and go straight to the town of La Conner.

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La Conner is a MUST SEE, if you are ever visiting Washington state. If you are a historical home junkie like myself, you will get your fix. The historical farms will take your breath away and the tiny town oozes charm.

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You get a lovely mixture of farm and maritime life.

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Oh hello there, Great Blue Heron!

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Look at my handsome travel companions. I’m a lucky gal! (Miles is really much happier than he appears. Ha!)

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Sorry I didn’t capture more of the farm life and the tulips in La Conner, but there is always next year.

Happy FriYAY everyone!

-Rachel