Seattle, Zoo Excursions

29 June 2015

Our first full day in Seattle we started off the day with a gorgeous view of Puget Sound. Mitsi and I walked down the beach until we hit the sandy beach (the point right in front of us is your typical rocky beach). We chatted the whole way down and back before I headed back to the house to see Noah. 

The majority of our day was spent at the Seattle zoo. We walked through and saw so many different animals, saw a raptor show (the falcon was incredible), stopped for food and coffee, and then left and hit Trader Joe's on our way home.

In the evening Bret and I put our photos onto the computers, I started editing, and then we started making dinner as a family. We had hamburgers (veggie burgers), salad, and homemade macaroni & cheese. After the dinner we went on an evening walk around the peninsula. My favorite part was taking photos of all these sights available here. It's hard to put into words, but the lighting is beautiful, there is a salty breeze blowing off of the water, mountains crop up intimidatingly directly behind the sound, the ferries are moving silently across the sound, and having the most relaxing feeling of free time. There are no obligations here right now and I'm a world away from everything I'm working towards. I really like what I'm doing and pharmacy school is a great opportunity; I just feel like this is the first time all summer I've really relaxed and felt like I earned my break. 

So far I love Seattle and I'm really interested in learning more about the city and it's personality. Day one is done and I'll check back in throughout the week to make note of what I'm doing. The feel of the city makes me want to bring an old, leatherbound journal with me to record all my feelings, but alas I'm in the computer age. My mac is my muse and, fortunately, I can type fast enough to get my thoughts down. I'm grateful to have this space online to record events as they happen and look back upon these adventures.

Seattle: Evening

28 June 2015

We are experiencing such a wonderful vacation in Seattle and it's only the first morning. We flew in and landed at 6pm local time (9pm our time) and met with Mitsi and Bret at the airport. After getting in the car we drove around Seattle and ended up right at Puget Sound, which is where our rental is. It's difficult to put into words how beautiful the area is. I did notice the shipyard subtracted from the view a bit as we were driving; it was very industrial. Once you hit the sound though, beauty. Right out our door you can see the sound, which fades into evergreens and strong mountains. Down the street from our rental there are restaurants and coffee shops and the other direction there are many beautiful homes that can claim a view of the bay. 

This morning it's 7am and I'm looking out at the sound after drinking coffee and eating some french toast that Mitsi made for all of us. Can't wait to tell you about exploring this west coast city. 

My Faves: June Edition

23 June 2015

Lets do a round up of our favorite things! I'd love to hear your favorites in the comments or tweet them my way (@allilizer).

In June 2015, these are my favorites.

Restaurant: Panera (I know, it's a chain, but I still love it)

Blog: A Beautiful Mess

Song: Loving You Easy


Meal: Cooked carrots, green beans, baked beans, mashed potatoes

Show: 7th Heaven (and it is soooo good)

Etsy Shop: Embarrassing moment - I have not been on etsy for a while due to being extremely busy

Instagram Account: @rustic_charmer

Busch Gardens

22 June 2015

We had a great day in Williamsburg at Busch Gardens this weekend. Noah and I headed down to Richmond on Friday to see my sister (I'll share some photos shortly) and Ryan and we shared dinner. Then we headed to Williamsburg around 9pm to check into our hotel with Nic, Bethany, Sam, Ben, and Sydney. After the four hour drive we were pretty exhausted so we went to sleep after chatting for just a little bit. In the morning we all had breakfast together and exchanged stories from the road before heading over to the theme park around 9am. 

We got in and walked quickly through England and Ireland so we could get on some roller coasters. Throughout the day we took turns holding bags and taking rides. My personal favorite was the Verbolten, which also was the favorite of everyone in our group who rode it that day. I loved "Ben & Alli Bonding Time" and getting a lot of exercise in. If I could change one thing I would dial back the 95 degree weather just a tad; as much as I love sun that day was a scorcher.

We stopped at Taco Bell after the park to talk about our experiences and grabbed coffee at Starbucks before hitting the road back to Winchester. The scariest part of the entire day was driving through the torrential downpours in Richmond. People were going 25mph with hazards on for the entirety of 295 and it was a little crazy. We got home safely though and reunited with Odin so it was a great trip!


18 June 2015

Richmond: 1 Day

Busch Gardens: 2 Days

Seattle: 9 Days

Outer Banks: Less than one month

Braids of Thrones

You know two things I love? Braids and Game of Thrones. For the entirety of spring semester I was doing different braids for class each day to try my hand at them all (french, dutch, fishtail, mermaid, etc.) and some are much easier than others. I can french braid all of my hair neatly in about three or four minutes. It's a great example of practice makes perfect. Then when I attempt a mermaid braid it's all sorts of uneven and tends to lean to a side, but the fun part is seeing how much better I get at it after just making an effort. Don't you love the elaborate hairstyles in Game of Thrones? I tend to love Margaery and Daenerys' styles. 

The sad truth this week is that season 5 of Game of Thrones ended on Sunday and we have to wait a year for the next season. I'm afraid the actors are going to be 35 by the time we finish. For the first time ever watching an episode meant that I could be surprised because they are finally deviating/surpassing the books. 

Oh and don't you love that photo of Jon Snow and Ygritte? 


17 June 2015

“It's hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we're left with a fistful of ashes.”  

- Madeleine L'Engle

Phone Dump

Mini Goals

06 June 2015

Paint the kitchen accent wall
Teach Odin to weave between legs
Buy bubbles and play with Odin
Learn to whistle using fingers
Try calligraphy (cheat method on downstrokes)
Make pet popart
How to make a collage for your blog
Get a cabinet that has doors for board games in the basement
Create my dog blog
Start brand work
Build agility equipment
Clean refrigerator
Spackle the bathroom and remove borders

Welp, sorry about my to do list just being thrown on here, but it's an easy place to check in for me. So much to do and so little... wait, actually, there's so much time. I'm kind of psyched.


02 June 2015

I'm about to head down to Fredericksburg with MB. We're going to have a sleepover with our friend Heather and her hubby Dave and their cute son. During the school year it's a little easy to take for granted how often we see one another, but we live an hour and a half apart! So it's time for some quality BFF time just catching up and hanging out. Happy Tuesday all.

Phone Dump

01 June 2015

 Crafting for Kathy's birthday

 The stamp I created

 Celebrating a successful IKEA trip with the Macaroni Grill

 Memorial Day dinner at Bob's

 Girl's wine day

 Walking with my best bud

 The most beautiful season

 Lunch at V2 with Ashley

 I think I've been downtown every day this past week

 Lavender Lemonade from the Espresso Bar while catching up with Sam

Everyone loves the splash pad
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