Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Gary and I just got back from a two night getaway without the kiddos. We had a great time and two nights was the perfect amount of time. I am so exhausted. From what? Shopping and eating:) Tough life! We had a very healthy budget and spent some money at the outlet stores. We also stayed in a beautiful hotel that I got through (Usually $190/night that I got for $82/night!).

The downside of our time away? Two hours into our trip, while trying on clothes, I popped my rib out of my upper back leading to immediate muscle spasming. I was in quite a bit of pain and wasn't sure if we would have to return home or what. I was desperately hoping there would be a massage therapy/chiropractic clinic nearby but alas, I just downed some ibuprofin and was super careful with my neck. It was, and is, quite painful. Two hours after returning home, I went to the massage therapist and hopefully he fixed me. I am still in quite a bit of pain. I have a football game to play on Saturday so I have to be better! Who messes up their back trying on clothes? Grrrrrr. The other downside is that I split a huge hole in my favourite jeans. I had to leave them behind in Seattle.

What did we do? We walked through Pike Market and waterfront, we shopped, we ate excellent food (sushi, pho, seafood etc), we worked out, and we read books. We also visited REI which a very cool version of MEC. Oh ya, we took some photos too. It was a great time and I'm so thankful that Gary's parents could watch the kids for us.
{We watched them make cheese at Beechers...and then Gary had a fresh grilled cheese sandwich.}
{The wall below is actually a building covered in gum. So gross but it actually looked kind of cool:)}
{We went the first Starbucks and I got a drink...}

{We ran into friends while walking by another Starbucks. Such a small world! I like that you can see Gary and I in the reflection.}
{We ate seafood at the Crab Pot down at the waterfront.}
{We walked through Pike Place market and I made it all the way through only buying one item; some beeswax chapstick. So good.}

{We took some photos of each other...I was excited to find a wall colour that was my eye colour. I like this picture.}
{Gary doesn't love being in front of the camera but he let me take a few photos of him:) }

{I felt like I was trying to be 19 or something...this picture is for my sisters since they love seeing Gary and I kiss:)}
{Great time. So good to get away with Gary once in a while. When we were sitting in the hot tub, there were two little boys in there that were the exact same age as our boys. Made me miss them. However, I can't imagine dragging them around everywhere that we went. They had a fabulous time with the grandparents so it's good all around.}
And now, time to watch survivor and put a heating pad on my upper back.
Love, Louise


  1. I hope your back is feeling better for Sat.! Looks like you two had fun!

  2. super photos, super trip! gosh Kai looks like Gary. Can't wait for this weekend... hoping for sun.

  3. I really like that last photo of the two of you. Hope your neck feels better soon and do be careful playing football not to re-injure it.

  4. Love the picture of the kiss! Super cute! I am envious of a trip to Seattle... I haven't been there since our honeymoon almost 4 years ago!

  5. Oooooh, I loved Seattle.

    I just decided that Dan and I need to go back...

  6. Very nice, except of course the kissing one :o)I like the gum one - very cool and the one of you guys sitting together. Hope the massage helped!

  7. what a fantastic-looking trip! I want to do something like this with Alf some day too. hope your neck/back is feeling better!
    i LOVELOVELOVE the picture of you and the one of you two kissing (and the ones of you sitting together too). love it!

  8. that picture of you is GORGEOUS! For real. And I love the one of you and Gary kissing. So cute :)

  9. I have NEVER seen so many photos of Gary! wow!
    Ya...'nice' kissing did you do that with such pain in your back??

  10. Thanks for all the comments!
    Terri-I think I'll be ready to play on Saturday, I'm doing all the stretches the massage therapist gave me:)

    Tessa-so looking forward to seeing you guys in front of the camera!

    Carol-I'll be careful:)

    `Smiths':)-fun that you went there for your honeymoon!

    Caryn-do it! OUr dollar is so good right now too:)

    Maria-you're just jealous. NOt of kissing Gary but that you want a picture of you and Kris like that:)

    Kelly-I think you would like it. Great deals shopping, exploring, great food!

    Lindsay-thanks! So sweet:)

    Jackie-I can bend my head forward about 45 degrees no problem:) I just can't rotate it.

  11. I love that picture of you, Louise! You look fantastic! I hope you are a-okay for football!

  12. Yes, Pike Place Market is a tonne of fun. You have some very nice photos there indeed.

    I hope you feel better soon Louise. It is often the silly little things that get us hurt. Take care.

    N.B. Technically, MEC is a very cool version of REI ;)

  13. Tyler-true true that REI came first but I was implying that REI was way cooler. Have you been? So interactive!

  14. Tyler-and seriously, changing clothes and I wreck my back? Who hurts themselves that way? I feel like an 80 year old:)

  15. Love, love, love, love, love that photo of you and Gary kissing. Seriously, print, frame and display it so your children will know how much you love one another.

  16. Estelle-thanks! Did you know we're having a couple session with Megan? I hope to get a few of those printed and put up on our walls. But maybe in the meantime, I'll put that one up:)

  17. I love that picture of the gum wall. Me and Tyler were in Seattle a couple months back, and we have a very similar pictures. Gross, yes. But its so colourful and cool looking! :) Looks like you guys had fun!