Thursday, February 28, 2013

paris {part one}

we are back from europe!!
we had the best time on our trip to france & italy..first came paris! 
one of my mottos is that paris is always a good idea...& this trip was no exception.
it felt like a  d r e a m  to be back in the most amazing city with my love!
we adored every second in paris, and we were so lucky to get 
a week off from work and go with chase's cute parents. after studying 
abroad near paris and traveling there lots of other times in my life,  
it was so fun to finally be there with my darling husband + in-laws! i had
definitely dreamed & dreamed of coming back with my husband one day.
we spent four days in paris and then headed to rome, and it was all amazing! 
here is the first post of paris. more paris + rome posts coming soon!

^^ first fresh baguette of the trip, at motte-picquet market ^^
^^ locking our love on lovers bridge! ^^
^^ chase's cute parents ^^
^^ lots of stops for crepes + croque monsieurs..bon appetit! ^^ 
^^ ha, chase caught this candid at just the right moment ^^
^^ chase's mom is a fablous interior designer, so she loved the antique stores of course! ^^
^^ views of paris from all different vantage points ^^
^^ homemade quiche lorraine, + the best-ever french onion soup ^^
these pictures are mostly just the streets of paris,
the food, and shots from walking around the first day.
museums, sights, and much more to come!


Friday, February 15, 2013

a day well-spent in seattle

today we got to stop in seattle for a layover before heading to europe...
since we are flying from seattle directly to paris, we planned it so we could 
have some time in seattle before taking off! we are so happy we did.  

we...went on a "seattle bites" food tour, {yum!}

we got to sample all different vendors in pike place, 
...and as you can see our guide loved chase, of course.
it was a 3 hour tour through pike place market 
for with great food and history included..

we saw the famous//gross "gum wall" and added our pieces...

we spent lots of time on the waterfront and exploring shops..
we saw the space needle and lake union 
{where the sleepless in seattle house is!!}

we saw the first and biggest nordstrom, 
as well as the original starbucks..

later we met up with our friend zach, who is living in seattle doing 
flight school! we loved taking him to dinner + dessert, then strolling the city.

although i do love rain, we felt lucky to get AMAZING sunny 60 degree 
weather with a clear sky...every local kept telling us how rare a 
weather day like that was, so we soaked it up!  
our guide to seattle favorites to come soon! now, on to paris and rome! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

valentines 2013

happy love day!
yay for the best holiday of the year!
yay for our first valentines married!!
yay for memories from valentines past..
{here, here, and here.}
yay for love, love, and more love.
and, yay for TICKETS TO....p a r i s!
yes, it's true, we are headed to PARIS tomorrow!
i can't think of a better place to be with my valentine.
favorite holiday + favorite husband + tickets to PARIS= 
perfect valentines.

this morning included:
a special breakfast for my valentine, a few gift exchanges, 
and some cuddling before heading off to work.
i gave husband a whole list of recipe options for valentines, and he chose this
sugar crusted vanilla french didn't disappoint! make it! 
we even had heart shaped ice cubes with our orange juice..
he gave me this little quote block that i ADORE and left notes all over the 
apartment for me to find, but we are exchanging our real gifts tonight...
and then enjoying the trip of course! {it includes a stop in seattle, then paris + rome!}
then it was off to festive attire of course!
^^ these pretty flowers were delivered to my work ^^
i got home & made some treats..

and started to pack..
can't wait for dinner tonight, opening presents, and then finishing PACKING!
..perfect gifts.. 
happy love day to all!