Summer Solstice at Gas Works Park.

While today is rather gloomy and grey here in Seattle, Tuesday was the official first day of summer and the sun was out in all its glory to help us celebrate.  Sarah and I planned accordingly and packed up a lunchtime picnic to take to one of my favorite local spots – Gas Works Park!

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Situated at the top of Lake Union, I can’t imagine there is a better spot for views of the Seattle skyline than here…

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I don’t know what the name Gas Works means, but I assume it has something to do with this old factory-like structure…

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If you make the trek to the top of the giant hill, you are rewarded with both burning calves and quads, but the view at the top is so completely worth it.

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It has been so much fun for me to have Sarah here this summer, and I am in total denial that she will be heading back to school at the end of July. 

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I know already that this is one of those special summers that we will both remember for a very long time to come.  I feel so lucky that we’ve been able to spend so much time together, especially since the rest of the year we are so far apart.

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And she will always have an extra special bond with her nephew since she got to hang out with me for so much of my pregnancy!

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First order of business once we laid down our picnic blanket was cracking open our ice cold beverages…

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ROOT BEER!  One of my favorite pregnant summertime indulgences.

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And my favorite sandwich in all of Seattle…

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Coconut juice braised tofu with homemade aioli, sliced avocado, cilantro, carrot, and pickled daikon on a fresh baguette from Baguette Box!

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With a little sun tan lotion on the side to keep us from getting crispy.

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Baby’s eye view…

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Mama’s view from the blanket…

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Such a beautiful and wonderful day to be outside in Seattle, and I’m so glad we timed our picnic perfectly with the weather.

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Hoping for more sunshine this weekend!

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For some baby-related news, you can check out two new posts over on Babble today!