Seattle Summer.

YOU GUYS.  What a week!  I’ve been working round the clock on a big Babble project, and am not just now clicking “save” and coming up for air.  I feel so strange starting the week here on a Wednesday!  I have missed this space.

And I’ve been wanting to share all the fun we had this past weekend.  I feel like some weekends are spent never getting out my camera – just hanging around the house, strolling through markets, and playing in the backyard.  This weekend had a lot of that, but we also packed in plenty of activity.

We kicked off Saturday morning bright and early with a walk through the Ballard Locks!

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The Locks are one of Seattle’s must-see spots.  It’s the point where Lake Union (fresh water) meets the Puget Sound (salt water), and the boats travel through a system that allows them to safely navigate through different levels of water. 

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I love seeing the water sparkling under the sunshine, and Cullen loves checking out the boats.  It’s so wonderful that we are able to walk to so many places we love again. 

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There is also a gorgeous botanical garden there, perfect for shady walks and photography sessions. 

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We eventually made our way into Ballard and headed to Portage Bay Café.  I got some sort of fancy breakfast sandwich, that was good – but I regretted not getting french toast.  I should have known better.

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Cullen enjoyed a huge plate of mouse-ear pancakes and a mountain of fresh fruit.

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Back at home, Casey needed to squeeze in a few hours of work, so Cullen and I hung out in the backyard and made good use of our new sprinkler.

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We’re in the middle of a very rare-to-us heatwave, and it’s actually hotter inside our house than out most of the time.  We’re basically playing in water every chance we get!

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During Cullen’s nap, Casey and I finally knocked out a bunch of house projects that have been driving me insane.  We hung things on walls, broke down a million boxes, and finally got our office organized and ready for our new desk to be delivered.

After that, we were off to the ballpark!

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Casey LOVES going to baseball games, but it’s really hard for us to take Cullen this year since all the game are either at 1pm (nap time) or 7pm (bedtime).  I looked at the schedule a long time ago and saw there was a rare 4pm game, and snatched up tickets to give him for Father’s Day. 

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I think this was Cullen’s 4th game, but it felt like his first since he was so tiny last summer.  He spent the first few innings warily checking out the crowd and the noise, and occasionally clapping when the crowd cheered.  So cute!

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We traded turns having him sit on our laps or letting him sit in the empty seat while the other one of us ran to get a drink or snack.  He definitely preferred having his own seat – maybe next year, kiddo. 

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Twins.

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Of course my favorite part of going to the game is eating ballpark food.  Safeco Field has amazing vegetarian options, including a whole cart of Field Roast products!

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Casey and Cullen watched the game while I grabbed our veggie dogs.  So so good.

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We all ate at barstools in the lounge area once the little guys had gotten too restless in the seats (we went with friends).  Cullen and his buddy had fun being stinkers together.

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And they split a few giant soft pretzels.  Yum.

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It was definitely a lot of work having Cullen there at this age, but it was really fun, and he honestly did about as well as we could have expected.  He lasted until the 9th inning, but when the game was tied up and went to extra innings we headed home.  It was definitely bedtime. 

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Baby in a baseball jersey.  Can’t handle it!  (Thank you, Sarah!)

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Sunday morning we were back at it, and after a yummy waffle breakfast at home we headed over to Fremont to check out the market.  This is my favorite market here, and I love seeing all the funky art vendors and antiques they have each week. 

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I scored a huge flat of organic raspberries for only $8 – wish I had bought two!

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From there we went to the Ballard Market, which was BEYOND crowded.  I’ve never seen it so packed, and it was hard to move through the booths and streets.  I still managed to get a bunch of veggies and flowers, as well as yummy black bean tamales that I shared with Cullen.  Yum.

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Here is my produce haul for this week – lots of GREEN!  Organic butter lettuce, pak choi, asparagus, and the world’s biggest head of escarole. 

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Like, seriously HUGE.

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And a big bag of bing cherries!  Washington cherries are way too good.

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Fresh flowers for the kitchen!

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And the living room…

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Would you believe these cost $5?  I know.

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The rest of our Sunday involved buying and assembling our new GRILL!  I have wanted one forever, and now that we have a big back deck, we finally had space for one.  Cullen and I hung out and watched dad at work.

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And Cullen got his first ridiculous ponytail.  :)  It was so hot outside, and all that thick hair on his neck was making him so hot and sweaty.  He didn’t seem to mind his new ‘do. 

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Summer, I love you.

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Hope everyone is having a great week!