Winter Weekend.

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s the first day of winter break here, so we are still in our jammies and it’s almost 9am – off to a good start. 

We had a really fun weekend full of winter adventures.  It’s been super cold here (by Seattle standards), but really sunny and beautiful.  I will take cold and sunny ANY day over gloom and rain.  Despite being frigid on Friday, my friend Nicki and I decided to mix it up and do something really special with the kids.  We parked downtown Seattle and then walked onto the ferry boat for an adventure across the Puget Sound.  Nicki came prepared with donuts, so everyone was pretty excited. 

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It was the most gorgeous crisp, clear day, and you could see perfect views of the city and the snow-capped mountains from the ferry.  We enjoyed the scenery from the boat for about 30 minutes as we rode across to Bainbridge Island. 

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It was my first time on the ferries since this past summer, which meant it was my first time also seeing our kombucha for sale in the ferry concessions area, which was really fun.  We are actually for sale on all Washington State ferries, which is a really exciting partnership for us. 

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We headed over to Bainbridge and then walked off the ferries and up to the Children’s Museum right in town.  By some miracle, we were literally the only people in the whole museum for the first hour we were there.  Eventually a few more people trickled in, but for the most part the kids had the place to themselves.   They were in heaven!

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After a few hours at the museum, we walked back to the ferry and caught the lunch boat home.  The kids ate and played Go Fish, while I sat there soaking it in and feeling so grateful to live in a place full of such beauty and opportunity for adventure.  

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On Friday night I went out to dinner with two of my good friends, which is always a treat.  And Saturday morning I was up early for barre3 with another friend – always a good way to kick off the weekend.  Once I got home from my class, Casey headed out for his workout, and I was trying to figure out what to do with the kids on a freezing cold morning.

The kids are always excited about movies, so we went to see the new Disney feature – Moana.  I’m not sure who liked it more, me or the boys. 

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It was so SO good, and we came home and sang the songs from the Soundtrack for the rest of the afternoon.  I can’t wait to watch it again when it comes to video!

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Our original plan for the evening was to do one of the holiday activities in the city, but by the time it was getting dark all my motivation had disappeared, and I really didn’t feel like standing outside in 20 degree weather.  So Cullen and I headed to the library to check out some new books. 

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He is such a little reader now, and it is REALLY amazing to watch.  It never gets old hearing him read me an entire book.  He will sit and read books himself for hours and hours – such a bookworm.  He loves this Fly Guy series, so he was really excited to find a bunch of those on the shelf. 

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We spent Saturday night at the house just reading and snuggling, and it was so nice to have a low-key night at home. 

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I had put this book on hold at the library, and it was finally ready to pick up, which was the main reason for our visit.  I started it on Saturday and can’t wait to get further into the story.

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On Sunday morning, I went to Orangetheory and was seriously hurting after four classes in a row.  I struggled through the hour long class with my only focus on getting through so I could go to brunch!

Afterward, I had an awesome brunch with my two besties – one of whom just came back from living in Hawaii for four months!  So fun to see her again and for all of us to catch up.  It was a good weekend, and a great start to our Christmas break.

Today, we are headed to Mt Rainier for the Polar Express train ride – the boys are SO excited!  Mom is pretty excited too.  So better go get ready for that.

Last but not least – the winner of the Brooks Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!  Thanks to all who entered!  The winner is Erin @ Her Heartland Soul – congrats!