Q.T. with Mom and D.

I’ve been slacking on the blog posts lately, but I have a very good reason.  My mom and stepdad, D, came to visit!  We had a great time exploring Seattle and Leavenworth together.  They even made it up to Victoria, B.C.  Thankfully, we had lots of sunny days while they were here.  Here’s a roundup in photos:

Chocolate on the pillows and itinerary--check.  (Ignore the wrinkly pillowcase; this isn't *actually* a hotel, folks)
Chocolate on the pillows and itinerary–check. (Ignore the wrinkly pillowcase; this isn’t *actually* a hotel, folks)
We spotted this gem at a yard sale!  Mom is my lucky charm for finding cheap gems :)
We spotted this gem at a yard sale! Mom is my lucky charm for finding cheap gems 🙂
Here it is with the drawers out.  Functional too!
Here it is with the drawers out. Functional too!
Obligatory trip to Pike's Place Market.  Always fun :)
Obligatory trip to Pike’s Place Market. Always fun 🙂
Yummy macaroons at Le Panier
Yummy macaroons at Le Panier. Mom & I are obsessed!
Day trip to Leavenworth.  Guten tag!
Day trip to Leavenworth. Guten tag!

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Fancy cake from Metro Market to celebrate Mom's birthday
Fancy cake from Metro Market to celebrate Mom’s birthday

Last Christmas, I got my stepdad a gift certificate to iFly, an indoor skydiving place here in Seattle. We were able to redeem the gift card and have a very memorable experience and take our relationship to “new heights.”

Last Christmas, I got my stepdad a gift certificate to iFly, an indoor skydiving place here in Seattle. We were able to redeem the gift card and have a very memorable experience and take our relationship to "new heights."
Me ready to “fly.”
D flying.  He was a natural!
D flying. He was a natural!
Mom and D went to Victoria, B.C. and brought back RM's favorite chocolates, Sweet Georgia Browns.  Yum!
Mom and D went to Victoria, B.C. and brought back RM’s favorite chocolates, Sweet Georgia Browns. Yum!
They also brought back THIS little bugger from Victoria and strategically placed it in the drawer where I found a slug a few weeks ago.  They got me good!
They also brought back THIS little bugger from Victoria and strategically placed it in the drawer where I found a slug a few weeks ago. They got me good!
Here it is up close.  It's actually really pretty glass.  I'm glad I didn't throw it out by accident!
Here it is up close. It’s actually really pretty glass. I’m glad I didn’t throw it out by accident!
Oh, and on their last day here, we woke up to 13 mushrooms in the front yard!  Weird!
Oh, and on their last day here, we woke up to 13 mushrooms in the front yard! Weird!

Thanks for a wonderful visit, Mom and D!  Love you guys!

Q.T. with D.A.D.

My dad visited Seattle for the first time a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to posts some pics from his visit but I’ve been distracted by things like the government shutdown (totes lame).  I hadn’t seen Dad in several months, and it was good to have some solid quality time together, while I showed him the sights. Pike’s Place, anyone?

Here’s a wrap-up of our weekend in pics:

Lovely dahlias at Pike's Place!
Lovely dahlias at Pike’s Place!
Dad was more interested in the fish :)
Dad was more interested in the fish 🙂
Salmon hatchery in Issaquah.  This place was wild!  I've never seen so many salmon before.  Dad taught me all about the life of a salmon, and how the females "flip" to lay their eggs, while the males linger waiting to swim over them to put their "milk" over the eggs.  I had no idea that they swim all the way back, lay their eggs, and then die.  Maybe that's something that everyone knows, like that pickles are really cucumbers.  Sometimes I'm late to the party on things.
Salmon hatchery in Issaquah.

This place was wild! I’ve never seen so many salmon before. Dad taught me all about the life of a salmon, and how the females “flip” to lay their eggs, while the males linger waiting to swim over them to put their “milk” over the eggs. I had no idea that they swim all the way back, lay their eggs, and then die. Maybe that’s something that everyone knows, like that pickles are really cucumbers. Sometimes I’m late to the party on things.

Fun times at the car museum, where Dad knew almost every car and knew someone who owned one at one point.
Fun times at the car museum, where Dad knew almost every car and knew someone who owned one at one point.
Followed by lunch on the water in Tacoma.  I love when the weather man is wrong!
Followed by lunch on the water in Tacoma. I love when the weather man is wrong!
Family of raccoons while on the 5-mile drive at Point Defiance.  Dad thought it was silly that I was excited about raccoons, but they were a little family with babies, just right there!
Family of raccoons while on the 5-mile drive at Point Defiance. Dad thought it was silly that I was excited about raccoons, but they were a little family with babies, just right there!
Celebrating my West Virginia roots at the Mountaineer Tree.
Celebrating my West Virginia roots at the Mountaineer Tree.
The Mountaineer Tree--450 years old!
The Mountaineer Tree–450 years old!
Looking up the Mountaineer Tree.  Amazing!
Looking up the Mountaineer Tree. Amazing!