Monday, April 4, 2011

A Spontaneous Monday.

Last Monday marked the most spontaneous we've ever been since we've had children!  Never before had we planned a trip leaving the very next morning at 4:30am! But we were feeling brave, adventurous and determined to beat the traffic and reach Seattle by 8am.  The main reason for the roadtrip was to receive Husband's passport one-day, but as the cards fell, he didn't end up needing it to travel the next day, so we slowed down and enjoyed the afternoon in the city. 

there was some of the most beautiful sites.
and of course,
Pike's Place Market--
One of the very reasons you should visit Seattle, if you haven't already.
Are you a seafood lover like we are?
Pike's is heaven in the form of seafood.
I finally got to see the fish throwing, too.
It's when you point out your (order) and the seaman tosses your fish at least 10 feet to the guys working behind the counter to be wrapped up.  While watching, I wondered to myself, how many of those large, slippery guys have made a crash landing?
It wasn't long into our visit before we had to steer clear--
Husband wanted it all!

The most delicious, plentiful vegetable stocks.
But this stand stole the show!
Pappardelle's noodle stand was by far the most exciting stand we came across.
After five minutes of browsing and sampling chocolate dessert noodles,
we purchased some Whole Wheat Lemon Chive Spaghetti,
Trumpet Blend Spiral Pasta and Basil Tangerine Pasta.
Recipes came with each order of noodles, too.  The Lemon Chive Spaghetti was a perfect side dish for the King Crab Legs that we splurged on!
Here, the kids are taking a break from our walk
and enjoying a cheesecake truffle from The Confectional.
Husband and I tucked away a Bailey's Chocolate Chunk mini cheesecake for the road.
Then we hit the road for some Seattle sight-seeing.
Love a city in Spring bloom.

...and houses in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
One of them was listed for around $1,700,000.00
At least they make for amazing neighborhood drives!

By this time, the kids were tuckered, so we waved goodbye to the city nestled near the harbor, and headed south to return ourselves back to the county.
We hadn't anticipated such a last-minute, enjoyable day,
but it was so great that we promised to be more spontaneous more often!

Have you had any recent spontaneous fun?


Trisha April 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

I love Seattle! I have so much family there so it is always fun to visit...this post makes me want to go on a road trip!! Happy Monday to you!


Katharine April 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM  

I love road trips! Looks like you had alot of fun!

Kimbirdy April 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

i absolutely LOVE spontaneous anything, especially trips. :) i've never been to seattle, but i've heard so many great things about it {including pike's place market}. i can't wait to go!

Amanda April 4, 2011 at 4:09 PM  

I am all about scary, spontaneous road trips with the whole family. My husband always stresses when I call him at work and say, "we're going to lake erie tonight!" but all of my crazy trips end up being super fun!

Loredana April 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

My husband and I used to do things like this all the time before the baby. Just get in the car and drive and drive and discover new neighborhoods, streets, yard sales. So about 2 weeks ago we did just that and took the baby with us, it was AWESOME!!!! We just drove and got lost and she loved it all!

I want all those noodles you mentioned! Chocolate noodles? WOW!!! I can also eat seafood any day of the week (if not everyday of the week!!).

I think we'll make a trip to Seattle just to go to Pikes Place Market. We could get lost in there for days!!

These are the memories your kids (and you) will keep forever...

Great pics!!

Red Boots April 6, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Spontaneous trips are the best, and it's great that you show that you can still take spontaneous trips after having kids! I always assume that has to stop, but perhaps not!

And such wonderful photos - love them all!

Cassie {A Serenade for Solitude} April 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

Amanda--Wish I was as adventurous as you! I'd love to have the courage to throw a last-minute trip at my hubby. :) I might have to give it a try.

Loredana-I know, it can be so hard with a new-one and trying to get back to some normalcy--especially with trips!

Red Boots--one things I've learned with having children is that the living cannot stop. It just gets more wild and fun!

Thanks ladies for your comments!

a little bit biased April 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

How did I miss this post??? Fun to see your photos from the NW. I would love to go with RJ sometime...

You have such a great blog Cass. Love it!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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