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The Story of Three December 7, 2011

Filed under: Baby,San Francisco,Seattle — Kelocity @ 8:19 am
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So I can hardly believe it myself, but it’s true. We’re having a baby!!!! As of today, I am 13.5 weeks pregnant (a little over three months). And let me tell you, it’s probably the hardest secret in the world to keep.

Remember back in October we took a trip to Seattle? Well, we flew up there with a pregnancy test in our luggage hoping for some good news while we were there. Still makes me laugh when I think about this. A good mom is always prepared, right?!
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I was already five weeks pregnant when I took the test, so we were pretty sure we’d see positive results, but it was still an overwhelming moment to see it confirmed with a big YES! I cried and cried and I think Irving was just in shock. It was a moment I will never forget.

Then we spent the whole day in Seattle sightseeing and repeating over and over again “can you believe it, we’re going to have a baby!” Just felt so surreal.
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And then we proceeded to take pictures like this all over the city:
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The next morning, we ran out and bought one more test, because really, one is not enough. And then it was official!
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Flying home was fun because we knew once we stepped foot in our house again, we’d never be the same. We left as a family of two, and came back knowing we were now a family of three.
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Plus we’re getting the baby used to flying early so he/she will have a lifetime of travel. =)
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We kept our beautiful little secret to ourselves for a week. We’d find each other smiling back with silly grins once in a while and only we would know why. It was fun.

A week later, we traveled again up to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and decided to tell our family then. Irving’s family in person…. and mine via skype. It’s hard being 3,000 miles away, but it was still exciting to “see” them.
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The next day, Irving and I walked 13.1 miles together, which flew by since we were chatting about the future.
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So there you have it, the story of how two becomes three and how our lives will never be the same.

 

Skidaddle to Seattle October 14, 2011

Filed under: Seattle,Travel — Kelocity @ 1:59 pm
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All weekend we kept saying Skidaddle instead of Seattle. It just sounds fun. It was nice not having an agenda, timeline or any expectations. We definitely relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. We stayed in the Vintage Park Hotel right in the heart of downtown. We found a deal through Priceline and would definitely recommend it.
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The next morning, we decided to walk along the water and find the famous market. The seafront is beautiful. I’m sure it’s hopping in the summer, but it was quiet when we were there.
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We found the first Starbucks! This is where it all started! But far too crowded to want to wait in line for a coffee.
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And finally the market!
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(PS. These will be among the last pictures of me ever in this sweater. My dear husband shrunk it in the dryer this week. It’s 100% wool. Oy vey. Oh well. It was nice while it lasted. LOL)

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At the market, we bought a bouquet of flowers for a friend we were meeting. It was GINORMOUS!
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We carried our flowers to a ferry where we had a 30 minute ride to Bainbridge Island to meet said friend.
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I started off outside, but it got cold real quick.
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I stuck around long enough to see the skyline from the water (which was amazing!)
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But then got inside to escape the wind. (I know, always on the phone. Bad bad habit).
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We got photobombed by a BIRD!
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Don’t lie, Irving.  You were cold too. =)
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We had a wonderful dinner with our friends. They prepared a homemade meal and much of it came directly from their garden!!! That was a nice treat. On the way back we watched the Seattle city come back into view. I loved all the colors.
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On Monday morning, our last day, we awoke to some rain drops. So instead of walking, we took the monorail (which was also built for the World’s Fair in the 1960s).
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To escape the rain, we headed to the Science Museum for an IMAX movie.
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We saw Rocky Mountain Express. Even if you don’t like trains, I thought it was a great movie. It was about how they built the Canadian railroad system through the Rocky Mountains. Pretty neat actually.
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We had lunch at Whole Foods and headed over to our last destination: REI. Seattle is home to the largest REI store in the country. Irving used to work there (ages ago) so this was fun to visit.
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We really loved Seattle and hope to visit again soon. It had the perfect mix of good food, good people and lots and lots of great attractions.
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Photo taken by the fine people who work at the Space Needle.

 

Bacon is Always a Winner

Filed under: Seattle,Travel — Kelocity @ 6:39 am
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A few months ago, Virgin America won FOUR awards. So on twitter, they announced they were giving away FOUR free roundtrip tickets. All you had to do was tweet a picture of FOUR of something. They would be picking winners based on creativity, quality and that it represents FOUR of something.

So I tweeted this:
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Yes. I posted a picture of bacon that I took at the Larchmont Bungalow back in June. Anyways, long story short, I won!! So now I have a free roundtrip ticket on Virgin anywhere they fly. My mind was swirling with ideas. I can see my family, I can visit a friend, I can relax on a beach. And then I realized that Irving wanted to come too. Part of me was like “win your own twitter prizes” but then I decided to play nice and decide on a destination together.
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We decided on Seattle since it’s been on our list for a while and because it’s so close to LA (just a two hour flight!)
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We arrived early Saturday morning with no plans, no agenda and no idea what there was to see in Seattle.
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Oh yea! The Space Needle!!! It was a gorgeous day, so after dropping off our bags, we headed there first.
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The built the Space Needle in 1962 for the World’s Fair.
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By the way, look at those blue skies! I thought Seattle was supposed to be rainy?!
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But before we went up to the top, we explored the Experience Music Project which is a museum at the base of the needle.
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The first exhibit we visited was Nirvana. I loved (and still love) that band so I was very excited about this. They had some incredible items on display. Remember the MTV Moon Man?
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Here’s the guitar that Mr. Cobain used for Smells LIke Teen Spirit.
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And some original drawings he sketched himself when he was in school.
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After that, we jumped into the AVATAR section. It was dedicated to the making of the film and how they used technology to create the world.
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Irving did a little virtual reality game where HE got inside the avatar world.
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The the fun continued in the Halloween Exhibit. This was so funny. I wish I did a video of this. It looked like a puppet show, but your shadow animates into scary creatures, it was really neat!
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And because I can’t go anywhere without some kind of Michael Jackson mention… a costume from Thriller!
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When we were done, we noticed the clouds were starting to roll in (oh there they are!)
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So before the rain hit, we had to make it to the top.
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We waited in line for about an hour but it was worth it. So pretty from the top.
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I am in love with this picture. I might have to frame it. This is so us. Traveling, happy and in love. Awe. I’m glad I brought him after all.

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I think he was happy to be with me too. And also happy to spot a soccer stadium in the distance. bahaha.
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Seattle to me was a hybrid of Boston and San Francisco. It definitely felt east coast.
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Spotted! Pier 70! This was where the Real World house was!! I love pop culture tourism.
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After we were done, we headed over to the above mentioned stadium for a Sounders FC Game!
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Seattle loves its soccer. They recently won three consecutive US Open Cups (a first in history).
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The stadium was beautiful (it’s also home of the Seahawks). We were secretly hoping Seattle would lose because it would guarantee the LA Galaxy the Supporters’ Shield. Since 2006, the Supporters’ Shield winner has earned a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. (<—– info provided by Irving. I actually have no clue! Thanks, babe!)IMG_0142

But they have some serious fans there so we didn’t cheer too loud.
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It drizzled during the game and then turned into a gorgeous night. How perfect does this look?
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Part 2 coming later!

 

(PS… check out my latest post on Contiki’s blog! It’s about exploring Europe at night!

 

HAVE YOU BEEN TO SEATTLE? WHAT OTHER BIG CITY SHOULD BE ON MY LIST?

 

Photography Challenge Update October 13, 2011

OK, I’m officially behind on the Photography Challenge, but I haven’t forgotten about it! Here are a few that I missed!

 

Day 5 – FROM A HIGH ANGLE
Taken in the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle over the weekend. It’s a sculpture of real guitars that is about three stories tall.
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DAY 6 – FROM A LOW ANGLE
The Space Needle in Seattle, taken this weekend.
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DAY 7 – FRUIT
TBD (!!)

DAY 8 – A BAD HABIT
I used to bite my nails, but I can proudly say I haven’t bitten them in a few months. The habit has been broken! This was taken after I had a manicure and the lady had to cut them they were so long! Whoops! I love them!
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DAY 9 – SOMEONE YOU LOVE
That’s a tough one. Ha! Kidding! I love this man with all my soul.
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Stay tuned for my Seattle Recap later!

 

 
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