I decided to do a September recap post instead of blogging about each event individually ... otherwise it would probably be November before you heard about all the fun things I did and I'd never catch up! I will post separately about my trip to San Francisco so I don't overload you with pictures right now :)
September was a fun month around here! It started with a weekend in Seattle with R. We went to Bumbershoot, a music and arts festival that takes place at the Seattle Center over Labor Day Weekend. It's a three day festival and we chose to go Saturday.
We saw The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Trombone Shorty & Ray LaMontagne. We also looked at lots of cool concert posters in the Flatstock exhibit, enjoyed some delicious food and had a beer or two in the beer garden.
View from the beer garden
R. and our brick of fries :)
The next day we got sandwiches from Royal Grinders in Fremont, which I had been dying to try, wandered around the shops and market in Fremont, and then headed over to Gas Works Park. Check it off the Seattle Bucket List! It was a gorgeous day and a great way to spend the afternoon!
View from Gas Works Park
Sitting in Gas Works sparked an idea ... we wanted to go kayaking! We couldn't go that afternoon, but the following Thursday we headed down to Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club and paddled around Lake Union for a few hours! Sadly, we have no pictures. We were afraid we might tip so we chose not to bring our phones or cameras. But we had a great time, it was reasonably priced and we didn't have to wait for a kayak (probably because we went during the week). We had gorgeous weather and afterwards, we had delicious tacos!
The next weekend I attended my first Calendar Square Party with our new squadron. The squadron has a huge calendar in their ready room on the boat, so each wife/fiance/girlfriend makes a 10 x 10 square for their sailor to put on the calendar each month. It's basically like making a scrapbook page. J. left right around the same time the September squares were due, so I didn't make him one for September. I made him two for October to make up for it :)
One for his birthday
and one for Halloween!
We ended the weekend with a boat tour through Deception Pass (thank you Groupon!) It was another gorgeous Sunday and we took the sunset cruise. I have to say that I am glad we went on the cruise, but I am also glad we went for the Groupon price. I'm not sure I think it's worth full price.
We saw a Blue Heron and a Harbor Seal!
After that was San Francisco, but that trip really deserves its own post :)
The next Friday, I went wine tasting in Woodinville with E. and Seattle Stevie. We were bad bloggers and didn't take any pictures, but we had a great time and visited some great wineries. I'll link the wineries below so you can check them out the next time you're in Woodiville!
Redhook Brewery (for lunch, no beer tasting!)
Saturday was our squadron's halfway party. We celebrated being halfway done with this deployment! It was a fabulous evening and I can't thank Aimee and Vanesa enough for planning it! We had dinner at The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive and then went to the Terrace Wine Bar in Oak Harbor. The views from The Oyster Bar are amazing. We had a private dining room, but there was a balcony off the back of the restaurant with tables for two. It would be the perfect place to go for a date and each chair had a blanket on the back of it in case you got cold. I absolutely loved it -- if we get a warm weekend next January I want to take J.
CK13 and me in the van
Our room at The Oyster Bar
Not the best group shot, but you can kind of see the view in the background!
Our end of the table!
Group shot we sent to the boys!
I stayed the night with one of my favorite squadron wives, CK13. CK13 was 8.5 months pregnant and started having contractions at the dinner, but played it off and told us that they were Braxton Hicks contractions. They ended up being the real thing and the next day, baby Noah arrived!
He is absolutely adorable.
And that was September!
It took me about an hour to write the recap so I can't imagine how long it would have taken to write about each event individually :) Now you know why I was so bad about blogging last month!