Summer Days

As the days are getting shorter and the weather getting crisper I am longing for all things fall. I can’t wait to make my first batch of chili and my first loaf of pumpkin bread… I am so excited to pull out my boots and tights and start wearing sweaters and scarves again. That said, I am a bit sad to give up one of the best summers I will probably ever have. Let’s re-live it together!

{Summer arrived early in Seattle and we are enjoying it well into mid-September.}

{Summer arrived early in Seattle and we are enjoying it well into September.}

{Alex had an unfortunate bike accident which landed him in the hospital with a broken wrist and ribs. Errr wait, we're supposed to be remembering the good things...}

{Alex had an unfortunate bike accident which landed him in the hospital with a broken wrist and ribs. Errr wait, we’re supposed to be remembering the good things…}

{The wonderful weather brought us many trips down the hill to Lake Washington to take Jackson swimming}

{The wonderful weather brought us many trips down the hill to Lake Washington to take Jackson swimming}

{On the few weekends in May when we didn't have travel plans we managed to get some work done on our house that included staining the back steps, installing a stone walkway through our backyard,  doing some major work with the lawn, and a huge deep clean inside.}

{On the few weekends in May when we didn’t have travel plans we managed to get some work done on our house that included staining the back steps, installing a stone walkway through our backyard, doing some major work with the lawn, and a huge deep clean inside.}

{A precursor to our impending Europe trip we tested our "foreign" travel skills with a weekend trip to Vancouver, BC}

{A precursor to our impending Europe trip we tested our “foreign” travel skills with a weekend trip to Vancouver, BC.}

{I spent a weekend in DC and Baltimore celebrating my sister in-law's bachelorette party}

{I spent a weekend in DC and Annapolis celebrating my sister in-law’s bachelorette party.}

{We planned our Europe trip for more than a year and finally it was here!}

{We planned our Europe trip for more than a year and finally it was time to pack!}

{We strolled the cobblestone streets of Cinque Terre together...}

{We strolled the cobblestone streets of Cinque Terre together…}

{Attended Alina and Alberto's fairy tale wedding in the Italian countryside}

{Attended Alina and Alberto’s fairy tale wedding in the Italian countryside…}

{We spent unforgettable quality time with Alex's extended family overlooking Lake Como.}

{We spent unforgettable quality time with Alex’s extended family overlooking Lake Como…}

{Ate fondue, stared at the Matterhorn and rode the Glacier Express through Switzerland}

{Ate fondue, stared at the Matterhorn and rode the Glacier Express through Switzerland…}

{We drank copious amounts of wine, sat on the beach and gorged on amazing tapas in Spain.}

{We drank copious amounts of wine, sat on the beach and gorged on amazing tapas in Spain….}

{We watched the Tour de France roll through, saw Big Ben, rode the London Eye and ate wonderful Indian food in London.}

{Watched the Tour de France roll through, saw Big Ben, rode the London Eye and ate wonderful Indian food in London…}

 

 

{And quietly enjoyed the last bits of our trip while admiring the charm of Amsterdam.}

{And we quietly enjoyed the last bits of our trip while admiring the charm of Amsterdam and watching the final game in the 2014 World Cup.}

{On our way back to Seattle we stopped in Minnesota to attend Cammy and Adam's wedding.}

{On our way back to Seattle we stopped in Minnesota to attend Cammy and Adam’s wedding.}

{After resting and recovering for a week we were at it again with an incredible camping trip with some of our closest friends.}

{After resting and recovering for a week we were at it again with an incredible camping trip with some of our closest friends.}

{Somewhere in there we managed to spend some time with our dog...}

{Somewhere in there we managed to spend some time with our dog…}

{And our cat!}

{And our cat!}

{And I found my way to the farmer's market many Friday afternoons in the late summer to stock up on tomatoes, berries and gorgeous flower bouquets.}

{And I found my way to the farmer’s market many Friday afternoons in the late summer to stock up on tomatoes, berries and gorgeous flower bouquets.}

{Alex jetted off for a weekend in Chicago to attend his cousin Bryan's bachelor party...}

{Alex jetted off for a weekend in Chicago to attend his cousin Bryan’s bachelor party…}

{Then we attended their wedding in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the following weekend.}

{Then we attended their wedding in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the following weekend.}

{I got to catch up with my college roommate Julie and spend some time getting to know her fiance Ryan.}

{I got to catch up with my college roommate Julie and spend some time getting to know her fiance Ryan.}

{The following weekend we set off east to Suncadia for Dave and Trish's wedding.}

{The following weekend we set off east to Suncadia for Dave and Trish’s wedding with this as the backdrop.}

{I took on the tall task of re-decorating our guest room for our imminent visitors.}

{I took on the tall task of re-decorating our guest room for our imminent visitors.}

{Then Donna and Stan came out for Labor Day weekend and we embarked on an incredible wine tour in Walla Walla, Washington.}

{Then Donna and Stan came out for Labor Day weekend and we embarked on an incredible wine tour in Walla Walla, Washington.}

{With Labor Day as the unofficial end to summer I guess that's where this story ends.... the weather is still mostly nice around these parts and I am being pulled between remembering the incredible summer and looking forward to fall cooking, ski season and the fantastic trips we have coming up in the next six months.}

{With Labor Day as the unofficial end to summer I guess that’s where this story ends…. I guess that’s a good thing because man am I tired! We’ve got to rest up and start looking forward to fall cooking, ski season and the fantastic trips we have coming up in the next six months.}