FIL's 50th

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. We hosted Christmas for the first time this year. My mom came over for Christmas Eve and Raz's parents came for Christmas Day through the weekend. I'd be lying if I said it was relaxing, but the food was great and it was wonderful to not have to travel over the mountains.

Raz's dad turned fifty two days after Christmas, and when I knew they were coming to Seattle for the holiday, I set to work celebrating him in true Whitney fashion.

We started the day by surprising him with a luxury whip.

We couldn't get his dream car, so we got mine - a 2015 Audi Q7 with all the bells and whistles.

Vroom, vroom! Thank you Jess at University Audi!

She even left us super cute notes. Once we buy our Audi, we'll be stopping in to see the great people there. They even let me keep one of their pens as a souvenir.

Next, we plugged a secret address into the GPS and it took us on a fun little trip over to Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie for brunch. They brought out a surprise for the birthday boy. Also, complimentary valet! Try their seafood chowder - it's incredible.

A view of the Falls doesn't hurt either.

We had some time before our next activity, so she stopped for a quick wine tasting at Januik.

It's the most modern-looking tasting room in Woodinville. Fun vibe and good wine.

Couldn't leave without some bottles of rose. They were even on sale! Always the bargain hunter over here.

The Q7's fancy GPS then took us to the one place the FIL had requested - the top of the Space Needle, a place he'd never been. We bought tickets beforehand so we wouldn't have to wait in line (in the rain, no less). Given the time of year, we knew 3 p.m. would give us a good shot at seeing the sunset from on high.

She's taking in the views of the gift shop.

It's all Christmas-fied.

What's fun is you can see a bunch of the Chihuly sculptures from the line to board the Space Needle elevators.

He's having a great time. Kinda looks like my cousin.

We were right about the views that day - they really were incredible. Very moody and Twilight-esque. Just like I like looking at my Seattle. Not necessarily being cold in it, but looking at it.

All the construction can be annoying to watch when it's cranes throwing wrecking balls outside your office window, but it sure is cool from above. A bunch of float planes flew in while we were standing around with the rest of the tourists playing with our selife sticks. Totally worth it.

Amazing views of the islands. For a winter sunset, it lasted a good half hour.

Love this guy's Space Needle pop cup. He's totally owning it.

The last stop of the day was at a place I'd been wanting to try, and had heard good things about from the local pubs I read and our vendor friends at Curalate - a guy from their team is a part owner! I'm obsessed with them, so I knew it would be the perfect place to end the night. It's in Pioneer Square, which has been totally popping lately, and one of the many neighborhoods in Seattle that has a bunch of new spots on my list to try.

I didn't get a good pic of the restaurant, but I thought this sign right outside was pretty funny. It plays hommage to Pioneer Square's roots.

It would have been extra awesome if we were like "Surprise! We're keeping the car, too!" but alas. Maybe for his 60th.

Hope you have more reasons to celebrate this season!

A Day at Disney

Friday, December 19, 2014

When I was eight, my grandma made the mistake of bringing me to Disneyland with her friend and her friend's granddaughter. I'm not sure why either of us agreed to this adventure, but I can hasten a guess as to why my parents did. I've never denied I can be a lot to handle.

Needless to say, we had a terrible time. She still talks about it. I'm sorry I was a bad bumper car driver, grandma. I hope we can move forward.

I'd been to Disney when I was three with my parents, but I don't remember that visit. I just find my iconic Minnie Mouse doll and her pink mobile closet full of clothes in the occasional storage unit and tell my mom it can't move in with me but she also isn't allowed to donate it. 

Two decades later, my mom's fiancĂ©, George, decided his ideal birthday gift would be a day at Disney with all his kids and grand kids. Since George's three-year-old grandson, Walker, and I are in platonic love, I was completely on board. 

It was Raz's first time at Disney, and I'm confident he's trying to play it cool when he says it was just okay, because as we all know, Disney is a lot of things, but "just okay" certainly isn't one of them. We hit up California Adventure, too, and if you get the chance, take a ride on Soaring Over California. That park was being built the last time I was at Disney, so I'd never Soared before, and I can tell you it's very worth it. 

What follows is a photo diary of our day at the park. Hope it helps you remember it's kind of fun to do the impossible.

Note: It's a Small World After All is a hundred times more amazing than ever during the holidays. HIGHLY RECOMMEND, especially if you can go through it with your mom wearing sequin mouse ears and singing all the songs while your husband wonders what he's doing with his life.

Happy Holidays, everyone! My wish for you is tight hugs with everyone you love and all the pie you can handle.

"You Look Pretty"

Thursday, December 11, 2014

June 28 was an indescribable day. One we asked our guests after the fact if they enjoyed as much as we did. Anyone who's done it can attest to what a whirlwind a wedding day is, which is why we scraped together the money it took to get it filmed.

I've been obsessed with Shade Tree since I found them a few years ago. I even did a little work for them. We got our video a few days ago and we've kept it to ourselves to soak it in (and watch it over and over, obviously).

But now it's time to share. 

For those of you who were there, thank you for celebrating and blessing us. For those of you who weren't, we hope you enjoy a little slice of our day. It's something we will cherish forever and ever. You can congratulate me on choosing my friend with the best accent to read the letter I wrote to my dad later ;) - merci beaucoup, Charlotte!

And please disregard my freakishly low voice, psycho facial expression during rehearsal, and light-reflecting legs. Looks like I won't be returning to the same spray tan location for my next big event. You sure do learn a lot about your psycho facial expressions during wedding things. 

Random aside: During my intense media training a few months ago (sadly, after the wedding), I had to watch a lot of myself on film. It's a humbling experience. I am now very aware of my voice inflections and facial expressions, but, hey, all the better for it.  

I don't want to make assumptions, but you might want to prepare the tissues. 

Big shout out to my dad for making himself present from the other side. I love you, Kouka. 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent the Runway
Mom's Dress and Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

To all our vendors, along with our incredible family and friends, we appreciate you. Often and always.

Book Club - Not That Kind of Girl

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lena Dunham is my spirit animal in a way that makes me feel much saner than I think I really am. Her particular brand of crazy is raw and hilarious. It's endearing and comforting. It's like my big, fluffy nap blanket that makes me feel less alone while I doze through other people's drama on Bravo.

Not That Kind of Girl is Lena in her purest, most meandering and brilliant form.

Melanie lent it to me and I devoured it like I tend to do with any size of smoothie - surprising myself with a brain freeze and an empty Styrofoam cup on the car ride home. Feeling full, and wanting more.

It would make a great Christmas gift for any slightly tortured, somewhat high maintenance, brilliant women in your life.

Remember, I don't write much about books because I want people to make their own opinions. No spoilers will come from me. But know I'm a snob about what I read, and when I recommend something, I really, really like it. We may not always have the same tastes, but if you think I'd like something you've devoured like a $7 smoothie, please let me know!

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