Semiahmoo Resort | Blaine, Washington
Bellevue, Washington holds a special place in our hearts and I think it always will - not because it was exceptionally beautiful or the fact that it had great restaurants and sat right on the water. We loved it for all of those reasons and more, but Bellevue was our first place together as husband & wife - it's the place where we started our life together. It was our first home and perhaps that's why we cherish our memories there as much as we do. The beautiful city, great restaurants, waterfront, things to do and family were just the cherry on top.
And not only did we love Bellevue, but we loved Washington in general. We did so much while we were there and yet I still wish that we had done so much more. We left Washington with so many memories - things from baseball games to weekend getaways t0 family barbecues. It was such a fun year and today I'm sharing some of our very favorite memories from our time living there.
Washington is such beautiful place with so many beautiful things to do + places to see - I hope that one day you're able to visit and experience the magic for yourself.
No. 1 | Taylor skipping rocks | Semiahmoo | Blaine, Washington
Thinking back to our time in Washington, one of my very favorites memories was our quick one night getaway to Semiahmoo, a resort, spa + golf course in Northern Washington. The resort sits right on the Canadian/Washington border - you see that island off in the distance? That's British Columbia!
It's funny actually, because this wasn't even our trip in the first place - my sis-in-law and her husband booked a night at Semiahmoo just a month or so before their baby was due. The baby, however, ended up having different plans and came much sooner than any of us anticipated. So being unable to go, they offered the room to us and we ended up going in their place.
The resort is breathtakingly beautiful. It's tucked away on this little peninsula with stunning views of the ocean and Canada in the distance. While we were there, Taylor + I ate dinner at one of the Resort's restaurants, Packers Kitchen + Bar and then the rest of the night we hung around outside on the lawn playing yard games, skipping rocks on the beach and eventually roasting s'mores on the beach.
For being an unexpected, unplanned + last minute trip, it ended up being one of our favorite's that we've been on so far.
No. 2 | Welcome Baby Bentley
Speaking of my sis-in-law and that baby that came a little early - here he is! It's hard to look back at that year and not think of this little guy coming into the world. We were so, so thankful to have been living there when he was born. Out of all the memories, this has to be on the most special.
No. 3 | 3rd Birthday + Goodbye
And while we're on the topic of family - we were also there to celebrate our other nephews 3rd birthday - hero themed & all! That day in particular was so bittersweet - not only was it his birthday, it was also the day that we said goodbye to Taylor's family and that pretty much stunk. I hate goodbyes - I typically cry and just don't handle them well. But despite how sad I was, it was such a sweet day and we loved getting to celebrate our little man.
No. 4 | Lights of Christmas Festival | Stanwood, Wa
I don't know if I've ever shared this picture, but it always make me smile. By now you should know that Taylor + I love Christmas. Like, keep a Christmas tree in your house all year round kind of love. It's our favorite holiday and that Christmas my parents bought us tickets to this HUGE light display in Stanwood, which is just about an hour or so north of Bellevue. It was so fun! They had millions + millions of lights, plus they had different stations to visit like cookie decorating, Santa's workshop, feeding reindeer, etc. It was so cute. We loved it, obviously.
No. 5 | 4th of July | Mercer Island
And while we're on the topic of holidays - Fourth of July is my second favorite holiday and this 4th was extra special, because my parents came and spent it with us. They spent a good week with us, so we did all sorts of fun stuff - took them into Seattle, did the ferry, Mariners game, hung with Tay's family, bbq'd and a bunch of other fun things.
This was easily our busiest, but best 4th yet. We watched the Kirkland parade in the morning (totally recommend!), bbq'd with Taylor's family at his sisters house, visited the family I nannied for and then finished the day with fireworks at the downtown park in Bellevue.
No. 6 | Seattle Mariners Fan Fest | Seattle
I don't have to ask Taylor to know that this is almost certainly on his list of favorite things from that year. Every year the Seattle Mariners put on Fan Fest, which is where fans can come into the stadium, go on the field and check out usually off limit spaces, like the dugout, locker rooms, training room, etc. They also have players sprinkled throughout the stadium signing autographs and such. Being the huge baseball fan that Taylor is, we of course went and it was actually really fun.
No. 7 | Snowflake Lane | Bellevue, Washington
Oh my goodness - ask Taylor what his favorite Christmas thing to do is in Seattle and he'll say Snowflake Lane. I'm not quite sure how to explain it except that it's like a big Christmas parade/show that happens in Downtown Bellevue every night starting the day after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas. If you love Christmas, you will LOVE this. It's long been one of Taylor's very favorite Christmas things to do and believe me - when we found out were were moving to Bellevue, Taylor talked about this for months and was so excited when Thanksgiving passed and Snowflake Lane was back. We would go all the time while we lived there, because we loved it so much (yes, I fell in love with it too). They have fake snow, music, dancers, characters walking around and so much more. For 30 minutes it feels like you are in the North Pole and it's magical.
No. 8 | Bainbridge Island Ferry | Bainbridge Island - Seattle
This picture was taken just a couple of days after our wedding - my family was still in town so we met up with them and spent the day wandering around Seattle. The ferry is my absolute favorite thing about Seattle - I love it and I go on it every chance I get. Here we were taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island - my grandparents are actually buried there, so we went to see their graves. It's the smallest little cemetery and we had such a hard time finding it - we had 6 of us stuffed in a car (5 seats!) driving around the island looking for the cemetery and it was just a hot mess. I'm sure Taylor was questioning what he'd gotten himself into, seeing that we had just gotten married like two days earlier. Good news - we found the graves and it was really special to see.
No. 9 | Dicks Drive In | Seattle
This is another bittersweet memory - it was our last night in Seattle and we were just about to say goodbye to his mom + nana here. Thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes (being away from family is hard y'all!), but I adore this picture and the memory that goes along with it.
Taylor's mom asked us where we wanted to go for our last meal in Seattle and without hesitation, we both said Dick's Drive In. It's Taylor's very favorite restaurant and I've come to love it also. So with his mom + nana, we ordered our burger, fries and chocolate shake and soaked up our last day in Seattle.
No. 10 | Tourist Day | Space Needle | Seattle, Washington
This was actually one of my favorite days/weekends. Taylor and I decided that it would be fun to be tourists in our city for a day, so we bought the Seattle City Pass and went to town, literally. We did The Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, a boat tour around the sound and a couple of other things that I honestly can't remember. We had so much fun though - I totally recommend being a tourist in your city for a day, especially if you live in a big city or are near one. It's just so fun!
This picture was taken at the top of the Space Needle - we made it up to the top just as the sun was setting so we got to see the daylight view and then we stayed up there until the sun fully set so we could catch a glimpse of the Seattle skyline at night.
And last but not least, the very best memory of them all - the day I got to marry Tay.
This was fun! I hope y'all have had fun looking back at our life in Washington and getting a small glimpse into why we loved it so much. It really is a special place for us and we love getting to go back whenever we have the chance - in fact, we're headed up there here soon to celebrate the 4th with Taylor's fam! And like I said earlier - if you ever have the opportunity to visit, do it - you will love it! I'm going to put together a "things to do" list here soon, because I get asked about Seattle ALL THE TIME, so keep an eye out for that!
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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