Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bucket List #49 | Kerry Park

The last stop we made with Grandpa Burgener was the iconic Kerry Park in Queen Anne. I've always wanted to go here and it seriously lived up to the hype. You park along a quiet neighborhood street, round a corner, and this fantastic view just sort of smacks you in the face:
We were also super lucky, because there happened to be a professional photographer hanging out up there wanting to practice lighting, and we were the lucky subjects. :)
The park is small and there's not a lot to it, but it's worth the drive up the hill just for the photo op.
Our little boy of course had to see the playground, which is down the hill a bit from the view point.
My kids both loved it. This slide set into the hill is pretty epic:
I would easily give Kerry Park:
It's just a quick stop but if you have a car - do it. Take lots of pictures, stretch your legs, and keep on site-seeing. You won't be sorry!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bakery Nouveau

While we had Landon's Dad in town, we decided to hit up a local place that always gets rave reviews. Bakery Nouveau is located in the Capital Hill area (there's also one in West Seattle) and is super popular.
Based on a recommendation from a friend, we tried the chocolate croissants and were definitely not disappointed!
 Walt got a macaroon because yellow is his favorite color and he really wanted to try it. He didn't love it but he was still satisfied with the presentation.
It's a bit pricy but we loved it, and we'll be back.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Frye Art Museum

We were so fortunate to have Landon's Dad in town for an afternoon last week. I love living in a city where people often travel for work. We see a lot of extended family and friends that way. :) While he was here, we went on a few adventures. (Obviously!)
The Frye Art Museum was actually Grandpa's suggestion. It's a fun, classical and modern art museum with rotating exhibits right near downtown. And admission is 100% FREE! Not only that, but they offer free parking in a decent sized lot right across the street. That was music to our ears.
We loved exploring the paintings and artifacts on display, and learning a bit about Dutch art and it's history. We spent probably an hour roaming around and enjoying. The museum isn't big, but it was definitely fun!
The best part was definitely watching this guy impart his love of art to our children. Although Walt was pretty insistent that every painting had something to do with Zelda....
 This wasn't on our bucket list, but if you're wondering:
I love that the museum is free and doable with limited time! Not super kid-friendly, but with enough adults to keep them out of trouble it worked for us.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bucket List #40 | Martha Lake Airport Park

You may have noticed, we're stepping up our bucket-listing! We took a small hiatus while I was pregnant/had a tiny baby at home. Now that life has leveled out though, we're realizing that our time here is on the downhill side; or at least, we are - in theory - more than halfway done with Landon's doctoral degree.

Anyway, we have a lot of parks on the list. Part of this is due to the fact that Seattle is bursting with amazing outdoor spaces. There are parks around every corner, it seems, and many of them are just gorgeous. It's also due to the fact that I knew we couldn't just have lots of expensive things to do here, or they'd never all happen. :)

This weekend we had gorgeous weather so we decided to tackle one of said parks: Martha Lake Airport Park.

While there, we found no indication of why it is called that. There's a very tiny pond at one end of the park (Martha Lake??), and some sculptures that suggest flying to the mind. Once we got home, a little research determined that it's called that because it used to be a private airport, and the owners of that airport took a low-ball offer from the city instead of profiting from the land so the park could be created, which was nice of them. :) In hindsight, there is a park actually at Martha Lake that we're going to check out in the future.
Anyhow, the short review of this place is that it's just a park. It does have a pretty extensive walking trail which we had fun exploring to our hearts' content. It also has a skate park and some interesting sculptures.
We enjoyed the 60-degree March afternoon immensely - Walt loved playing on the small playground and Zuzu soaked up the sunshine with us. We probably won't be back, but only because there are nice parks closer to where we live. If you're in the area, this is a great place to stop and stretch your legs!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nine Months

Isannah recently turned nine months old. So she's been with us longer than I was pregnant! I love this milestone; it's amazing to think about the beginning of pregnancy, the beginning of a baby's life, and the beginning of the end of babyhood.
Zuzu is a pleasure to have in our family. It's strange, but I can't even imagine how our lives were without her in our family now. She is the happiest, most content soul I've ever met. And she has gorgeous eyes. :)

Here are some fun facts about our baby girl:

  1.  Weighs 16.5 pounds, 28 inches long
  2. Gray/blue eyes
  3. Strawberry blonde hair (we think? It seems to vary)
  4. Favorite toys: anything textural. She loves to touch things and scratch things. She also really likes to shake rattles/instruments, etc.
  5. Favorite foods: cheerios, crackers, corn, and bread. She really only recently started eating solid foods with any kind of enthusiasm, and now the favorites are stacking up more. Seems like she's a starch lover though!
  6. She is super ticklish, especially on her back and neck
  7. She still has no teeth! Our doctor says this is kind of unusual, so we're on the lookout for some chompers in the next 3 months; otherwise she'll need some x-rays to figure out what's going on. She still manages to have the best smile though.
  8. Not quite crawling, but she is a super-roller! Also, she does this inch-worm move where she gets up on hands and knees and then sort of lunges at whatever she's trying to get. She's getting close.
  9. She loves to play peek-a-boo and look at people's faces. She'll smile at almost anyone who smiles at her. She's pretty social. 
  10. We've been able to put her hair up in pigtails since she was 6 months old! She has a ton of hair and it can be pretty crazy when she first wakes up.
We love this munchkin baby so much. She has about a thousand nicknames, delicious thigh rolls, and the two most adorable dimples in her cheeks. She is beloved by all, but especially by her big brother, who is constantly trying to "snuggle" her and play with her. I joke all of the time that she has made me want six more babies, just like her. (But not really) We can't believe we get to keep her forever and ever! I'm excited to see her personality blossom and her friendship with her brother grow. Love our Zuzu girl!


Growing up, my best friend was always my big brother. He's an amazing guy - he always let me tag along, even in those awkward teenage years when guys don't typically want their little sisters hanging around. Around the time I was 12, one day he brought home someone else vying for my best friend spot. His name was Trevor Linderman.
Now at first, I really wasn't sure how I felt about this. But here's the thing about Trevor: there's always room for one more. Instead of losing my big brother, I gained another one!
Almost instantly, I came to think of Trevor as just my other big brother. And through my junior high and high school years, he watched out for me, took me under his wing, and let me tag along, just as my own brother always has. When I was 16 and they were 18, Trevor was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He underwent pretty serious surgery, which resulted in him losing mobility on one side of his body. I will never forget the morning he called our house, and I happened to answer the phone. Without asking for my brother or my mom or anyone else, he just said "Kylie, I have a secret to tell you. I just raised my arms above my head."

I have hung out with both of my older brothers less since moving away from home, but we've always been in touch. I've watch Trev go through some difficult things, as he battled and beat cancer a second time, went back to school, and started his beautiful family. I've become friends with his amazing wife, Chelsi, who accepted all of us Jacksons into her family without blinking an eye. In the last year, Trevor's cancer has returned. Through all of the treatments my family has been on the phone with each other, asking about Trevor, learning about his progress from my brother or Trevor's parents or whoever talked to him last. And then a few weeks ago, my mom told me Trevor was having a big birthday party to see all of his friends and family and how she wished I was there so I could ride down with them. At first I didn't think that much of it, but after I hung up, I just couldn't get the idea out of my head. I felt a very strong pull to be in Utah with my family for this big event in Trev's life. I was kind of overcome by the feeling that I should be there. I didn't really think it was possible, so I tried to shake it off. The same day, Landon came home and, having seen the party posted an Facebook, asked me, "do you want to go to that?" I knew that we were having the same impression, so we stopped fighting it and started planning. A few days later we started the 15-hour drive to Utah.

Now, I'm not gonna say that driving for 4 days straight with two very small kids was easy, or really that fun. Truthfully, it was exhausting. But so many miracles came together so this trip could happen.
Gas was the lowest price it has been in the entire seven years of our marriage. And as soon as the weekend was over, prices started to rise again.
The roads were amazingly clear for January.
My fantastically busy sister had the whole weekend free, and was willing to drive from Boise to Salt Lake with me on really short notice.

And then there was this:
Walking into that room, getting a classic Trevor hug, feeling the love that I and everyone around me had for this guy, and being with my other brother, who I don't see enough of, either:
It was All. So. Worth it. Worth the drive, worth the tiredness, worth Landon missing class, worth the ornery kids, just worth it.
Sometimes brothers don't share your last name. My heart is so full of love for this guy, and always will be. I know this trip wasn't for him, it was for me. I'm so thankful he and his family would take the time to welcome us into their home when they are beyond exhausted so that we can all be part of their lives. I hope they can feel our ongoing prayers and hugs from here!

Bucket List #17 | The Container Store

I might be crazy. :) I heard there was a magical land called "The Container Store" in Seattle/Bellvue...I had to go.

To be clear, this isn't unique to the Seattle area. In fact, like many awesome places, they opened one in Salt Lake recently. (They got all the cool stuff after we moved!) But I had never been to one.
The store is pretty much what you'd expect. LOTS of containers!! We had a super good time browsing the aisles full of colorful, interesting boxes, bags, nets, dishes, shelves, etc.
It gave us a ton of good ideas for organization, and made us realize that someday when we finally buy a house, we'll have to set aside some budget to implement some of them!

We put a few things in our cart, but the store was pretty expensive. Ultimately, we decided not to get anything - but we might be doing some Amazon shopping later. ;) Overall, The Container Store was fun but not really earth-shattering. Still glad we went!