Yesterday we hiked – in the rain! We came prepared with waterproof jackets, so this California girl actually thought it was pretty magical. This kidventure started at the Tacoma Nature Center. We met up with new school friends there to explore its forest-inspired Discovery Pond playground, where all its play structures are designed to look like boulders and trees. There’s a treehouse, climbing rocks and a metal slide inside a hollow log! All made complete with slatted bridges and little creeks to explore.
Save this post for your PNW Bucket List! Here we are at Bella Bella Beach, a new-to-us spot on Fox Island. It’s officially called the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit, but the locals here call it by the name of the road it’s on. Does telling you this make us locals yet? 😉
An outdoor rooftop pool – a rarity in rainy Washington – and a jetted jacuzzi spa inside our room are just some of the reasons Bowen and loved our 10-year (#hosted 🙌🏻) anniversary trip to Tacoma’s brand new @silvercloud.pointruston hotel.
Snazzy waterfront views of Commencement Bay are just one of the cool things about Tacoma Washington’s famous Waterwalk at Point Ruston.
Make sure you head over to my Instagram to watch the rennovation of our Gig Harbor house!
Escrow closed on our new Gig Harbor property yesterday and we’re officially homeowners again!!
It took four months of looking in person, 11 months of looking online 🤪 and dozens of blue shoe bootie/mask-covered Covid showings to find this home — but we did it! Thank you for sharing in all of it with us 🏡.
New year, same me.
It’s 2021, so here’s a quick ‘oh, hey there!’ for anyone new.
I’m a longtime newspaper reporter turned stay-at-home mom, stepping out from above the fold to do my own thing as a writer. 🤞🏻 What you’ll get from me are stories about places to take kids. Except now with the pandemic and our big move from California to Washington, you’ll also see our endless search for a house, a remodel, cabin life, and all the ways this California girl is settling into the Evergreen State.
The Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington is a dreamy Pacific Northwest getaway boasting rooms with a view, rare Hood Canal waterfront access, and the absolute coolest and most whimsical surprises during the holidays. We felt pampered and taken care of — and we can’t wait to go again. At the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington, I felt safer with the hotel’s thoughtful pandemic protocols such as hand sanitizer stations everywhere, clear rules posted, and a well-organized crowd-control reservation system at the pool area. Plus, they implemented all these in cozy/home-like ways that weren’t sterile or scary which I appreciate for my little fam.
Make sure to snag my Alderbrook Resort promo code from this post before you visit!
Here’s a little story about a time when the kids taught me a much-needed lesson in not rushing, and how to live in the moment.
It all started when we were leaving Potlach State Beach, and the kids didn’t want to get in the car.
We made it to our very FIRST Washington pumpkin patch yesterday 🎉 and it checked off all the boxes: ✔️…