Seattle: old friends + new friends, familiar places + new places

August 23, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

It’s been fun coming back to the same city every year. You’re traveling, yes, but it also feels familiar like a second home. The kids look forward to doing some of the same things every year and they remember more of the city after every visit. Along with spending time with our family, we visit with friends – some old going back to college and even high school, others who we’ve only known for a few years but feel like we’ve known for much longer, and some friends who we meet for the first time. Internet relationships are funny like that. You talk online for years and when you do finally meet, as in the case with my friend Bradford and my friend Annie, whose downtown loft we stayed in last year, it isn’t awkward at all because it feels like you’ve known each other for years – and that’s because you have.


On this trip, I wanted to explore a few new neighborhoods and parks that we haven’t been to before and for the first time I had a list of places I wanted to go. The girls love staying at hotels (what kid doesn’t!), but we don’t do it very often so we decided to use up our old airline miles to stay at a big hotel downtown, the first time we’ve ever stayed at a hotel in Seattle. We had a nice city and water view high up on the 21st floor and the beds were filled with fluffy white pillows and comforters. We often sleep in the same room with the girls when we travel and sometimes I’ll even share a bed with them. Since this never happens at home, it’s sort of a treat to sleep cuddling next to your children.

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  • Kiana August 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I love that last picture of Claudine on the steps. Why the pout? Hugs to you all from Barcelona!

  • cantaloupe August 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Online friends are cool like that.

  • unha engels August 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

    cuddles is the best!
    looks like you are having great time!

  • Sara Jensen August 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    where is the jensen group hug photo?

  • Uncle Beefy August 24, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I will say, Miss Jenna, that it was almost impossible to think that we hadn’t hung out in person before, right? And how fantastic is that? Well, a lot more fantastic than those PB&J Bon Bons. Right? 😉

  • Selkie August 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

    How lovely! SO GLAD for all of you to be having such fun. Building memories with GROWING (goodness, growing ….) Girls. Enjoy. ( My boys are 24 and 28, so I can only “remember” the joy of sleeping together! There is a new grandson though, and beautiful pics of them sleeping together. Fodder for Drawings?)

  • Lea August 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful photos! I live in Portland and have been wanted to get away for a weekend in Seattle pretty much all summer. EMP is so amazingly cool!

  • Annie From Seattle August 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    xoxoxox loved it!

  • Roxana August 29, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Jenna, it was so great to meet you during your west coast trip! We are headed up to seattle on thursday and will have a few hours to kill. wondering around the city is definitely on my list. although not far from portland, seattle is a bigger and very different city.