Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Baby Girl and Fun in Seattle

Thirty Five years ago, I had my first baby girl. She was the most precious one and was the prettiest and pinkest baby girl that you could ever see. I was so happy to hold her in my arms and I could not wait for feeding time. During that time, they only gave you the babies at feeding time. So much have changed since then cause now that my babies have babies of their own, the baby stays in the room with the family all the time. Rochelle is the first one who gave me my first granddaughter, AJ. So that is a double blessing.

Happy birthday, Rochelle! I love you very much! I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration. I am so sorry, I cannot join you this time but we will celebrate again next week when I see you.
How do you like the blue pant suit that little Rochelle is wearing below? She emailed me saying she likes it even though she does not really remember it. I actually made it myself. I used to sew a lot when she was small.

Now, it's time to go sightseeing again. Last week I showed you part of our trip to Seattle, our meeting with Vanna and her Michael. I showed that first because it was the highlight of our trip.

Today, let's go to the hotel and it's surroundings, particularly the Pike Market.

I am again linking with Beverly's Pink Saturday at

Laurie's "A Few of my Favorite Things" at

Sally's Blue Monday at

Scenic Sunday at

Ok, now on to our trip. We arrived at the airport around noon. I thought the airport was a little confusing compared to other airports that I have been but we finally got our bags, found the shuttle who took us to the hotel.

I was really impressed with how beautiful the city is, the mountains, the water and the tall buildings. It sure is a lot different from what I am accustomed to since our tallest building here is only 5 stories high, lol.

This is the view from our hotel room, which was on the 32nd floor.
We upgraded right away to have access to Club Lounge so we can have free breakfast and oer d'ouvres. I knew John would be in meetings a lot and I don't like walking and eating alone out there.

Is that the Pacific Ocean?

This is the view from Club Lounge. I wanted to take that orchid home, and yes it was real.

The hotel was located right on Pike St. so we just had to walk 5 blocks to go to Pike Market, which is pretty famous. Just look at these fresh fruits and seafood! And do you see those gigantic garlic? And they say you could only find big things in Texas?

Of course we had to try the crab meat. Ooooh heaven! It was so good and look at those big lumps!

The flowers were gorgous!

I was tempted to take some of these dried flowers home but I knew they would only get crushed in my luggage.

John is such a nice guy. He always manages to find something he knows I would enjoy. The Pike Market has about 4 or 5 floors and in one of the floors in the basement is this Polish Pottery store. I have never seen so much in one store! I don't know how John found out about it but I was so excited to see it. OMG! Look at all those Polish pottery! I was in pottery heaven! So many different designs and colors but they all have that basic cobalt blue color.

We bought a few divided plates and goblets and had them delivered but they have not arrived. I will post them when they come.

After the dish store, we walked around some more and saw this bronze pig. I thought I would take a picture for Lynn ( So Lynn, this is for you!

There were so many good places to eat. Both John and I like pho and it was cold especially after walking several blocks so we had pho. The next day, we walked again and again had pho. The next day, we walked again and John asked me, "Pho?" LOL! I said no, let's try something else, so we headed to Thai Ginger and had thai food. I had a whole fried trout with mango salad. It was so good!

Seattle's streets are full of entertainers so you could never get bored walking around.

Well, time to get back to the hotel. My feet were starting to kill me and it was really getting chilly.
And here's the view from the hotel room at night. Do you like my silhouette? I'm like a ghost on top of Seattle's buildings, lol.

Thanks for hosting, you wonderful gals! And thanks to my wonderful visitors for coming too!

And a VERY happy birthday to my dear sweet daughter again!


eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos from your trip to Seattle. It is a beautiful city. Happy Birthday to your daughter, Christine.

Debbiedoos said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter. I love that picture of you holding her as an infant...I swear Christine you have not aged a bit! What a great looking day...I loved all the pottery!

Traci said...

Christine, you looked like a baby yourself the day Rochelle was born!!! That bronze pig is too funny!

Anonymous said...

Christine this was such a fun post. I've always wanted to see Seattle.

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter Rochelle. Hope she has a wonderful day. Your Seattle trip looks like it was perfect, so many things to see. I want to go just to go into the store with the Polish Pottery. OMG, you were definately in Heaven!

Kathysue said...

Hi C, I loved seeing a pict. of you holding your brand new baby. I have a son the same age and it was so long ago and yet it seems as if it could have been a year ago at times. You were and ARE still a true beauty and so is Rochelle, happy Bday to her!! Kathysue

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday to look like such a very young girl in the hospital picture! And Rochelle is a true beauty. I hope she has a marvelous day.

I enjoyed the tour of Seattle. We were there a few years ago, but just for the day, so all we really saw was Pike Market, and not as much as you did! What is pho...I am curious. A fish? I was thinking that you deserve to have a Pike Market in Natchez since you are so good at cooking fish!

Thanks so much for the tour...I'm glad you had such a great time.


Divine Theatre said...

Dear God in Heaven! I thought you were in your 20's! I officially hate you! :)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Great photos-thanks for showing us Seattle.

Sue said...

Seattle is on my list of places I really want to go...but, since I don't fly, it will be a very long trip. I think we may wait until after hubby retires so we can do other things out that way while we are there. It looks like a wonderful city. I loved seeing all the pictures. That market looks great!

Donnie said...

Happy Birthday to Rochelle and it looks like a wonderful trip.

Diann said...

Happy Birhday to your sweet daughter! Well Christine, it looks like you and John had a great time! John should have taken a picture of your face when you first walked into the Polish Pottery store! that would have been priceless!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
Happy Birthday to Rochelle as well. She is beautiful just like her mother. A gorgeous share and I so love taking the trip along to Seattle with you. I love the bronze pig photo, that one is priceless and I am sure that Lynn will love it as well.

I truly thought your silhouette in the glass window was beautiful. Truly a picture to remember and a site to see out the looking glass.

Happy Pink Saturday sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Kathleen said...

Happy Bday to dd! You look the same!

I am still looking at all those dishes!

Deanna said...

A fun packed post!!!
I feel like I was there. So many neat things to see and enjoy.
You have a sense of humor sitting on that pig! Grins.

Daughters are are sons. May your daughter have a wonderful birthday.

God bless,
d from homehaven

Abramyan Avenue said...

Wow!! Those are some awesome photos!! Every one was so full of detail and just gorgeous! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful! I've always wanted to visit Seattle, just never have gotten the chance yet! Your pictures make me even more ready to go! Thanks for sharing!

Sweet European Dreams said...

As always, beautiful photos! I'm longing to visit a fresh fish market - we obviously don't have any of those here in CO! Looks like you had another wonderful trip! -diane

lvroftiques said...

Christine please wish Rochelle a Happy Birthday from me! You look exactly the same C!
The water body you were viewing from your hotel (Great view BTW!) was Puget Sound. It connects to the Pacific Ocean. I didn't even know we had that polish pottery store at the market! I usually end up going to my favorite places on the first and second floors. And isn't pho yummy?! I could eat it everyday! Great tour girlfriend! *winks* Vanna

All That Glitters said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! You looked so young in the picture where you had her!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter Christine! And to her beautiful Mother too!
I so loved seeing the pics and the pics of Seattle are amazing!
What a lucky gal you are to travel so much!
Big Hugs,

Savannah Granny said...

Happy Birthday Rochelle. You are beautiful, just like your mother.
Thanks for the tour of Seattle. It is a beautiful city and as you know the boarding site for great cruises. Hugs, Ginger

Dolores said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, she takes after her beautiful mother.

The Seattle trip looks like a dream.....gorgeous pictures .

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rochelle....and thanks for sharing these photo's, I want to visit Seattle so bad!...the view from the hotel room is incredible!...I love,love,love markets like this, I could spend days just walking and looking.

Carletta said...

Your post is filled with wonderful info! I've always heard about that market. Your photos are teasers. I'd really love to visit there.

Happy Birthday!

Carletta's Captures

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip - enjoyed the tour.
Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Regina said...

Happy birthday to Rochelle.
Thank you for sharing these. Great photos Christine.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Enjoy your weekend.'

Sue said...

You have the best adventures of anyone I know!! That market looks to have loads of things to eat, see, and buy. :-) I live vicariously through all of your trips.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter, Christine! Hope Rochelle has a great day today!

And once again, I have loved going on this adventure with you! That pic of you on the pig is darling!


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post thank you for sharing,HPS.

Lynn said...

What a fun post Christine! Happy B-Day to Rochelle, and Seattle looks like a lot of fun! Not too often you see a bronze pig!!! Thanks so much for thinking of me Christine, so funny! Have a great weekend:@)

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm sending birthday wishes to your baby girl and rosy Pink Saturday wishes your way. I loved the post, though I could swear I heard your husband grown as you walked repeatedly by all that Polish pottery. Seems to me I remember you have a weakness for it. It looks like you found the potters holy grail :-).. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

CailinMarie said...

oh what a fun fun trip you had! love it! Happy Birthday to your precious girl! and Happy Pink Saturday!

Together We Save said...

Wow - those are wonderful pictures!!

Dreamgoddess said...

I've so enjoyed your blog and I'm honored to award you with the Stylish Blogger Award. You can pick up your award on my blog. Enjoy, DG

Amy said...

First thing first, happy birthday to your lovely daughter. Yes, I love that blue pant suit you made for her. So stylish and so cute on her! :)

Second of all, hope you had a wonderful trip. It's a gorgeous view from your hotel room. I've never been to Seattle and thanks for "taking" me there.

Last but not least, you are one of the lucky winners of my Valentine's Day giveaway. Congratulations! Please email me your name and mailing address so I can send you the prize promptly. My email address is amy [at] uTry [dot] it

Thank you again for entering the giveaway and hope to see you hop back soon. I'll have more giveaway in the near future. Stay tuned.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday & Thanks for a great post. I lovethat broze pig at the Market!

Kat said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter Christine (sorry it's late!) I love the picture of you holding her as a baby, I swear you haven't aged a bit! What a great trip you had. I bet you about fell over when you walked into that pottery store - what a find! I would have spent all day in that bookstore, it looks really interesting. Thanks for the tour. Kat

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you were able to visit Seattle, Christine. I love the city and particularly Pike Place Market. My husband's best friend from school lives there. We visited a few times, once when my son was 6 weeks old for his wedding. (What was I thinking?) Lovely photos. I'm not sure if you visited the street of dreams. We took his boat and rode around to look at the homes from the water. Thanks so much for sharing and bringing back great memories.

I'm still visiting around PS posts. Have a wonderful week!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, you look like a baby holding your new baby! What cute photos. When I saw the photo of the Polish pottery on the thumbnail on my blog, I thought, oh my! Christine has really found some great place to store all of her china! LOL! What a fabulous place to visit. Your photos are beautiful, and I can just imagine how exciting it was to walk into that Polish pottery place! Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Christine... dropping back by to wish you a Happy Blue Monday! :-)



Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! Happy birthday to your daughter! And thanks for taking us along to Seattle! That's one place I have always wanted to go...especially to the market! How interesting! But..were you sleepless? lol lol Sorry...couldn't resist! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

SmilingSally said...

Johnny and I went to Seattle and visited Pike's Place Market. I had a fish thrown across my face!

That display of Polish pottery is awesome!

Happy Blue Monday, Christine!

Fashion Momma said...

Wonderful shots! Happy Birthday to your baby. :)

My Blue Monday.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Christine, Happy Birthday to your "baby" girl! That pantsuit is so cute on her. I have never been to Seattle but it is on my list of places to see, so I really enjoyed your tour! What is pho? I have no idea! But I do love trout and mangoes. And I can't believe all that Polish Pottery in one place! It looks like there were other goodies in that store, too! (I clicked on your pictures to enlarge so I wouldn't miss anything!) Thanks for the tour! And enjoy your time with your daughter next week. This makes me miss my baby girl too--she is away at school. Linda

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous, happy birthday to your daughter Rochelle. Love your pic riding that golden pig lol!

Musical Snow Globe, is my entry. Have a great week ahead!

Kim, USA said...

My Birthday greeting to your lovely daughter, Rochelle!! Love that market I'll be there everyday for fresh fish, lol!! Happy Monday!
Blue Sky

Rochelle Jose-Paterson said...

Hi Mama, Thank you for the post and birthday greetings from you and all of your friendly blog buddies. My birthday weekend was awesome - as quality time with Derek, A.J., those cutie pie nephews, and my siblings always are. Wish you were with us, though! We can't wait to see you in 2 weeks for Nathan's 1st birthday! You'll have a hard time going home to MS. A.J. and I struggle leaving those babies every time, and we're only 2 1/2 hrs away. LOL Love and miss you so much! See you soon! xoxoxoxoxo

joyh82 said...

Happy belated Bday to your dear daughter! The tulips were so pretty in this photo and what pretty blue pottery.

Terry said...

Howdy Christine
Thank you ,thank you ,and thank you for sharing your fantastic images with us :)
I just kept saying Wow over and over as I looked over each photo and felt the joy you seemed to feel come through to us all here in blogland.
Blessings to you and all yours .
Until next time
Happy Trails

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