In Washington state, you have to put up with a lot of rain for the majority of the year. So best believe that as soon as the sun come out, everyone comes out to enjoy its beautiful rays of sunshine.
It was a hot, sunny day last Sunday afternoon and me and my husband were trying to decide if we were going to go out and do something. I was missing California and its beautiful beaches and poolside homes. I really wanted to get out and enjoy the sun next to a body of cool water. I don’t know what it is about the summertime that makes my body just crave being in the water like no other. Must be the California girl in me 🙂
So I went on my trusty Yelp app and came across Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Everett, Washington. I saw that it was a family friendly environment and we decided to give it a try.
Upon arriving, we noticed that there was ample parking space with a lot of friendly people that came with their families. I was already excited as me and my husband love the family feel, especially because we have a lot of family in California. We got out of the car and to the right of us was a huge playground for children with picnic tables and chairs for barbecuing and gatherings. They also had bathrooms that were not porter potties, which makes a huge difference to me. The scenery on our way to the water was just gorgeous, with the usual Washington trees and greenery. Then we got to the beach area, boy was I in love! Soft, sand at my feet with minimal rocks took me back to Cali. My son was so excited to get in that water and what was really comforting is that there were so many children there for him to enjoy the company of.
I was a little bummed that I had not brought my bathing suit as I love to get in the water but momma still hasn’t gotten herself a maternity bathing suit. Instead, I opted to wear my newly received “Wifey” t-shirt that I had gotten from this company I found on Amazon called Awkward Styles . They offer a variety of novelty graphic tees, and have a huge selection. So I decided to give them a try because I can never say no to a graphic t-shirt that’s offered at a good price! I love its fit and cut, the supplied t-shirt is from Next Level Apparel – which previously being from the garment and promotional products industry, I can tell you is a good quality t-shirt. I can definitely say that I will be wearing this shirt often, and will probably re-purchase from the company because they do offer a quality tee at a reasonable price – which is everything to me!
Overall, the atmosphere at this park/ lake was very friendly and family oriented. I will definitely be coming back with my family and friends this summer and bringing a bathing suit this time so I can enjoy the sun!
Sunday was a nice, sunny day here in Washington so we decided to take a beautiful little hike in McCollum Park. McCollum Park has an easy yet beautiful little trail that is toddler and family friendly. Also, since I’m preggo – I have to take more precautions since I have tough pregnancies (physically). Finding the right blend of not only comfortable, but trendy looking outfits is a big challenge for me when pregnant because nothing seems to fit quite right. Thankfully, Macy’s and Target came to my aid:
Track Jacket: Puma. Sports Bra: Calvin Klein Sport. Athletic Leggings: Ideology. Sport Tank: Target, Mossimo (Best $8 you’ll ever spend)
We’re still fairly new to Washington, so we think all of its scenery is just beautiful and majestic looking. The little man really enjoyed our little adventure.
Outside of the hiking trails, there is a playground for kids, a pool that opens up in the Summer time, and an education garden section. Overall, a wonderful little outing for families with young children.
If you had told me two years ago that I would be relocating to beautiful state of Washington from Southern California, to say the least I would not have believed you. If you had told me that I would be 7 months pregnant during this relocation, I would have told you that you were completely bonkers! But that is what happened! Unexpectedly, my husband had to make a career move that would send us on our way to a new adventure through the Pacific North West!
When my husband first left, I was 5 months pregnant and had to stay in our Southern California home for two months while he got our situation settled. During this time, I still went to work full time and managed a heavy commute of about an hour and fifteen minutes (there and back)! I had a really rough pregnancy, which made things pretty complicated for me. For the first, I want to say 4-5 months of pregnancy – I couldn’t keep anything down. I could barely indulge in a crisp cup of water without hurling. Then when the 5 month mark came around, I suffered from dizzy spells that left me pretty concerned, especially because I had to tackle such a tough commute. I eventually had to stay with my parents for this period of time. They thankfully lived only 3 minutes away from my job which allowed more rest for me. For the normal person, this would seem like the ideal situation however I was a fur mommy to 4 dogs and a bunny rabbit. Yes, I am one of those people. So I had to still travel back and forth to make sure they were taken care of.
Anyway, when my husband finally came for me I was thrilled. My husband and I have a really strong bond – ever since I had met him, he just understood me in a way that no one else could. Not to get all sappy, but I love him with all my heart and soul. He is my best friend and someone I always lean on when times get rough. So when we were apart for two months – it weighed heavily on the both of us.
As we drove through California and onto Oregon in the big Budget truck we rented, we pondered upon this new chapter in our lives and wondered about all the new things that were to come. I had never seen so many beautiful trees and greenery; it was like a beautiful movie that we were experiencing. Although I was excited, I knew I would miss my family and friends back in California. I hadn’t lived anywhere else but SoCal for the majority of my life. I was born in Peru and moved to the United States as a toddler, so all I really knew was the San Fernando Valley. Even though I knew I would miss them, I had always dreamed about raising my children in a place where you get a full autumn and get to experience all the gorgeous seasons.
17 plus hours later, we had finally made it! Excitement and joy filled my body as we drove through what seemed to me to be an enchanted place filled with gigantic looking Christmas trees! Who doesn’t love Christmas all year long? It was like watching the movie Twilight, only without the bad acting and make believe characters and all.
There started our great adventure to the new beginning of our lives.