Seattle-Scape | Pacific Science Center, My Mama’s Birthday, and Paisley Maizie

Happy 4th of July folks!

We’re celebrating as a BIG family (in-laws and my family), lounging at the parade, eating good grub, and of course, taking in the fireworks. It’s gonna be swell and I’m sure I’ll have awesome pictures to share later :)

But, until then, I wanted to share about our most recent adventure, a Seattle-scape to celebrate my mama’s birthday. Get it? Seattle escape = Seattle-scape.

We started our day at the Seattle Science Center …

toddler zone happiness | dinosaur exhibit | aw … seattle | jem loved the hissing cockroaches | my butterfly friend | more toddler zone love | butterfly house – too hot and humid for this preggo | sitting in a duckbill footprint | “weeee” – she loves driving

On the gift front, my sisters and I hit a homerun this year! You see, my mama is the gift-giving queen. She always knows exactly what you want, comes up with creative “theme” gifts, and makes each and every birthday extra special from your favorite cereal in the morning to every other bell/whistle you can think of. So, of course, we wanted to make her day extra special. It began with our theme gift focused on photography.

My mama takes awesome photos. Period. But, she is always complaining that she knows her Canon can do so much more than she understands. So, we gifted her a 6 week photography class where she is required to take her camera and manual. I do have a minor hope that she gets photo assignments where she can make Jemma and brother the focus of her assignment. Then I can share her work with you all! And frame some. And blow some up on canvas. I swoon over pictures of my kids. Because I’m a mamas. Obviously. To ensure that she attends class in style we added this BEAUTIFUL camera strap to her present …

Pretty fabulous, isn’t it? A special thanks and shout out to my sponsor, Paisley Maizie, who sent us this treasure! My mama shares her camera with my two sisters, so, of course, Katie modeled a bit too :) Don’t you love the pattern? And lens pocket? GENIUS!

After the Science Center we ate delicious apple walnut salad and chicken carbonara at Buca di Beppo and strolled the mall before heading home. Part of our mall trip involved a visit to the American Girl store, but that deserves a whole other post. Because obviously, American Girl owns a large stake in my childhood and gladly accepted much of my savings from the age of 8-12.

It was a lovely girl’s day out! Well, plus brother, I guess :) Happy birthday, Mama! You don’t look a day over 39, how is it even possible that you are a grandma? LOVE YOU!!!

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  1. says

    you and your mom look so much alike! happy 4th~

  2. Jennifer de Cupcake says

    aww. your mama is cute! such a good idea for her present. I wish someone would sign me up and pay for a photography class!! or maybe just buy me a new camera…

  3. ThatMamaGretchen says

    Seriously! We scored out camera at Costco when they were switching models … tuck away those dollars and I'll pray for a super sale for you!

  4. ThatMamaGretchen says

    I think so too :)