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Sunday in Paris

We had the most fun day ever in Paris starting with a tour of the Catacombs, walking through the Jardin de Luxembourg, playing with French ponies, eating fabulous French tapas, crepes, seeing sensational stained glass at Sainte Chappelle, and having a cute traditional French dinner.

 My college friend’s little daughter made the underground tunnels, filled with bones, less scary by looking for a bear around each corner. She kept saying, ‘come on’, ‘let’s go”! After the Catacombs, we took the bus to Jardin de Luxembourg. This stunning park has the imitation of the Pitti Palace from Florence, a huge pool with little sailboats floating, a big playground and pony rides! I couldn’t believe they let people take the ponies around the park for more than 15 minutes. Little Maeve was very serious and held on tight the whole time!  The ponies were so sweet and well trained. They were not startled by the children running around them and even stood still when they were not tied up!

For lunch, Mr F took me to a place he had been earlier in the week, called Les Avant Comptoirs par Yves CamdebordeIt’s a tapas bar with a French twist. We loved the blood sausage macaron. We also had delicious croquettes,  caramelized fennel, artichokes, pate, fresh bread and white Burgundy. After lunch, we remet up with Megan and her family for crepes! To walk off our wonderful lunch, we walked through the Latin Quarter to Ile Sainte-Louis.

We walked around the Notre Dame   and to Ile Saint-Louis for ice cream!  Berthillon is one of the best places in Paris to get ice cream! We avoided the long line by getting a table inside. I enjoyed both Megan’s sundae and my passionfruit sorbet!I’m so glad we got to go on a sunny day. The top floor of the small church was breathtaking with the most stained glass I’ve ever seen and sparkling rainbows on the ceiling. As a friend said, it was like standing in a jewelry box.  Megan and I also enjoyed all the fleur dis lis since we were Kappa sisters together! After Sainte Chapelle closed, Mr F and I walked along the Seine to the Au Petit Tonneau, near the Eiffel Tower for dinner.

Our dinner was in a small, charming little restaurant where we had French onion soup,    veal and lamb chops with amazing salted chocolate mousse for dessert! 

It was a wonderful end to our last full day in Paris!

A sunny Saturday in Paris!

 On Saturday, we met our college friend, Megan, and her family on Rue Cler after a lovely breakfast. Our walk across the Seine and past the Eiffel Tower was picture perfect.    The weather was sunny and the temperature was cool but the best for walking all over the city. Rue Clear was filled with flowers, fresh food, and so many sights!  Our first stop was the merry go round in the Champs de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.    Megan’s adorable little girl was enchanted and her joy was infectious!    We leisurely walked along the Seine to the Musee d’Orsay. Megan’s two girls fell asleep on the way there!   We loved the Musee d’Orsay and enjoyed this curation immensely, especially the Renoir and Degas.   The former train station turned Museum building was stunning and it was fun looking for the polar bear statue, Pompon.    Maeve was such a good sport and told us to leave her at the end. She wanted to stay there!  We also loved this book in the gift shop, which hides the polar bear statue in all the famous art throughout the Musee d’Orsay.  After an outdoor lunch in the jardin de Tuileries, we took the metro to Sacre Couer. Megan helped us with the tickets and directions since she’d been to Paris several times before, including in the last month.   The Sacre Couer was super crowded however, we appreciated the view from the hilltop overlooking Paris.   Mr F and I even walked by the Moulin Rouge on our walk to dinner!   For  dinner, we went to an oyster bar, a short walk from our hotel.   We had delicious escargot and French fries too. We were too intimidated by the French oysters because they were palm sized and we were used to the smaller Washington sized oysters! We were tired after walking 11 miles on Saturday so we were happy to go to bed by 10pm! I can’t wait to tell you about Sunday, my favorite day and experiences in Paris!

Ketchbot wedding week: part 2

12039177_752173451692_155352677793575983_n A week ago, my parents threw a welcome wedding lunch at the family farm for the incoming Wisconsin family. My mom had many pies and cookies, as well as many other salads, bbq and cute veggie cups.  12009581_752173047502_780453673837505160_n Several aunts and uncles, and many cousins flew in at noon, so we all met at the farm before heading to Camano Island for the wedding. 12038124_10101463747605120_5405187896734117503_n  We ate in the pole barn with seating for 25 people! 12045722_10101463747769790_1677866216217679934_o Before the bride and groom arrived, we celebrated my dad’s big birthday early! 12038156_752172987622_600672653964592495_n We all loved the birthday apple pie and the train cookies! 12039332_10101463747390550_7729212636124963843_n 12004911_752172932732_3332431190697196105_n After lunch we went for a tour around the farm, some people went by golf cart,  12038169_10101463747420490_4499960471817184162_n12039296_752173282032_5134234348798110830_n  some collected apples for the horses, or danced with cows. 11951373_752173192212_1848255075063147440_n  We also celebrated Jason and Jeri’s upcoming baby, 12046801_752173017562_815353438290692861_n due in November! After our late lunch, we drove to our rental cabins on Camano Island. 12003295_752353006862_1610494125575036059_n They were stunning and more spectacular then the VRBO photos online. Each cabin had water views and beach access!  12027635_752174424742_6725251683763860271_n image image I love my Wisconsin family plus my cousins are hilarious “people of fun”! Can’t you tell?!?image image12039637_752209843762_3910010284561891300_n Friday morning, the bride, bridesmaids and Kiki, the most epic wedding organizer met for breakfast and to discuss logistics! An incredibly nice regular customer paid for our meals anonymously too!12019910_752209883682_2592743525893849174_n 11987071_752219135142_6014031982133573727_n    Friday afternoon, there was the wedding rehearsal at Center of Wooden Boats-Cama Beach. It was super windy but wonderfully not raining.imageimage12049466_752352817242_6656360168397400804_n My sister has cute dimples, right? image The Ketchbots are pretty cute together too.   image After the rehearsal dinner, we pampered ourselves with face masks and scaring Mr F.image Next up, the wedding!!!

This time last week….

11856383_10101424934965960_1061795646477786599_o This time last week, my sisters, cousins, and my sister’s maid of honor made the time-honored, bachelorette tradition of obtaining Voodoo donuts.11916082_747508674942_3500886529578524806_n11825103_747508784722_7287296732739314768_n We waited in line for about 45 minutes Sunday morning for 2 dozen donuts. It was worth it, and we ate nearly a dozen 11891050_747508694902_1215800600854705334_n on the 6 hour drive home to Seattle. We nicknamed our 11057240_747508824642_5180266772406655636_n SUV, Channing Tatum and you can see it in the background with our donuts! On the way back to Seattle, we noted the terrible traffic on I-5 so we drove through Morton towards Mount Rainer for the scenic tour and took small highways all the way to Seattle.11889698_747550765592_7383175769830044303_n It was a great way to catch up on the way home! image After dropping off Channing, we met Mr. F and my parents for dinner and gave them some of the donuts. Apparently our eyes were bigger than our stomaches, or perhaps our sweet tooths!

I can’t believe my sister’s getting married in less than a month!!!!!

On the second day of KT’s bachelorette party

11891216_747499348632_4674674218877482620_n We didn’t party too hard Friday night but we did stay up late watching Magic Mike XXL, eating a lot of candy, and drinking cider. On Saturday morning, we went 11880437_747499308712_8379754591931721884_n to the Portland Saturday Market. image I loved that they had my favorite komucha brand on tap. My sister loved the bubble tea and 11898925_747359528832_1886387400552410831_nwe all loved the hand-painted signs. 11900038_747359543802_4840532845141202355_n (Since we really were like a small girly gang with our matching t-shirts!) Janie loved the flowers too. 11217164_747376045732_2240391048039450269_n After the market, we all went to get ice cream and the awesome Salt & Straw.  11880658_747377368082_6733373913837336897_n They had 5 phenomenal vegetable flavors image  including fennel & maple which I enjoyed with strawberry rhubarb pie. While my sister loved snickernoodle11896014_748287144882_6129733747194606224_n and someone else had the amazing carrot cake too. image I love my sisters and cousins! Our ice cream was perfect for the hot 80 degree day and shopping in the Pearl District! 11222466_747499667992_8753319076577294030_n For dinner, we went to the brilliant Andina image and all the supporting ladies wore black while the bride to be wore white! image The drinks were festive and Peruvian. 11863286_747395237272_5288413181235080704_n   11891185_747484149092_1898071248982446042_nThe scallops were also succulent. 11887986_747484159072_4729010383927760872_n I loved my grass fed lamb chops 11889548_747484194002_5546693274814192742_n and playing around with my cousin, Kiki. image Plus the desserts were out of this world!11896011_747499588152_2020092892256893206_nWe also got several great group photos after dinner too. image 11899875_747484318752_6561602959206251320_nOn our way back to the car, we were taking photos 11895986_747484398592_8481412500513341698_n and a bachelor party walked up behind the bride!  11905785_747484418552_2413333372731939755_n It was perfect timing! We had a wonderful night dancing to the Weeknd Song “Earned It” and to 90s music at Lola’s 11887898_747508011272_7120813460353994582_n where we knew all the words to the songs. It was so hilarious to sing along to Britney Spears, Hanson and Chumbawamba. We stopped by a few food trucks on the way home and fell asleep watching the original Magic Mike!


The first day of my sister’s bachelorette party in Portland!!!

On Friday, my sisters and I rented a SUV with our cousins to drive from Seattle to Portland!11834728_747253032252_129972739910772281_oWe had a fun time in the rainstorms and traffic, singing to awesome songs like Mirrors by Justin Timberlake and Lips Are Movin by Meghan Trainor. We picked up the maid of honor in Kelso before meeting a few more ladies in Portland at our hotel. imageimage We loved staying at the Residence Inn Riverplace because we could walk everywhereimage and have a kitchenette for making snacks throughout the weekend. (Nachos with Mr. F’s salsa were the perfect touch in the middle of the night!) 11221759_747279439332_1252008766185228510_n On Friday night, we walked to Departure for drinks and dinner. image It was highly recommended on Open Table, Trip Advisor and friends. It did not disappoint! We had fun taking fabulous photos too. image We loved the views from the bar too. image11229765_747279534142_1350628237457176806_n 11891189_747279474262_7631132234955063796_nI love getting pictures with my sisters and cousins! image The fancy dim sum was fantastic 11214302_747359199492_5457748993582787933_n and our waiter was pretty cute. It was the perfect prep for Magic Mike. 11892331_747294778592_1800211526152559379_o We also got to meet the chef, Top Chef, finalist Gregory Gourdet! We savored his scallops and the short rib steamed buns.


After dinner, we grabbed a quick drink 11905747_747359284322_8152185821703012166_n and wandered through Target, 11889524_747499583162_9196759286629664399_n  while waiting for the late viewing of Magic Mike XXL at the Living Room Theaters. It was an awesome first night of the bachelorette weekend.

We saw Taylor Swift in concert and it was AWESOME!

This was us all last week in anticipation of the Taylor Swift concert!11825010_10152928108801020_6330830291317562563_nI got to go with the most terrific group of ladies too! 11813435_10153515902980011_3483888713661305151_nMy sisters and two girlfriends went to the Taylor Swift on Saturday and it was sooo amazingly fabulous. Before the concert, we met at Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square for dinner. 11855638_10102965251214618_4019457092161404463_n Initially, Mr. F was our photographer but he didn’t stay for the concert. There were girls and women dressed like Taylor Swift11825015_10101414778843910_4332583493673753949_n all over Pioneer Square, some had t-shirts,or red lipstick,11049581_10102965250341368_714912254623637885_nor even tutus and signs with lights!11855885_746425790052_763669888694239905_n Tay Tay did not disappoint with her elevating and rotating stage, piano playing, guitar rocking and light show.11825082_746425750132_5219851439908268351_nThe entire show was highly entertaining even if we were some of the oldest people there! We may have been the age of most of the moms there! 11836632_746425844942_5906628668813608195_n  After the show, we walked to Pike Place to catch an uber! Yay for lots of fun music, dancing and walking through touristy locations when all the crowds are gone!  11888611_746880548712_7744619506843018487_o It was a wonderful weekend and great way to finish off a week of vacation!