This blog is about the lovely week we spent in Seattle leading up to the wedding of our dear friends, Troy and Kristen (Todd's brother and his new bride). On our first night there, Todd surprised me with Mariners tickets since I'm such a big baseball fan. We went with Todd's friend Jamie and our nephew Noah. Although Seattle is the worst in the league this year, as evidenced by attendance, we had a great time and stocked up on ballpark hot dogs, which we've missed so much.
The next day we had brunch in Kirkland overlooking the water. I really fell in love with this little town! It's so scenic, particularly for those of us who reside in a concrete jungle like Seoul. I spent the afternoon burning a hole in my wallet at the shops in Bellevue. Later on we relaxed with Noah and his little bro, Sammy, who is destined for a career in contact sports. His whole world is grunting, scowling and dominating household items. Kristen cooked us dinner that evening and we laughed and talked like old times.
On Wednesday we had fish and chips down on the water and went for a nice
run through Kirkland. By early afternoon the jet lag we thought we had evaded hit us full force. We slept for about three hours and then soldiered up for a fun night out in Queen Anne. We met up with Todd's sister, Tammy, who was having drinks with a large group of friends. They were in high spirits on this particular evening, waiting to head over to the Neil Diamond concert - insert joke here. After a lot of teasing and a condensed version of Todd's infamous Neil impression, we sent them on their way. We met up with Jamie and his wife, Cynthia, for some delectable Washington oysters and found a cozy little wine bar to finish off the night.
Thursday we headed out with Troy to pick up some last minute marital necessities, most importantly his wedding band. That night Jamie and Cynthia invited us to another Mariners game, only this time we had Diamond Club seats. I am now officially spoiled for life when it comes to baseball games. Dinner service and seats in the second row directly behind home plate - it doesn't get much better.
On Friday Tammy took me shopping and we
had a nice lunch in town. That afternoon we checked into the hotel in Redmond and welcomed friends and family who were arriving from the airport. We headed over to the wedding rehearsal at Clise Mansion, where Todd's uncle Curt, who is a pastor in Hawaii and who officiates all Nealey weddings, briefed everyone on roles and responsibilities. Then it was off to the rehearsal dinner at Red Hook Brewery, which was such a unique choice of venue! We finally got to meet Austin and Mariela's baby, Logan, and John and Hayley's baby, Taylor. And no matter what anyone says, Rob, I think your speech was superb. Back at the hotel I reunited with my mom - it had been over a year since we'd seen each other.
On Saturday morning mom tagged along while I got a haircut and a manicure. We had lunch with Todd's parents and grandparents and then made our way to the long-awaited affair. Though it had been overcast most of that week, Troy and Kristen's wedding day was exceptional. The ceremony in the rear garden was simple and beautiful. It was the perfect culmination of their truly amazing love story.
hours of eating, drinking and dancing at the reception the whole group headed back to the hotel to change and reconvene in the lobby lounge. I finally headed to bed in the wee hours after saying my final goodbyes to Troy and Kristen. Somehow Todd got mixed up in a tragic karaoke scenario and didn't return home until daylight.
On Sunday my mother and I joined Tammy on the famous underground tour of Seattle, where I learned much more than I had anticipated. Apparently we owe that grand city to prostitutes! We checked out Pike Place Fish Market and the world's first Starbucks and stopped for clams and cod on the wharf. I saw my mother off to the airport and then returned to Tammy's to get ready for dinner. For our last stateside meal we chose Anthony's on the waterfront. We sat outside watching the sunset and feasted on Alaskan King crab legs and Dungeness crab. In case you're wondering, the latter wins, hands down.
We flew out the next morning, sad to leave America but thrilled to have seen so many loved ones in such a short trip. This brief taste of home will get us
through until next spring, when we will probably return to the states. Congratulations Troy and Kristen, you old married bags!
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