Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I'm gonna put pins into all the locations that I've traveled to. But first, I'm gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won't fall down.
Mitch Hedberg

We don’t have a map in our house with pins poking out. Instead, we have magnets stuck to the fridge.

The first year Tim and I were married we decided to document, magnetically, our travels. We don’t smoke, so ashtrays were out. We don’t drink so there went the shot glass souvenirs. You can only get so many keychains before they rip your pockets or make you sound like Captain Kangaroo on the run. And really, who can afford $25 a t-shirt for everyone in the family?

We proudly announce the newest members of our fridge family: magnets from Leavenworth, Snoqualmie Falls, Space Needle, and Forks, all in Washington. Other attractions that we visited also sold magnets, but we tried to keep our purchases to a minimum. You can’t eat a magnet.

Enjoy the photos of the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Happy Kid's first view of the Pacific Ocean

If you don't know why this is important, ask a teenage girl

Alki Beach--Tim's childhood playground

Seattle Skyline and omnipresent ferry from our harbor cruise

Mariners vs. LA (we won't say who won)


Space Needle

Snoqualmie Falls

Leavenworth, WA


  1. I can feel the joy in all of these photos! Please write and tell me about the sea breeze!

  2. Beautiful, Randi. I look forward to being able to travel. Next year perhaps.

  3. Janice: The sea breeze was wonderful! I'll write more on it later.

    Writer Dad: Traveling is such a good education for kids--it has been for Jere anyway. We had limited funds to go but it was Tim's dad's 85th birthday and we were reluctant to miss it. So we did the sleeping on the side of the road thing on the way there and on the way back, but it was well worth it. Oh, and I'm sending positive vibes your way so that you'll be able to travel before next year. :)

  4. That's a very cool idea - I like it. (please note I have removed the exclamation points since I just read Sean's post about those nasty things.)

    We haven't travelled nearly enough, and what we do is get a souvenir of art. We purchase something that is either done by a local artist, or a picture of the area, or something related to the place we visited. We don't buy any other souvenirs and things. We return home with the artwork, get it framed, and it gets put onto our wall as a reminder of the place we visited. We always tell people of our travels through the artwork.


  5. Daisy--That's a unique idea. It's a great way to support artists, plus I imagine that helps children appreciate art too. I would love it if I visited someone's home and they had their own art gallery of their travels. Capital idea. (Yeah, I'm watching those exclamation points now too.)

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  7. I'm visiting from Ana's blog! You have a lovely blog. Thank you for sharing these photos. I would love to visit the Pacific Northwest someday. Looks wonderful :)

  8. Ana: Thank you so much!

    septembermom: Thank you for visiting! I checked out your site too earlier today and loved all those tulips. I especially enjoyed your post about the popular crowd and your son. Tell him he's not missing anything.

  9. OMG!!! That Forks pic gets me everytime :P And I'm not even a teenage girl...well, i don't think anyway :P

  10. juliegoose: You can be an honorary teenager. I think anyone who has chosen a team qualifies. :)


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