This past weekend was the perfect mix of fun, family, and friends (I kinda think that's what all weekends should be).
Here's some of the things I want to remember:
I WANT TO REMEMBER pulling over for some coffee, a snack, and to stretch our legs on the drive from Eugene to Seattle and grabbing the camera as I got out of the car. I'm so glad I grabbed that camera.
I WANT TO REMEMBER THIS LIGHT coming through the trees in the backyard where I spent so many days outside as a kid. I want to remember how it shined right down on my baby girl and my Mama.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how awesome it is when it's finally sunny after months and months of gray.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how much my kids love, love, love my parents and how happy they are to have them to themselves for the whole day (both my kids and my parents).
I WANT TO REMEMBER how much I loved playing with a slip-n-slide on this very same hill when I was a kid. I love that my parents went out and got one on Saturday for my kids to enjoy. For some reason the hill seems a whole lot less steep than it was back then.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how much fun it is to try new restaurants, especially ones recommended by Paolo. We shopped and had lunch near Pike Place at a great little French restaurant called Le Pichet. Paolo left us late afternoon to go meet his brother as they had general admission tickets and had a goal of getting as close as possible to Bono. Check out these shots.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how wonderful it is to reconnect with old friends. For dinner before the concert Chris and I met up with one of my best friends from high school Dana and her husband Josh (he's also a friend from our class in high school - they started dating in college). It's been years and years since I've seen them but in our Facebook world it felt more like last week. We met for dinner at The Pink Door (also near the market and also recommended by Paolo) and loved it.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how much I love live music. After dinner we headed over to Qwest Field to see U2 (Lenny Kravitz opened the show). I only took a couple shots early on as my phone battery was fading fast, but this was an awesome concert. The video screen you can see underneath the light green portion of the stage was the most amazing thing. Throughout the show I kept saying to Chris, "that screen is so, so awesome." The spectacle of the screen and the inclusion of so much video made the entire experience that much more phenomenal. Love the music, loved the filming/camera work/video. Love U2.
I WANT TO REMEMBER the long walk back with a swarm of people to the car from Qwest field after the concert was over.
I WANT TO REMEMBER how much I love hanging out with my family. On Sunday we met John & Liz & Henry & Lucy (my brother and his family) for a few hours of swimming before heading back towards home. The kids swam and swam and swam and ate lunch and then swam some more. It was cool to hang out where they hang out in the summer. I also loved that Dana & Josh met us there and we were able to meet their kids.
I WANT TO REMEMBER that it's always worth the drive.