When Relatives Come to Visit

Last weekend, our Aunt Edie and Uncle Jim made it to Seattle on their Nationwide Tour Extravaganza (OK, I’m pretty sure they just call it a really long roadtrip, but that sounds so tedious so I thought I would jazz the name up for them a little bit!) We had the option of sitting on the couch staring at each other catching up, or heading out to see the sights of Seattle. 

Aunt Edie had a small, but very strange list of things she wanted to see (more on that tomorrow!) so we told her that we could do that as well a few other things. We also thought it would be fun to invite my parents to come along.  

It just so happened that KT was volunteering at the Folklife Festival, so that seemed to be a perfect place to start.  It’s interesting to note that Aunt Edie and my father have the exact same fashion sense…socks and sandals.  


Despite the fact that Folklife has been around for nearly 30 years, this is the first one that I have been to.  As far as I can figure out, it’s mainly a celebration of life.  The rainy weather didn’t seem to have much effect on the crowds. 

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That’s part of my family in the back.  You can tell Mimi by the red hair, Shaun’s in the shorts and Dad is wearing the beat-up hat and oxygen tank.  Mom is…well…there’s a reason that my family is far away from the street performers.  (Notice how bundled up everyone is on Memorial weekend?)


We had been watching some street performers when Mom decided that they needed a little encouragement.  She grabbed a dollar bill and ran out to tip them.  I fear that the actor thought she wanted to tuck it in a…well…let’s say secure spot…but she said she wanted to give it to them before the rush started.  Mom’s never been the shy one and really enjoyed being made a small part of the show.


After all the excitement of Mom’s showbiz debut, everyone came out of hiding for something to eat.  KT and Mimi chose a yummy vegan cheesesteak and veggie dog.  I settled for kettlecorn. 


We left KT to her volunteer duties and headed over to Pike’s Place Market…a true tourist Mecca. Don’t you think this bunch looks like a small herd of tourists?

More adventures tomorrow…

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13 Responses to When Relatives Come to Visit

  1. Patsy (mom) says:

    Great pictures, remember this fair well. Lots of fun and now new friends. I really like your Aunt Edie, and Uncle Jim also.

  2. Looks like a fine time was had by all!!! I just love festivals!!

    It does look a little cold there though…

    • Susie says:

      Sigh…we are still waiting for summer. It’s common knowledge that it doesn’t start until July 5th. That doesn’t keep me from hoping though…

  3. We’re all aloeing up tonight after a tournament weekend spent in the 90 degree sun.

    That looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Edie says:

    Sure…you had to get ahead of me on posts! You know, I love your father’s feet…they make mine
    look tiny. We’re in Green River, Wyoming tonight.

  5. Susie says:

    Poor Dad has to special order his shoes. I can put my entire shoed foot inside of his. It kinda makes me feel like a little kid!

    (you have to ask Shaun about the first time he saw a pair of my dad’s shoes sitting on the floor!)

  6. Kathy Ariano says:

    I think they look like a lovely herd of tourists! What a great time everyone seems to be having.

  7. Nationwide Tour Extravaganza does sound much better!

  8. Tylor says:

    Sounds like an event I’d love to visit.

  9. Alexandra says:

    Came over from LBS, liked your post title. LOVED your pictures…

  10. Pamela says:

    I love vegan stuff
    isn’t that funny that it took your visitors to get you to go out to that 30 year old tradition? ha

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