This year we are doing something new and doing our main Family 50 States trip in the fall.  However, we worked in Washington on a tour to see family in California.
 We left Friday after Max got off work and ended up in Seattle very late.  You have to be Sleepless in Seattle, right?  Hailey had literally just flown from California to Phoenix before we took off to Seattle.  The teens from our church went to engage with kids in need in LA.  If it weren't for Uncle John and Aunt Cheryl, she would have never been able to go.  Not going to beach camp is in the same category as pulling her fingernails out.    So we owe them big time for taking her to the airport.
After a long night of waiting for bags and waiting for a shuttle we finally got to bed.  A few hours later, the Space Needle was our first priority for the day.
 Karlie is pretty afraid of heights and was a bit nervous about going to the top.  But once again she faced her fear and was glad she did.
 At the top they had an interactive map that detailed where the millions of visitors had traveled from.  MKHKKH traveled 1,110 miles from Scottsdale to visit the Space Needle!
It was beautiful at the top but a bit cloudy.  We were just grateful we were missing the notorious Seattle rain.  That was a sight we were not interested in seeing.
 A fun and memorable trip to the Space Needle.
 After the Space Needle, I think Starbucks might be the next most iconic part of Seattle.
Max had told the kids there would be a Starbucks on every street corner.  They were disappointed that we only saw two within our mile walk to Pike Place Market.
We did find the original Starbucks.
Being 4th of July weekend Pike Place Market was a zoo.  We felt like sardines.  It was nice to buy some local products like Rainier cherries and to have lunch with fresh fish from the market.  The kids enjoyed the the ugly fish.  We were hoping to see them toss fish but probably were not there earlier enough.

We packed our morning full of Washington sights, smells and tastes.  It was time to head toward Oregon.

Art Camp

Hailey has always loved to draw.  Each year her abilities get better and better.  She is getting so good now that people are requesting sketches and paintings.  She had a great opportunity to attend a week long art workshop at ASU.
 A class of 12 students learned from an ASU professor how to draw and paint a live model.  The class went from 9:30 - 4:30 every day.  Hailey was very tired at the end of each day.
Over the week we saw a transformation in Hailey.  She had found her calling.  She was wrestling with if she should go to college for art or maybe just minor in it.  She has been hearing her whole life the starving artist routine and she thoroughly enjoyed biology class this year.  This left her wondering if art should just be a hobby and not a career.
However the camaraderie she felt with her classmates and being covered in paint at the end of each day just made her feel like she knew art is where she belongs.  Each of the students sent in some of their work for the class and professor to see.  Hailey sent in these works.
 These two are done with colored pencil.

 These two were done on her iPad.
Her professor told me that she was a natural and fast learner.  She encouraged Hailey to send her drawings and paintings and keep in touch.  It was a really great experience for Hailey.
The highlight of the week was when the class model raved about Hailey's painting she did of her.  Hailey had completed the first realistic oil painting and had nothing to do.  She asked if she could do a second while the other students worked on their paintings.  Hailey decided to do the same painting but in dark hues and with a futuristic sense.  The model loved it, so Hailey gave it to her.  The model was so sweet.  She said she was leaving to graduate school in London and that this was definitely a piece she was taking.  That made Hailey's day!  I have no doubt that Hailey will be an artist, but she will not be starving.