Market Recap - part 1

So, like the nerd I am I agreed to let Clint take a picture of me at the airport with the Quilt Market sign.  It was funny to me because he said "this Market must be a big deal" referring to the welcoming sign in the airport. I love him, he makes me laugh.  When I told Clint that I wanted to go to Market, he thought about it for two seconds and booked us the plane tickets and a place to stay.  Knowing him though, he would make it more of a vacation than just a trip to Market.  It is good for us to get away as a couple because our lives are busy and most of the time we are dealing with kiddos and the business.  I am getting more and more used to traveling, which is a good thing because that is what Clint loves to do.  As I was going down the elevator I realized that my life is nothing like I planned, the Lord has given me opportunities that I never knew possible.  For that, I am grateful.

Everyone warned us that it just rains in the NorthWest.  And, it does - it rained most of the week.  But, we are so used to it being dry, hot, with tons of red rocks and blue skies, so it was a welcome sight to see the grey clouds and the rain.
I have a crazy fear of going over bridges, but this bridge was awesome with it's flying geese triangles.

I was like a kid in the candy store just looking at all the trees.  I forgot how much I love trees, they are everywhere.  The drive to our resort was incredible, full of trees and incredible farm land.  When I was a kid I always dreamed of living in a place that had a dirt lane up to the house with both sides of the lanes being covered with trees.  People actually have that - seriously, I am so jealous! It is so gorgeous.  Remember, I live in the desert.

This is the early morning sight in Seaside, Oregon.  Wow!
I had the best time catching up with my good friend Emily.  She moved to Seattle and I miss her so much.  She is one of my quilting friends, we used to go to lunch about once a month when she lived here in Saint George.  It has been so hard to not have her here, I miss her so much!  So, needless to say - I am grateful that she made the trip down to see me.  It was the best time, too short though.

It is always fun to find out the history in the towns we stay in.  Seaside is the end of the Lewis and Clark trail. There is a famous turnaround that a lot of people come and drive around in their cars called the Promenade.  It's a perfect spot to watch the sunset as well. There is nothing like an ocean sunset.

This is just some of the beauty of Seaside.  It is such a beautiful place to visit. 

If you know Mr. Madsen, he loves cheese and ice cream - a lot.  So, going to Oregon means we make a trip to the Tillamook factory.  It was so fun.  We went through the taste test area three times and loaded up on some yummy cheese.

On the drive home we found this awesome beach.  It was in between Seaside and Tillamook.  The area looked so familiar, then I realized that Goonies was filmed around here in Astoria and Cannon Beach.  We made our way to see that as well.  I kept saying to myself, "HEY YOU GUYS," over and over again.  ;-)

It was a beautiful time that Clint and I were able to spend together.  Everywhere in the world we can find the beauty that is unique and incredible to the place we are visiting.  It reminds me of a loving God who created this beautiful world for us to enjoy.  I have come to appreciate that more and more as I have been blessed to be able to create in my own way with my quilting.  It really is incredible when you think about it. 

So, not quite the Market post you may of been thinking of.  Don't worry.  I have another post coming with more details of my day at Market. 
May 21, 2013 by Judi
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