Yes, again, I’m 2 weeks behind. But that’s for a GREAT reason. Amy and Issey came to this side of the pond to visit us and pick up Emily. We had the typical whirlwind 2 weeks (which, along with full-time work and a pregnancy, is why I STILL haven’t blogged their Christmas trip). They left on Wednesday. So, in an effort to not get bogged down, I’m going to pull ALL of the last two weeks into this one post. :) Here goes…a boatload of pictures that are unedited, out of order, and a lot of them off my phone, but they are here!
This is one of many versions of the calendar that we tried to keep so that we could keep all of our activities straight!
One day, we went to the International District to try to learn about the Japanese Internment at the Wing Luke Museum, but dumb Susan didn’t look at the open days and it was closed that Monday. So, we had some crazy good, but crazy expensive tea at the Panama Hotel which is one of the remaining businesses that was owned by a person of Japanese heritage during the internment and somehow made it through. Here Amy is telling the story of the internment to the kids.
PS It was HOT during these two weeks. There was lots of fun pool time!
We also had birthday party for Issey because he was at home alone without Emily during his birthday. Plus, it was just fun to have a birthday party for the kids. We had a BBQ, got a DQ ice cream cake and the kids sang songs on the Xbox, thus reigniting Hutch’s love of the song “I Wanna Tiger” (Eye of the Tiger). :)
I forgot to grab a picture of it before, so here it is after it’d been gobbled up! I asked for “Happy Birthday, Issey” to be written in “Sounders Green”, because of his love for soccer.
Then, one day we tried to take Amy and the kids to Discovery Park, but we got there too late and missed all the passes. So, we went to Golden Gardens instead, which was fun for them because of the playground, so it ended up being a “win”.
Then, one day we did the “Seattle Tourist Tour” and rode the Ducks and went up the Space Needle. It was my first time, since moving here in 1993, that I’d ridden the Ducks. And it was a blast! I also hadn’t been up the Space Needle in awhile, but I remembered how it’s one of those “Grand Canyon” type of things where you go up there, spend 15 minutes and then you’re done.
Hutch got a little overwhelmed in the middle of it and had to lie down on our seat.
He didn’t really want to smile for a picture with Mama, either.
Nicholas got to get up and do a dance for the whole bus while we were boating on Lake Union. (See the actual dance in the video below).
Hutch got some good Nana time when he was tired of sitting with Mama.
We got lucky and the sun came out when we got onto the water!
Then, after the Duck, we headed to Seattle Center and grabbed lunch, but then Hutch had a total meltdown and refused to leave to go to the Space Needle. Lucky for us, he likes Aunt Amy and she carried him. (It didn’t help that it was right in the middle of naptime, which he was obviously missing.)
The kids found something to look at on the floor while we were waiting for the Space Needle elevator.
We got our picture taken!
And then we went way up high!
Hutch really liked playing with the zoom-in telescope. We also looked for the building where Papa was working!
When we got to the bottom, Hutch made a souvenir Space Needle coin. It was really hard to turn and he put on his tough guy face.
And all of this tired him out so much that he actually fell asleep at around 4pm on the way home from dropping Nana off. THIS HAS NEVER EVER HAPPENED! He slept for over an hour in our driveway. CRAZY.
I had to walk around wearing Briar, who was getting fussy and then SHE fell asleep on me! So, I spent about an hour walking around my driveway, looking like a crazy person reading Entertainment Weekly. And thus ends the fun Duck and Space Needle day.
Here is a collage video of all the video I took on the phone of our Seattle Tourist day. Entirely unedited, as I was making it in a coffee shop and couldn’t hear anything. I just figured why not put it all together because someday I might want to watch it!
And then another day, we took the kids (minus Elizabeth, who was getting some much-needed alone time with Jim) to St. Edwards Park for a hike and some playtime. It was super fun and Emily was in 7th heaven.
And we finished off that day with sushi lunch!
On one of Amy’s last days in town, we went shopping at Bellevue Square and Issey got to hold Briar. He’s SUCH a good little “mommy”!!!! :) And then we went to Cupcake Royale and enjoyed a tasty treat. So much for our anti-diabetes plan. ;) But it was worth it to introduce Amy to Stumptown Coffee!!
We also went to Mandarin Buffet as a family, at the request of Issey and Emily, and Hutch was introduced to the chocolate fountain. We had always thought that he didn’t like eating there, but I think it’ll be on our list from now on as a possible eat-out place. (Others include Bento Box for kah-reh (curry) rice, Red Robin for spaghetti, Mod Pizza for pizza, any carousel sushi and any Mexican place that serves normal black beans and rice with guacamole (although Qdoba is his favorite). We’re making progress!!!
On the last last night they were in town, we had lasagna at Elizabeth’s and then went out for frozen yogurt (at Issey’s request) to the place in Mill Creek where Chandler works. We tried to get one last picture of the sisters. This is how they turned out on my phone. :) Even though they’re blurry (it was dark), I love to see our big smiles!
It was a great, albeit short, trip with Amy but they’re always fun because we try to do things with her that we don’t normally do. We are hoping that they’ll be back for a nice long trip next summer and we can have even more relax-around-the-pool time.
Ahhhh, there. I did it. Not perfect, but I got it all off my phone/camera and just threw it in one post and now it’s off my back. On to work off the rest of the back(b)log of stuff since last December.