Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Break Seattle Vacation

Making plans for spring break this year was sort of comical. One thing after another fell through, and all we could do was think of another plan. Traveling far wasn't in the cards, so we headed to Seattle for a couple nights in our favorite hotel. The Fairmont Olympic has been good to us, and it's safe to say the kids are getting quite comfortable there.

The main reason for the hotel (though room service is a close second) is the pool. As soon as we checked in and could change, we headed to the pool for a couple hours.

After swimming, we went to dinner across the street. We've noticed the Benihana on previous visits and always thought it'd be a fun treat sometime when we were at the hotel. When Eric made our reservations it was at the Benihana. By the time we showed up for our reservations, the restaurant had changed its name ;) Hamanasu it was!

Audrey was wiped from the pre-dinner swiml:

After the dinner the kids wanted to swim some more. So they did, until 10 p.m.! They shut the pool down. It was nice to have it all to ourselves =) 

The next morning, after more swimming, we walked down to the aquarium just to change it up a little. We walked around downtown, and then went back for more swimming :) This time we chased our swimming with room service. 

The next morning there was...more swimming! I think they might actually have gotten their fix this time. See you at Christmas, Fairmont Olympic!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Brick by Brick, Spring Break 2016

Our first act of spring break was to check out some Legos. I heard about the Lego "Brick by Brick" event from Groupon, but couldn't really find anything out about it online. Their Internet presence could use some help...I wasn't really sure what we were getting into, but thankfully, it was good. Turns out, it was 7,000 square feet of displays and 500,000 loose Legos to play with, and we had it pretty much to ourselves (according to the staff, visitors on Saturday weren't quite so lucky).

In front of each display were tables of loose Legos. You'd better believe the kids sat and built at each and every table.

I kept telling them they have piles of Legos at home, and they should be checking out the display, but they didn't seem to care.

My favorite:

Amos' favorite:

What was probably most people's favorite:

One thing that became tremendously clear is that I should be spending more time playing Legos...Right?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

An All Too Rare Dad Date

A couple weeks ago the stars aligned, and my life was in order on the same day Eric's work schedule wasn't booked solid. One quick text and Audrey, Ward, and I were headed into the city for lunch with Eric.

We hit up one of our favorites-Cactus. Oh, those flautas.

After lunch, we headed down to Lake Union Park and let the kids run off some energy. And see the seaplanes. Those are always a hit.

You can't tell from this picture, but the kids could see the passengers in the window waving back to them. SO exciting.

A little post-lunch snack (from the Amazon banana cart), and that was it. The time passed way too quickly.

(see previous Dad Dates here and here)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Our First Pinewood Derby

So many of the scout "things" hold no appeal for me, and the Pinewood Derby was at the top of that list. I think because I had no idea at all how to approach it...turns out, I didn't have to! It was totally Eric and Amos' deal. That was a whole lot easier to get on board with.

Winning was also easy to get on board with. Those boys of mine made a lightning fast car, and Amos won the night.

The boys made a beautiful car by keeping it simple. And adding weights.

Victory obtained, it was time to pack up and go home.

I found this little gem when I was looking through the pictures, Ward is Amos' biggest and best fan:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Imagine Children's Museum

Ward and Audrey being a part of the same preschool has been really great when it came to field trips this year. The preschool field trips together, so I didn't have to worry about getting a sitter for anyone not invited (because they're all invited!). Our most recent field trip was to Imagine Children's Museum in Everett.

I was really, really dreading the day, but it ended up being great fun! I overestimated how hard it would be with just two kids too. For the most part, the kids know how to behave these days =)

There are a million and one things to do at the museum. In fact, we didn't even get to them all. The Rooftop, with it's dinosaur dig, playground, and percussion section, was our most favorite.

It was a great day, I'm already looking forward to going back with Ward's class again next year.