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)