On Sunday we had a big family dinner with the Thulins. All the kids loved playing in the water and running around together. Mommy and Daddy left the party early to check in at a hotel in Seattle for a little 15th anniversary getaway.
Our hotel was trying hard to be trendy and the room was very small - but since Jeremy had to do some training in Seattle, his work paid for it - so we weren't about to complain. We had some excitement one night. An old Asian woman who didn't seem to speak any English came down our hall knocking on every door and yelling for someone. We opened our door to try and help her but she was startled that we weren't the people she was looking for. She didn't apologize, she just kept knocking and yelling. We thought about calling the front desk but suddenly the noise ended. She woke us up around 1:30 a.m. and it was tough to get back to sleep. Oh the joys of city living....NOT!
Jeremy's training went well. It ended early almost every day so we got to have lunch together and spend the afternoons together too. Christine got to sleep in, explore downtown, read, and just enjoy a break from being a mom for a few days. Jeremy's quest for the ultimate burger led us to Relish Burger Bistro at the foot of the Westin in downtown on our first day. We ordered their signature burgers, onion rings, and a grapefruit-rosemary dry soda. Everything was delicious, but the bacon was a bit too salty. The burgers were not disappointing, but not perfect. Guess we'll have to keep searching. The soda was so refreshing. Mommy is still craving the taste.
The service was super slow at the restaurant. So we pounded down our burgers and then walked/ran a mile and a half to the waterfront to join Puna and Papa and the kids on a ferry ride. We missed it by three minutes and had to wait 45 minutes for the next ferry. Mommy was so sad to miss Annie and Tommy's first ferry ride.
We love the sea swirl Puna's hair is doing in this picture.
Puna and Papa took good care of everyone on the ferry. Tommy wasn't so sure about it at first, but ended up having a good time. Since they had to wait for us, they got to spend a little time at the beach.
The kids were so excited to show us all the shells they found and tell us about the crabs Papa kept catching.
On the island we stopped at a little Mexican restaurant for dinner. Daddy saw a vending machine that sells fuzzy mustache stickers and couldn't resist. Tommy looked so darn cute in it, but he started crying and got frustrated when he couldn't get it off. Lily and Annie were happy to give it a try. I love that Annie has it on crooked and off-center. Too cute. The serving staff were laughing at the kids taking turns with it.
Mommy was very happy to ride back with the kids and share that experience with them.
Tommy was all smiles and curiosity. He wanted to look at and touch everything. People all around us kept commenting on how beautiful he is. He really liked the ferry and all the nice people. Lily got a little cold and found a warm place out of the wind to take a rest. Puna was tired from her first full day of grandma duty and opted to take a nap in the car. After our ferry ride, we drove to Fremont to see the troll!
The girls were a little scared of the troll at first. They weren't sure if he would suddenly talk or move. Once they were satisfied he wouldn't do anything to surprise them, they climbed up to explore. But Lily kept her stick handy just in case! We said goodbye that night and the kids went back home with Puna and Papa.
Whew. That was a long post and it only covered the first two days - more to come soon.