This week has been spring break from school for the kids. It's been lovely to be off of routine for a while! Last Saturday we wanted to start break off with a fun family day. We headed out to breakfast at a local cafe and then hit down town Seattle to play tourists. We happened to have a visitor at our house that we wanted to bring along. She has been napping in a manila envelope ever since she came home with us from San Diego in February. I think she was happy to get out and breathe the fresh air of Seattle--her name is Flat Jill. We took a picture with her at Ivar's seafood restaurant--one of Seattle's more famous eateries. Then we took her on a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. A picture on the ferry with the Seattle skyline in the background is about as local as it gets!
Just the day before Tadd had seen a pod of Orcas while on a ferry. We were hopeful that maybe we could see them as well. Didn't happen, though.
These two are practicing for when they get to be flower girl and ring bearer together later this summer. It's a good look, right?
After some lunch and walking around on Bainbridge, we ferried back and walked up the Harbor Steps. We actually spent a long time playing in the fountains on the Steps. I was glad for the chance to sit down and watch the others as Henry was napping in my arms. He was a very good little tourist baby.
At the top of the Steps we headed to The Market. We thought that Flat Jill would want to see Pike Place for sure!
The Market was very crowded, so we didn't walk around and check things out as much as we thought we might. Instead, we headed off to find an ice cream treat. During our search we saw Seahawk Micheal Bennett at Beecher's Handmade Cheese. He sort of stuck out in the crowd. He was with his wife and little girls, so we decided not to be classless and ask for an autograph or picture. After a lot of ice cream, it was back down the steps.
Our last stop of the day was at The Great Wheel. Caroline has taken a ride before with Daddy--but for the other three and Mommy this was a first. Last time we tried to ride The Wheel, Ezra and Nora were too nervous to give it a try. Today they wanted to conquer their fear. They did great. But I have to admit that when I leaned against the door I suddenly got a bit freaked out. The thought of how I would hold on to all four kids by myself if something happened was overwhelming. Being a Mom changes your sense of adventure, I've found.
There is Daddy, waaaaaaay down below.
The stadium on the left is where the Seahawks and Sounders play football (American and European, respectively) and the stadium on the right is where the Mariners play baseball. The football stadium was being used as a motocross track for that day, however.
By the time the Wheel stopped turning for us, the day had gotten very long. We packed up and headed for home. Everyone was tired after all the walking around in the fresh air and sunshine. We couldn't have had a nicer day, weather wise and all in all it was a ton of fun.
Monday, the kids and I headed to Gig Harbor to enjoy a couple of days with Grandpa and Grandma. We took Flat Jill to the beach to snap a quick shot with the Narrow's Bridge.
Poor Flat Jill has been re-stuffed in her envelope and dropped in a postal mail box to go back to California where she can tell the rest of her family about her adventures. We hope she had fun and that she is kept safe on her journey!
And now spring break is nearly at an end. This is so sad! This means that we have to last out the rest of the school year without any more big breaks before summer. I hope we can all muster up the energy and enthusiasm that will be needed!