20 June 2009

Seattle 3

Our second full day in Seattle, Walter and I had the whole day to ourselves. We decided to see some of Seattle's great attractions.

We took the bus into the city and started our adventure at Pike Place Market. I'm sure you've seen this place on TV before, the place where the burly fishmongers toss fish among all the tourists.

There are so many delicious sights here. My favorite were the produce stands. Walter and I bought a pint of raspberries and just ate it on the spot. Talk about decadence...

And the flower stands! Amazing, lush, brown-paper wrapped bundles for as little as $5. If Fletch and Jen hadn't been moving, I'd have brought them a huge bunch!
After consulting the map and the ferry schedule, we decided we would hustle down to the dock and ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is just about a 20 minute ride from Seattle, and is where Fletch and Jen were married on a gorgeous summer day in 2002.

On the ride back, we wrote on the postcards Walter had selected for his siblings and for Papa. Walter had his very own Dr. Pepper. The boy knows how to chose a soda.
From the ferry landing, we walked up some VERY steep hills to the Seattle Public Library. I had visited this spot with John a few years ago, and I really wanted Walter to see it. It is an architecturally famous building and a wonderful place to spend some time. This is especially true if you love libraries, as I do.

First we stopped in the children's room so that Walter could do a little bit of the homework he was missing at school. Not so fun. But even the chairs and carrels in the children's room are fun to experience.

We stopped in the gift shop on our way up the different floors. Some of our finds (I need that apron):

Up next...more picture of a library than you can imagine possible.

17 June 2009

Seattle 2

After Walter and I met up with Andrew and Kathy, we went back to my brother and sister-in-law's house to wait for my nephew, T., to come home from pre-school.

We decided that Walter, T. and I would go visit the Space Needle (don't ever call it the Space Tower)while my sis-in-law, Jennifer, stayed home with their ADORABLE, TINY daughter, Q.

We rode the bus downtown, and Walter and T. wanted to sit in the twisty part in the middle. Those of you who don't live in a city probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Suffice it to say, there is NO VIEW from the twisty part in the middle. And your legs are all squished up so that people can get past you to the back of the bus. However, I let them choose. Here they are.

Note to Boston peeps: Yes, it was quite painful walking around Seattle with one child wearing a Yankees cap (of all things!!!) and the other wearing an Orioles cap. I mean, where is the hometown pride? In his defense, the Orioles are Walter's Little League team. But I am really going to have some words with my brother about this Yankees business...

Here is T. waiting for the next bus. The Seattle bus system is a little rough. We definitely encountered some characters on a few of our rides. In fact, on our way back from the Space Needle, the other riders near us were so sketchy that we got off at the next stop to wait for the next bus. Eesh.

T. was completely enamored of Walter: followed him everywhere asked him questions, held his hand. It was quite adorable to watch these two get to know each other in a real way.

Here are some views from the top, first looking down on the Experience Music Project, then toward Lake Washington and then out toward Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Seattle is gorgeous, surrounded by water and mountains. And this day was especially beautiful and WARM.

Sorry about that smudge on the right side of the photo. I had something on the lens and didn't realize until I got home!! Enjoy that smudge on ALL the pictures. My treat.

After spending a few minutes at the top, we came down and Walt and I ate snow cones. T. had bubble gum ice cream and it was ALL over him. What a cutie.

Then we made our way to the University of Washington campus (called U. Dub, if you want to be cool)to meet up with Fletch (my bro) and Jen, as well as little Q. The campus is very lovely, and I really enjoyed seeing where Fletch has been studying these last FOUR years. Truly, I am so very proud of him and all he has accomplished. Here he is with little Q. More on her cuteness and his awesomeness later.

Here are a few more of T. and Walter as we spent some time on campus. It was a great day, and especially great to see Fletch and Jen, their home, their lives, their precious children. I'm so grateful we could be there!

15 June 2009

Seattle 1

Oh hi!
I last posted, let's see, A MONTH ago!!
Lots to catch up on.

Walter and I took a trip to Seattle at the beginning of the month. We spent a week visiting family and seeing my brother (my littlest brother) graduate from MEDICAL SCHOOL! As Walter observed a few days into our trip, "I didn't know we had SO MUCH family out here..."

I won't make you look through ALL our pictures (hee hee) but I wanted to post a few here.

We had a great trip and it was so nice to have time with just one child. John and I have decided that we're going to make it a tradition that each child will experience a trip with one parent when he/she is ten years old. Not only did it feel like a vacation for both Walter and me (only one child, and the most self-sufficient one at that!), but it is so much easier financially to do the tourist thing when there are only TWO of you and not SIX.

Day 1: In the morning, I got together with my good, good friends from high school, Andrew and Kathy. It was SO awesome to see them. Andrew has lived in Seattle for a long time, and Kathy lives near Phoenix, but is a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines (based in Seattle). She happened to have a flight that day, so she just popped up a little early to catch us for coffee.

Each of them are just exactly the same as I remember. Kathy is so warm and funny. Sadly, Andrew was under the weather and wasn't his usual self. He LOOKS exactly the same...he's still really tall. Andrew and I went to our senior prom together in his monster truck. It was awesome. It was the '80s. Say no more.

Needless to say, Walter was pretty tired (that three hour time change is killer) and BORED. Who wants to sit around listening to his mom reminisce with her high school friends?