Monday, March 9, 2015

Cutes

Look at these cute faces. I love her early morning sleepy smile. Every Sunday Jeff gives me a quality sleep-in by whisking Edie out of the house, (frequently without changing out of her pjs) and they pursue their year-long search for the best cinnamon roll in the PNW. They drive to a new diner or bakery every Sunday and don't come back until at least 10am. Selfishly, I love this quiet time to do as I please and wake up at my own pace. But I also love seeing the occasional pictures Jeff takes of these outings because CUTES.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Happenings

February for me brought a one-day trip to San Francisco (work), a 5 day trip to the east coast (work+brrr), a 4-day vacation to LA (sun+fun) and also the following:

Playdate after school with her BFF:

They had a terrible time:

Making pineapple upside down cake:
She enjoyed placing the cherries just so before we poured the batter on top:

My Christmas present bloomed:
We spent a sunny weekend on orcas:
And made smoked salmon and corn chowder in bread bowls while there:


We went to two birthday parties for two very special one year olds. First up was Addie:
Second up was Henry, but I forgot to take photos because I was too busy stuffing my face with cake at that party I guess…

I went for a walk at our neighborhood park just 2 blocks from our house and snapped this photo:

Hard to believe it's winter. It was actually so bright that you can't tell in the photo that Mt. Rainier was enormous and clear as day.

We celebrated Amy's birthday at The Bottlehouse in Madrona. They gave us free pink sparkling wine for a toast; we accepted.

And then last weekend we went to a mystery party where weird things like this happened:
And this too:
The longer version of that story is that Jeff received an evite from a "Mr. Rourke" (from Fantasy Island) inviting us to "get away from Seattle for a few hours". We couldn't see the other invitees and we didn't know who Mr. Rourke was. After responding "tentative" Jeff received a slightly more aggressive email from Mr. Rourke saying "Bring Jill, get a sitter for Edie Bee, and come to this party." Which at least reassured us that this wasn't going to be a sales meeting for a time share. SO, we got a sitter and took a risk and the party was random and funny and actually really great (Mr. Rourke turned out to be a friend/former co-worker of Jeff's).

And to finish up February and kick off the first of March, I bring you this adorbs photo of Edie and her second cousin Sophie at their great aunt Carolyn's house from last Sunday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mt. Baker

Here are some belated photos from our weekend in late January with Jeff's cousin and his family who live in Vancouver, BC. We rented a house, went sledding, drank cocoa and cocktails and generally had a fantastic time. These photos only show the fun part, which started at about 9pm on Friday. We weren't really into photographing the events of the drive north because Jeff, Edie, and I almost murdered each other during the drive. It was pitch black, raining hard, foggy, and my cell phone lost reception with the directions on it, we couldn't get the gated community to open their gate and let us in, and a particular 5 year old was in level 11 whine-mode. It was almost as if she had no idea of the peril her life was in because for sure Jeff almost pulled over so that we could all drink some poison kool aid and just end it all. Instead we persevered, drank multiple cocktails upon arrival and everything got better.



This is the second time on the trip I almost died (the first being the car ride to the cabin). Instead I just got a face full of snow:


Post-sledding hot cocoa for the kids:
Sidecars for the adults:


The view from the sledding site:

A quick nature stop on our way home:

Friday, February 20, 2015

California last day

On Monday, our last day, we had a slow morning at Katherine's house and then headed to the Venice area with her so she could attend some meetings at her office. Edie and I entertained ourselves by walking the canals, playing at the beach, walking the boardwalk and having a hipster lunch at a place called Gjelina.

She brought her stuffie from Disneyland (Marie from Aristocats):


Checking out muscle beach and all the other weirdos at Venice:
Not pleased to pose for me:
More pleased this time to pose because she found a bird of paradise on the ground that she wants to show me:
By the time we got back to the street with shops and restaurants we were both starving. Our flight was in a few hours so we needed to eat before getting a ride to the airport - we didn't have time to hunt for the most kid friendly joint. It turns out that Katherine's office is in a super hipster neighborhood so I took a risk and we went into a too cool for school restaurant that had a few oven pizzas on the menu that I hoped would appease Edie. I wish my kid was cool enough to want to order mushroom toast and cauliflower salad (also on the menu), but alas - this is not the case. She is however cool enough to wear a psychedelic unicorn dress, which it turns out, charms the kind of people who DO eat mushroom toast and cauliflower salad. When taking your child to traditionally non-kid friendly places I highly recommend first dressing them like a cross between a tiny adult, Punky Brewster, and Mary Kate Olsen.  I swear it buys you a few extra minutes of good will.

While Edie and I eat out together a fair bit, this place was definitely the least kid friendly place we'd ever been; I had a moment of panic when we got seated at a banquette with two hipster couples on either side of us (like really close to us). I knew there was a risk that Edie wouldn't like any of the food we ordered so I thought I'd appease her in another way and let her order a lemonade. The waiter instead offered, "sparkling lime aid" to which Edie replied with a face that said, "crushing disappointment". I assured the waiter that water would be just fine. But then he surprised me royally by bringing back a glass of homemade lemonade that he obviously had just made just for her with freshly squeezed lemons and sugar. Edie was over the moon. Overall I was so surprised by how well the whole experience went. Edie even ate pizza with HERBS on it and LIKED it. The risk paid off especially after lunch when they brought the dessert menu. They had gelato on the menu, which is one of Edie's faves because they have it at our favorite neighborhood joint (which you may recall from her birthday dinner photos). The waiter laughed when he listed the gelato flavors for Edie because when he got to stracciatella, she exclaimed, "Yes! Stracciatella is my favorite!"  He had no way of knowing that this is one of the staple flavors at our neighborhood place - it sort of looked like I just had a real bougie kid who liked pretending to be an adult. Anyways, after licking her bowl clean and tipping the waiter like 40%, we peaced out of there and hitched a ride to the airport where we made it home safe and sound in time for bed.

Edie literally licking her goblet clean while I worked on my black bottom banana cream pie.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

California Disney Day

On Sunday of our California visit, we made Katherine take us to Disneyland. She obliged. We nailed it.   The only disappointment of the day was that there were a lot of rides closed for refurbishments. Splash Mountain, Matterhorn, and Peter Pan most notably. But we still had a blast. There might have been one low moment when we humored Edie and got in line for Storybook Land only to regret it once it was too late to get out of the maze of the line. But we persevered and were rewarded by the fact that this ride has been updated recently to include a replica of Arendelle from the movie Frozen. Edie in the Tarzan house (formerly the Swiss Family Robinson house):
We spent a surprising amount of time watching the real live ducks in the various ponds of Disneyland instead of riding rides. Kids are weird.

Near another duck pond (ps: in case you are wondering, Edie is sporting a neck tattoo of the temporary variety - it's a tattoo of a necklace):
And yet another duck viewing sesh:

First ride? Pirates! Edie loved it and didn't remember most of the details from her last visit 2 years ago. She said, "Take my picture with the parrot mom!!!":
More at Tarzan's house:


Hands down the best moment for all of us was our first time on Big Thunder. She wasn't big enough to ride the last time we visited (plus it was closed) and it's been updated pretty dramatically to be faster and more exciting. Edie was PUMPED. And since the photos are below, it will probably be obvious that I also loved it. These photos are extra large because they are extra awesome:





"I'm not going to like churros Mom, I want cotton candy."
"Churros sound gross."
after one bite: "Oh wait. I LOVE CHURROS."


Shortly after a New Orlean's band walked by and handed Edie a necklace:

Friends forever:
After the sun went down, I bought Edie a stuffed animal on Main Street (because I am a sucker) and we went across the way to California Adventure, went on a ride, ate dinner, and attended a Frozen Singalong (because Katherine and I are both suckers). Getting ready for the show to start:
I think she enjoyed the show. PS it snowed from the ceiling at the end and Edie would like you to know that she got a snowflake in her eye.

Edie was asleep in the car on the way home within minutes and I carried her upstairs and tucked her in all dressed in her clothes at Katherine's place.