Disclaimer: We use all of our travel money and time, generally, to visit grandparents/family in Utah and California. This year we made a big effort to save some resources to take a trip with just our family. We really wanted to just spend time with the kids. This is why, Seattle-area Friends (Yosts, Andrea, Jeanelle), we had to skip on any extraneous visits. Next time, okay?
She slept and was adorable the whole 5 hour trip
Embassy Suites in Bellevue
We never stay in hotels—always cheaping out with relatives. The kids loved the pool, the two TVs, the breakfast buffet.
While everyone enjoyed the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Seth was the most hilarious when he was working on his Sarah McClachlan
Yeah. She doesn’t stop when she leaves the city limits. In case you were wondering. (Notice the seriously bald head from tantruming hair pulling.)
Jane’s Favorite Tourist attraction:
While the kids loved seeing Seattle from airplane’s heights at the Space Needle, Those With A Phobia (me) stayed safely inside the building (except for this picture), while the kids ran like crazies on the deck.
Biggest Life Lesson:
The scene of the crime.
After parental suggestions to allow us to carry the little blue money pouch, Jane’s $12.75 was literally taken from the floor while she did this exhibit at the Discovery Museum. Seriously: she went to find it moments after a big crowd of kids swarmed the area…and it was gone. So sad.
Longest Wait to Be a Tightrope Walker:
(walking the tightrope)
(In their safety harnesses)
45 minutes at the Discovery Museum’s Circus exhibit. It was cool in the end, though.
Coolest Use of the Crazy Mirrors:
I’m awarding this to myself. Not my most attractive look, however.
Person who spent the entire time in children’s musuem playing Giant Chess:
Saturday was super sunny!
We did Pike Place Market,
walked the Piers,
had lunch at Ivars,
visited the Aquarium,
and took an Argosy cruise.
Everyone else’s favorite Tourist Attraction:
Loved the aquarium diver presentation,
the feeding of the otters
and the touching pools.
The only 4th of July in history where I didn’t take pictures:
(I told you I didn’t take any pictures! Probably because we didn’t anything remotely 4th of July-ish)
The Biggest Spender:
I know! He must have must a conscious effort to not say one word about the hundred’s of dollars we were spending eating out, at museums and the market. It was so stress free because of his concerted high-rolling efforts. Thanks, honey!
The city pass. Seriously. Go to the website (here) to see if they have one in a city near you. We went to everything and saved tons of money. Much easier just to spend the money once (to buy the booklet) and then walk into everything (ahead of the ticket line, btw) without paying.
Really. Seattle’s Woodland Zoo is gorgeous and just the right length (~3 hours).
Funniest reaction to the bird eating off of the birdseed stick:
(Faith wasn’t a fan)
Ivars and the seagulls, of course.
Biggest contributor to Seattle’s Tourist Economy:
Seen here modeling one of her purchases.
Person who wanted to hog the most pictures:
(Every single statue: “Take a picture of me on this one, Mom!”)
Best trip in a LOOONG time:
Well…you just read about it!