Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seattle Aquarium

We loved the Seattle Aquarium. Partially because we're just geeky people, but also because the sea otters completely stole our hearts. They were just about the most adorable things I've ever seen. Don't believe me? Check out their live Otter-Cams here.

Another wonderful exhibit at the aquarium was Life on the Edge: Sea Life in Puget Sound Tide Pools. Both S and K spent a lot of time there. Since the sea anemones in the sound are not poisonous like their warm-water relatives, we could touch them. K loved how sticky their tentacles felt.


S loved touching the sea stars and the spiky sea urchins. 


Both kids also had a great time posing with each and every statue we found within the aquarium. (Don't worry, there were no real germ-infested kisses.)


I know it seems expensive to visit places such as the Seattle Aquarium, but if you go to Seattle with kids just bite the bullet and go. The aquarium may be on the small side, but we loved it and found the it well worth the entrance cost.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irises


Earlier this summer, the irises were blooming in the garden and they looked so pretty. The shapes inside were so interesting,


and the sunlight lit the flowers' interior in such an interesting way, I couldn't resist and took about a zillion pictures.

There's just something about flowers blooming in the garden that just makes me smile...


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fireworks!


The Island's fireworks this year this year were really good. They started out a little on the slow side but built up into a wonderful finale. Well, three finales actually. The technicians  kept psyching us out, but when the horns sounded after the third one, we knew they were over. It was a great way to end a fun-filled day.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day


Happy Independence Day!
Our day is going to be filled with good friends,
games, a picnic, and of course fireworks.
How about you?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Seattle: Kerry Park


We were a little surprised to be treated to sun on our first day in Seattle. Ying Ying and Miguel thought it was a prefect day to check out the view from Kerry Park.


It was a lovely little scenic overlook with an amazing view of Seattle, as well as art to appreciate. Which, of course, meant the kids had to climb all over it.


Plus, down below, the kids discovered a wonderful little playground. And who can resist new playground equipment? Certainly not my family - we had to try every single thing! It was great fun.
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Trolls

Michigan's Lower Peninsula (beneath the Mackinac Bridge) isn't the only place you can find trolls; did you know Seattle has one too? He's known as the Fremont Troll, he lives under the Aurora Bridge, and he's big.

Big enough to grab a Volkswagen Bug from the road.

Both of the kids loved exploring his domain. Luckily he was very amiable and quite happy to let the kids climb all over him.

Ying Ying, Allen and I, were happy to just spend some time together. It was so nice spending the day with her!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vacation!

Way back in 2000, we were lucky enough to host an exchange student from China. We fell in love with her and have kept in touch all these years.

She and her husband are living in Seattle these days, and we were lucky enough to get an invitation to spend a week with them right after school got out.



Seattle was such a neat city, but visiting with Y was the best part of the trip!