2 weeks passed and did anybody miss me? I hope so. I missed me! I really thought I’d write one more post before we left (nope), a couple while I was there (nope), and one right after we got back (n-to-the-ope). I still haven’t finished unpacking and I don’t really have time for this, but has that ever stopped me before?
WARNING: picture overload follows
- Day 1, Tuesday We woke Malachi up at what felt to him like 1:30 in the morning, drove to the airport, got through check in and security where he thought it was FUNNY to put his lovey through the x-ray machine (miracle right there), bought breakfast, boarded the plane, and waited for Malachi to fall back to sleep.
And eventually we just gave up. But, he stayed happy and never melted down and did manage to take a one-hour nap, so there’s that. Naomi stayed happy as well.
All was nice and well and good until we landed in Seatlle and I kid you not: EVERY (actually all but one but it feels more dramatic to say every so) EVERY elevator was out of service. It took us 40 minutes just to get down to baggage claim. But it’s alright. We got there, nursed, napped, visited, and crashed.
- Day 2, Wednesday Malachi’s dreams came true and we went to the zoo where we got to see real-life bloop-bloops, grr-grrs, oo-oos, and woo-oooooos. He also gave himself a hug and got to go down a really big SAH-eed.
Then we went to Great Grandma’s house where Naomi got to meet her for the first time and Malachi enjoyed napping, producing the biggest poop-bomb ever in his history, and singing and dancing to every song he knew.
- Day 3, Thursday <—(Apparently WordPress didn’t pass elementary school because it told me I spelled Wednesday and Thursday wrong.) Thursday we went to the Seattle Center where Malachi rocked out the children’s museum and the international fountain. He was really, really into cleaning up the trash at the fountain and his favorite part of the museum was grocery shopping so maybe he needs to get out more? Who knows.
Later that day we went to see Aunt Becca and Malachi played on a playground for the second time that week. By the end of the week he had played on a playground 5 days out of 7 – go Seattle!
- Day 4, Friday Friday we got to drive north a bit and visit Jeremy’s best friend and family. They have an incredible story that you should check out. It was so, so good to finally get to spend some time with them! Jana and I are planning to marry off Naomi and Cohen so stay tuned for the latest developments.
First we went to an indoor jungle playground which was fun, and then we went to an awesome park. It was designed so that Malachi could do the whole thing by himself and we didn’t have to constantly supervise.
Danny and Jana also brought cupcakes. The boys hated it, as you can see.
- Day 5, Saturday Saturday was awesome because Jeremy and I went on a date to celebrate our fifth anniversary. And not just any date – a half-day date. Round of applause. We went to the Ballard Locks which were super awesome on their own and made awesomer by the presence of jumping, barking seals. We went to Kerry Park and got a great view of the city. We went out to eat at a place that I loved and Jeremy thought was “fine” (story of his life). We walked around downtown and talked and explored and laughed about almost running out of gas and had a great time. I love him.
- Day 6 – Sunday Sunday was church and then a big family party. Malachi had fun playing with all the wonderful toys that Grandma had gotten for him. He also loved following around his cousins. Naomi also enjoyed all the people and family. She stayed up about 5 hours past her normal bedtime. Great-grandma held her and sang to her for a while and it was so sweet that I teared up.
- Day 7/8, Monday/Tuesday Monday morning we just hung out around the house, packed, weighed everything because we really did bring 100 pounds of stuff to Seattle with us, and tried to avoid thinking about how sad it was that the week was ALREADY over and that we were leaving. I’m always sad to leave Seattle but this was definitely the worst for me. I wish it wasn’t so far and that Jeremy’s parents could see their grandkids way more often.
But at least we had another angelic plane flight to look forward to. I really was hoping it would go as well as last time. Let’s just say that Naomi screamed through an entire flight and layover, the only available food options in our budget for dinner was Burger King, and Malachi got a whopping 3 hours of sleep that night.
Then we drove home from NC where Jeremy and I switched off driving three times to stay awake and then my heroic/crazy husband actually did a half day’s work on 30 minutes of sleep. He did make an important declaration though. “That McDonald’s frappuccino really helped so the next time I’m tired all we need to do is get one of those.” Duly noted.
This was neither 7 nor quick so thanks for tuning in to my “takes.” Go see Jen for more awesomeness.