Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seattle anniversary trip!

     Even though our anniversary isn't until next Monday, we went on a special anniversary trip to Seattle last weekend. We went early because it was one of Tim's three day weekends. We considered asking family to keep Owen for us, but because he's not consistently sleeping through the night and because we just don't like being away from him for long anyway, he came with us. We did a little research before we went to the city, but we didn't really plan out the trip too much because we knew we would need to be flexible where Owen was concerned. We visited the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, the waterfront, and Pike Place Market. We had a fabulous time as a family. 
 Owen slept with us in the king sized bed since we don't have a travel bed. Waking up to this smiley face every morning was so wonderful.
 What a precious morning person.
On our first day in Seattle, we walked to the Space Needle. Along the way we checked out the storefronts and some cool trees.

 A nice man took a family photo of us. Not perfect, but at least the three of us are in a photo together for once.
 The view from the top.
 Puget Sound.
 We didn't eat at the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, but Owen decided he wanted to have a little snack.
 The sports stadiums are easy to see from the top. Mount Ranier is to the right of the tall buildings, but it is pretty hard to see in the photo.
 Downtown Seattle.

 Mommy and Owen at the waterfront. The view was spectacular, but the photo doesn't really capture it.
 Pike Place Market is so much fun. On the way there, we stopped at Top Pot Doughnuts for breakfast. Tim had the chocolate feather-boa doughnut (chocolate with coconut) and I had a lemon-filled one.
 At Pike Place, we checked out the flowers, fruit stands, and fish sellers. We also ate lunch at Uli's Famous Sausage. We both had the Cajun andouille sausage. The owner Uli sat nearby and kept telling us stories about his sons and commenting on how cute Owen is.
 Pike Place sells the most beautiful bouquets. They start at about $15 at the beginning of the day and go down in price throughout the day. The ones I was looking at were down to $5! We ended the day by heading back to the hotel for a nap for Owen and then dinner out at the Cheesecake Factory.
 On our second day in Seattle we got up and went back to Pike Place Market for breakfast at Le Panier, a French bakery.
 This is Tim and Owen with Rachel the pig(gy bank). Money collected here helps support the market.
 Le Panier was so good. And busy. Luckily, a woman spotted us with Owen and offered us her seats when she left.
 We sat by the window and people-watched. Tim ate pain au chocolat while I had a cherry tart. Then we shared two macaroons.
 We went to the Seattle Aquarium on our second day in the city.
 Owen slept for about half the time we were there.
 But then he woke up so that he could check out some fish. He really enjoyed looking at them.
  Why hello there, yellow fish.
     The rest of the trip was pretty low-key. We lounged around the hotel room, ate pizza, and snuggled together as a family. 

     And speaking of anniversaries, I also celebrated another anniversary recently. My one-year blog-iversary! I've been blogging for a year as of August 11.

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