All in all, it was a lot of fun. Eliza has been really, really, really hard to be with for the past month-ish (she is getting her molars, so I HOPE that's why) and as the trip was coming up, I began to wish that we weren't taking her with us. I was sure she'd be horrible and.... she was. :) It's always nice to know that you can count on her. :) She screamed A LOT. But oh well, at least I expected it, right!? But nonetheless, the good of the whole trip overweighs the many, many, many rough spots and it was still so great to take them and let them see some place different. Camille was almost perfect the entire time. What a babe!
We flew out on Sunday and were nervous about the flight because Camille won't hold still. Luckily the flight attendants didn't freak out about her playing on the floor for a lot of the time and our first hurdle (the 3 hour flight) went great!
Aaron had the training from Monday thru Wednesday. So Monday morning, Laurie and I took off with the girls to explore! We first went through Pike's Market to get down to the waterfront. Once there, we got the CityPass. It was a bomb deal! $74 to get you into lots of the big attractions for so much less than going to all of them. If you go, I highly suggest it! Pretty much every place I'll be telling you about was on it.
We woke up and I could tell it was FREEZING. I hadn't brought enough warm clothes for us so I knew I'd have to buy something. I wasn't thrilled about that, but I went into the Gift Shop at the hotel and they had hoodies on clearance for $9.99. AWESOME! I got one for me and one for Camille. (Eliza said no.) It was big on Camille, but it worked perfectly and I was so grateful for an inexpensive fix!
We spent the morning doing laundry and just hanging around the hotel trying to pass time. (We had to check out of that hotel that day and we couldn't figure out a way for me to get to the new hotel easily except to wait until Aaron got out of his meetings at 5.) Laurie left around noon. It was so great to have her come and hang out with me while Aaron was in meetings those two days! I took the girls to Denny's for lunch with the hope of spending as much time as possible there. While there, Camille pooped all over my jacket arm so I spent a lot of time trying to clean that up too (hey, whatever takes time!). I took them for a short walk and they both fell asleep. I was so grateful!
And now we had Aaron full-time! Yay! We went to the Pacific Science Center (the museum that had been closed on Tuesday) and saw a 3D IMAX movie about monarch butterflies. IMAX always has a way of making things AMAZING!
We took a bus down to the Museum of Flight. (The bus ride there and back were VERY sketchy, but we survived!)
The museum was incredible. So many planes and so much history. Aaron was REALLY into and loved it.
We went to the last place on our pass... the Woodland Park Zoo. It was beautiful. For beauty, I give it a 10+. For animals, a 6 or 7!
The grounds were almost too lush to be able to see the animals. No joke! Camille was practically perfect the entire time until Saturday. I guess she had had enough! So both the girls were pretty testy at the zoo, but we survived!
We are so grateful we could go and have a week away from the regular norm.