Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hello Seattle!

I flew up with M3 while Husband drove up with J, M, and Madre Dos. M3 did great on his first flight and received many compliments. It was a little awkward nursing him between a hippie with a faint maryjane smell and a nice enough college dude, but whatever. I was just happy to make the flight. The relocation company booked a flight on Alaska Airlines for me but it was serviced by American Airlines, something I didn't find out until I tried to check in and they couldn't find me on the list. Of course I couldn't pull up my reservation because of crappy internet but we figured it out. I had to book it to terminal 3 with my carseat and luggage as fast as I could, with no stroller because it had accidentally been packed by the movers.

Mt Rainier was nice and clear from the plane and Hippie Dude took a picture for me.

Lil Sis picked us up from the airport and Penny got to meet M3

I had a $75 per diem but ate with my sister so I decided to get sugar drunk at the hotel, compliments of the quicky mart and cheesecake factory.

I had the most delicious fig, apple, and goat cheese crepe for breakfast.

I thought it would be a dream having just me and M3 for a couple days but it was surprisingly difficult. No swing, no stroller, no rocker, and not enough sound made it tricky. Any little sound I'd make would wake him up and I missed my tools to soothe him. Good thing he was mostly his happy self.

The airport dash ended up being a good thing because it showed me I could handle the luggage and car seat and baby solo. I didn't need to call and Uber for the two block walk to our temp housing.  They put us up in this sweet apartment for a month. That table is not preschooler friendly and the lack of locks on the windows gave me nightmares, but I liked living there for a bit.

They even had a Washington shaped gift basket waiting for us!

We were right up the street from Pike Place Market so I enjoyed some famous mac and cheese.

I indulged in fresh flowers every week. This bouquet is only $10!

M3 was dressed as Where's Waldo by accident.

They have a Haiku Yen store in the Westlake center! It's a Japanese dollar store and I love them. We amassed a collection of these puzzle erasers during our stay.

I highly recommend the Crumpet Shop if you head to Pike's Place. The lemon curd is delicious.

I also love some boba and watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had me craving some.

Husband and the kids made it up and we were able to see the house we were buying for the first time in real life. They had the same print hanging up as Husband's college roommate.

The backyard was even more magical than in pictures. Note the Evie bought on the internet. She carried it downtown during a video game convention and all the Pokemon Go players got a kick out of it.

We hung out at Lil' Sis's house and M loved her giant nerf gun.

The minivan didn't fit in the parking garage so we were using the Fit. All the kids fell asleep like puppies.

I bought more flowers and let the kids pick.

It's funny, when I ditched the stroller (the moving company delivered it), people smiled at my crew and I as we made our way, but when we had everyone loaded up on the double stroller, the public seemed overwhelmed by us.

The hotel next door to our apartment had this statue and the kids wanted to pose with it every. day.

 M3 slept from 9-5am! More than once! Although not regularly :(

We went up to the 40th floor to the top of our building. It made my anxiety go into overdrive because M could do something crazy and go over the railing. Unlikely? Yes. Did my sleep-deprived brain care? Nope. Husband had a quick business trip to San Fransisco so we waited for him to come back before going up there again. I needed another pair of hands ready to feel comfortable, but it was a beautiful view.

The random bits of July

I was trying to get a cute picture of M in his outfit from Cheryl but he had collapsed again.

I was taking a picture of M3's outfit from Cheryl but the siblings jumped in. After so many newborn photos, they thought this was the norm.

 J set up a tea party for us.

This kid kept growing and started sleeping with a 4 hour chunk.

My best buds from childhood came over for a wonderful farewell lunch! I'll miss these girls but the beauty of being friends for 25 years is that you know nothing is going to end the friendship. There is such comfort in having friends who truly know you, even the terrible mean parts, and love you anyways. 
M entertained us with the classic "Box on head." It always gets a laugh.

Its fun to see how the babies change through the years as well.

I think J took this picture.

 And a million selfies.

I took her on a special date to pick out an Evie stuffed animal she had saved her money for. We went down every aisle at her pace just looking at toys. There was very limited Pokemon stuff because it had fallen out of fashion despite J's netflix obsession. Pokemon Go hadn't launched yet either. But we did find this gem of an American Girl doll so I had to send it to my fellow fitness instructor friends.

This was the last visit with Husband's dad before moving so I made them take a three generation picture.

Evan is M3's closest cousin in age

Mickey got a shoulder ride at Grammy's house.

Grammy bought her babies coats so they wouldn't be cold in Washington. J wanted to make sure her brother was warm enough.

I used a wood burning tool to make some fun wedding presents.

I borrowed a friend's Swiss cookbook about 2 years ago withe the promise we would make this potato dish. It was on the stack of stuff to return to people so I finally made it and had Sharmin come over to eat it. It didn't turn out quite right but still tasted good.

M3 wore the same onesie Sharmin gave M three years ago.

J had been into putting on fashion and talent shows. She said M3 could be in it and cry because that's all he knows how to do.

Who needs weather appropriate clothes when you have new jackets to be excited about?

I managed to take a few naps and it's always exciting to see the tableaus when I awake. This was a lunch stand.

I witnessed a plane crash

They find their own snacks without waking me. This made me think of snozscumbers from the BFG.

M can still fit into the diaper box so I pushed him around. Then J pushed him and they took turns so I could waste time on the internet for awhile.

M3 didn't like the bonnet that came with his blessing outfit.

The day of the blessing was a little chaotic so I didn't do his photo shoot until later. I have good pics on the DSLR that need the desktop to upload. That requires more unpacking so you just get one from the cell phone for now.

A friend put a request for the cute crocheted snail on facebook so I made her one. The pattern she linked to was way bigger than I thought so I made some babies to go with.

We had one last playdate with Jacob and Caleb and said goodbye to Miss Janette. We will miss our adventures together.

The kids weren't interested in pictures so I said to make a funny face. That worked.

Ellie had requested a sleepover before we moved and they went shopping together and got matching outfits.

This kid continued to be adorable and a wonderful baby.

The movers came to pack all our stuff. This is the way to do a move people. It was still surprisingly stressful to have other people pack touching all your stuff and answering all their questions.

And then we had to say goodbye to this wonderful house. We spent 8 years here, brought all three of our babies home from the hospital to here. It really was a fantastic place to live.


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