A year ago at this time G and I took our first trip to Seattle to visit his sister Lesley and her then boyfriend (now husband) Ben…which reminded me that I have yet to blog about the trip we made back to Seattle a few months later with the whole family!
(For those of you who think I’m on top of things, let this be proof I’m not.)
Last November G, Kate, G’s parents Steve and Pam, and I made the exciting trip from Wisconsin back to Seattle for Ben & Lesley’s wedding! Here’s a look at our fun-filled jam-packed weekend while we soaked up the Seattle sights and celebrated the happy couple!
We left Wisconsin on a very cold Thursday, with a full day of travel ahead of us. We had been prepping Kate for her first flight by reading her airplane books and explaining the process as best as we could. When we first walked into the airport she looked around and exclaimed, “Is this a bowling alley?!”
Since it was our first time traveling with a toddler, we arrived early at the airport to account for anything unexpected. Once we made it through security there was plenty of time for Kate to play in the children’s play area to burn off a little energy before our fight!
Kate was so excited to fly and wasn’t scared one bit when the plane took off! Once she boarded the plane she kept cheerfully chanting, “I want to fly! I want to fly!”
It was a 4 hour flight to Seattle, and much to our surprise, Kate didn’t nap a wink. Thank goodness for the iPad and headphones! She was happy as could be watching a new movie we downloaded for her (Toy Story 2) with Sheepy.
By the time we arrived in Seattle and made it to our rental house we’d had a full 12 hours of travel, and a very tired little girl. Kate was in wonderful spirits the whole day until the last 15 minutes of our trip when she cried for about 5 minutes and then finally fell asleep in the car just before we arrived at the house. We quickly made up her room and put her to bed at 10:30pm our time – 4 hours past her bedtime.
Kate was awake and ready to greet Seattle by 4:30am local time (6:30am our time)! She was so excited to see Lesley and Ben and their little dog Morty – and, of course, the Space Needle.
Once we were all awake and ready to start our day, our first stop was Lesley and Ben’s house in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Kate was thrilled to meet Morty (they’re great friends on Skype) and then the 7 of us (G, Kate, me, Steve, Pam, Lesley, and Ben) ventured down to the overlook at Kerry Park to admire the Space Needle from afar and snag some family pictures:
We were lucky to have a beautiful, sunny Seattle day, and our next stop was the famous Pike Place Market:
Of course I couldn’t visit Seattle’s Pike Place Market without taking Kate to the very first Starbucks! Mama got a latte and she got her favorite KIND bar:
After the market we walked down to the Seattle Aquarium – a place where the lobby was so impressive that Kate didn’t want to leave to go inside!
After all that excitement (and considering she’d be up since 4:30am!) we were certain Kate would take a great nap before Ben & Lesley’s pre-wedding party. Instead, when we checked on her she proudly handed us the “present” she made for Daddy – her bunny in an empty Kleenex box…and a dresser top covered in tissues:
Kate is a little girl who’s used to a lot of sleep and sticking to a schedule. Needless to say, after 12 hours of traveling the day before, a full day of sightseeing on this day, and minimal sleep in between, we knew we were in trouble. Kate started losing her coping skills around 4pm local time – just as we needed to leave to attend Ben and Lesley’s pre-wedding party. I figured we’d be putting her down for bedtime as soon as we walked in the door (if she even made it that long) so we skipped the cute little outfit I had planned for her and opted for pajamas.
Once we arrived at Ben and Lesley’s, however, Kate blew us away by getting her second wind! She had such a great time running around, charming guests, and playing with their little dog Morty. At one point, after we’d gone upstairs for a potty break, she said, “Hold my hand and let’s walk back to my party.”
By 6pm Kate was ready to say goodnight to “her” party and asked to go to bed. I tucked her in upstairs and she was quickly asleep. Now it was time for this Mama to get her drink on and celebrate with these two wonderful soon-to-be-newlyweds!
G, Pam, Steve, and I enjoyed the rest of the evening socializing with friends and family, and then (around 8:30pm local time; 10:30pm our time) us party animals had to call it a night and get back to our rental house with the kiddo. We had a big day ahead of us – tomorrow was the wedding!
Continue reading Part 2 of our Seattle family vacation!