We had a wonderful week in Seattle. Owen had really hyped this trip up in his mind, and we were thrilled that our home city didn't disappoint. Constant attention from friends and family was thrilling for Owen and allowed us to get some quality time with people we have been away from for far too long.
Owen also traveled and slept wonderfully (on sleeping bags and mattresses on the floor), so we are really glad we took advantage of this time to travel before baby #2 makes his arrival in 8 weeks. Here are some of our favorite pics from our visit.
Tailgating at the UW
Owen loved playing corn hole, watching the band, and generally being showered with attention as the only "little guy" in the parking lot. We loved spending time with the guys, wearing our purple, and cheering the Huskies to their first win in way too long. (...and that second win over USC last weekend had all 3 of us jumping up and down in our living room. Whoohoo!)
Impromptu Family Reunion
I have no photos, but we had probably 30+ members of my dad's family gathered on Memorial Day. Wonderful hang out and catch-up time, plus a chance to meet all my cousins' kids that I've only seen in pictures for the last few years. Quite the bunch.
Hanging with Ryan, Sara, and Calla
Owen and Calla already have a special bond and watching them together was a clear highlight of our trip.
We also got to spend a full day as "city people" again - complete with morning coffee, a tour of the zoo, and wandering Phinney Ridge to reach the nearby park. Oh, to be walking distance to... well... anything. And walking distance to Ryan and Sara would be a dream come true. How can we get them to move to Bend?
Scott's Mom joined us for a morning at the aquarium and then took Owen for the afternoon so we could meet friends for lunch. Just one of many babysitting favors throughout the week. She also watched Owen that evening, so Scott and I could go out for dinner downtown and see Wicked at the Paramount (with tickets provided by Jeff & Ethel). A wonderfully exhausting day.
Owen and I had a morning playdate with Amy and Sam a girls' night catching up with Liz. Amy has pics of the two of us in our "about to give birth" bellies. I can't believe we will soon have 4 little boys between the two of us. Not surprising that Sam and Owen have similar temperments and interests. Edmonds Beach Park was a hit - boats, forklifts, sandbox, playground, beach, water, dog park - toddler bliss! and a nice walk/chat time for best friend mommies that live too far apart.
Drums, Drums, Drums
Owen showed off his rhythm over and over again at Nana and Papa's. The best part about him playing drums with the "Rusted Rock" band, is that the drums don't come home with us!
Time with the Guys
We got to see all Scott's old friends on numerous occasions - tailgates, dinners, hang out, and Devin's Wedding in Gig Harbor. It was some quality guy time that Scott has missed in the last year and these are the guys that surrounded us back in college when we are dating, so it's just so comfortable to be spending time together. Devin's wedding was a great end to our visit and the point where our camera batteries totally bit the dust.
Our trip, of course, produced a zillion other pics and funny moments that I'll try to add soon... We love Seattle. And we love being home again. =)