Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dinner In Downtown Seattle

Preston loves Red Robin. The Red Robin in Seattle is downtown and on the water. Which is a double win for Preston!

We headed down with Jen and her friend Kate!

Preston was awesome all through dinner! I'm pretty sure he loved having the complete attention of all three of us since Mads was with her Daddy.

It was nice out and there was a cruise ship parked at the other end of the boardwalk so after we finished eating we decided to walk along the boardwalk a little and try to let Preston take a look.

We got a little bit distracted by the ferris wheel when we first walked out.  It just looked so beautiful all lit up!  Preston happily posed in front of it for a few photos!

Then we continued on our way trying to get a good view of the cruise ship.

Somehow we ended up walking all the way down the boardwalk to the where the cruise ship was parked.  We couldn't believe how big it was!  I'm pretty sure we were freaking the security guard out a little since we just stood there outside the gate for a little bit staring up at it. 

Along our way back after racing with Kate and Aunt Jen, Preston and Aunt Jen stopped to pose for some photos with the ferris wheel and the lights!

We made one more stop along the way to take photos with the ferris wheel.  Can you tell a theme for the night's photos?  The ferris wheel was just so pretty all lit up!

Preston was particularly excited about this photo stop since he got to climb up on these big stairs to pose with the wheel!

When we finally made it back to the car, it was decided that ice cream was in order.  Luckily there was a Baskin Robbins close enough to the route home!

We had an awesome night!

Seattle Day Four - Pacific Science Center

Today we loaded up and headed to the Pacific Science Center!

You'd think they would have wanted to get out of the rain.  Not so much.  First stop was the outside water toys!

Do you think they were excited?

We headed inside and they both got sucked into the ball game.  It was quite the hit.  We stood there for at least ten minutes while they each threw balls in and watched them spin around and around. After seeing the dinosaurs, very quickly, we made our way to the bugs! 

Where our timing was perfect because they were just pulling out the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

If you'd guessed that they'd run in the opposite direction, you would be very wrong.  Both Preston and Madison were all over these bugs!  They each took turns petting them.  And were actually bummed out that they didn't get to hold them!

I, on the other hand, stood back and took pictures from a safe distance.

Next we moved onto a much more fun area, the tide pools!

In the same area we played with the water table.

Until we moved onto some arctic camping.  Brrrr!

And snowmobiling!

They must have worked up an appetite because the final exhibit we played in before heading upstairs to have lunch was this little lunch building cafe.  They sat at these little computers and built their meals and learned about nutrition.  Or at least that was what they were supposed to be learning.  They were more interested in watching the conveyor belt go around and grabbing random things off of it and scanning them into the computer and moving them around on the screen. 

As always the science center was a hit!

25 Weeks

How Far: 25 Weeks.

Maternity Clothes: Not so much. My clothes are all fairly stretchy so I'm taking advantage. And I still have four pairs of jeans that fit me. My jeans are just low enough that they button under my belly. Well they don't button, but they do rubber band. I did wear a pair of my maternity jeans from Preston to dinner one night this week, but they are just too big. Which makes them not as comfortable as just wearing my regular jeans. I also wore a pair maternity tights that I had ordered. But again in the belly it wasn't really happening. I ended up rolling them down under my belly so they were more comfortable. Which was a little bit of a pain in the ass when I had to pee all the time and had to re roll them each time! But other than those two times this week, I'm still just wearing my regular stuff.

Weight Gain: I had my doctor's appointment on Friday so I went home and weighed myself so that I can start using my scale at home. It looks like I'm up somewhere between twelve and fifteen pounds!

Stretch Marks: No new ones. The ones Preston gave me are starting to be more obvious. Boo!

Belly Button: It's popping out. It's not all the way there but you can see the outline of it in my shirts.

Best Moment: We picked the green for her bedroom. I just couldn't commit to the green we had picked and told Brad I wasn't sure so we looked at Home Depot and found the perfect green for her room! Brad taped off some of the stripes and I put a little bit of the color on the walls to see what it looks like and I LOVE it! I can't wait for her room to be done, it's taking forever since life has been chaotic in our house!

Worst Moment: I brought Preston to my doctor's appointment this week.  I figured it'd be a quick weight check, heartbeat listen, and belly measurement normal appointment.  It was.  And then my doctor said he'd feel better about sending me out of town if he checked my cervix since I'd spotted the day before and told him I'd been having cramping, which he said is just round ligament,but the two combined and us leaving town he figured we'd just be on the safe side and make sure nothing is happening that isn't supposed to be.  Only problem, I brought Preston.  Go figure the ONLY appointment I bring him to and now I'm having my cervix checked.  Preston waited in the hall while my doctor checked me and it all worked out.  But I won't be bringing him to another appointment!  And everything is good with Olivia, my cervix is still all closed up.  Just normal pregnancy things happening!

Foods I Hate: I dislike a lot of foods but nothing specifically stands out. I just avoid the ones I don't like and it's like second nature so I don't really even think about it.

Foods I Love: Chocolate. And chocolate muffins. We also had stew this week. And it was so good. So good! That makes up for the chocolate right?

Cravings: Cantaloupe. And clam chowder. But the milk in it makes me feel sick. So that's not happening.

Sleep: Not too bad. Probably because I am worn out. Two kids is hard guys. I'm watching my niece this week while my SIL works and we've been busy. So at the end of the day I pretty much just pass out as soon as I get in bed!

Movement: She's getting pretty active. I even got her to move around this week. It's not consistent. But I did it. I'm sure she found it incredibly obnoxious. Especially if she was sleeping or something and I woke her up by pushing around the outside of my belly. But I figure it's only fair since in a few months she'll be waking me up whenever she feels like it! HA!

Symptoms: A growing belly. And an active baby!

Emotions: I seriously feel like we're running out of time. Since Preston was full term I keep assuming Olivia will be too and then realizing she could come anytime after thirty seven weeks and I could lose three weeks to prepare for her! There just seems to be this crazy list of things to do and finish doing and with being out of town right now none of it is happening!


Next up twenty six weeks!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Seattle Day Three - Cougar Zoo

When we woke up this morning, it was crap weather. So I planned on doing something inside. I was trying to decide between Chuck E Cheese and the Bellevue children's museum when Brad called to tell me how nice it was in Bellingham.

So then I started second guessing.  And of course while I was second guessing whether we should play the sun came out.,

Now we had to play outside.

Only I didn't have a plan.

I almost loaded Preston and Mads up to head to Northwest Trek.  But luckily I checked their website and found out that they actually weren't open during the week.

New plan.

When I remembered that there was a zoo in Issaquah that we had never been to.

Cougar Mountain Zoo it was!

Preston and Madison were excited!

Preston was so excited to go to the cougar zoo.  He has been obsessed with cougars since this summer and wanted to see one in person so bad, the zoo seemed like a good way to do that!

When we got there I was paying and buying food to feeds some of the animals and asking the lady at the front desk a couple of questions.  While I was doing that these two little monsters pushed through the gate and started playing.  First on the little statue right in front of the gate.  And then Preston noticed the giant cage a little past that and had to check it out.  All the while I'm asking them to please hang on just one second while I try to remember which animals we can feed and which ones we can hand feed and please don't go so far that I can't see you.  Thank you.

Finally it was my turn to walk through the gate.

Madison was happily playing on the statue!  Doesn't she look freaking cute?

Preston was bouncing around excitedly in front of the cage and yelling to me that he'd found the cougar!  He was overjoyed!

I figured that it was going to be like the other cats we've seen in other zoos.

It wasn't.

That tree that is next to Preston in the picture of Mads on the statue was blocking the main event.  So I couldn't see what he was seeing.  I could just see him.  Which is the rule.  He can't go farther than I can see him.  So yay for that!  Preston was sticking to the rules!


I walk up and there is the cougar.  And Preston.  Staring each other down.

I almost died!  And dragged him away to safety.

But I sucked it up and reminded myself of the cage separating the two of them.

Instead I asked him if he wanted to take a picture with the cougar.  Of course he did.

Can you tell he was excited?

Does it not look like the cougar was hoping to I don't know eat my son for lunch?  Creepy much?  Thank God for the cage locking him in!

Althoguh the cougar didn't seem to have much of a preference over boy or girl meat.  Obviously.  I mean look at how it stared Mads down too!

We have been to the zoo a lot of times and seen a lot of different kinds of cats, but the cougar was definitely the creepiest.  At least this one was.  It was actually paying attention to us.  And watching us.  It was interested.  Normally you just go about your way and the animal shows no interest in what you're doing.  Not the cougar.  The whole time we stood in front of that cage, it stared us down.  Really made me not ever want to run into one without the cage!

After the cougar, we had to move on to the rest of the zoo.  It was not as exciting.  Not much can top seeing the cougars.  Even climbing on a statue of a kangaroo.  Or a wallaby.  I'm not really sure.  But they climbed it.

But we did get to hand feed some deer! 

After seeing all of the animals and feeding the apples we'd bought to the ones we were allowed to feed, we headed out to the car.

But before we left, we had to stop so Preston and Madison could throw three pennies each into the fountain.  On the way in I let them each do it on the fountain of yesterdays.  So on the way out they got to do it on the fountain of tomorrows.  I just liked the thought behind the fountains! 

Since we were already in Isaquah I figured there was no reason not to just drive the twenty minutes and hit up the outlets in North Bend again.  They were having an amazing sale when we drove into Seattle and I wanted to see what they had left!  Plus Jen had mentioned to me wanting to look for some things for Madison so I decided to head that way and take another look.

To reward Preston and Madison being willing to let me look around Children's Place really quick and grab some things I decided we would go ahead and visit Snoqualmie Falls since it's right outside of North Bend!

Who doesn't love a waterfall?

These two definitely do!

I mean come on look how freaking cute these two are!

And they were both willing to stand there and smile for me at the same time.  Success!  Bribes may have been involved but that is neither here nor there!

After checking out the falls from the different viewpoints I let them run their sillies out for a few minutes.

Up until Preston who was holding Madison's hand fell to the ground to roll around thus dragging her with him.  Not so great when the grass is wet.  And kind of muddy.

I got lost twice on the way back.  But it was totally worth it.  We had a great day exploring!