Hairy Conversation

Abigail: "Oooooh, man, I need to vacuum this kitchen! Look at all the hair on the floor [speaking of my own]."

Matthew: "There's hair over here in Seattle?"

My eyes were poppy-ing out...

Orange poppies on our street...


BBQ and Cake

Two boys after my own heart:

Stopped by a fast-food place for a quick lunch today while we were out, and Matthew surprised me by saying, "Barbecue!" when he saw the letters "BBQ". Not sure how he knew that!

In another food note, when I asked Joel today what kind of cake he'd like for his birthday on Saturday, he shouted gleefully, "Chocolate milk!" So, chocolate milk cake it is. I have no idea how I'll make it, but I guess I'll figure it out (after I go buy a hand mixer and try to find my springform pan in a box in the basement somewhere). Any ideas for a chocolate milk cake recipe?

Fun and Java

I've never seen anything like it--the Java Aliens have beaned down their goodness from on high and the city is dotted with little drive-thru espresso stands.

This one is in the parking lot of my produce market, Top Banana...


Waiting for Mama's decaf cappuccino to be made (I couldn't resist driving through one time, just for kicks)...


This one is nearest to our house and where I drove through...


And I loved the Seattle city-scaped Bud Light neon sign at the gas station next door to the above drive-thru...

Carkeek Park

Only a couple of miles from us, Carkeek Park seems like it's in another land, and we've been there twice in two days!





Watching freight trains go by (for the second train we legged it up to a pedestrian bridge over the tracks and watched from above)...


The Olympic Mountains across the Sound (Matthew called one of the peaks "Mt. Fuji")...

Woodland Park Zoo

We bought annual passes, folks, so you're going to be seeing a lot more of this zoo, whether you want to or not.



Golden Gardens

The Olympic Mountains were hiding a bit but they were there across the Sound! Golden Gardens Beach is not far from us...



Backyarding



New Kids in the 'Hood

Just getting the camera downloaded after being in Seattle for five days already, but if you've ever moved before, I'm sure you can imagine why it took me a while! We are gradually settling in to the "new" (1926) house and enjoying exploring the surrounding area by car and by foot. Being in an older house has its challenges and hiccups but we are slowly getting used to everything and continuing to unpack.

The front of the house...


Front porch...


View from the end of our driveway...


Front garden...


Backyard...


The front garden of a nearby home...


Are these rhododendrons?


And I have no idea what these are but I love them...




The boys love our landlord, the "pocket park" around the corner, Makeda Coffee (they do great not-too-hot chocolate for kids with flower designs in the froth on top), some college friends of mine and their adorable son, a new little friend they've made in the neighborhood, cherry trees on our street, and running the circuit through the living room, dining room, and office room, back into the living room again.

We're looking forward to exploring our local (famed) library, the nearby beaches, and the snow-capped Cascade Mountains not too far away.

In the meantime, praying for energy levels to return! And missing folks back in Wisconsin...

Quotes and Tomorrow

  • After I told the three guys this morning that I was going upstairs for a shower, Matthew said, "Good luck, Mama!"
  • While Joel was still eating breakfast, Matthew (with a cheeky grin) said, "Joel wants some more Cheerios, for Matthew."
  • Having hung out with our newest neighbor across the street, we came home and Joel said, "See baby Noah again!"

P.S. Moving tomorrow!

Kiddiewink Update

  • Yesterday on a walk to a nearby park, because it was a very breezy day, Matthew said it was "broccoli windy". When I asked him what that meant, he said "because the trees are dancing".
  • Joel will be 23 months old tomorrow and can already count to 12 (he skips the number 5), knows some letters of the alphabet, and still throws us his cheeky grin whenever he cracks a joke or wants to get out of being in trouble. He loves being adventurous with foods and his favorite "dip-dip" foods are guacamole, peanut butter, and hummus, which go with everything from sandwiches to crackers to tortilla chips.
  • Matthew loves to read books to Joel and to himself, and his favorite one lately is Paddington and the Grand Tour. (I think he loves the illustrations and he seems intrigued by the idea of marmalade sandwiches.)
  • Joel amazes us with his long detailed sentence constructions (and his snoring).
  • Matthew has a great imagination and loves making up new play scenarios for the two of them to act out. For example, today he put two rounded blocks together to make an "egg" for an imaginary baby bird to hatch from--inspired by Are You My Mother? Then both boys had to pretend to eat the egg, so I kinda felt sorry for the little hatchling.
  • Joel loves to wrestle anyone who will let him and always wants to ride on my back (don't know how much longer I'll be able to do that!).
  • They're both having loads of fun spending plenty of time outdoors in the Wisconsin spring--visiting parks, the zoo, taking walks, and "helping" me with yardwork.
P.S. I've packed up our last box and the UPS man will pick them up tomorrow. We're getting there. Boxes? Check. Groceries? Check.

Getting Fresh

I'm in love with our new hometown already: I've just spent a bit of time at my computer here in Wisconsin and will now have an oodle of groceries, eggs, produce, meat, spices, diapers, cleaning products, laundry detergent, toilet paper, a rice cooker, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera delivered before 6 a.m. on the day after we arrive next week (and Seattle is the only city Amazon Fresh delivers to--I bet you're jealous if you're not a Seattleite!).

Oops, forgot to order a phone. Better go add it to my order.

Ringing off for now...


 

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