Springtime In Seattle.

We had the BEST weekend!  Although I think we’ve actually had a pretty tame late winter and early spring weather-wise here in Seattle, it has felt like all the rain has somehow managed to fall on the weekends.  Sooooo many gross, rainy weekends.  But certainly not this one!

We kicked off Friday night with a walk in the sunshine.  While Casey finished up some work, I took all four boys for a walk in the ‘hood.  I have a complicated system of stroller + Ergo + dog leashes that only works if everyone is behaving.  Thankfully all children and dogs were on their best behavior, and we all got some nice fresh air and exercise.

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We got delicious takeout from Revel and I passed out on the couch at 8:30pm.  Oops!  Saturday morning we were up early for breakfast at our favorite spot.  My breastfeeding hunger is pretty much insatiable these days, and I don’t mess around when it comes to ordering food.  Every week I order a regular entrée, in addition to a full waffle breakfast.  This used to kind of embarrass me, but now I just embrace both plates and enjoy every bite.  Asparagus tofu scramble with vegan cashew gravy and a delicious buttermilk waffle (gave away my potatoes to C&C) – doesn’t get any better!

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We headed home after breakfast just as the sun came out to play.  We decided to try our first hike as a family of four!  Hiking was kind of a bust last summer, as Cullen was in a rough transitional age for the hiking backpack.  He kicked and cried and didn’t last in it for very long, which made our hiking season very short.  I had a friend come over to borrow a hiking backpack recently, and Cullen kept asking to use one afterward.  I double-checked that he was still under the weight limit, and since he was, we decided to give it another go! 

This was Graham’s first time riding in the back!  I had him in the small Kelty Transit carrier, which was perfect for his size.  He likes facing out most of the tine, and seemed to really like being up high so he could see all around!

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Up until now I’ve usually gotten out of carrying duties (as Casey has always carried Cullen on his back).  Time to share the load!

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But no room for me to complain about the twenty pounds on my back, as Casey was carrying close to forty!!  For Cullen, we use the Osprey Poco Premium backpack, and we absolutely love it.  Graham will probably grow into this by the end of the summer!

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We hiked the loop trail at Discovery Park – one of my absolute favorite spots in our city.  We made our way out of the woods where the trail opened onto the meadow toward the water, and I think I literally gasped.  No matter how many times I see it, I will never get used to living in a place filled with so much natural beauty. 

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A successful first family hike (of about four miles total round-trip), and hopefully the first of many more to come this summer! 

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During nap time I took a glorious two hour nap myself, and then we all got ready to head out for an evening at the ballpark.  Casey scored the company Mariners tickets, and we invited my friend Lacey and her boyfriend to join us!  It was a 6:10 game, so we gambled and brought the kids with us (since it is harder to leave no-bottle Graham any earlier than bedtime).

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The seats were ridiculous.  Front row directly behind the camera pit, and right next to the Mariners dugout!  So cool.

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This was actually Cullen’s second game of the season – Casey took him to another game a few weeks ago and they had a blast.  He is all business at the games, and never misses an opportunity to spot the Moose!

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Graham was a rockstar.  It was his first game and I had no idea how he’d do.  When we took Cullen to the games as a baby he’d cry any time the crowd cheered or people yelled, which obviously happened quite often.  Graham didn’t seem bothered by anything, and just jumped on my lap and smiled and enjoyed it all. 

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He lasted three innings and then as it got closer to bedtime, I took him to the private Mothers’ Lounge (AMAZING!) to feed him.  He fell asleep in the Ergo, and I pulled up the sunshade and zipped him into my sweatshirt so he was nice and dark and cozy.  Would you believe that he slept the entire time?  Me either, but he did. 

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We kept both boys out until 10pm, and they were absolute angels.  It felt like a miracle.  Cullen sat on Casey’s lap and cheered and clapped the whole time, Graham snoozed on my chest, I chatted with Lacey and ate a delicious Field Roast burger, and it was a terrific night.

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Sunday morning hit like a ton of bricks, and I felt like I had a raging hangover.  I hadn’t hydrated nearly enough the day or night before, and paid for it all day long with a headache and overwhelming fatigue.  But lucky for me, it was a lazy family day.  It was sunny and beautiful, and we all just lounged around and hung out.

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Green smoothie while driving a tractor?  Why not!

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At some point on Sunday afternoon, Casey asked me if I wanted him to build Cullen a little picnic table.  Ummm, yes please!  He knew I’d been looking at them on Craigslist, as I thought it would be fun for Cullen to have a space to eat and do art and things outside this summer. 

We are very lucky that he is super handy and really good at building things.  He spent a few minutes looking at picnic table plans online (this one, I think!), and one quick trip to Home Depot later and he was constructing on the back deck. 

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He measured and cut all the wood and at one point announced, “I need to go inside and do some trigonometry for a minute.”  He is nuts.  Cullen loved watching him “do tools” and the finished product is so special now since it’s something handmade by dad.  Looking forward to eating lots of juicy watermelon with friends this summer!

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It is going to be in the EIGHTIES this week in Seattle!  I don’t even remember what temps like that feel like.  We’ll know soon enough!  Hope you all had a great weekend too.