Hello and happy Monday! We had a pretty epic weekend that I thought I'd share with you guys. Friday night began with Avery's first concert: Ziggy Marley. It was an all-ages, outdoor show, but I have to admit I was a little nervous going into it that Avery might hate the noise and the crowd and that we'd have to leave before the concert even started. You never quite know with a 2 year-old. I'm happy to report though, that she actually LOVED it. She totally refused the "ear muffins" I brought her (we sat in the back, so it wasn't super loud) and ended up happily dancing the night away.
The concert ended before sunset, which was perfect for us since we had planned to be up early the next morning to head to Seattle for a little weekend getaway. The drive from Portland takes about 3 hours without traffic. HAH. Seattle. Without traffic. Did you catch that hilarious joke? We're pretty spoiled with minimal commute times where we live, so after we made it through 5 lanes of (mostly)stop-n(some)go, we were more than ready for to stretch our legs. Seattle rarely gets days over 90 degrees, but we happened to catch one of them, so the waterfront seemed like the perfect place to start our adventure. After a quick stop at Pike Place Market first, we headed down to the pier to grab some lunch and soak in the sunshine.
After lunch we hit the Seattle Aquarium, which is right on the pier. It was definitely one worth seeing, and very toddler friendly. They had tide pools where Avery could touch all the "sea enemies" her little heart desired. And a whole exhibit of "Dory" and "Nemo" fish (where we easily spent an hour). And an underground portion where you could go "under the sea". And, they even had my two personal favorite marine animals - a giant octopus and sea otters. I think sea otters are the most adorable animals alive. Did you know that they hold hands while they sleep so they don't drift apart? #love
After the aquarium, we decided it was time to head to our hotel so that we could enjoy some pool time. I had bought Avery a new floaty (which was the best purchase of the summer so far - more on this later), and we had a blast watching her swim around "by myself!!" for the first time ever! She was beyond ecstatic. We had so much fun that ended up swimming until sunset, after which we all crashed pretty quickly in our hotel room.
The next morning, we decided to head back to Portland early to beat the traffic going south. It was a quick trip, but just the getaway we needed to recharge our batteries. Plus, it was nice to have some of Sunday afternoon to get a little R&R before the week ahead. Hope you all have a great week!
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.