Last weekend, we were fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends from college come into town. On Friday, we had the Niemans over for dinner and games. Saturday started with a brunch at our friends, the MacDonalds. From there, we headed up to Seattle for some touristy attractions! We had such a fun day! Evan and I realized that we hadn't been together in Seattle for two years, since I was pregnant with Harrison.
We started our adventures out at the Pike Place Public market. Even though it was super crowded (because it was Saturday!), we had a lot of fun walking through the market and enjoying the delicious fresh seafood and produce and the (mostly) handmade goodness! Harrison at one point was having a melt down and kept screaming "nursie!" so I buckled and got him a couple dum dum suckers to keep the already-tired-boy happy. Thankfully, I did because those suckers truly helped to keep him happy with his dad holding him. We forgot the stroller because we took Evan's car instead of mine. The last time we weighed Harrison was 6 weeks ago and he was 29.6 pounds. I'm sure he is well over 30 pounds by now and my back just can't take carrying him around all the time!
Evan and Evan
We heard an amazing pianist playing on the typically rainy streets and Evan decided he wanted to buy his CD for our Sunday listening pleasure. We all grabbed snacks for lunch as we walked and Jessica shared her fresh donuts with us bought by a stranger (because she didn't have cash). YUM! Evan, Harrison, and I even had a little dance party on top of some stairs while musicians played below us. It was so fun! As we were walking back to the car, Harrison found a patch of grass (that ending up being a "dog park" AKA pooping grounds!) that he was happy to chase birds in and love on a whippet he met.
After we left Pike Place Public Market, we headed over to the Fremont troll. For those who don't know, it is a gigantic troll made out of cement underneath a freeway. It was built to increase unity in the community. It is a fun sight to see. Despite my inclinations, Harrison actually didn't really want to climb and play on the troll. Instead, he wanted to ascend the 50 (?) to the left of the troll up to the freeway! He literally was laughing when he got to the top shouting "Tars!" as the cars whizzed past. It made him so happy to see the fast-paced cars driving. This guy is an adrenaline junkie. He seriously has loved loud motorcycle/car/truck noises ever since he was a baby. Usually motorcycle noises scare newborns, right? Not Harrison! He would seriously STOP CRYING when he heard our neighbor's motorcycle and listen intently until the sound dissipated. I should have known then what kind of a kid I am raising! :)
Running at the top yelling "Tars! Tars!" and laughing hysterically
Once Harrison had successfully ascended the flights of stairs twice with his father, with only minimal screaming, we headed back into Seattle to go to Seattle Center. Harrison was DYING over the ginormous water fountain! Evan took him down to "look" at it, but, in spit of frigid temperatures, Harrison wanted to play in the fountain. More screaming ensued as we tried to get him to leave the fountain and eventually just had to pick him up and carry him out. Poor guy! He is a kid who definitely knows what he likes!
After meeting up with the Niemans, they decided to go up the Space Needle so we waited in the Seattle Center for them. After watching part of a yo yo tournament (did you know they had those?! These kids were mind-blowingly amazing!), we ended up leaving to head back home. We wanted to go to dinner with everyone, but Harrison was freaking out because of only a short nap in the car on the way to Seattle. We realized that going to dinner would entail at least another 1.5 hours of keeping Harrison happy on top of eating and fighting a climbing boy at a restaurant. I'm pretty sure Harrison was dead asleep at home in his bed by the time everyone got to dinner! That's when you know you've made the right choice.
All in all, it was a wonderful day out of with friends! So grateful for friendships! I wish I could get together with all of my good friends more often.