The weather was gorgeous both days we were there, and even the elusive Mt. Rainier was visible! The kids were pretty excited to see the zoo. It was their first request. The big kids have only been to the Hogle Zoo, and even then it's been a while, and I don't think Diddles has EVER been to one, so it was a lot of fun to experience it with her.
It reminded me so much of going to the zoo for Marie and Emily's birthdays. Every August we would pack up and drive to the National Zoo and spend the day roaming the grounds and looking at every animal imaginable. It was fun to relive this memory with my own kids. Good times!
Boo and Yaks watched for a few minutes. Diddles stood there completely mesmerized for a full 15 minutes, only uttering the word, "E-fant" a few times.
We missed out on the special pass to go up and feed the giraffes, and you can tell from this video that Diddles doesn't quite understand why she can't "hold" some food to feed the baby and the mommy. Note Boo with the map in this video! Keeping us on track. :)
|Don't you just love hydrangeas?|
When we finally got our table at the pizza place, Boo was again disappointed that they didn't have "just cheese" as a pizza topping option. This was a gourmet pizza place, so the closet thing we could get to, you know, Little Caesar's, was the Buffalo Mozzarella/red sauce/sweet basil and the Sweet Fennel Sausage/peppers/provolone.
After lunch we took a walk-through tour of Pike Place Market, which is CRAZY with two kids and one independent toddler. I couldn't get through there fast enough!
Our last stop of the day was to the Space Needle.
Yaks thought we were really going to be launched into outer space, so it was a bit of a downer that it was just a quick elevator ride to a deck. I know he looked bummed in these pictures, but it's merely his latest pose for any photo we take. "Oh, you're taking a picture? Well, here's a frown for you." Isn't that charming!?
After this stop we were all exhausted. We headed back to the hotel and they had a lovely little manager's snack set up with trail mix, veggies, dips, sodas, etc. That, coupled with our leftovers in our hotel room, and we were pretty much set for the night. Fireworks started at 10pm, but the thought of packing the kids back up and trying to figure out public transportation was just too much for me. The kids all took baths and zonked out before 9pm! It felt a little unpatriotic to miss out on the BBQ's and the fireworks and wearing the red/white and blue, but it was a good day, just the same. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful!