|Mama, auntie, and babies|
|Amy and Tyler selfie|
As we were leaving I knew Tyler would need to pee soon, but there was no bathroom around and there wouldn't be one for awhile if we stuck to our route. I took him into some trees and got him to pee on the leaves standing up while trying to help him aim the urine out and away from his pants. Never thought I'd be the parent to teach my son how to pee standing up! Of course since then he wants to pee outside all the time even when there is a nearby bathroom...
Next we drove up to this lookout in Queen Anne that gets the space needle and the harbor where cruise ships pull in. There are more beautiful views of the sound we checked out by continuing on Queen Anne boulevard, but there was too much shadow for pictures to turn out well. From there we drove to the Fred Meyer in Shoreline to get the kids lunch and do a little grocery shopping. They both immediately zonked in the car afterwards, so we swung by the Richmond Beach area and headed home. Ty even transferred from napping in the car to napping in his bed, which almost never happens.
That evening Amy and I took the Jetty Island harbor cruise. I didn't even know Jetty Island did harbor cruises, but Rich from my ward had some extra tickets (apparently members of the ward make a non official annual event of it).
Here's our view of the island and the rich people's sailboats. We liked the tiny rainbow coming off the clouds in the middle of the sky.
We couldn't tell what this big barge of wood shavings was at first. From a distance it looked like another island, but eventually it passed us. Rich joked that they were taking it down to IKEA to make furniture.
Watching the sailboats race to Hat Island
Here's an excellent shot Amy took.
The tide was way higher than any other time I'd been there. Normally this tree stump isn't even near the water when we go. Amy insisted I do a Little Mermaid pose - "part of that world!"
The Jetty Island staff served up smores before we took the ferry back.
The next day we went shopping, went to the gym, and hung out with kitties. Allison needed something to hold onto and play with, so I gave her zucchini and lettuce. Gotta start that love for veggies early! Oscar took Tyler to the library and got him to pose with the animal statues.
Amy fell in the water on one of the knee stretches and had to finish the rest of the yoga freezing. I fell after all the yoga was done just trying to get myself situated. Neither of us have any idea what we did wrong and would probably fall again if we were put back in the same situation.
Tyler looks so handsome in his Sunday suit!
Amy bonding with her roomie in the early morning. They shared a room, and Amy was coming from a time zone two hours ahead, so she was nice enough to get up with Allison and let mommy have a bit more sleep.
On Tuesday we went back to Jetty Island and took the kids with us. Last time Amy visited, Oscar was able to take some time off to watch Tyler while we went out and about. But all of his days off this year had either been used or planned for our cruise this fall, so we couldn't go out on our own until he was home from work or Loreia was available to babysit after her summer school class. Amy got a lot more bonding time with the kids this trip, and neither of them ended up hospitalized like last time (hooray!).
Relaxing and enjoying the scenery while the kids played in the sand.
Allison gets so excited by the wet sand that she slaps it and gets it all over her face. It makes it look like she's been eating it. And Tyler loves running around in the sloshy sand and wading in the water. We love Jetty Island!
Later that day we took the Boeing tour, a big tourist attraction I'd never done that's only a couple miles away from my house. We learned that it used to get so hot inside the monstrous building that clouds would form and it would rain! They had to install fans to prevent that. After the tour we went up to the observation deck and watched the planes come in for a bit.
Nibbler couldn't get enough of Amy that trip. He must remember getting way more affection before we ever had kids, so he's trying to convince Amy to adopt him and take him home with her.