Here are some snapshots of our trip to Washington. Lena was a trooper and for the most part, was up for whatever.
We had some nice, relaxing mornings with my parents before they went to work/sleep. They’re on opposite work schedules so we had to get in our visits early in the day.
We met up with my younger brother, Stein, for dinner one night. Lena impressed him with her awesome dance skills and trendy fashion sense. Stein is an amazing illustrator and has done artwork for a number of famous artists and bands. Check out his website to see some of his incredible work: steinhansen.com
Gig Harbor has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Every time I come home, it seems like there’s a new shopping center or large store that has come to town. I’m kind of sad to see it lose that small town feeling but I have to say, I am really impressed with the new businesses that have been established. My mom and I met up with Kristi, her mom and her sister, Amber plus her twins for some play time. There’s a great kids place called Discovery Village (http://www.discovery-village.com) and all the kids loved it. We also took this opportunity to photograph Lena and Colton as there’s a secret plan in place for these two to someday get married.
Kristi’s other sister has kiddos as well so we planned another playdate with her daughters. Amber’s twins are a month older than Lena and their cousin, Andi is one month younger. So Lena was set with built-in friends before we even arrived in Washington. We had a little girls night with spaghetti, garlic bread and some wild dancing. This is oddly reminiscent of how Kristi and I usually spend our time together – lots of eating, making a mess and dancing until we’re sweaty.
All my friends are suddenly having babies (I guess that happens as you approach 30). I finally got to meet baby Grayson who was a clone of his Grandpa Milton. He was deliciously chubby and I had to restrain myself from kissing his neck rolls. There is nothing better than a chunky baby! Tricia and I drove up to Seattle to have a slumber party with Alicia and her very pregnant belly. Alicia is a cross-fit fanatic so seeing her with a baby bump was surreal and I swore she had stuffed a pillow in her top. She kept complaining about having pelvic pain and cankles while Tricia and I just laughed at her and told her it would only get worse. That’s called support, my friends.
The babies needed a bath, so we decided to put them in together. However, Grayson decided he didn’t want to actually sit down and kept giving Tricia the stiff-leg every time she got him near the water. She kept trying and each time, he’d go completely stiff while Lena looked on in curiosity. Tricia was getting all hot and bothered which, in turn, made it even funnier to me. So Alicia came up with the idea of putting him in the Bumbo seat to see if that would help. It was a great plan until we realized that poor Grayson’s manly bits weren’t exactly fitting into the Bumbo and instead, were wedged at the top of the seat. I’ll never be able to look at a cherry tomato the same. I was crying from laughing so hard and Tricia made us swear to never tell her husband. Poor, poor Grayson. He may never be the same.
After the bath, we unsuccessfully tried to put Grayson and Lena to sleep in the same room. Big surprise there. So I laid Lena down in Alicia’s bed and decided it would work for us to sleep in the nursery on top of two crib mattresses. Don’t do this to yourself. It was an absolutely horrible idea and I didn’t sleep more than 5 minutes at a time. Also, Lena somehow peed all over Alicia’s bed in the hour she was sleeping there while Grayson cried non-stop in the other room. I’m pretty sure if I were faced with this same scenario while pregnant, I would have had a meltdown. Alicia did ask if the kids still woke up early on the weekends which was quite adorable of her.
We toured Pike Place Market and did a quick walk on the waterfront. Exhaustion had set in for me at this point and I had a mini meltdown with Lena. There are just so many times you can handle being hit in the face by your child before you lose your mind. However, it was a beautiful day so I got some really pretty photos. There really is nothing like the Puget Sound on a sunny day. It’s pretty much paradise. More photos to come!