Friday, February 10, 2012

Bainbridge Island

Linnea really wanted to ride a ferry, so we all got up early on Tuesday and went to Bainbridge Island. It’s located just west of Seattle, off the Kitsap Peninsula. Tim and I hadn’t been there on a visit since sometime in the spring of 2009 with my mom, so technically Linnea HAS been on a ferry before, but she doesn’t remember. :)

We enjoyed a McDonald’s treat in the ferry line at the terminal and Linnea got a kick out of seeing all the vehicles disembark from the ferry before we got on: first the bicyclists, then the motorcycles and finally the cars. I am getting pretty adept at nursing Peter in the front seat of the car, a useful skill since most of the time when he is awake he wants to eat every hour (thus the whopping 15lb 15oz weigh-in at his 2 month appointment today!).

It was a perfectly sunny day so the 35-min crossing was just beautiful, with Mount Rainier out in all its glory (we had a super view on the way over to Seattle while crossing the I-90 bridge), as well as the Olympics, Cascades and Mt. Baker. Seattle looks pretty phenomenal from the water. Linnea liked running all around the ferry deck with Tim to look out the different windows (wearing her cool dude sunglasses, of course) while I fed Peter again from my seat. She also discovered the Pac-Man game but we didn’t indulge her with any coins to play.

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The town of Winslow was pretty empty owing to it being a weekday morning. We actually missed the crossing we were aiming for, and felt okay about it in hindsight since many of the shops were still not open by the time we arrived. Our first stop was Blackbird Bakery for tea and a croissant. It was much smaller than I remembered but we enjoyed a second breakfast and an older woman told me I looked like I was “about 12.” (This with Peter in the carrier on my front…it must have been the braids). We also picked up a cute (and huge) fish cookie that had Linnea plastered to the pastry case, and convinced her to wait to eat it until after lunch.

Then we went for a walk in the sunshine. We stopped at some stores and got Linnea a puzzle and a few books  at the Eagle Bay Book Company (the highlight was a new copy of On Market Street, since my 1987 copy is falling apart and right now we read it every day – she has it memorized!), which had a great children’s section, and then found a nice little park for her to run around in.

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I share this most unflattering picture of myself swinging with Peter just to prove that we got in on the playground action, too!

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Tim played a troll under the bridge and had Linnea shrieking with delight when he popped up as she ran across. She also liked the bar to swing from.

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Marina at the waterfront down the beach from the ferry terminal. There was a class of Montessori kids in waders enjoying the water, which we thought was pretty brave.

Lunch was at Bainbridge Bakers, which we really loved – fabulous baked goods; cozy interior with warm wood, exposed pipes and brick; friendly service; and plenty of space for us with all our stuff (I had packed for, well, a couple of days in the new larger diaper bag I bought). It seemed to be a pretty popular local spot, with lots of teenagers evidently on their lunch period, which was kind of funny. We got sandwiches and salad, and couldn’t pass up sharing a huge buttermilk biscuit with jam and butter. Tim was excited that all their goodies were made with real butter and none of the fake stuff. He liked the French bread Linnea’s pb&j was made on so much that he brought home two loaves.

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Peter was a pretty smiley guy after he finally woke up from his nap on my chest.

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I. LOVE. THIS. FACE.

We were having such a good time that we missed two of the crossings to get home in time (or sort of in time) for Linnea’s nap, and took a few extra minutes to enjoy lunch, feed that baby again (I think he’s trying to set a record…that or try out for the Cornell heavyweights in the fall), and stop in Churchmouse Yarns and Teas for some other loose leaf teas to try at home. The folks there were really friendly and we wished we could have stayed longer, but we finally needed to get home.

Linnea ate her fish cookie on the way back. And missed her nap completely.

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Oh well! It was a fabulous, sunny mid-winter day with lots of memories made! I love living in the Northwest. :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sunny days in February

You may not believe me, but it seems to me that every February we get a lovely stretch of sunshine and warmer temps. We took advantage of our new deck this weekend and caught some natural vitamin D.

(Cute new hot chocolate themed jams courtesy of Nana!)

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Toddler slang

If you want to hang with Nea, you gotta speak her language:

strawbs: strawberries

yogs: yogurt

oats: oatmeal

wads: water

bunt: bunny

puzz: puzzle

turks: turkey

pocks: pockets

suns: sunglasses

blues: blueberries

You get the idea. She’s pretty hip.