And let me tell you something, we did GOOD.
So where did we take them? After Starbucks, I mean?
We drove 3.5 hours north into Washington State and ate lunch and shopped at Pike's Place, before taking a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island, the cutest little tourist town and the location of the amazing Mora ice cream shop where I died and went to heaven. Mmmm.
Then we took the ferry back across the sound and rode the giant ferris wheel at sunset.
Possibly my favorite part of day 1. Look at that gorgeous view!
After the ferris wheel we came across a street artist who was spray painting this picture... all the boys in our group were immediately captivated and one of them bought the finished product. It was so impressive to watch as he did the whole thing with spray cans and a paint scraper!
We finished the evening at the spacious house of a local friend of mine who generously let us all stay with them and cook the kids dinner and breakfast in the morning there before heading off on day 2's adventure.
(pic: watching Napoleon Dynamite into the wee hours.)
A very fun water and amusement park just south of Seattle. It was perfect weather, sunny and near 80 degrees, and we let the kids loose after packing in picnic lunches and stayed until closing. It was SO MUCH FUN. Us moms who went (5 of us) had a blast riding all the rides and going down all the water slides and I can't remember when I've laughed so much while simultaneously consuming large amounts of water ;)
We ended the trip with dinner at Red Robin on the way home, pulling back into our school in Oregon at 10:30 pm.
I would say the trip was a swimming success. Especially as the kids didn't have to pay for a single thing the whole trip - and us mom's had the best group of kids we could ever have asked for. They were so good and easy, and we had no worries the entire time.
What a perfect way to kick off summer!
(Goofing off with my friend Kristie - we loved you, Seattle!)