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Quick Trip to Denver

Two weeks ago I saw super cheap flights from Seattle to Denver and I suggested to Brent we go for a weekend. I was actually pretty surprised when he agreed, so I bought them immediately before he changed his mind.

We love Denver, and it was really the only other city we thought seriously about moving to six years ago. We been many times, but it had been nearly three years since our last visit, and we’ve never gone with kids. I was really looking forward to checking it out as a parent.

We made our way to the airport this past Friday morning, and both kids were great on the flight. Side note – We’ve done enough travel as a family that we’ve figured out the strategies that work best for us. Obviously some new “toys” (usually stickers and small things from the dollar spot at Target), a variety of snacks, AND we split up. It often confuses the ticket agent when we check in, but I take Teddy, Brent goes with Cormac, and we do not sit next to each other. Having the undivided attention of one parent seems to work better for our kids than Brent and I both trying to entertain both kids.

Anyway, so both boys had easy flights. I entertained Teddy with raisins and a slinky.

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Unfortunately after we landed, we got stuck on the runway for an hour because there was no available gate, and then there were a couple mix ups with our car rental, so we didn’t get to our Airbnb until 3.5 hours after we landed. Luckily the kids were in great spirits, so we just grabbed some sandwiches (Snarf’s is seriously the best) for dinner and the kids went to bed about an hour later. Brent’s brother Jon, lives in Denver and came over to drink beer and hang out with us after bedtime.

Saturday we went to breakfast at Snooze (another one of my favorites!), and decided to go do some hiking at Garden of the Gods.

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It was a beautiful way to spend the morning, and it was a lot of fun taking the boys back to places Brent and I visited and loved before they were born.

Photo dump incoming.

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Teddy fell asleep about 2 minutes after that picture was taken, and slept through a majority of the hike.

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Really stunning. We’ve  obviously got no red rocks in Washington, so it was cool to spend some time somewhere that’s completely different from back home. I love taking the boys hiking and I am pretty sure I’m going to love it even more when Teddy is able to do a couple miles on his own two feet! But really, it feels really special to me to be able to share stuff like this with Cormac and Teddy, especially now that Cormac has started really enjoying it too!

In keeping with our nearly decade long post-hike tradition, we hit up a brewery for lunch. There were a couple we’ve visited and loved in Colorado Springs on previous trips (Trinity, Phantom Canyon and Laughing Lab were the ones we could remember), but we decided to go with Phantom Canyon this time. We had his and hers beers. Grapefruit hefe – delicious!

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And the kids’ meals came with mini sundaes! This might have been the first time we let Teddy tackle some ice cream head on and he was in heaven. Guess being lugged around in an ergo really builds an appetite.

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Later than afternoon, we met up with Uncle JonJon at Lowry Beer Garden, which was new to us but perfect for kids. The boys literally just played with rocks and stickers while we hung out.

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Teddy has gotten so active. The kid just figured out walking a couple weeks ago and now he’s basically trying to run while throwing everything in sight.

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And sporting a yogurt beard, obviously.

Saturday night, Uncle Jon did us a solid and babysat while Brent and I went out to dinner at Old Major. What a great uncle, right? Dinner was amazing. Pre-dinner cocktails are always a good idea in my book. I had something with lemon and lavender and prosecco, and loved every sip, and Brent went with his usual martini. He’s pretty predictable.

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We debated for quite a bit about what to order. The whole menu looked delicious, but we finally decided to order the 21 day aged ribeye for two. We started with some grilled peppers with fried halloumi and black garlic vinaigrette. Really, really good, guys.

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And then the main course. This was really fantastic. The steak had the best crust on it and was served at room temp. I don’t think I’ve ever had something like it.

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And the tomato salad with blue cheese was such a great accompaniment. Really, great date night. Huge thanks to Jon. It’s always fun to have an evening with good food and minimal talk about kids and housekeeping junk.

Aaaaaaand Sunday we just kept things low key and hung out at some parks and did a lot of walking around Cherry Creek where we were staying, and had lunch at another longtime favorite, Freshcraft.

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Man, the sun is so bright there. I’m just really not used to it.

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We got take out for dinner and hung out with Jon after the boys went to bed. Nothing too crazy because we had an early wake up call for our flight back to Seattle this morning.

I was pretty jealous Brent got to nap with the easy kid on the plane while I had to entertain a slightly crabby Teddy.

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But seriously, the boys are such easy, adaptable travelers. They sleep pretty much wherever, are good at eating out, and adjust to time zone changes probably better than Brent and I. It was a fun, semi-spontaneous trip and I hope I can talk Brent into plenty more of them in the future!

Seattle Scenes

We had a pretty picturesque weekend here. We started things right Friday morning by celebrating our recently incarnated “Doughnut Friday” tradition at Mighty-O, which are the best cake doughnuts in Seattle. (But Top Pot rules the yeast doughnut game.)

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The far-away look on his face is due to a garbage truck loading in the distance. We had a few playdates on Friday, ran some errands, and then Brent got home. After a healthy chopped salad for dinner, I made the executive decision that the continued 90 degree weather called for ice cream. We headed down to Fremont and got some frozen custard from Old School.

20140711_185945That strawberry shortcake sundae was pretty amazing, but so dense and rich I was unable to finish it. Deciding it was still too warm and too early to head home, we walked across the street and watched boats go by in the ship canal.

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I actually had to work the night shift Friday, so I left the boys at home and spent a (quiet!) 9 hours at work. Night shift means I got to watch both the sunset and the sunrise over the city skyline from the nurses station.

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Not a bad view if you’re stuck at work til 6am, right? On mornings after  I work the night shift, Brent hangs out with Cormac and lets me sleep from 7am-noonish. He’s usually even nice enough to leave the house so I’m not woken up by a not-so-quiet toddler. Saturday morning they walked over to the U-District farmers market and grabbed lunch ingredients and came home right around 11 as I was waking up. Then B made us some smoked salmon salad and swiss chard for lunch. Sleep and lunch – what a keeper that man is.

After Cormac’s nap, we (I) felt like we needed to get out and do something. I suggested just riding the ferry over to Bainbridge and grabbing some dinner or something. I figured it’d be a fun little excursion for Cormac, given his love of boats (and everything else that moves). Brent agreed, although according to him, in his head he was thinking, “man, this is going to be annoying.” As usual, I was right. He was wrong.

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Cormac loved the ferry ride, and the breeze on the water was so cooling on such a hot, sunny day.

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Cormac loved running around the sun deck, and then became obsessed with trying to lift the poles.

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He was seriously cracking us up.

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We walked around “downtown” Bainbridge for a bit and, since none of us were super hungry, just grabbed some refreshing sorbet from Mora. Cormac couldn’t wait to dive in. He got so excited that even his feet got in on the action.

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Such a crazy child. The ferry ride back was equally awesome and gorgeous.

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And because Cormac loves us and knew his poor mother had been running on 4 hours of sleep, he slept until 9:30am on Sunday! I’m really good about eating our meals at home during the week and cooking dinner most nights, but weekend breakfasts are, for some reason, my number one “eat out” meals. So we went out for breakfast. Obviously.

We always see crazy lines out the door at Morsel when we’re at the farmers market in the U-District and I had just learned they opened a Ballard location like 4 days ago. Hoping people were unaware of the new location, I suggested to Brent we try to grab breakfast there.

It was breakfast sandwich nirvana. Seriously. Guys. You should go.

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I got the Spanish Fly and it was my everything. Alas, it was also another delicious thing too rich for me to finish. Luckily Brent was there to help. He had the biscuits & gravy, but said he’d get a biscuit sandwich next time. Duh. And Cormac had basically a cup of raspberry jam with a side of biscuit.

Brent figured since we were already in Ballard that we should head to Golden Gardens and hang out at the beach for awhile. Cormac and I agreed.

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Brent and I are, by absolutely no stretch of the imagination, “beach people.” We don’t like sand. I can barely swim. Brent burns if he even thinks about the sun. So I have no idea how we created such a water-loving beach baby.

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He was content to run around, play with sand and march off into the water with no help. We had to keep a close eye on him and do plenty of chasing.

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We eventually made our way back home, but Cormac wasn’t done with the water just yet.

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We did plenty more splashing in the backyard before nap time.

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And Cormac was kind enough to share his pool with Lucy.

It’s been such a great weekend, and I really feel like we’ve been making the most out of this summer and ending the day a bit dirty and a lot exhausted. Guess that’s life with a toddler. I still can’t believe it’s the middle of July and Monroe Birthday Week is only a couple weeks away! And then my friend Ross is coming out to visit Seattle! And then we’re going on vacation! Gah! Life is flying by!

Now Brent is bottling beer he brewed a couple weeks ago and I’m contemplating bed. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!