Sunday, October 5, 2014

Faith and Jorge's visit

Faith and Jorge came to visit us from New York at the beginning of September.  This is how these goofs passed the hours while they waited for Aunt Faith and Uncle Jorge to arrive. Pack and play + blanket = instant fort!
 We had a great time with Faith and Jorge.  They came with us to our ward labor day picnic.  Jorge is the pickiest eater in the universe.
 We haven't seen Faith since March, and Jorge since last November, but the children took to them right away.  B was a little confused about who was Aunt Faith and who was Jordanne, since Jordanne hadn't been with us for very long, but Aunt Faith wasn't offended.  B is not very discerning when it comes to a pair of jeans towering over his head.
 Jorge's great desire in Seattle was to see the zoo, so off we went.  B had never been to the zoo before.  His very favorite thing was the orangutan.  He tried climbing into the orangutan exhibit when they moved out of sight.
 We probably tried to see a little bit too much at the zoo, so the children were falling apart exhausted by the time we left.

 We had never been to the zoo when the petting area was open before.  That was a treat.  Jared thought that the goats should be petted like his dog, since it is also black and furry.  Since Shadow is Jared's fellow puppy, and their play is pretty wild, he had to be watched very closely in the petting area.
When we left the zoo, we had a quick picnic, and then headed home for naps.  

 The first Thursday of every month is free museum day in downtown Seattle.  We decided (on the recommendation of our pediatric dentist) to go to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).  It turned out to have all sorts of things for kids and adults.  The kids got to draw or create their own ideas for innovation.  I believe that Eloise drew an exploding airplane engine.
 Todd had some days off of work that he had to use or lose, so we enjoyed having him along on our second Seattle trip of the week.  The museum was surprisingly uncrowded for a free day, and parking was reasonably priced, for Seattle.
 This is to prove I was there, with sandwich face B.
 This is Faith and Jorge standing on the edge of Lake Union.  Behind them is the boat where Bill Gates' helicopter lands.  I guess his neighbors wouldn't approve the construction of a permanent helipad on his property.  Oh, the struggle.  But look at Jorge!  I think he is actually smiling!
 MOHAI was a very good choice.  We will definitely go back.  Here Jorge looks at a wall of innovations and inventions made by Seattle natives.
 When lunch time was approaching, we went to the locks so that Faith and I could get wraps from our favorite little fish sandwich shop, and Jorge and Todd could get nasty chain store tacos.  We got to enjoy the boats and fish ladder, too.
 We had hoped that the weather would stay good into September as it did last year so that we could enjoy lots and lots of beach time with Faith and Jorge, but the autumn wind started to blow just as they arrived.  The beach was getting incrementally less pleasant for swimming.  It was still lovely, of course, but Friday was the only day of the week that was warm enough for a good dip.
 Jorge is not interested in fresh air, water, or sunshine.  At least not on the west coast.
 The kids all swam a bit, but it was getting a little cool for them to love lake swimming.  Todd and Faith had a great long swim.
Thanks for coming Faith and Jorge!  We loved the game nights, and I'm glad our kids haven't forgotten you.

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