Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dee-addle (Seattle) Aquarium

It doesn't matter what we are going to Seattle for, B expects an exciting adventure.  He dances around yelling "Dee-addle!"
Jared had been asking to go to the aquarium, and Rebecca happened upon aquarium coupons that expired at the end of April, so we went for it.  It was nice to have Rebecca there to wrangle all of the mobile children while I tended to a needy newborn, whenever he was not asleep.  We can't all fit in one car anymore, but that isn't going to stop us from having a great time.
 We all got to touch a sea cucumber, which was surprisingly squishy.  The real tidepools are easier for these kids to reach.
 We look like a preschool when we go places together.  There are so many children between us that it sometimes seems like I spend our entire outing counting blonde heads to make sure we haven't lost anyone.  1-2-3-4-5-6-7
 This was Sammy's first field trip.  He ate and slept a lot.
 B+jelly fish= Belly fish
Eloise is very jellyfish savvy.  "You never want to touch a jellyfish," she tells me. "Even if it's on the beach, you don't touch it."
 It is okay to touch the glass with jellyfish behind it.
 We had a picnic outside the aquarium, on the pier.  It was a lovely, warm day.
B and Price.  I took this picture because it was so unusual to have to two smallest ambulatory members of our party in the stroller at the same time.  They both prefer to walk.  

 Jared peppered the aquarium employees with questions while we watched divers feeding fish in this dome.
 Eloise's favorite exhibits were the ones with sea mammals: seals and otters.  Seattle lived up to its reputation as a place of fun, excitement, and adventure for B. Of course he loves everything that involves Rebecca.
 It was the first week after Eloise started soccer, so she wore her jersey every single day.
Outings with a new baby turned out to be doable, especially with the help of a friend.  We only got slightly lost on our way out of Seattle.  We stopped at the park on the way home so that crabby, sleepy kids would be occupied on the playground while Sammy got fed.  When Jared was a baby, I would never have guessed that being out of the house with a newborn could ever be easier than being at home.   

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