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Warning: Severe Heat in the Seattle area!

It’s 90 degrees in Seattle. Yowza! How are we keeping cool? We aren’t. One thing that surprised us when we moved here from Texas was the general lack of centralized A/C.

We have a little unit A/C but the kids won’t leave the door closed, so it’s no good to anyone.

Actually, it does a great job of blowing bubbles. Still, if you are paying $200 for a bubble blower… you are crazy and probably insolvent. 

Forgive me, the heat makes me cranky. 

What we are doing is taking it easy and keeping busy. We’ve got some collaging with contact paper, playdoh, painting on the patio, sticking pipe cleaners into things that have holes, and drinking lots of water.


Also, playing with ice until the freezer runs out. I took an idea from my recent follower Heather (thanks!) and froze some of their water resistant toys in a big bowl of water. Mr. 3 poured salt all over it and we played with together for a little while, at least 30 minutes.  

The salt was as old as he is, so I’m not too heart broken about him using the whole bottle. 

How are you keeping cool? 

By the way, I’m super excited to announce… that Mr. 3 has started “reading” to Mr. 1 and finds many opportunities to explain things to him. 

“Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmm”

“No, that’s not a truck, that’s a tractor” 

I love it. I love it. I love it. 

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Downtown Park

Today we visited a new park! Once every two months we visit a friend of my husband who lives in Bellevue, Washington. We normally meet at the Brazilian churascura restaurant called Novilhos. Today, however, we met at Fogo De Chao which is in downtown Bellevue. 

All the different steaks were delicious and because it was brunch, the boys got to enjoy lots of berries and fruit. 

Afterwards, my clever husband suggested we take the boys to the park across the street. He and Mr. 3 quickly ran off to the playground. Mr. 1 had different ideas.

He wandered the grass and saw some low swooping birds. Then he noticed a dog walk by. This led him to another lady with two little dogs and an area with a low stone wall that he could climb up and down.

Next, he wandered over to where a group of men were building a concert stage until we were asked to leave. 

To distract him from the disappointment, I took him down to the waterfall area where we stayed for the remainder of the trip.

He enjoyed wandering up and down the hill, looking at the waterfall, seeing the ducks, chasing the dragonflies, walking over the metal hatches in the ground, climbing the low bench walls, and wandering as far away as possible before mommy gets worried.

 Can you find my child? He’s waving at you! Did you know dragonflies have stripes? 

We practiced walking on our tiptoes to sneak up on this guy. Tiptoes is a skill Mr. 1 recently discovered. He can’t get enough of climbing! 

Here he was admiring the waterfall and making the sign for “water”.

Finally, when Mr. 3 was tired of the playground (which looked really cool from where I was standing) he came and joined us. Then he and Mr. 1 jumped in on a game of “pass the ball” that this super nice family was playing. 

Mr. 3 just chased the ball until they kicked it to him, and he tried really hard to kick it back. It was really adorable to watch, and I didn’t interfere at all. 

He told me later that he wanted a big red swinging bench like they had at the playground, and a colorful ball like the family had. Then both kids promptly fell asleep in the car. 

I think this is a park definitely worth coming back to. 

What is special about your favorite park?