James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Ivins conquer Seattle...

We were lucky enough to get a visit from Cyndi and Tony at the beginning of the month, and my kids could not have been more jazzed.

We picked them up on a rainy Saturday and braved the drizzle for a walk to the market.

We spent a significant amount of time staring at the gigantic cruise ship that docks along the waterfront every Friday.

These ships are seriously the size of a large apartment building -- both in width and height.
What's even more amazing is watching the thousands of pounds of food being loaded onto the decks.
I guess they have to be prepared for passengers planning to take on the the all-you-can-eat buffets.

I would most definitely be stuck in that category, which is why I've never been on a cruise.
I'd have to be lifted off the ship with a crane...

 Lola has become quite the tour guide.
She knows exactly where to go and what to point out, especially when it comes to the market.

It was of the utmost importance that Pop Pop followed the piggy's footsteps, because how else is one supposed to find a giant brass pig in the middle of such chaos?

She's also become a pro at picking out our weekly flowers.
She scans the rows of bouquets for about two minutes before furrowing her brow and holding out her palm in my direction -- the signal for cash.
The girl gets a real thrill out of handing the money to the flower ladies.

We grabbed lunch at Anthony's before heading home to crash for a bit.

 After a little Whirlyword on Nana's iPad, we trudged up Queen Anne Hill to Kerry Park.

James definitely had the best seat in the house.
Babies are so spoiled.

 Lola and Pop Pop spent some quality time on the roof before dinner the next evening, where they had a delightful conversation with a "Lola bird" -- more commonly referred to as seagull.

 We headed down to the water for a Sunday stroll, where Lola made sure to show her grandparents how skilled she's become at walking the "ssss."

Naturally the S walking was followed by rock throwing -- an activity infinitely more enjoyable with Pop around to help.

 They headed to Victoria early the next morning, but we got them back just in time for the Fourth of July.
I'll end with that cliffhanger...