Sunday, January 4, 2015

PlayDate Part Deux: w/Socks

So, an hour and a half into our PlayDate excursion, I learned I could buy socks thus breaking my "no enter" spell and letting me go play with the boys.  For the low cost of $2.25, I was IN and when I got to climb, slide, swing, and try to squeeze through foam structures built for the under 8 crowd, PlayDate turned a lot more fun.  It was packed, still, a side effect of Seattle's rain driving people who want to play indoors, and the center sitting area was filled with parents hanging out while their kids climbed and some cried.  But when I got to get in on the play-party, it become way more fun.  And, PlayDate turned out to be a great workout - by the end of the afternoon after jumping through hoops and running up tilted mats, I was sweating, smiling, and playing dragon with the boys.  I also got to learn a lot about "kids these days".  While Wilson and I tried to shimmy down a slide, two "older" (maybe 8) girls, were going up the slide talking about boys.  Heart stopped - I'm not ready for boyfriend/girlfriend talk on the playground.  The other kids, though, bantered more on the layout of the structure, the yummy ($6) hot dogs, and the line for water.

Parent cheats

Today I feel like I did the ultimate parent cheat and it was so yucky!  I took the boys to PlayDate Seattle, a giant indoor play center with climbing equipment, slides, and food - even wifi, coffee, wine and beer for parents.  The place was teaming with dad's slugging beer watching football games, kids screaming and running around on the play equipment (surely swapping germs as they went), and moms chirping with high voices "high sweetheart" while they turned their heads when their little one threw a kid down the slide and clapped when their kid followed directions and shared and "played nice."  All in, not impressed and not coming back.

Some highlights:
Two moms were standing at the bottom of a fast slide watching for thier 3 year old tots.  While watching, a group of 5-6 year old boys started wrestling on the floor - one boy locked another in a chokehold and the moms did nothing.  The boys were 6in from their feet.  I jumped up and asked "are you OK" to the chokeheld kid and he immediately started crying and ran away.  Not cool.

A group of three moms brought their kids to play.  The moms got food and wine and sat to chat while the kids ran around wild ignoring the rules and the other kids around them.

A pair of dirty girl's underpants were found at the bottom of one of the slides and no-one seemed to do a thing.

All in, so gross, terrible, not cool.  I'm disappointed in myself for taking an easy route and bringing the kids to play at this indoor circus, and moreover I'm bummed there are so many checked out parents.  Boo.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


As we near Christmas, the holiday fun is ramping up!  This weekend we had a blast at an "ugly sweater party" with our friends - both the moms and dads got in on the action.

Last weekend we made our way to the top of the Space Needle with the same families to enjoy Space Santa.

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Getting back from the Bay Area, we had the perfect transition from Thanksgiving into the Christmas timeframe with SNOW!  The day after getting home we got a slight dusting of snow, but it was enough for the boys to put on their ski clothes, make snowballs, and make a teeny tiny snowman. 
To continue with the holiday spirit, we took the boys to see Santa.  I can't believe they're now too big to sit on his lap.  I almost don't believe it!

This year instead of Nutcracker (which I haven't actually seen in probably 25 years) we took the boys to see The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, which was awesome. The play was at the Paramount in Seattle and was a fancy event - the whole theater was dressed up which was fun.  The boys didn't totally understand the entire play (i.e. "mommy, why was his head not screwed on just right?") but all in it was a great event.

Thanksgiving roundup!

Thanksgiving came and went in such a flash I neglected to regale with stories of food, travels, and fun.  We decided to go to the Bay Area this year - we typically don't travel during holidays at all, but we gave in and did a trip from Tuesday to Friday which was perfect for avoiding travel madness at the airport, but not enough time to see and catch up with everyone.  After arriving late late Tuesday evening, we got the boys to bed and then followed suite almost 5min later. 

Wednesday we rose early and made our way back into the city (SF) to meet up with our friends at Golden Gate park for breakfast and much playgrounding.  It's funny, these are friends we met when we had the boys and knew for only a year, but everytime we talk or see them it seems like we've known each other forever.  Love it.

After the park, we made our way to Rob and Emily's house, and then met up with Ryan in the Mission.  After a quick picnic lunch and more playgrounding, we packed up to head back to Marin - but not before driving down Lombard now as tourists and past our old house.  I miss that city!

Thursday morning we got up and out with the boys for a quick hike.  Wilson immediately took his shirt off proclaiming it was "so hot" (it was 70 at best).

After that, we made our way back to my mom's for the boys to "hang" with my grandma, their great grandma doing art.  We enjoyed a perfect Thanksgiving lunch with the boys, my parents, my grandma, and my aunt Jean. 

 Post lunch, we made our way to my old stomping grounds - the San Anselmo creek.  I don't know how many hours I spent in that creek "making potions" with Lisa and making up adventures.  Wilson seems to be right in line as we could barely get him out of the creek...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday wishlist - fitgets

Holiday wishlist - fitgets
Here's my holiday wishlist... running gear, I finally want to jump on the fitness wearable bandwagon, a GoPro to record more memories sans phone, and a new elliptical.  But what I'd really like can't be clipped from another site - what I'd really like is art from my boyos.

Weekend roundups: Twofer

Packing two weeks' roundups into 1...

Last weekend my dad was in town and we explored the city.  We hit up the beach, the playground on Queen Anne, and did some good lego time in between.  The boys love when my dad comes to town and we do too.

This weekend flew by - Saturday morning was karate and then breakfast with our friends.  The afternoon brought our first parent teacher conference (and are psyched that the boys are doing great in school), and in the evening we had a mellow taco dinner party with more friends.

Today we made our way to my cousin's son's birthday (but for simplicity we just call him the boys' cousin).  The birthday was AWESOME.  It was at a jump house in Kirkland with black lights and glow in the dark sticks.  I think Matt played more than most of the kids, and everyone had a blast.