Tye and I traveled to Seattle on Wednesday, where we met Tyler at the airport. That night, we used points to book a fancy room at the W downtown. From our room, Tye could watch the traffic and birds below. Her favorite pastime was riding the elevator, though.
While Tyler worked Thursday morning, Tye and I explored downtown. We stopped at Beecher's right outside of Pike Place Market, where we watched cheese being made in huge vats before we bought some fresh curds for breakfast. From there, we walked down to the waterfront and the Seattle Aquarium. Tye touched star fish in the tide pool petting zoo, which she loved almost as much as the huge, awesome tank of all local species. Did you know the Puget Sound contains over 200 species of fish?
The rest of the weekend, we stayed with our friends Laurie and Josh, whose son Brady is just a month younger than Tye. Brady and Tye were immediately buddies, to the point that they woke up requesting each other first thing each morning. Staying with a family with a child the same age is absolutely the easiest way to travel, from car seats to bath toys to snacks to DVR'd episodes of Sesame Street (Tye is going through a bit of Brady and Elmo withdrawl now that we're home, though...). Not only is it the easiest, it's the most fun- our hosts knew exactly which activities would entertain the whole family and we loved talking about our kids without worrying if anyone was sick of hearing about them.
Leaving Tye with a sitter for Saturday's wedding turned out to be no problem, either. As long as Brady was there, Tye barely noticed I was gone! The wedding that brought us out to Seattle in the first place was beautiful, and we had a great time with friends from our time in Ithaca, NY. It was a full extended weekend trip with beautiful weather in a fun city, great family time, and catching up with good friends.