08 May 2014

26Apr2014 - Kids' birthday surprises - Part 2

The second part of the day's surprises was way fun and again, I highly recommend the Seattle Underground Tour.  It was dark, so I got no pics.  I was too busy enjoying the history telling.  :)
So cool.
While we waited for our assigned time, we had a slice of pizza. 

A bit dark, but with lots of character.
When it got close, we went in to wait.  I got a beer and a shot and the kids explored the gift shop.  Note that I did not get Alex the really cool official Marine Corps. mini keychain flask he was eyeballing.

Beer and a shot.

Overlooking Pioneer Square.

Henry and a Crapper.

Now that's a fancy bowl.

Alternate names for Seattle.

05 May 2014

26Apr2014 - Kids' birthday surprises - Part 1

Last year's birthday month for the guys (April) was pretty awesome.  We stayed in beautiful Whitefish, Montana for Spring Break, drove/rode in Ferraris and indoor sky-dived.  I sorta out-did myself, I think.

As per usual, I did not tell the guys anything about what we were doing on Saturday, April 26th (Alex's birthday) other than that we were going to Seattle.  I'm always quite proud of myself if I can keep a really awesome secret from them for more than a week.  Sufficed to say that the trip to Ireland coming up in June didn't stay a secret for long.  :)

Here's what we did:

We rode the Duck!   It is a quintessential Seattle tourist-y experience and we simply had to do it.  We had a super fun driver and everyone on the duck sprung the $2.35 for the quackers.  We were a loud bunch.  Great music, fun trivia, just an all-around great time.

Rolling in to Lake Washington and sailing around looking at bridges, yachts, houseboats and floating houses (there is a difference... the more you know) was quite the experience.

Oddly enough, the quackers didn't get annoying quickly.

Native boat.

Yep, that's the lake.

Gas Works Park