Friday, June 17, 2011


Last week my family and I were lucky enough to have some fun visitors in town-- One of my oldest and dearest friends, Kirsten and her little baby girl McKinley!!! Her husband was sweet enough to buy her a plane ticket up here for a mother's day treat.... yay for us!! It was the first time I got to meet 9 month old McKinley, and the first time they got to see Owen. We had a blast with them here for a whole week! Shad is crazy busy prepping for the bar exam, he is CONSTANTLY studying... so it was so nice to have some company while he cracks down on his studying. My mom was also able to take a few days off from work and tag along! We ventured out a bit here and there. We shopped, ate out, had a girls night out, and took the kids out to some fun places. However, with the babies both teething, not sleeping well, and on opposite napping schedules it was hard to plan for all day events when we only had about a 3 or 4 hour window of time! But somehow we made it work and had a great time!
I miss them already!

One of the first days they were here we took the kids to the Seattle Science Center. Here is Kirsten and McKinley:

Owen and McKinley LOVED the water fountain/play area:

Big smiles!

Owen threw a really embarrassing tantrum when we had to leave the water. I got a lot of funny looks, many from moms who I could tell where like "oh I've been there..." ha!

They had a really beautiful butterfly garden, that was really fun!

I love how you can see the little straws they drink from:

When we first got in the garden there was actually a big butterfly on Owen's back that we didn't notice until someone told us, then TONS of people came over to look and take pictures! It was a little weird. But I did get a pic of the one on Owen's tummy:

My mom was like the butterfly whisperer, she could catch any of them!

Owen thought these masks were great! He could wear it all day! So funny...

Such a sweet girl:

We also took the kiddos to the Seattle Aquarium, which they also loved! It is so fun to take them and just look at the awe on their faces! The pictures in the aquarium were really hard to get, because it was really dark, and with the flash on it looked darker and over exposed, so just ignore the blurriness!

When we first arrvied, they have this HUGE wall of fish. Owen immediately went up to it and was saying "WHOA... Whoa... Whoa... WOW!" It was so cute!

Me and my cute boy!

They also had this "wave simulator" which both the kids loved. McKinley is such a little model... she always poses for the camera!

I love these faces of McKinley and Owen, such wonder:

So much fun!

Owen and I were checking out the salmon swimming up above:


Owen loves to point at everything right now...

They were really cute together... it took Owen a while to get used to having her around. But he eventually learned to share, and appreciate her presence!

Owen sure loves his grandma!

I sure love her!

We had such fun together! I miss them both already... it feels lonely now around here. I did a little photo shoot with the two babies at the house after church all dressed cute! I will post more pics of that later. I figured there was already TONS here! So more to come! :)


Kirsten said...

Fun to read your re-cap! I miss you SOOOO MUCH already!!!!! I definitely think we need more time together, more than just one week a year or year and a half....ugh! I miss Owen's cute noises..."BAAA!" ha ha ha P.s. McKinley started saying "Uh oh!" and "WOAH!" all the time! I'm sure she learned that from the Owenator :) oh and she goes "Vrrooooom vrrroooooom" like Owen does with the cars, it's so funny :) he taught her so much!!! ha ha miss you, love you, call me any time. I miss our mommy time, and best friend time :) love you! oh p.p.s. I'm awesome at Wii now. watch out.

Joel & Megan said...

Looks like you all had a blast! Love the pictures.

Courtney said...

What a fun week! That butterfly garden looks awesome! Maybe I can take Riley when we visit next time. I still can't believe we are coming at the exact same time you will be gone. :( That's ok, though. We'll have another good reunion at Christmas time. :)