Right here, right now, being able to sit down and type up some of my thoughts, is what I am extremely grateful for today. For the past couple weeks, my mind was taken over by constant anxiety about the new job I was starting and I couldn't get myself to do anything that takes more time and focus (things like blogging ;) Spring break turned out to be pretty eventful and busy, too, with traveling and fun family outings here and there. Yesterday marked the end of my first week at the new school, and I have nothing but praise to report. Things went a lot better than I could've ever imagined for week 1, and I'm really enjoying teaching a completely different student population.
Over spring break, we flew down to San Francisco for Gary's cousin's wedding in Napa (where Zoey got to be the flower girl!) It was a beautiful wedding and a super fun trip, as we got to travel with the Chungs and mom and seeing all the family from L.A. I'll write a separate post to share more about our trip and all the pictures later next week :) Other than flying, we spent the rest of the break relaxing and spending time with the kids. Z and N were able to nap more regularly since I was home to guard their door and watch them fall asleep. We went to Cloud City (our neighborhood coffee shop) a couple times for breakfast, read lots and lots of books together, visited the zoo one afternoon after preschool, did a staycation in downtown Seattle one weeknight, and took the ferry to Bainbridge Island for a day trip.
Lots of happenings also mean lots of pictures to share :) I'm putting up the ones from the zoo and downtown Seattle first.
It was a really beautiful, warm day at the zoo and it wasn't crowded which was a huge plus. We don't come to the zoo often as to me it just isn't the easiest place to go with all 3 littles on my own, and I never know how to explain why these animals are captured and put in a zoo. Anyway, it worked out well that day, and the two older ones both got their #2 business done while we were there ;)
Our staycation last week was a total spontaneous move. On Wednesday I went and bid for a room in downtown Seattle for Thursday night, because I was feeling like doing something special before school started, and last-minute hotel stays just seemed like a perfect choice. And turned out it was! The kids LOVED it and wanted to stay one more night :)
We took it easy and did our usual destinations in downtown - pike place, the public library, delicious coffee shops, and just lots of strolling and walking around town.
The Seattle ferry and Bainbridge Island were some of the top touristy things I did when I first moved to Seattle. It was part of my aunt's "Grace Lin Tour" and I still remember walking around town and browsing through cute local shops with her - fond memories :) :) I've been wanting to take the kids there sometime, and after thinking about it for months, we finally got to go last weekend (yay!!) It was a beautiful Saturday. We got on the ferry from downtown Seattle and enjoyed the pretty view of the Great Wheel and all the other things by the water.
It was lunch time by the time we got off the ferry, and most of the restaurants we wanted to try were already full. Thanks to Yelp (I seriously use it for everything), we drove to Rolling Bay for lunch at Rolling Bay Cafe. It is the tiniest cafe I've ever been in but when we walked out through the side door, we saw these picnic tables and benches in cheerful colors and we were so surprised and happy! This whole area is a big nursery apparently, with a couple small shops all around, selling gardening stuff, kids toys, clothes, aannnnd baby chicks! Naynay did not want to leave the baby chicks when it was time to say goodbye.
We went back to downtown Bainbridge after lunch, and had crepe for dessert! Mmmm, I can eat some again right about now.
We tried to walk off some of that whipped cream and nutella the rest of the afternoon but then we found a cute bookstore for the kids :) We played and read there for a bit before we headed home.