Zoey and Nathan are in preschool two days a week, and I selfishly look forward to these mornings because I can squeeze in mundane errands, plan girl dates, have alone time with Izzy, or myself when she's napping (if I'm lucky). This week Izzy and I had MOPS one morning, and we got the oil changed for our minivan and visited Cafe Barjot on the other. Being the biggest dummy ever existed when it comes to anything car-related, I always feel stupidly accomplished after an oil change. I had such a great experience at the grease monkey right by U Village. Their waiting area is clean, the people there are super friendly (which is rare in my experience), and they're huge seahawks fans too :)
Cafe Barjot is an interesting place hidden in a residential area. It is so many things at the same time in a small 800 sqf space: it's a coffee shop, a bakery, a bar kind of, and also a restaurant. I'm not sure how I feel about this mixture of vibes in their interior design choices, but I do appreciate the quietness and the neighborhood feel on a slow weekday morning. The barista knew the names of every customer who came in that morning and remembered each and everyone's usual coffee orders. Izzy woke up shortly after I sat down, and got to try some of the cheese biscuit (just teeny tiny bites), but what she really wanted was the flower, haha! We started her on solids a few weeks ago, and while she likes it, she isn't a big eater, at least not yet. She usually loses interest after 4-5 spoonfuls.
We've had some beautifully sunny, foggy, and reaaaally cold days in Seattle this week. I took the kids to Volunteer Park one morning and they had such a great time. It's always fun to visit places we haven't gone to in awhile. I especially love the conservatory there, mostly because it was so warm and comfortable inside, ha! I brought a pencil and a sketchbook so Zoey could sketch down things that she saw and wanted to remember. I know I'm a biased mama, but our little 5-year-old is so talented. She can draw so well based solely on her wild imagination and creativity. She truly has a heart and love for it too, and I love being amazed and surprised and praising what she has done. Some days she'd lay out all the drawings she did in the afternoon while I was teaching on the stairs, so I can see them first thing when I come home.
Since the weather is still cold here (for my inner Taiwanese at least), I guess I can easily justify all the coffee-shop pictures on my phone ;) I'm not a coffee connoisseur, but I love the coffee shop scene here in Seattle (if that's not already obvious!) Whether it's to work, study, have a good conversation with a friend, or just to people watch and hang out, you can find a coffee shop for that here - one of the many other reasons I'm in love with this city. We've been able to plan more playdates with Mary and Daniel lately too, which makes us so happy! The kids love one another, and watching them play and run around and laugh together is just so good.
I hope you all are having a restful weekend with the people you love. Thanks for reading and following along!