Sunday, December 7, 2014

Big City Weekend

My mom has always loved the city during the holidays. We had been planning this trip for a while and Kyle surprised us with the weekend off (we thought he would be at camp without us) so we all went over to Bellevue and Seattle for a fun holiday filled weekend.

We started Saturday morning off right at Pike's Place. Sora loved all the artists amazing creations.
Of course the food (and samples) were big too.
We had lunch at Pike's Place Chowder thanks to Maleah's cousin. We got to avoid the HUGE line and eat delicious chowder. Sora ate this entire bowl of clam chowder herself! I had salmon and both were amazing.

Afterwards, the girls headed to the Nutcracker to see the last year of this version while the boys found their own entertainment.
 The seats were crazy close and Sora got a booster cushion to help her see better.

Sora was pretty squirrelly during the first act, but because our seats were so close, it was actually hard to see. She was much better during the second act.

At night, we headed to Bellevue to Snowflake Lane. The hotel we stayed at was within walking distance which is great because I probably would have chosen not to go if we had to deal with traffic.
It really is just a bunch of characters posing with kiddos and some dancing - nothing that amazing, but Sora LOVED it. It took her a while to work up enough courage to pose with anyone, but once she finally made the leap it was hard to stop her!

 Once the "show" started, Sora was very busy dancing and keeping up with the other kiddos.

 They also blow bubbles/snow which Sora had fun chasing around.

 On the way out she tried to pose with Rudolf, but they told her it was too late and come back tomorrow. She was okay and not at all upset but on our way out, this snow queen came rushing up to Sora with her arms outstretched saying, "Where have you been all night? I've been looking for you!" It was the sweetest thing and it definitely made me cry (I'm sappy like that). She talked to Sora and twirled her before leaving.
 In the morning, Sora finally took advantage of the hotel pool.
We ran a few errands before coming home with plenty of time for to watch the Seahawks play the Eagles.

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