Before little sister arrives I wanted to make sure we scheduled some special outings and events for the boys to experience with Mommy and Daddy’s full attention. One idea I had was to take a ferry ride over to Kingston for a day of exploring.
We’ve been having quite the heat wave in the Seattle area these last weeks. With temperatures up into the 80s us Seattleites have been melting. Combine that with the fact that our backyard was undergoing a new sod rehaul making it necessary for us to stay off the back yard and by the end of that week I was ready to go out for dinner! We’ve been working hard on not eating out so we can save our budget and have some cash freed up for the projects we want to accomplish before little miss arrives. But it was HOT and I was out of dinner plans so we decided to splurge and went out for pizza.
The ironic thing was the restaurant we went to (which we had never been to before) wasn’t air conditioned! They had all their doors and windows open which made for a nice atmosphere but it was not the escape from the heat I had hoped for.
We did get to enjoy some delicious pizza though.
And luckily the spot we picked just happened to have a balloon artist that night so the boys enjoyed the happy distraction while we waited for our food to arrive. Graham requested an elephant and this is the best shot I could get because he was playing with it so much!
Miles didn’t want the man to make him anything, I think he was nervous about some stranger hovering over us with a fanny pack full of balloons. But we had a fun time watching Graham’s elephant being made.
Our Kingston outing had perfect timing. It was sunny, hot and we needed to stay off the backyard so being away from the house for the day was great!
We parked at the Edmonds ferry walked on the ferry with our double stroller and diaper bag loaded with supplies for the day.
Daddy and the boys with the arriving ferry in the background.
We decided to wheel them onto the ferry to help keep our group together but the boys had a great time watching all the cars and motorcycles load onto the ferry from large windows of the walk on ramp.
The boys LOVED the ferry ride. I think if we had just made a day out of riding the ferry back and forth they would have been very satisfied with the day. I sat with our stuff while Joel took them to the bathroom, to see the relief map, outside to explore the view and looking out at different windows to see all the sites they could soak in.
Once in Kingston we got off and walked over to their summer farmer’s market. We walked the booths, listened to some music and finally picked some things to buy for lunch.
My hands were too busy to get a bunch of pictures but we also enjoyed some homemade ice cream and shave ice once we gobbled up our lunches. I ended up getting two orders of shave ice because the boys ate too much of mine to feel satisfied.
The ride back was great. Such a nice sunny day with clear water.
The band from the farmer’s market was even on our ride back and they played some songs during the ride. What a treat! Graham and Miles danced around the aisles and we had a nice chat with a couple behind us who was just starting their first ever mini vacation without their two young kids.
I tried to get another Daddy and sons picture on the ferry but they were too busy exploring everything. I thought at one point I’d get them sitting in these chairs together.
But it turned into a game where one would sit in the seat and the other would run around to the back, pop up and laugh and then they’d scramble to switch places. I think they did that a good six times, it was pretty cute.
Watching the ferry coming in to the dock.
Our little outing was only four or five hours but we were all pretty exhausted by the time we got back to the car and it was a pretty quiet ride back home.
Our next outings planned are a trip to a Mariner’s game and a special class just for them at the hospital on how to be big brothers and what to expect when little sister arrives.