We hadn't been in awhile, so it made for an interesting unschooling day.
Alrik busted some moves on the dance floor.
Mikko investigated all the pulleys.
And both of them pushed lots of buttons.
The toddler room was a hit.
Alrik was very pleased with his experience on the slides.
Even when it meant sliding into his brother.
Mikko flew a helicopter …
… but wasn't much into posing.
Alrik was fascinated with the Butterfly House.
Mmm … rotting fruit! But I couldn't get many good picture of butterflies because of …
… this guy. He was afraid one would land on him and wanted to hightail it out of there.
So I watched while the kiddos put together giant puzzles.
They would have stayed forever,
but by this time my back was killing me for some reason.
So we headed off for a last look around,
which meant putting the baby in a giant guitar, of course.
Here's Lord Byron looking insouciant after one of his poetry readings.
(Mikko's been considering a haircut, so enjoy the flowing locks while you can….)
My camera's battery died, so I snapped some phone pics
when we headed over for a snack at The Armory.
That is, Mikko and I snacked, and Alrik helped the staff arrange the chairs.
(It's nice they have him.)
Mikko showed off the food in his mouth (at least it was a willing pose?) …
… and threatened to spray us all with his drink.
Those cheeks are loaded, baby!
At this point, Mikko said, "Do you still have my pirate desk?"
And panic erupted in my chest.
The day before I'd been to a local toy store and seen a lap desk on the clearance table. There was only one, and it was pirate-themed and really cute. I thought, "Hey, Mikko loves sitting on the couch and working on his puzzle magazines.
Maybe he'd like this lap desk."
I went back and forth about it but finally grabbed it since it was the last one.
And … he loved it! He's usually blasé about presents I get him (telling me in how many ways they're the wrong thing — yes, we're working on his gift-receiving scripts), but he used the lap desk all that day, brought it to bed with him, and then insisted we lug it along with us downtown so he could show his friends.
I knew that was a bad idea. I knew I'd end up carrying it, and that I had enough to deal with as it was with a diaper bag, a one-year-old, and a bad back.
I thought about it. The last time I'd seen it was when we first went to the science center and played with the water features outside and we'd set it down on a bench. Could it still be there? Would someone have taken it to lost and found if not?
Or … gulp … just taken it home with them?
Mikko bravely reassured me, "It's ok if it's not there, Mama."
But I knew it wouldn't be ok at all.
We raced (as quickly as a woman hobbled over in pain, a five-year-old, and a toddler way past his naptime can race) back to the science center, showed our card, and rushed down the stairs.
Was it … was that red speck … ?
It was still there!
I know that was quite possibly the most underwhelming story ever, but it seriously made my day. I'd been getting quite cranky with my back pain and all, so to have the lap desk restored to us just upped my happiness back up to full.
We headed back, and I thought this was an interesting urban gardening sight to pass — a parking garage with a P-Patch called "UpGarden" on the roof. (That sign on the side of the building points the way.) P-Patches are the community gardens in Seattle, and I thought this location was likely the coolest one.
Back past the ground fountain outside McCaw Hall and off toward home …
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