Happy Monday!!! Wait.. no… it’s Tuesday! My days are all screwed up, but for good reason. My Mama is in town visiting and we’ve been on the go since she got here! We had so much fun this weekend that we’re already talking about making her coming to visit me by herself for a week at the beginning of the summer a yearly tradition.
Saturday morning we were up at 4:00 and out the door by 6:00 so that we could be to a huge community yard sale two hours north of where I live. Yes, we drove two hours to go to yard sales, but it was totally worth it. We parked our car and walked around this development for four hours and didn’t even make it to all the yard sales there.
We invited Dart to join us last-minute since it was in his neck of the woods. He must really like me because he walked from yard sale to yard sale with two women for four hours and didn’t complain once. My mom was on a mission to get backpacks for a project they’re going to be doing at church so we were teasing her that she looked like she was off to school. We got some really good deals and decided that we want to make this a yearly tradition. We’re hoping that next year we can make it a girls trip, sorry Dart, and bring SS and BB.
Sunday morning we were once again up at 4:00 and out the door by 6:00 so that we could pick up SS and Peanut to head to Seattle because Peanut had an appointment at Seattle Children’s to have a procedure done really early on Monday morning. Since “take a mother/daughter vacation” is one of the things on my 30 Before 30 list and seeing them throw the fish at Pike Place Market was on Mama’s bucket list we decided to make a little mini-vacation out of it.
My whole family lived here for six years before moving back to Idaho and while we would go to the Seattle area once a year for Special Olympic’s stuff we never took a family vacation over to do the whole tourist thing.
I was nervous about getting my Mama’s big suburban through downtown Seattle so we decided to pack by the Space Needle instead. My Mama had never seen the Space Needle up close so it actually worked out perfectly. As much as she wanted to go up in it, she has really back vertigo and knew that it would be a really bad idea. She can’t even go above the fifth row in bleachers without getting sick. I was glad we weren’t going up when I saw the line, but it was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t help but get a pretty picture of it before we hopped on the monorail and made our way to Pike Place Market.
This was only the second time that I’ve been on the monorail, but I still think it’s the best way to get down there without having to deal with all the parking and trying to drive through the streets. Plus it’s a fun little treat since we don’t have anything like it where I live. As you can see in the picture above Peanut was tired and not feeling good. We’re pretty sure the poor little guy was teething and was unhappy most of the trip, but now that we’re home he’s a much happy camper. He’s to small town for the big city, just like his Aunt Kelly.
As expected Pike Place Market was busy and full of people. I was worried that we were going to lose my Mama because she was trying to take it all in. The woman is even more small town than I am and she was in total awe of everything. More than once she said, “I feel like I’m in a whole different world.”
We finally made our way to where they throw the fish but sadly we only got to see them throw a couple. They only do it when someone buys something and apparently no one was in the mood to buy anything. The few times they did throw them they just picked up a fish and threw it back and forth. That’s okay though because she was able to get some video, see it in person and take a picture with one of the workers. So exciting to watch how excited she was about it all.
Back in March the Pacific Northwest Bloggers had a meet up in Seattle and we went on a walking food tour of Pike Place Market. You can read about it here. One of the places that we tried was a stand that sells samosas. I was really excited about them because they are one of the things that Elder Elvis has told us he eats a lot over in Africa. The ones at Pike Place are from India but from what we understand they are still very similar and only really differ with what they put inside. When I told my family about me getting to try one back in March they were really jealous so it was one place I knew I had to find again and get one for my Mama. I had a hard time remembering where the stand was, but it was totally worth the hunt because they are unbelievably yummy!
The other place I absolutely loved from our walking tour in March was Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt. I have tried Greek yogurt from the stores and I hated it so when our tour guide told us we were going to have some I was a little worried, but this stuff tastes nothing like the stuff you get at the store! When I told CB that we were going to go down to Pike Place she was like, “You have to go get Ellenos!” Needless to say she wasn’t happy that I didn’t bring any back for her.
I was really proud of myself for being able to find all the places we wanted and for jumping in and ordering everything. My Mama had a great time and is still talking about all the stuff we saw and did in the short time we were there. We’re spending the rest of the week enjoying some down time and packing up some of my apartment before we meet up with my Dad and sister for her Special Olympics basketball tournament this weekend.