On the Last Day of 2013…

We slept in.

Had a breakfast of homemade buttermilk pancakes.

We got dressed and headed out for an adventure filled day in the city.

On our way into Seattle, we stopped by the Tacoma Dome and picked up tickets for Monster Jam, an event involving big trucks, dirt, and mud (I think).  We are taking the boys there next weekend as a surprise so, shhhh, don’t tell them.

We popped into Ikea to pick up a few items and had some lunch.

On the drive from Ikea to Seattle, the light bulb came on that it was New Years Eve and as such there was a very good chance parking near the Space Needle would be either a total mess, very expensive, or both.

We almost aborted on our plans but decided to forge ahead.

We scored street parking less than a block away from the Seattle Center and ended up paying a whopping $6.

First stop – the Pacific Science Center where we found  out that on Pluto the combined weight of Husband and the boys would be 22.9 pounds.  A nice piece of trivia to pull out and impress the neighbors with.  I declined to step on a scale so public.

2013 weight on Pluto

Next we crossed the center under the looming presence of the Space Needle to checkout the winter train and village display in the Armory.  Our timing was perfect as it was open for novice train engineers.  Both boys got to drive the train.  I think Husband wanted to also, but he did not ask if he could.

2013 driving the train

We ate pizza and had some mild stress as we realized we would not finish our meal and get back to our car before our parking expired.

Our parking expired.  We did not get a ticket.

2013 Space Needle

Last stop of the evening was the Bellevue Botanical Gardens Garden d’Lights festival, a display of over 1/2 a million lights.  We walked through the display twice.

On the walk back to the car, Carter’s very loose tooth finally detached, leaving a cute gaping hole in his mouth.  This was Carter’s second tooth to come out.  I was in charge of holding onto his tooth for the entire car ride home, a lofty responsibility indeed.

2013 Carters tooth hole

We put on our pajamas, and watched Stuart Little, the movie.

With one hour and forty-five left of 2013 there was no way the boys were giving up and going to bed even though I strongly hinted at it.

So…Husband started the movie The Goonies.  I was worried it would be way to scary for the boys, and there were parts that made Carter hide his head under the blanket, but overall they loved it.  On a side note, I  had forgotten how much bad language the movie had and I cringed at every “hell” and “shit” that was dropped but the boys didn’t seem to notice.

As fireworks burst in the sky and drunken people sang and hugged one another, the boys voted to keep watching as the The Goonies searched for One Eyed Willy.

We tucked Carter’s tooth under his pillow, gave them kisses, and went to bed where we waited until we were sure they were asleep so the Tooth Fairy could visit.

This morning Carter was thrilled to find a one of a kind painting from our Tooth Fairy.  He has not yet thought to look under his pillow where he will find a gold one dollar coin.

2013 Tooth Fairy Art Collage

The last day of 2013 has come and gone leaving a new year laid out before us, a new year with adventures and memories yet to be explored and created.

A very Happy New Year to you all!

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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11 Responses to On the Last Day of 2013…

  1. And a happy new year to you and your adventurous family

  2. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    And to you, as well!

    I’m kinda tempted to watch The Goonies now, actually. I wonder how Li’l D would do with it? It’s home right there in that movie, although just reading about the PNW in this post has helped me feel a little less far away!

    • shoes says:

      You should totally watch The Goonies. Just have a hiding blanket for Li’l D to cover his eyes with during the somewhat scary parts. I was surprised how much I enjoyed sharing the movie with my boys – you are so very right in your comment about that movie having home in it. And I am glad I could bring the PNW a little closer to you.

  3. What a fun last day of 2013! Happy new year, Shoes!

    • shoes says:

      It was a great time. I have to give most of the credit to Husband who planned the whole thing and motivated us to get out of the house.
      Happy new year to you too my friend!

  4. The Waiting says:

    What a great day! Your husband’s face in the train photo is priceless.

    • shoes says:

      It really was! I think Husband would have totally taken a turn with the train if there were not other kids lined up behind us waiting their turn. 🙂

  5. Annie says:

    We spent the evening with our kiddos, too. We had a wild game of Headbanz…which almost led to me banish a certain obnoxious tweenage boy to his room. LOL Happy New Year!

    • shoes says:

      Headbanz – I can’t say I have heard of it but you have a kiddo or two that are a bit older than mine so perhaps my Headbanz days are coming up soon enough.

      Hope 2014 is kind to you and your loved ones.

      • Annie says:

        Headbanz is for young and old. You will have to check it out. Everyone wears a headband with a card stuck in it. (You can’t see the card you have.) Then you have to guess what is on the card by asking yes/no questions. It’s a hoot – especially with the 5 year old!

        Hope 2014 is good to you as well!

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