Destination Space Needle
It was a gorgeous winter day yesterday here in Seattle. Could’ve been warmer of course, but the sun was shining and there was not a cloud to be seen. The kids and I have been stuck indoors for a few days trying to recover from a nasty virus, but we were feeling better and desperately needed to get out of the house. Finley has never been up to the Space Needle so we decided to make a morning of it. We went to the Seattle Center and took the monorail to and from our lunch date with daddy downtown and then up we went, to the very top of Seattle.
I lucked out because the kids were exceptionally well-behaved yesterday, full of smiles and not as many embarrassing public outbursts as usual. I didn’t even have to drag a screaming child out of an establishment. Lucky me. It was the perfect opportunity to brush up on my (amateur) photography skills and document our fun-filled day.
Finley is wearing a Fore Axel and Hudson fedora, a GAP cardigan, her denim button-up, wool shorts and tights are from Zara, and Nordstrom faux-fur-lined boots. And that thing she’s holding in her hand is her stinky Bao Bei (Chinese for “lovey”).
They just can’t get enough of that Seattle monorail.
I am physically unable to go downtown without at least a quick stroll around Nordstrom. This is Jackson and Finley, posing like mannequins. Jackson’s stance is not bad, I must say.
Finley found a mannequin that she thought looked like daddy and had to give him a hug.
Here we are after lunch with daddy, waiting for the monorail to take us to the Space Needle. What happened next was one of those moments you don’t forget as a mother. Finley had fallen a few steps behind as the monorail doors opened for us to board, and it was obvious we weren’t going anywhere without her, but Jackson genuinely thought the doors were going to close behind us, leaving her behind. I saw panic on his face and as he ran back and grabbed her hand, he had tears in his eyes and he yelled, “No, we can’t leave without Finley!” It was such an incredible display of his love for her, and at that moment, I realized that no matter how much Jackson and Finley fight and bicker, there is an unspoken understanding that exists between the two of them as siblings. Jackson was seriously about to lose his shit when he thought we were leaving without his sister, and his first instinct was to go back for her, even if that meant he might also be left behind. I learned that even at four years old, Jackson will do anything to protect his little sister, and I am so proud of him. I mean, I’m sure he’ll continue to tease her, pull her hair and make her cry for years to come, but at least now I know how he will react when he is faced with the threat of losing her. It’s actually a comforting feeling; the realization that she has one more person (other than her parents) who will always have her back, unconditionally.
Seattleite Tip: If you have kids, the monorail conductor will let them sit in “first class seats,” right in front. Jackson always loves helping them “drive” the monorail and honking the horn.
Plus, it feels like you’re flying through Seattle when you’re sitting in the very front!
She is so energetic and loud. I have no idea where she gets it. 😉
Just excited about life!
A trip up to the Space Needle with a two and four year old is a little counterproductive. They are super excited to actually be on top of the Space Needle, but they are obviously unable to appreciate the true beauty that is Seattle. A 360 degree view of an absolutely amazing city. A view of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, the Puget Sound with our surrounding islands, and the great city of Seattle. I was able to take it all in for maybe two minutes before the kids decided that chasing each other in circles around the top of the Space Needle was more interesting.
Finley did take a moment to find daddy’s skyscraper building downtown and gave him a little wave.
A little jumping and running around before heading home. These two will create their own playground, no matter where they are.
Jackson is wearing a Jacadi coat, Zara scarf and jeans, and UGGs.
A spontaneous outing turned into an unforgettable day with these two. It might’ve been a little too much for me to take this on by myself (being sick and all), and trying to capture these moments on camera while herding two extremely active children. It probably set me back a couple of days, not gonna lie. The kids are on their way to recovery though, and after watching such joy and excitement on their faces yesterday, I don’t have any regrets at all. I might feel a little crappy for a couple more days, but many years from now, I will only remember how happy my kids were on this very special day.
For more on our outings, check out An Introduction to the Life of Luxury.
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