Highlights from Our Trip to Seattle

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We’re back from Seattle and, boy, we had a wonderful time! In fact, we had so much fun, it would have taken me forever to recap the whole thing, so I decided to just share some highlights. Here we go!

Feeling like we had our act together traveling with a toddler – Remember when I blogged about traveling with an infant (here and here)? Well, we learned a few things, so, this time, we streamlined our packing, checked as much as we could with the airline, and armed ourselves with all sorts of toys, snacks, and other necessities for the plane. When we arrived at the airport, Mal and I felt like rockstar parent travelers.

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Well, all of that came crashing down just a short while later. We quickly learned that our early-morning flight was not a good idea with a tired toddler. Qman’s tantrums (like full-out kicking and screaming) started in the middle of security and continued on through boarding and into the first couple of hours of our flight. Oy. We offered him every snack we packed as well as at least a dozen new toys. Nothing made him happy. Quinn eventually fell asleep for a little bit, but he woke up just as cranky. Let’s just say it was a lonnggggggg 6 hours. We even had multiple (very nice) people come up to us and share similar “flying with a toddler” horror stories to help us cope!

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Ok, so I’m not sure this is technically a “highlight” in the positive sense of the word, but one we will never, ever forget. As Mal said when we finally de-boarded the plane: “I’d give that flight a D-.” Haha! It was definitely a challenging experience to say the least, but we arrived in Seattle safe and sound.

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And, thankfully, there was plenty of alcohol waiting for us. A glass of wine never tasted so good!

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Ok, back to the real highlights of our trip!

Playing at “Dragon Park – Quinn loved this playground so much. We played there non-stop for a solid hour!

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The Cobb salad from Homegrown that I ate for lunch one day – Oh my goodness, it was epic and probably one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten. Everything was so fresh and flavorful!

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Spending time at the beach right before sunset – It was such a nice time of day to visit the beach and just relax.

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Qman went swimming.

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I drank wine with Aunt Sibylle on the beach.

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We watched Dada and Uncle Coleman paddleboard on the ocean.

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And then Quinn gave paddleboarding a try himself!

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Visiting Brooks – Mal wanted to buy some new running shoes, so we hit up Brooks, of course!

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Mal got fitted for shoes with Run Signature. He ended up in the Ghost and took them out for a spin as soon as we got home. He lovvvesss them!

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When Qman woke up, he discovered the water bubbler at Brooks and then proceed to drink about 6 cups of water. He thought filling up his cup was SO FUN!

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Playing Farkle – We played so many games of Farkle. It’s a dice game, and it kept us entertained during nap and bedtimes. We even ended up playing teams and betting! My team, The Super Farklebots, ended up losing and buying Starbucks the next day, but, man, it was fun! We might need to buy our own Farkle set!

Enjoying donuts at Mighty-O Donuts – It’s not a vacation until you eat donuts, right?!

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The Lots O’ Chocolate (chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting) was my favorite!

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Having brunch at The Hi-Life – It was so delicious and super kid-friendly!

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And the breakfast potatoes were UNREAL and definitely some of the best I’ve ever had. They were cooked to perfection– crispy on the outside, but soft of the inside– with a little kick from the seasoning.

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Quinn’s love for Dory – We bought him some “travel buddies” for the trip, and he was totally obsessed with them the entire time.

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Visiting the Ballard Locks – Quinn thought they were so cool!

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He especially loved the fish ladder!

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And following the bronze fish emblems on the ground. FYI: This was an awesome “game” for a maniac toddler. Otherwise, we would have never left!

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Making and eating a ridiculously delicious (and massive) Reeses’s cookie – Mal found the recipe on Instagram and we just HAD TO make it. OMG, it was heavenly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!

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Visiting Kelsey Creek Farm – Quinn loved seeing all of the farm animals!

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He also loved driving the mini tractor.

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Even Dada got into it!

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Drinking this Pinot Gris at a family dinner – It was awesome, and I will definitely keep my eye out for it now that we’re home. It was similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon-Blanc– dry and mineral-y.

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Our morning walks to Starbucks – It was such a nice way to start the day! FYI: Quinn is blowing into a bird whistle, which, of course, he thought was the coolest!

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Meeting cousin Cannon and spending time with Aunt Sibylle and Uncle Coleman – We had such a fun time and can’t wait to see them again soon!!

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The end.



  1. That salad – OMG that salad!!

    Quinn with his Dory/Nemo toys are the cutest! They would actually melt your heart!

    Blowing in the bird whistle – the cutest / kills me 🙂 🙂

    Glad to see that you had such a fantastic trip!

  2. Hey Tina,

    I recognize those seats on that plane! You flew Alaska Airlines!! YEAH!! I am a flight attendant for them. Wish I’d have been working that flight. I normally get those little guys and entertain them for a bit then hand them back to the parent. They normally fall asleep. Hope everyone was good to you!! Thanks for flying Alaska!! Maybe, I’m wrong, but I think I’m right. Ha ha

  3. Hi! Been following you for a few years now and love you… We moved to Seattle in 2913 and my husband is the manager of the hi-life’s sister restaurant in Queen Anne! So glad you enjoyed your experience there!

  4. A long time ago people told me two things I still think about today. Never be embarrassed by someone else’s behavior. My son used leave the park kicking and screaming. I would have to carry him out in this state and I would apologize for the commotion. Another mom asked me why I was apologizing. I was not the one with the behavior issue. Best thing anyone ever said to me. The second thing I was told is that it’s hard to be a kid. Children don’t really have much control of their lives. There’s always someone telling them what they can and can’t do. They’re still trying to figure things out. It will get easier and things get better.

  5. We flew to Florida in May, only a 3 hour flight, with our toddler and by the end my husband and I swore we wouldn’t fly again until he was 5! I armed us with new toys and treats and I think we went through them within an hour, lol. He just wanted to walk up and down the aisle over and over and over again (if we told him no, it was a full on tantrum)! And the flight home was no better because we had a lay over (We also swore to always pay the extra money for direct flights when flying in the future, hahaha) which was delayed and when boarding the plane there was a full on tantrum which included pulling my hair.

    But I think you and I can agree that even though the flights were stressful, we have great memories from the vacation! Dare I say I’d do it all over again!? Yes, probably.

  6. Family vacations are the best! I’m glad people were nice to you in the airport when Quinn was having his melt downs. Sometimes I feel like other people can be such jerks like you are suppose to know it all right away! This looks like an amazing weekend!

  7. What fun trip! Minus the whole flying with a cranky toddler part. Never fun! I’m kind of glad we have no trips on the horizon because Ellie would probably behave similarly. Thank goodness for sympathetic passengers!

  8. ooooph, the flight. i have to ask- how early was it? my little guy is an early riser, so i would consider an early am flight as well, but it seems like quinn is an early guy, so perhaps my theory is wrong? and chances are no one else even noticed him- it ALWAYS seems worse to the parents!

  9. Just curious, how did the flight home go? We’re going to Hawaii next week (5 hr flight) and my daughter’s almost the same age as Quinn. We went when she was 15 months old and had a crying baby for 5 hours both ways!

    1. Unfortunately, it started off the same way (lots of tantrums), but things improved for the rest of the flight… minus him throwing up right at the end due to turbulence. Poor kid.

  10. 1. I have always wanted to visit Seattle!
    2. Now I am craving warm chocolate chip cookies with a scoop (or two) of ice cream.
    3. DEFINITELY wrote that wine down so I can purchase it. Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite white, but I want to branch out and try new varietals! Do you have the TastingGuide app? It’s a super cool way to check out various wines, prices, and their ratings!

  11. We too have a Nemo and Dory obsessed 2yr old!! I love how in to it she is since not much else has sparked her interest since Peppa Pig. Would love an update on Quinn’s speech. We’ve been in ST since April without much verbal improvements, but her signing is starting to get more effective so that’s a relief. Your openness helped me reach out more to my network of moms so thank you!!

  12. Thanks for sharing your trip and the spots you went! I will be visiting Seattle next July for a conference planning meeting and was planning to bring the entire family. By then the twins will be 3 and I think the ipads will be used extensively! I’ll keep an eye out for your app recommendations. 🙂 I just use Sesame Street.com in moments of desperation since they <3 Elmo so much.
    Also, I'm glad people were understanding on the flight. I was petrified on our flight last summer but I got more smiles than frowns when we got on the plane.

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