Callie and her family were on vacation last week, so it gave me the perfect excuse to take a few days off from work and enjoy my time with Ben!
On Friday, my mom took a vacation day and we took him to the Forest Park Animal Farm in Everett. It was fun to see his (non)-reaction to all of the animals - he was far more curious and excited about the other kids that were surrounding him. He did, however, enjoy the rooster. Every minute or so when the rooster would crow, (crow, right?) he would jump and get a little startled!
That evening, we called up our friends Dan and Jeannette to see if they were, by chance, having an infamous Christensen Happy Hour (margaritas in their front yard). Not surprisingly, they were - and when I asked when we should come by, they said, "30 minutes ago"! Gotta love friends you can count on for an impromptu cocktail! They invited us to stay for halibut tacos for dinner (fresh halibut, BTW, from their recent fishing trip to Alaska), so we made an evening out of it. So much fun!
Laryd, their 4 year old son, did a great job of entertaining Ben. I could tell he was annoyed that Ben wasn't playing back, but we assured him that given some time, he would get up to par.
On Saturday, we took Ben to PEPSaPalooza, a kids music festival that took place at The Bowl at Redhook Brewery. When we arrived at 11 am, it was BLAZING HOT. We enjoyed Casper Babypant's performance, (say what you want about the music, but dude puts on a cute show for the kiddos), ran into our friends Denali, Kylie and Oliver, and then were out of there by about 12:30.
On Sunday Morning, I was able to escape for a few hours for brunch and mani/pedi's with Rachel, which was super fun and relaxing :) The rest of the day was spent napping, snacking, taking a dip in the pool - generally trying to escape the heat. (I'm a wimp).