Safari Playspace

It's not often that I go back to a place I write about, but I liked Safari so much I went back on my own [Groupon] dime. I'm happy to say that even though it was much more crowded with kids on break, the place was still spotless and the staff was every bit as on their game. The boys LOVED those slides.
Here's my review for ParentMap.
And then we went back with Joseph!

Salt & Straw

It's snowing outside, so naturally we are eating... ice cream! We shared a tasting flight at the new Salt & Straw on Capitol Hill. Coconut mint chip cupcake, sea salt with caramel ribbons, honey lavender and chocolate gooey brownie. The only flavor I tasted and didn't like was Beecher's cheese with peppercorn coffee. I like cheese, I don't like peppercorns, and I definitely didn't want either of those in my ice cream!

Happy new year!

Happy year of the dog! Lion dances and firecrackers in the ID, and 外婆 said it felt just like the New Year's celebrations from when she was little. The boys are standing outside our favorite dim sum place, which I wrote about for ParentMap here

Alderbrook Resort

We did a quick overnight to Alderbrook Resort — that's about the closest I get to "the wilderness." Our first day was soggy, but the lake was so pretty with the mist rising from it. The next day it cleared up enough for us to take a "hike," and we even saw a rainbow. As much as they loved the hotel pool, the kids had a grand time in the big bathtub in our room! On the drive, we crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. My first time! Reminded me about the clip we watched about Galloping Gertie back in high school physics.