I don’t do things half way.
Today was an all the way day.
The whole family plus Grandma Mills set out to enjoy the day in Seattle. Our day began on the 7:20 ferry.
While on the ferry I had the lovely chance to read to the kids from the book The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood. Helen, Teddy and I have been devouring the series. If you are looking for a series of books to read your children ages 7 and 4 (or somewhat close) then Wood’s series about the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is well worth your time.
I’d double booked our morning so the boys dropped Helen, Grandma, Alice and I off near the Seattle Art Museum and they headed north to kill time before Teddy had an orthotics (his leg braces) fitting appointment. While the girls relaxed in one of the billion local Starbucks, the boys popped into a Krispy Kreme for breakfast. Teddy even got to wear a baker’s hat.
Helen was shaking with excitement at 10:00 when the doors to the Seattle Art Museum opened. We were in line to see the visiting Gauguin exhibit. Helen has been studying his work during her art classes and she was overjoyed to see some of his paintings in person. She brought along her crayons and sketch kit so she could draw what his work inspired in her. She said her favorite part of the tour was the audio tour that she got to hold and type numbers into. Kids are so impressed with technology.
I, meanwhile, was overjoyed (yes, I’m overusing the word, but I don’t care) to try out the method of art appreciation that I’ve learned from Luc Travers through his book Touching the Art. I bought his e-book last night and it was worth every penny of the $14.99. I have never visited a fine art museum before, but I can hardly wait to go back or to visit some museums in other towns I visit. If you like art, or more importantly if you don’t, trying out Mr. Travers’ method is worth it. I promise.
Before we left Helen sketched her own version of Saint Irene Tending the Wounded Saint Sebastian. I promised her I would scan it in one of these days and post a comparison.
The museum stop ended and lunch began, a lovely lunch at an entirely empty pizza place under the Ship Canal Bridge.
From there we bolted over to the Pacific Science Center for a quick visit using our membership passes. The visit wouldn’t be complete without a showing of Laser Michael Jackson. In the past year plus that we have had a science center membership I have seen that laser show at least five times. It gets old for me, but it never seems to dim in Teddy’s eyes. He loves it!
The visit to the science center was complete with a trip through a tornado tunnel of 78 mile per hour winds clutching me two big kids. They thought it was hilarious. I didn’t mind it, but it did make a mess of my hair.
After a failed attempt to catch the ferry (chaotic Seattle traffic messed us up), we drove home and all children napped along the way. That’s a great sign that they had a fabulous day.
Alice was a doll the whole day, sleeping through most of the museum and science center moments and waking at just the right times to add some giggles and smiles to the mix. Helen was a doll, transformed into a true artist as she analyzed the paintings and marveled at the carvings. Teddy was a champ, walking himself wherever he wanted to go, never really slowing down until he fell fast asleep in the van.
These are the days for a mom to treasure. This is a day I’m always going to remember. Now, off to pick up the house and try to get my kids who took late naps to actually go to bed. Wish me luck.