Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Part Two... now that you're good and annoyed

Really and truly, Mr. Daddy was the mastermind behind that evil “to be continued”…  and he left that last post shortly after detailing my fabulous mix-up that resulted in us being EARLY to something for only the second time since Itty Bit’s birth.  (And let’s just say that Itty Bit was the early one there!)

I mean… I actually got scared because suddenly we were down three followers and I thought I’d royally peeved y’all a bit too much.  And THREE whole followers are a big deal, because we’re so stinkin’ close to 200 that I can *taste* it (and every single one of y’all don’t want to miss that giveaway, right? :)

Actually, three followers was a big deal, because every one of you is a big deal.  Forgiven yet?  Pretty please? :)

Anyhoo - after realizing that we had driven to Seattle a whole day early and were now paying oodles for parking to stand there and look dumbly at eachother… we thought it might be nice to take advantage of the gorgeous day and gawk at all the interesting people enjoy the local scene.

I’m gonna admit that we wore our nice shoes in an effort to impress our bloggy friends… but ultimately decided to skip the fancy restaurants and get some street food.  Does this count?


(Just tell me that’s a giant cookie.  Don’t say it’s a giant head and an ENORMOUS cookie.  I couldn’t handle that).

We stopped to enjoy some tunes with some waaay cool jazz musicians (yes, deaf people can enjoy music – and who wouldn’t love this?)


I blew it up big so you could fully appreciate the stainless steel finish, the cute little foot holding that monstrosity up, the insanely crowded “First Starbucks Ever” in the background, and the woman in the doorway who looks like she’s about to flatten someone.

And just because everyone could use a laugh… here’s a little onesie hanging in one of the boutique shops:


We headed back to pick up Itty Bit from Ah-Ma and Papa’s.  He was thoroughly disgruntled at our return, especially so once he realized what the puppies had discovered:



A new day dawned, and no babysitters were in sight.  We made the trek again – with a busy 4-year old in tow.  Early again, whaddya know?


The reason he was on Mr. Daddy’s shoulders is because he had just been majorly freaked at the Fish Market.  Why?

Because this, my friends, is a monkfish.


This scary critter was displayed at the Fish Market, half covered by ice (and in this bad picture, half covered by the fish guy’s butt).



Which, to the evil fish guys behind the counter, means

“Wait until some idiot gets close, then shove that hunk of smelly teeth at their unsuspecting face”

(Yes, I was an idiot.  And  yes, my screams are why Itty Bit was on Daddy’s shoulders).

Finally it was time to meet Julie ( and Brian (guitarist turned English teacher turned firefighter turned writer – not necessarily in that order…).

Oh my gosh… you know how kids have a sense about good people?  Well, we could hardly pry him off of poor Julie.  He wanted to talk non-stop with her and conned her out of a significant amount of change at a fountain.

Is she not gorgeous?!


Mr. Daddy and rocker/professor/firefighter/writer hit it off immediately


(Is it totally weird of me that I ran up and started a hug fest because I felt like I already knew them?)

We meandered around the market and wound up with sushi for lunch.  See Itty Bit’s fascination with Brian’s story?


It may or may not have had a little something to do with this:


(And yes, a big Thank You to Mr. Daddy who gave the kid CHEETOS on the way up… I’m sure our friends were much impressed with the neon orange on his lips and sleeves).


We enjoyed terrific conversation… these people have so many amazing stories and an obvious love for their family.  And would you believe that we are not the only TST-bound couple?  Turns out that their plane was delayed that morning because (get this) another plane face-planted on the runway right before they left!  I imagine they would have felt at home with the emergency responders… though I’m not sure I’d want to stay on my plane after witnessing that!


What could be better than time spent with good friends (plus coffee and ice cream)?


(Yes, there’s a story behind this picture, and Mr. Daddy knows better than to mess up a shot, LOL)


They kindly consented to a few shots to commemorate their anniversary trip… and I think they make a smokin’ couple (get it Brian?  I crack myself up sometimes).


Loved meeting you guys and hope you are thoroughly enjoying the rest of your trip.  Anyone else want to join up in California for some more bloggy fun?!?!


GunDiva said...

That sounds like so much fun!

I hope you're as kind about our meeting once you make it up to Colorado. :)

Beth said...

Ahhhhh .... I love a happy ending! :)

Mrs Mom said...

OMG Rachel and Mr Daddy, CA might be a bit much! We're trying to get to CO in Aug.. but.... well, not sure that'll happen this year. Darnitall!!!!

Looks like you guys had a blast though, and NotSoItty Bitt is freaking ADORABLE!!!!

Emily said...

LOL...great story! I'm glad you finally got to met up. And for the record, that cookie is huge! It actually makes your head look very small (but totally not in a bad way!)

K- floortime lite mama said...

LOVE the pictures
and I feel terribly close to my "imaginary friends" as one of my friends calls our virtual friends
Julie is lovely
And you are beautiful and not big headed at all
That fish is scary and
how I would LOVE To meet you

Brandi said...

That sounds like so much fun! Wow, and look at Julie and Brian. Aren't they hip and cool and all that! ;)

Hmmm, to bad I didn't 'know' you better last summer 'cause we were right there in Idaho. I really, really wanted to trek over to Forks, too, after finding out it was a real place, but my parents aren't the Twilight fans I am. :(

Don't think we'll be out in CA anytime soon, but y'all could head to FL!!! Road trip! Doesn't Itty need to go to Disney?! haha!

Kmama said...

How fun, and they are a really cute couple. I'm glad you all were able to connect.

Melissa said...

Oh what fun that woulda been!

the Spocks said...

That sounds like fun. I love that onesie.

renee said...

fun day! HILarious onsie! i've so got to get one for my bestie who is pregnant! oh and ps. if you and mr.daddy are ever in stl or i'm in seattle we must meet!!!!

Foursons said...

OK, if you check your stats it was me who clicked on every.single.picture to see it close up and get all the details. Not some creepy stalker. OK, maybe I'm a stalker but definitely not creepy. OK, maybe creepy....

I am sooooo jealous. Seriously. Of all 4 of you. I so want to meet up for good times and fellowship.

And Brian and Julie were VERY brave to get on that plane after watching the plane before them face dive! Holy cow!

I'm sure they loved meeting Itty Bit, I know I feel as though he is one of my boys and I'm sure they feel the same. I mean really, just look at that expression on Julie's face! She is in love with that boy!

*sigh* Don't forget about our date on the front porch in our rocking chairs. I'm counting on you!

Pam D said...

Oh, no, I'm not jealous. Not one little bit. And I didn't follow all of your little blurbs on Facebook, with, like Brian's pic from Starbucks or anything. Nope, not me. Uh uh... I would never be that petty or stalkerish or anything like that. Nope. Not me.
Dang, those flowers are ALMOST as pretty as Julie... and Rachel. Lawd, Mr. Daddy, you and Brian were surely beating the guys off with your bare hands, weren't you?

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I'm glad you got to meet up! It looks like you had a great day!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

First off...Love me a giant cookie LOL!! I'm so glad you all were able to make it back to see them! They are a gorgeous couple and I'm sure they were just as delighted to meet you all in person as well! It's actually one of my lifelong dreams ya know :o!!!

Sarah said...

I've been to that Starbucks! Too bad it was in a different year or else I would've met you there. There were different musicians out front though....

Tiffany said...

Oh so many thoughts about this post. First of all, seriously? Who would really leave this blog? Are they nuts? I actually saw that you were so close to 200 & thought I would mention it the other day, but then I thought I might jinx it... so if it is my fault for thinking about it, I am so sorry! :)

And I am still super jealous that you got to meet the amazing couple! Madi would be fascinated with the fire tat too, no worries on that one.

And the cookie pic? All I saw was a giant cookie and an amazingly beautiful woman - no giant heads there. Not sure what you were talking about...

I officially want that silver bass.

And the monkfish gag was just cruel.

And I would have started a hugfest too.

Ok, I think I am done now. I feel better.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

UBER jealous!! TOTALLY jealous!

So we HAVE to meet up! (But NO camera for YOU missy! LOL Not until I lose another 100 pounds! HAHAHAHAA) Are we still on for Branson? Please tell me yes and I'll love you forever!

Pam? Julie too? How FUN would that be??

Shana said...

Oh I am so jealous! It looks and sounds like you had a blast! Love the cheeto lips too haha. I think I might have climbed on Chris' shoulders if I came face to face with that fish too. Of course that would look really funny. Kind of like a barrel on stilts or something. ;) By the way I got your email and am looking for the fabric for the gift you spoke of. Does itty bit like dinos? I have a cute idea for a shirt. And you will be happy because there is not near as much pink in the apple fabric as the other colors. Ok I will email you later lol.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

How close were you to that fish? I may have screamed too! Brian is so nice to carry crayons so children can color his tattoo. What child could resist?

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

Ugh, that fish...that thing would give me the hebbie-jebbies, too!

Sounds like you had an incredible time! Love all the photos (especially the one of Itty Bit coloring in Brian's tatoo!

HeatherOz said...

So glad you were still able to get together! Too bad Itty Bit was scared by the monk fish! LOL