Nancie planned a little birthday celebration for Chris and Nicholas. Can't have too many birthday celebrations!
On Friday we drove into Seattle and hung out at the Seattle Center...taking in lunch at the food court, the Pacific Science Center (which has a reciprocal agreement with OMSI), and a few rides afterward.
Fortunately I was able to get Nicholas to take a midday nap in the conveniently provided nursing room for babies...while Mike took the older boys around the rest of the museum. As parents of toddlers know, everything has to be planned around that midday nap!!
After he woke up, Nicholas and I went through my favorite part of the science center: the butterfly greenhouse. We both loved the chance to see these beautiful moths up close and personal!
We bought a few tickets apiece for the kids to go on some rides. Chris and I took in the log flume (no good-enough photos to post), and Kieran went on his first-ever bumper cars:
Nicholas rode the carousel (most of the time he was smiling and laughing, even though he looks worried in this photo):
Sometimes Kieran feels left out around the Chris/Nicholas birthday period (their birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other), and Nancie must have thought of that, since she also gave Kieran a birthday gift: a fantastic box full of art supplies, perfect for our little artist.
Kieran and his clay dinosaur tableau
Nancie, Dave, Mike, and I were glued to the Democratic National Convention, to the point that Nicholas came up to us on the morning that McCain announced his choice of Sarah Palin and announced "TV All Done!" It was so much fun to watch Obama's big speech, in addition to Gore and the others, with great liberal friends...we are in the (hopefully broad) category of Hillary-supporting Democrats who now support Obama and vote on the ISSUES that matter in our country rather than on the personalities involved.