Then they woke up early the next morning. We can vouch that the sun rises at 5:00 in the Pacific Northwest.
"Up late, up early" was a pattern that we grew to loathe and fear.
Our first night, we put the three youngest in the king, Matthew in the closet, and Rachel and me in the twin second room. The twin was so uncomfortable that I moved to the couch instead. For the remaining nights, we had Isaac and Melissa in the twin, Corinna on a quilt on the floor, and the two of us in the king.
For our last night in Bellevue we tried to take Telitha and Nolan to the Cheesecake Factory, based primarily on convenience to our hotel. It was a Tuesday night so we didn't expect a wait, but it was packed and they told us 90 minutes. So we went to Red Robin next door, instead.
Come to think of it, I think the same thing happened last year.
And then Nolan took advantage of me chasing Corinna outside to pay for dinner, which I think everyone will agree was completely unsporting of him. But I did get this cool shot of Corinna climbing on the wall by the fountain. It looks like she's about to bust out some parkour.
I dug deep for ways to keep the kids entertained and relatively quiet while Rachel was gone. Friday afternoon was Construction Time. I picked up tons of craft sticks, paper, tape, crayons, and stickers. A good time was had by all, but especially by Isaac and Corinna.