Girls’ Trip to Nashville

Probably most people think I’m crazy, but I LOVE traveling with my kid. I love mini-adventures and really anything that gets us out of the house in general. Not sure if it applies to all kids, but Olivia complains less when she’s in a new place and challenged in some way. So anyways, I was super excited for this trip! So excited, in fact, that I decided to buy us twinsie outfits. (I’d like to take advantage of the years that she actually wants to be like me.)

Despite all my excitement, the trip out was almost comically the most difficult I can remember in years. For some reason, Southwest didn’t have self check-in, so between that and security, it took us over an hour to actually get into the airport. And then we were super jazzed to use the Centurion Lounge, but unfortunately I didn’t have the right card on me to get in. And apparently I have been spoiled with plane rides, so I had high expectations for what would be available in the air — I didn’t pack a ton of snacks, and I didn’t charge all our tech gear, since I am so used to buying snacks and charging on the plane. SW doesn’t offer either of those amenities, so we got real creative on things to do. And we got real hungry. LOL. I felt like the universe was telling me to practice getting over insignificant bumps in the road, and I think I passed — we actually had an awesome time. We colored, we played a kid version of crazy 8’s, I read, Olivia watched a show till the iPad died. Not too shabby. (AND, our trip home was much more smooth since I knew what to expect. Also, SW let’s you check your bags for free. Awe-some!)

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Our first day in Nashville, it rained most of the day, but we had one little spot of sunshine so we took advantage of the pool. Mom (that would be me) HATES being cold, so the most I could manage was sitting atop a floating alligator. Luckily the grandparents were totally willing to make the sacrifice necessary to play with our little fish.

This is a good reminder that kids don’t need super fancy vacations or toys to be entertained. Olivia could have played in that pool for three more hours!

It rained again the following day, so we went to the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro. It was RAD! (I will say, the Children’s Museums in the PNW are rad as well. We especially like the one in Tacoma, which I wrote about previously.)

I was impressed by the variety in a relatively small space. We had the entire afternoon, and STILL couldn’t fit everything in in!

Didn’t necessarily picture being in Murfreesboro while on a trip to Nashville, but I’m glad we had an awesome indoor option!

Northwest Trek

We have been itching to go to this place, and Family Wednesday seemed the perfect opportunity!

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is 723 acres total. It has a zoo-like area with bears and felines, an EPIC park, and some other cool stuff, but its primary feature is a tram tour which takes you through a 435-acre free-range area. As you drove along, you searched the area for animals — such anticipation! I’m always worried we’ll be the one ride where you see nothing, but man, we saw a TON of wildlife.

Super super cool experience!!

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Sculpture Park

This weekend, Dad had a 2-day seminar to attend, so Olivia and I took the opportunity for an adventure date on the Seattle Waterfront and the Olympic Sculpture Park. I’m not gonna lie, I was exhausted today and somewhat grumpy. (Lest our life looks perfect in all these photos.) But it was good to get out of the house, let the wind whip our hair, and then meet daddy for burgers and milkshakes at Red Robin.

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma

We try hard not to let the rainy days of spring keep us moping around the house. It can be challenging since many indoor activities in Seattle are super expensive. We aren’t broke, but we also operate on a tight budget. Mint, anyone??? Life saver! We have “family day” category in our budget, and during the winter, it can be hard to stay within it.

Today we headed south to Tacoma’s Children’s Museum. The best part about this place is it’s “pay as you’re able.” Yesssssss. Thank you, thank you.

Also, this museum is a blast. It’s not so big that it’s overwhelming. I find Olivia can focus on one thing here more so than at Seattle Children’s Museum.

I happen to like the art rooms the best. I could sit with O and build, paint, and create all day long! Darrick is awesome with the super active stuff. I’m thankful that we balance each other so well.