Destination Lost Lake: Maya's first road trip

Dear Maya,

You Mother and Father love road trips. In fact, part of the reason we are in Seattle is to experience all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Today was a big day for you. It was your first road trip. We need to know if you are going to travel well. If you do not travel well we might have to leave you on a door step somewhere. Luckily it didn't come to that. So far at nearly 4 months into your life, you travel great! 

Now we've been on some crazy long treks for "day" trips. We decided to start easy. Where could we go that we haven't been to that is within a 90 minute drive? We casually looked at the map this morning and boom, we found it; Lost Lake. It's only over an hour drive just passed snoqualmie pass heading east on I90. Sweet. Easy peasy.

We roughly studied the map and there were roads called "N-59" and such. Ok we didn't have it 100% mapped out but how hard can it be? (we didn't account for the mountain dirt roads once we got off I90)

But whatever. We took off around noon and soon enough we were entering the Cascades.

You couldn't have been more excited. </sarcasm>

At the point in your life when you are reading this you probably realize that we aren't the most organized bunch of parental units active in these parts. That's ok. Our unorganization leads to new discoveries sometimes. One wrong turn off of I90 and we were at Keechelus Lake and not Lost Lake.

We got to enjoy some sun, scenary and confirm that yup, we did indeed take a wrong turn. This is also the first road trip for our new ride.

Ok. After that side trip and a stop for a gas station lunch we were back on track. No wonder we took the other turn. The "right" turn turned into a dirt road almost immediately.

The town fire station.

We saw one sign that said "Lost Lake 4 miles" with an arrow in the direction we were going. After about 3.9 miles we hit a 5 way dirt intersection. No signs. Barely any signs of life. When in doubt go left? I think I heard that in a movie somewhere or something. All life's riddles are answered in the movies kid.

After another half mile or so we saw the lake! One problem; we were driving a way from it. And by away I mean above. Mommy had concerns once we reached a high enough elevation to see snow.

You got to play with your first snowball today though! You thought it was cold but were otherwise unimpressed.

Mommy. This snowball is for you!

We did get some decent views of Lost Lake from this path though! It was pretty sunny for a little baby!

Mommy was too scared to continue up our dirt path.

So back down to the 5 road intersection to nowhere and time to choose a different path. The next path just led us passed the lake again but on the other side. And like our first choice, that path started to climb too. So it was a quick turn around but on the way back we discovered a pretty waterfall!

You put your feet into the mountain creek. It was pretty cold and you cried like a... well... you cried like a 4 month old with her feet in ice cold mountain creek water.

So back down the path. As it turns out if you park at the 5 way intersection to nowhere you can actually walk to lake at ground level. Huh. Now we know I guess.

On the way home we were treated to more scenic opportunities.

You did not seem impressed at our attempt to get a family self portrait.

That's ok. You were a pretty tired kiddo from the trip.

But you were so good on the entire trip. You even let us enjoy a quick and early dinner (and brew) at the Rogue brewery on the way home! You were a pretty big hit there.

They say that at four months babies should show interest in people food. I wonder if this counts.

So we only stayed at our original destination for about 5 minutes but had an absolute blast on our family day trip. So far so good kiddo. Looks like we can keep you. You were such a good little traveler.

Next trip we'll see how you handle an overnight.

4th of July Adventures

Happy fourth of July everyone!  Today we started out as tourists. Summer finally hit Seattle and we took advantage of acting like tourists down at the Market.  Lots of sunshine, people, water and mountain views!

Some yummy food!

Summer also means that more oddities come out of the woodwork than normal.  And for Downtown Seattle, that's saying a lot. I guess even Furries like their coffee.

Made it back home, picked up the pups and walked down to the beach for a bit. Ah, just love that view. Doggies even got to enjoy to the sun and the water!

What the... ???

Maya enjoying her view We saw so much stuff today and what did Maya do when she wasn't napping? Played with her beloved red saftey strap. Apparently it is the coolest thing in the world.

Happy 4th everyone! 

Sea low tides

A few weeks back the tide was really low.  You know what that means? Tide Pools! Wading through the tide pools has been one of Mommy and her Mommy's favorite past times since she was little. It was great to be able to take Miss Maya out to enjoy it for the first time when she was only 3 months old.

We got to see a pretty cool star fish! Maya was totally engaged. Sometimes all that tide pooling makes you tired. (and thirsty)

Ahem.  Let go of Mommy's wine glass please.


Were into all kinds of playtime events these days.

Tummy time on the alphabet playmat. 

Reading some epic stories.

A little puppy play time.

And just some good old fashion baby toy play.

All of which makes a baby very sleepy.

Little Festival Goer

Maya got a head start into some of the Seattle summer festivals this year. First up was Fremont's Solstice Fest.

"Daddy, is that man wearing a pink tutu?"

"Umm... yes."

Lorelei was very generous and shared her balloons couture.

The following week we were all geared up to hang at the pride fest and watch Mommy judge the doggy drag show.

We got rained out! Had to watch the festivities from the sideline under the awning of a thai restaurant.

That's ok. Maya had a blast just the same hanging with Daddy.

Fourth of July is coming up soon. Time to get your red, white and blue going!

Bath time

It is amazing how incredibly dirty a 3 month old baby can get. Just simply amazing. Luckily Mama loves baby bath time. Plus it provides some prime photo shoot moments.

Maybe a little apprehensive...

You've always loved getting your "hair" washed. Even on the first day of your life at the hospital.

Guess we better style that "hair" too.
Look at the fresh smelling cute as pie baby! Hurry up Mama! You aren't really crying here. It's more of a complaining type noise. Great. You have you're mother's patience.
Better get a quick tempurature check in!
The puppies are not amused by being left out of all this activity. But just look at the cuteness overload! Sheesh.

the little moments


Our schedule doesn't overlap much these days. You go to daycare with Mommy first thing in the morning and by the time I get home from work we only have a few moments together before you go to bed.

You're such a good sleeper. In bed by 9 or 10 and Mommy has to wake you up at 6 AM sometimes to get ready for school. Thanks for that. Mommy and Daddy like to sleep too.

This is our new routine. I think we're learning how to do this whole thing as a family. We might just make it yet.

At 12 weeks old, you have lots of milestones and a ton more to go through soon. While the milestones are great, I love catching the small moments with you too.

Yesterday I was very late in getting home from work. Without much food to prepare in the house I needed to head out. I was craving pupusas. (a new discovery Uncle Shawn and I found last week in Capital Hill before the Red Fang show) Luckily there is a Salvadorean Bakery down the road from us. I quickly loaded you up in your little seat and we were off. I love our little Maya and Daddy adventures. No major happenenigs. Just a quick drive by the sound to catch the sunset and off to the bakery. At the bakery you were wide eyed just looking at all the colors from the piñatas hanging from the ceiling and other festive colors that filled the bakery. Happy times.

Tonight we watched a bit of Radiohead live from Banaroo streaming on YouTube. Listening to music and watching videos together has been some something your Mother and I have been doing since we first started dating. I'm glad you seem to enjoy taking part in our pastime. Here we are just about to send your cousin Maria a belated birthday greeting before watching some Explosions in the Sky live videos.

Its the small things. The little moments. As we grow into more, we are already leaving some behind. Before you were such a good little independent sleeper, we used to listen to Sigur Ros's Hvarf - Hiem album together before bedtime. We did this every single night for at least a few weeks straight. It was just about a sure fire way to calm you and eventually you would close those tired little eyes and drift off to sleep. By the end of those weeks you would barely make it through the second song (Hijomalind) before you were out. I miss those moments already. Its ok though; every time I hear this song I now think of you and your ridiculously cute smile as you fall asleep in my arms.

Much love little one,



Germ infested tiny people: 1 - Sweet innocent precious angels: 0

So at the end of her first week at "school" her germ infested roomies got to her... Maya had her first cold.

It was the most pitiful thing I've ever seen. When she'd wake up at night she was so stuffy. Her poor little nose was running and she sounded like a little zombie with all her grunts.  Her little cough was the worst. I thought it was going to kill me every time she coughed, sneezed or let out a little whimper.  I wanted to snap my fingers and make it better for her. Poor little thing.  I went through different emotional states during this whole thing. I was sad. I was mad. I was frustrated. I wanted someone to blame. I wanted there to be a single person to blame infant colds on so I could punch them in the throat. Maya, this does not bode well for any potential suitors you might have in the distant, distant future. It was very traumatic.

But she was a trooper and eventually Daddy calmed down. It never stopped her from sleeping and eating well. That's Daddy's little girl.

Luckily she recently learned how to suck her thumb so she could self soothe. She's better now. In fact we're all better.

Now how long before we have to break her from that thumb habit?