Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 28, 2009

Where to play when it’s too hot

Record Breaking Heat in Seattle doesnt need to Break You

Record Breaking Heat in Seattle doesn't need to Break You

If you are not enjoying the record-breaking heat like I am not enjoying the record-breaking heat (Hey, I left the South for a reason!), here are some cooler ideas for spending your time:

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 23, 2009

Worst Baby Names for Twins

  • Romulus & Remus
  • Cain & Abel
  • North & South (they are due 9/11. Let the tastelessness begin.)
  • Loved & Unloved
  • Yin & Yang
  • Luke & Leia
  • Buddha & Pest
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2
  • Click & Clack
  • Tomax & Xamot

No, we don’t have names for these guys yet. Why do you ask?

In other news, my new favorite website strikes again: Let’s Panic About Babies: Surviving Bed Rest. Thanks to the husband for sending me the link, I needed the laugh.

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 22, 2009

Lullaby Moon X: Gasworks Park

Lullaby Moon:  Seattle Art in the Parks

Lullaby Moon: Seattle Art in the Parks

Marking this occasion means I have survived a month of bed rest, for the magical and whimsical Lullaby Moon is coming again tonight! The performance is scheduled to begin around 8:15pm on kite hill in Gasworks Park, and looks to be worth staying up past bedtime for! (Their web page does note, however, that, “Those with early bedtimes are welcome to attend any part of the performance.”) You can view a few photos from their performance a month ago in Seward park here.

The shows, which began in October of 2008, play each month on the new moon and will end on October 18th this year. Friends who have made it have said nothing but good things about it, and I urge anyone not being confined to their couch to make it out for what looks to be a magical event.

Lullaby Moon X
Gasworks Park, Kite Hill
2101 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 21, 2009

The Capitol Hill Sugar Trifecta is now complete! Plus games!

Strawberry 66 Cupcake Goodness

Strawberry 66 Cupcake Goodness

First, there was Molly Moon Ice Cream, which opened their second location on Cap Hill just across from Cal Anderson Park.

Then, Old School Frozen Custard opened their doors, providing another sweet-treat option for hill-goers (see what our family thought here).

Now, opening on July 22nd, we have a new Cupcake Royale, location just around the corner from Boom Noodle and Izilla Toys. Ramen, cupcakes, and toys, all on one block? How kid-friendly can you get! Bonus: check out Rebekah Denn’s blog to find a Cupcake Royale recipe for vanilla cake and the magic words that will earn you a free baby cake at the opening today.

(And speaking of Izilla, it’s Family Game Night this Wednesday as well, your chance to bring the family to eat free Piecoras pizza and test out the selection of board games — a great combo with the Cupcake Royale opening!).

Grand Opening at Cupcake Royale Cap Hill
Wednesday July 22nd, 2009
1111 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

Izilla Toys Family Game Night
Wednesday July 22nd, 2009
5pm – 8pm
1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 19, 2009

Captain Bogg & Salty Washington Tour Dates

Photo by Chris Owen

Photo by Chris Owen

Amazing Pirate rock band Captain Bogg & Salty are touring Washington State in August, and concert times and places have just been announced on their website (someday, the planets will align and these guys will end of playing the Seafair Pirates Landing, but I digress). Bogg & his crew put on a great show, and you can expect to see tons of kids in pirate costume when you go:

Kirkland Washington
Wed, August 12, 10am – 11am
Marina Park, Kirkland Washington

Southcenter: Library Connection
Wed, August 12, 7pm – 8pm
1115 Southcenter Mall #384, Tukwila, WA 98188

Kent Regional Library
Thu, August 13, 1pm – 2pm
212 2nd Ave N. Kent, WA 98032

North Bend Farmer’s Market @ Si View Community Center
Thu, August 13, 6pm – 7pm
400 SE Orchard Dr. North Bend, WA 98045
Friday, August 14

Bothell Regional Library
Fri, August 14, 11am – 12pm
18215 98th Ave, NE – Bothell, WA 98011

Crossroads: Library Connection
Fri, August 14, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
15600 NE 8th St. – Ste K-11 — Bellevue, WA 98008

You can hear samples of their music on their website here, and you can buy them now on iTunes. (Nellie the Elephant, Pieces of 8ight, Scurvy, and Never Smile at a Crocodile are the multi-generational favorites in the Hausfrau Household. Moon is in love with the bunneyjacks song as well…).

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 18, 2009

Light Rail Opened Today…

Photo by Ellen Banner for the Seattle Times

Photo by Ellen Banner for the Seattle Times

… word on the street from the non-couch bound members of the household is that the bouncies and celebrations were fun (lion dancing at Othello station! Free hot dogs and Ethiopian food in Columbia City!), but the half hour lines to ride and the intense crowding were less so (standing room only on trains this afternoon).

The free rides and festivities continue tomorrow, and you can read The Seattle Times coverage of today’s opening madness here.

*sniff* Seattle is getting all grown up!

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 14, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince…

potter…Opens tonight at midnight. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 98% fresh at last check, so if your preteens and teens are not too enamored with Twilight to give Potter a try, it certainly seems worth heading out for. Folks who show up in costume at Columbia City Cinema for the midnight screening receive free popcorn!

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 13, 2009

3 Review Sites in Review

Consumer Search | Think “rotten tomatoes” but for everything else. Compiles results from Consumer Reports and other sources, and offers “best of” lists in various categories. As someone who is looking at trying to fit three car seats into her car in the near future, their car ratings have suddenly become most important.

Motherproof | More with the automobile fixation, and the reviews here are actually part of the sources sighted on Consumer Search, but still a good read. Highly subjective (because aren’t we all) road tests by moms, with true stories of small-child button pushing, car seat installation, and everything else you want to know before bringing a vehicle home.

Common Sense Media | Rates childrens books, movies, websites, games and more. You can search by age range, or look up a specific item to check for objectionable content. Everything is rated for Violence, Sex, Language, Consumerism, & Drinking, drugs, & smoking. There are notes next to each to explain what the reviewer found, and even discussion ideas at the end of the page to help get a conversation between parent and child started. Also includes their recommended age range for the item in question, but you know your child best.

Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 11, 2009

Seafair Pirates Landing 2009: 60 Years of Seafair!

Sandbar & high tide mades it more of a wade-in this year

Pirates storm the beach!

Menacing the crowd...

Pirates make kids happy!

It was a great landing, starting with Moon waking us this morning by singing to herself, “Seafair Pirates Landing Today!” If I could wake to happy child singing everyday, the world would be a glorious place.

At 31 weeks into this twin pregnancy, I move very slow. Needless to say, we were fashionably late and parking was impossible. The Husband dropped us off and went to park, and Moon and I went to find a spot on the beach (around 11:45am or so). While we waited for the pirates to land, Moon was quite happy to throw rocks, collect seashell-bits, and admire the various ships sailing by (including the Lady Washington).

Once the pirates were ashore (closer to 1pm this year), it was off to meet, greet, and beg for treasure. The pirates have new Pirate Cards for this year (think baseball cards), and Moon ran from pirate to pirate shouting “Excuse me, do you have a card?” A proud moment for us was when she spied a pirate crossing the street, and yelled after him desperately, but stayed with us (certain very warm places must have frozen over). That she managed the self-control was amazing to us, and we caught up with him to get a pirate card shortly thereafter.

Lots of time on the pirate-themed inflatables to cap things off, and we eventually peeled away. While the break with bedrest was verboten, and meant I couldn’t follow Moon on her adventures or snap the million pictures I would want to, the time just sitting outside and soaking up the atmosphere was a much needed break from the four walls of my living room. The Pirate Landing remains one of my favorite quintessentially Seattle traditions, and I was glad to catch this one, on the 60th year.

The Lady Washington towers over the smaller ships...

View more photos on Flickr here, or go check out the always excellent West Seattle Blog coverage.


Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach | Probably my favorite bit of quintessential Seattle Summer, the Seafair Pirates storm West Seattle’s Alki Beach at noon (ish) on Saturday, July 11th. See last year’s write up here. Expect live bands, kids (and grown ups) in pirate costume, pirate themed booths selling various items, and some opportunity for great interaction with the pirates themselves. Inside sources say to expect a real show this year, with some staged pirate combat. Cannot wait!

Seafair Pirates Landing

Alki Beach
Vendors and games start at 9:30am, Pirates land between 11:30 and 12:30.

Buggy Grand Opening Celebration | When you’ve finished getting your pirate fix, head into Madrona for the grand re-opening of Buggy. While they’ve been quietly open for a couple of days, the big party kicks off at 10:00am and lasts until 4pm this Saturday. There are promises of special deals and treats, plus a chance to check out the new, larger space (upstairs, for those used to looking at just street level). Plus, with Cupcake Royale and Madrona Playground nearby, it’s easy to make a day of it.

Buggy Madrona Grand Opening
1422 34th Ave, Unit C
10am – 4pm

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Bon Odori Festival in Tacoma | Sponsored by the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, this traditional Japanese Bon Odori (盆踊り) festival takes place on the temple grounds, and features traditional Taiko Drumming, Snow-cones (called kaki-gori in Japanese), folk dances in yukata (lightweight Summer kimono), and more. Bon Odori is sort of a joyful answer to Halloween, where the spirits of the dead are welcomed back to visit with their living descendants, and families return to their traditional homes and visit the graves of their ancestors. The traditional end to the festivities is the Toro Nagashi (where paper lanterns are lit and then floated down rivers symbolically signaling the ancestral spirits’ return to the world of the dead).

Bon Odori
Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
5pm – 9pm

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