After much deliberation and many plan changes, we settled on a night at the Sheraton, swimming, pizza, and ice cream for our January, 2016 adventure. With four different families going 200 different directions, the adventures these days are no easy task, but busy or not, they are non-negotiable.
We found out that Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream was on the top of a few lists for the best ice cream in town, and being that we are always up for the best ice cream in town, the night began with ice cream before dinner. It was soooooo delicious, in fact, after I was done with my vanilla ice cream covered with hot fudge, I jumped at the chance to order another one when Owen and Ivy said they were still hungry for more. That is when I invented the rule that rules are different for adventure nights, especially on adventures that involve ice cream.
Once we were sufficiently full of delicious ice cream, it was time to head down to Seattle to check-in the hotel and start swimming. We had a fabulous view of the city, which added to the magical part about being in a hotel when you are small. We went swimming in a pool that was way too cold for the parents, ate tons of delicious pizza from one of our local favorites, went between the rooms way too many times, invented games that involved standing in the window sill and throwing a ball around the room, and kept getting stuck in elevators that for some reason wouldn't move with all of us in them together. (I especially like the part where we climbed in the elevator with all 19 of us and it just sat there. I later found out there was also a stranger in there in the corner. Half of us left the elevator and found another one and the other half sat with the stranger still trying to get the elevator to move. We actually discussed at this point, that perhaps we should have clarified some elevator rule to the children in case we got out and they stayed in. Oh, and I also like the part when all 19 of us were in one elevator and it wouldn't budge... until 4 of us climbed out and suddenly the doors closed - we couldn't all weigh 3500 pounds, right?)
We woke up today and carried on with the plans by taking a short walk to Pike Place, in the freezing wind mind you, to the Chocolate Box for some highly rated hot chocolate. It was every bit as amazing as it was described to us. We will be going back there, very soon if I can find an excuse to head that way. We left the little shop for our final destination, brunch with the whole crew at a local organic cafe, Portage Bay Cafe. It was on the top 5 of 2015 and it was every bit as delicious and lovely as the other places on the tour of Seattle's best.
Another adventure in the books and one that I would call a success!