Thursday, June 3, 2010

Playin' Hooky

Ssshhhhhh, don't tell, but today I taught Luke how to ditch school!  We just had a 'mom and me' day and I am so, so happy that we did it!  All day long I could tell how much this special time alone with mom meant to him.  I told him the night before that we were going to go to the Seattle Art Museum and to the Pike Place Market for lunch.  We both decided on the drive into Seattle that the day was going to be all about new experiences. 

First stop, the best donuts in town... Top Pot, right underneath the monorail.  Believe it or not, this first photo of Luke with the donut was taken about 6 minutes after he just finished throwing up!  Poor Lukey Bear... we were in line to place our donut order when he looked at me and told me that he didn't feel so good.  We quickly left the line and hurried to the bathrooms and we would've made it, but it's the kind of bathroom that you have to go and get the key at the register to unlock it!  Well, Luke lost his lunch right outside the bathroom door.  Poor little guy... Well, I offered many times over to clean up the mess, but the guys at Top Pot took care of it... so nice.  I guess that was our first new experience of the day. 
Next new experience was the Seattle Art Museum.  Just in case you want to know for summertime fun, the first Thursday of every month is free admission AND if you park in their garage it's only $6 for five hours (as long as you park after 12)!

There were about 10 of these cars hanging from the ceiling as you walk in to to museum.  First thing Luke said to me when we walked in to the lobby was, "Is this art mom?" 
I asked an innocent passerby if she would kindly take a photo of me with my boy posing by some Aboriginal art.  She was happy to do it.  Well, as soon as the flash went off she got busted by museum security... just so you know... no flash photography!
I forgot to mention the sweetest thing of the day.  Luke brought his own notebook AND sketchbook.  He actually kept taking breaks to sit down and journal our entire day!  So cute!  He also sketched a few pieces of artwork...
This was Luke's favorite piece of art.  I forgot to get the name of it, but basically it's a guy made out of recycled wine bottles.
Loved this piece of art.  Again, not sure of the name, but it's a huge cape/coat made out of only dog tags!  It was amazing!
Here Luke is journaling about this 'car'.  It's actually from an artist in Ghana.  It's a miniature of a coffin.  Apparently, in Ghana it is somewhat common to have elaboate coffins made that represent who the deceased was or what they loved in life.  After I finished reading the information about this art/artist to Luke, he looked up at me and said, "I guess I would be buried in a giant Lego then!"  Hilarious stuff!
Third new experience of the day (for Luke anyway)... Lamb Gyros and Spanikopita!  He loved it!  We had gelato for dessert and I had a new flavor experience... Strawberry Basil!  Delish!
Luke took these beautiful photos from a couple of vendors at the market.

I had a wonderful day with my 8 year old boy!


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