MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry)

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The day after Christmas we headed out to MOHAI with Boof’s family. It’s an old Naval building on South Lake Union, and it is full of interesting Seattle artifacts and history. Now, normally I am not one to get really interested in museums, they have to be done really well for me to even want to bother taking a look at them. And I was surprised at how neat this museum was! Maybe in a year or two I’ll take Potamus there!

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What I really liked was all of the iconic Seattle displays, like the Rainier Brewery sign, and the airplane hanging from the ceiling. While some people like reading all of the little signs, I am much more inclined to get a general overall sense of the history in the Big Picture sense. So I flew through most of the museum in a little over an hour, and could see myself going back to get a more in depth view of all the little interesting tidbits I might have missed the first time.

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iconic Seattle sports memorabilia

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A place where we were asked “what would make Seattle better?”

My favorite part of the whole museum was an art gallery decorated with pen and ink sketches that had been watercolored over. I thought that this type of art was both beautiful and would make a really amazing mural in someone’s house. Wouldn’t a little painted scene like that look so cool on a kid’s room? Or in a kitchen somewhere? I could have spent an entire hour in that gallery. There was a little section that provided sketchbooks for you to draw a bit of some urban scenery out the windows. I love clever ideas to get patrons involved in the art experience!

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Bye bye kingdome!

So, if you’re in Seattle, as a resident or a visitor, and have a few hours to spare, I definitely recommend checking this museum out! Not only will you get a better sense of where the city has come from, you’ll experience it in a visually stunning way!

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13 months

As if right on cue, Potamus stood up by himself (no hanging on hand-holds) two days before he turned 13 months. Typical. He then proceeded to walk all the way across the house with assistance! Jiminy Christmas, it’s happening all so quickly!

Sleeping in his Montessori floor-bed is going GREAT, with me spending much less time in there nightly. We’re weaned during the day and then nurse at night a few times. My goal was 12 months, so to make it for 13 feels excellent, and I don’t have any hard and fast plans to night wean anytime soon. Daycare has been amazing for helping Potamus go down for naps, and we’ve been getting a lot more done around the house!

His food pallet is expanding every day, and he is now loving banana “pancakes.” It is seriously the EASIEST recipe ever: 1 mashed banana and 2 eggs whipped into the banana. You cook it on a griddle like pancake! I spread a thin shmear of peanut butter on it, and he loves it…which is so great because he was eating just a ton of crackers and pasta, so to incorporate some more fruit and other proteins is great! Check it out, it tastes yummy!

My parents were visiting this weekend, so we ventured on up to KidsQuest with them and met up with my brother and Miss A! The kiddos seemed to enjoy themselves!

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Cousins!

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the lovely Miss A

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KidsQuest: A Museum Review

If you’re looking for something FREE to do on a rainy Seattle day, then I definitely suggest KidsQuest Museum in the Factoria Mall. Granted, in order for it to be free, you’ll need a friend with a membership who is willing to sacrifice a guest pass to take you! HA! BUT, if you are looking for something relatively CHEAP to do in the area, then, at eight bucks for adults (and kiddos under 1 are free), this is definitely your place! In fact, the yearly membership is something whopping like $80, so it might even be worth it for our family to shell out that kind of dough, cause even if we went 1 time a month, it would pay for itself in less than a year!

I’m dubbing it a “Little Science Center,” as an ode to THE Seattle Science Center that I grew up loving. What makes KidsQuest amazing, though, is that there is a section that is specifically designed for the under 3 crowd, While this doesn’t limit your access to the rest of the area (with supervision of course!) it does allow for our little pumpkins to explore the world around them (ie crawling, toddling unsteadily) without fear of being bulldozed by some 17 year old on a cell phone or even a pack of 7 year olds squirrelling around. I felt great about sitting back for a few moments, catching up with my college pal (who was there with her daughter who’s 1 month older than Potamus), and keeping an eye on the Potamus as he explored. Today’s adventure included shaking several rattles, rolling a blow-up beach ball all around the room (up the stairs and down the wheelchair ramp), staring at the fishtank, and trying to share his toys with other young fellas.

After the tots (okay, the mamas) were thoroughly worn out, we walked around the other parts of the museum that have a more sciency feel to them. There were sensory stations with sand, water stations where you could watch ping pong balls flow down a river (that you could change by adding different logs to the river flow), and various other stations that were occupied by interested kiddos. I loved it, and will DEFINITELY be bringing Potamus back…even if I have to pay for myself this time!