Because a yellow crayon went through the dryer and I have to buy new clothes on a Monday


October 6, 2014 by Terumi

solar flowers at Seattle Center

Oh Monday.  You roll around so quickly after a weekend full of spectacular sun and lovely adventures.  When have we ever worn shorts in OCTOBER in Seattle?

My bestie came for a visit and we had fun exploring Seattle and eating yummy food these past few days.  We sipped coffee and matcha lattes at the Historic Panama Hotel (from Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) and I didn’t realize what a big space it was inside.  There is even a small kids’ play area.

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We also stopped into Tougo coffee and found they had a play area too.  They sell Tokara sweets (which we saw at the Panama Hotel too) and that reminded me this might be a good gift for my grandpa next time I see him.

My guys love their Auntie S and were only too sad when she had to head home. (me too!)

my bestie with my kids

But we didn’t realize we actually had a souvenir from one of the restaurants we visited.  A yellow crayon from our meal at Maggie Bluffs ended up in our laundry and very few things survived.

So here are some tips if the same thing happens to you. (I gave up and just spray and washed and re-washed over and over again.  Spray and wash is so magic, I love it so much but it can do only so much with melted yellow crayon.)

I’ll be capitalizing on this accident so I can buy some new things, but with this crazy summer-in-fall weather, I can barely figure out what to wear.  I’m buying the kids’ Halloween costumes anyway and then I found out I could totally replace a pair of the hubby’s pajamas with some truly fancier tuxedo ones.

tuxedo pajamas

They have a women’s version too but it is a little too pink, but I’d love to buy one of these Japanese pajama-style costumes for Halloween (like a sloth one)

sloth pajamas

I just can’t find one that would match the kids’ theme this year.  This evil mermaid costume

evil mermaid

or the pretty pink all over mermaid costume (the same as the evil one, just not evil and in pink) might be perfect but they’re not really my style so I will let you know what I end up getting when I debut our pictures after the big day.  (We have been sea creatures for the past two years, btw, for some reason my kids think Halloween=ocean theme, I guess.)

Oh and if you’re in Seattle and want to see a great play with your kids, we just saw the Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi and my kids really enjoyed it and this link should give you a 10% off friends’ discount if you’re thinking of going. The acting was really good and it was a short enough play for little attention spans and I love the tie-ins with our Woodland Park Zoo and the question and answer sessions at the end. (I made the mistake of reading the ACTUAL book beforehand and freaked my guys out, the guide on the Seattle Children’s Theatre website is a lot better if you have little guys that get a little scared and want to know what to expect in a play before they see it.)

Anyways, I hope you’re having a lovely sunny Monday where you are.  These are becoming a bit of habit in Seattle lately, and I’m beginning to wonder where on earth all the rain has gone?

(PS. have you bought/made/found your kids’ Halloween costume yet?  I’d love to hear if you’ve got some undersea costume ideas that I might be able to use, thanks!)

(PPS. I just saw Theo chocolates is on Gilt until 10/20/2014 and it’s a super yummy deal if you love this Seattle chocolate company!)


  1. Colleen says:

    I absolutely love that book. Will have to visit!

    My boys want to be repeats of last year and my daughter has decided on a witch :). It’s a small miracle that we have this figured out already. Normally it’s days before! 🙂

    • Terumi says:

      Colleen-they have a museum in the hotel and you can arrange a tour if you plan ahead. It’s on my list of things I want to do one of these days and if I ever get around to it I’ll let you know:) I love Seattle lit and that book was lovely! Yay for having Halloween taken care of too:)

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