Is it wrong to think that waking up in a comfy hotel bed and enjoying a leisurely room service breakfast while someone else takes care of the kids is a fantastic way to celebrate Mother’s Day morning?

Because I could do this every year, no problem.

JB’s parents stayed with the boys this weekend while we played tourist in Seattle and between having the chance to eat in restaurants that do not feature plastic utensils, the awesometastic Star Trek showing, and the Westin’s coma-inducing king bed, we had an amazing time. I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing, wonderful just-the-two-of-us outing (our first since Tofino).

The weather was glorious and it was an absolute treat to having the luxury of time and the freedom to do whatever we wanted.

Also, we got a free porn show from a room in the hotel tower across from ours late Saturday night. Bonus.


(Yes, not only did we totally check out another couple Doing It but I photographed the action. Is it less gross if I assure you I put the camera away when his pants came off?)

When we got home this morning I couldn’t wait to do something fun with the kids, being as how it was my special day and all. I was thinking about trying to get a pretty picture of me with my boys—me with my hair combed and some lipstick on; the kids smiling for the camera, their love for me nearly palpable in the soon-to-be-framed image.

Of course, this is what I ended up with:

Ah well, can’t really complain. It’s been a great weekend, and I hope you had a good one too.


35 Responses to “Good times”

  1. kirida on May 10th, 2009 9:17 pm

    Dude, we had parallel lives but in different hotels. I was down the street at Hotel Max!

  2. Emily on May 10th, 2009 9:23 pm

    Kirida: are you sure you weren’t ACROSS the street? Haha.

  3. Elaine on May 10th, 2009 9:30 pm

    Love all the pics, especially the pre-porn. You can totally see my office building on the right side of the second photo – the short black building with the kinda white stripes. Sounds like a perfect Mom’s Day weekend to me!

  4. Kathy on May 10th, 2009 9:42 pm

    Excellent photos! My fave is the one of you and the kids, though–motherhood as it actually is.

  5. .303 Bookworm on May 10th, 2009 10:28 pm

    Oh look at the lovely photos…wait, what?? That’s my husband!

  6. Josh on May 10th, 2009 11:36 pm

    See, there’s the paradox of hotel window exhibitionism. I mean on the one hand, it’s kinky to know that someone MIGHT be watching you, or if there are enough windows that someone is PROBABLY watching you, but you would hardly ever get that full satisfaction of knowing for sure that someone is DEFINITELY watching you. And isn’t that what every person really wants? I mean every normal perverted person that is, there are probably some squares out there who close the blinds and stick to missionary position.

    Also, you would think with a full sized dinosaur in the window, JB would look a little more excited.

  7. Stacy on May 10th, 2009 11:42 pm

    I used to work across from the Westin and there were some interesting sights from time to time. And the people full on knew that they could be seen. Good times.

  8. Jennifer on May 11th, 2009 12:36 am

    OK to detour the comments away from the porn-viewing for a second, may I say that you were lucky with the best weather ever for your great weekend getaway! It’s raining again already. But: better to have the rain during the week and sun on the weekend.

  9. nic on May 11th, 2009 1:41 am

    I’m going to Seattle for work next week and have some time to play tourist. Since I’ve never been there before, do you have any suggestions of things I must see or do?

  10. Heather on May 11th, 2009 3:18 am

    I’m, pretty jealous. Of the weekend – not the wailing toddler. I’ve already got one of those.

  11. Casey on May 11th, 2009 4:27 am

    What a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend. I feel pretty lucky that although we did not get away, my husband took great pains to make sure that I was pampered and well-fed. He even attempted to let me sleep in when the baby woke at 6:30 (ha, like that ever really works). But! I always laugh at the thought that on Mother’s Day I would know how to relax and soak up the indulgence. I mean, I’m a mom! That means I’m not really comfortable sitting still for too long. That’s what Mother’s Day means to me.

  12. Kim on May 11th, 2009 4:30 am

    I was going to write about how we went to Seattle for the weekend and stayed at the Westin and how I’d had the weird feeling of being watched during sex, but that’s too obvious.
    The look on your face in the picture says “I can laugh at this because I’m well-rested today.”

  13. Eric's Mommy on May 11th, 2009 4:55 am

    OMG the free porn show is crazy! I would have totally watched them too!

  14. Erica on May 11th, 2009 5:54 am

    I got pretty much the same Mother’s Day pic. At least we tried.

  15. pam on May 11th, 2009 6:05 am


    and yeah, i got the same picture too. only my hair wasn’t combed and i was wearing my glasses. oh well.

  16. audubon Ron on May 11th, 2009 6:06 am

    Ahmygoodness, that’s me in the hotel room across the way.


  17. Cid on May 11th, 2009 6:24 am

    Heaven to have some time as a couple. We had a date to see the Star Trek movie Friday night (loved it) and then even stayed out to have a late dinner. That photo is a keeper

  18. Val on May 11th, 2009 6:33 am

    We had our usual family drama that surrounds every holiday, and then we had a nice lunch buffet without the two people who always create the drama.

    PS – every pic we try to take of the entire family looks like that one. Which is why the most recent pic of all of us is now a year and a half old. HAH!

  19. Kelli on May 11th, 2009 7:23 am

    Oh dear, that last shot of you & the boys is priceless! Glad you had a great weekend.

  20. Val on May 11th, 2009 8:45 am

    Now I know why I ALWAYS close my curtains in hotels. You stalkers, you! I will be staying in a Seattle or near Seattle for 4 nights next month. I better not tell you where I’m staying – you might stalk me. Ha Ha! Seriously, do you have the one place that’s a must for a tourist in Seattle – besides the obvious Space Needle etc? I have a nephew’s wedding, but are spending a few extra days since I’ve never been to Seattle.

  21. Amy on May 11th, 2009 9:13 am

    My husband tried. He really did. But somehow, I was still exhausted by the end of the day! He managed to sneak in a nap though . . . Anyway, I was actually fantasizing about next year, maybe getting a night away in a hotel room all by myself for Mother’s Day. Glad you had a good break!

  22. Jasie VanGesen on May 11th, 2009 9:34 am

    I love how positively RED his face is when he’s having a crying fit. That’s a kodak moment right there.

    Also… insanely jealous of your mother’s day. Mine blew chunks.

  23. MRW on May 11th, 2009 9:45 am

    We also got to see Star Trek for Mother’s Day. My parents baby sat while we enjoyed popcorn, candy, and an awesome movie. Good stuff.

  24. Anne on May 11th, 2009 11:04 am

    Oh, the shows from other hotel rooms, how overly familiar I am with them. Before we moved office space last year we were right across the street from a well known hotel in Chicago. Any time of day, though most often for the early-morning or late-evening meetings, there was a perfect view from several of our meeting rooms right into the hotel across the street. Let me just say there are a lot of not-shy-enough people out there. Some of them would even WAVE at us. Hilarious.

  25. Jennifer on May 11th, 2009 12:39 pm

    There is just something about hotel rooms that bring out the exhibitionist in people.

  26. Jillian on May 11th, 2009 1:57 pm

    The porn show is hilarious. And now, my totally rhetorical question is, how much did you watch?

  27. Jay on May 11th, 2009 3:06 pm

    I assume you saw Star Trek at the Cinerama… was that the best ever place to see the movie (non-Imax), or what? 800 Trek fans all in one theater!

  28. GingerB on May 11th, 2009 3:35 pm

    Our photo sessions were much the same, the three year old carried out of the room kicking and screaming her wee red head off, shouting “don’t look at me!” I think you did pretty well!

  29. gutenmegan on May 11th, 2009 5:32 pm

    My old office used to face a hotel and at least once a week, us early folks would witness interesting, erm, activities going on in the hotel rooms across from us. It’s amazing how people ASSUME no one can see them on the eighth floor. Hotel dwellers, if you’re in the middle of a major city, consider closing the blinds, regardless of what floor you’re on.

  30. Kym on May 11th, 2009 6:33 pm


  31. metalia on May 11th, 2009 6:40 pm

    HAHAAAA. That picture is hilarious, and well, pretty much what I ended up with, as well. I’ve now resigned myself to only getting one good shot with each of them forevermore, and relying upon some Photoshop wizardry, courtesy of my brother.

  32. Joanna on May 11th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Wasn’t Star Trek fantastic?!!??!?! I want to see it again.

  33. sara moon on May 11th, 2009 9:27 pm

    oh, the picture made me snort.
    you are so funny and wonderful.

  34. My Baby's Mommy on May 12th, 2009 6:17 am

    Another childless vacation post – it’s a virus in the blogs and I am so jealous!

    weanbabywean, mama needs a vacay!

  35. patois on May 12th, 2009 6:35 am

    Oh, you couldn’t have entitled this post any better. Crack me up, you!

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