My good friend, Denise has been here visiting me since last Tuesday, to help cope during her own husband's deployment. We've been painting the town Red, so to speak, doing different things each day, making the most of the absolutely GORGEOUS weather we've been having, and experiencing all the lovely shopping, dining, and outdoor sights the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Violet has been loving the extra attention, too, that Aunt Denise showers upon her liberally, reading her books, teaching her games, and helping her learn new signs. Her vocabulary and communication skills have just exploded in the last couple of weeks! She learns an average of 2 new words every day. Sometimes she'll attempt to speak them, but other times she'll point to my hands to "ask" me to show her the sign. Yesterday, upon looking at the Golden Eagles at the NorthWest Trek Wildlife Park, she just blurted out, "Bird," clear as day! Denise has taught her the "which hand is it in?" guessing game, which she loves....and it's so fun to watch the little wheels turning in her head, figuring out which hand hides the hairclip. :)
Today we're taking it easy at home, doing puzzles and letting Violet get a good long nap. Tomorrow is the Seattle Symphony!
Here are a few pictures of us enjoying Seattle sights, sounds, and tastes.....one of us at the Very First Starbucks in Pike Place Market, too. Enjoy!
Violet experienced, completely by accident, a bit of Wasabi that had been hiding on the bottom of my fork, during a meal of sushi at Bellevue Square. Poor baby, she was so patient, even asking for more while tears rolled down her cheeks!
We discovered an AMAZING, but very very EXPENSIVE store called, JZ Rose, specializing in real and reproduction Victorian Antiques. This fridge was just TOO too much.