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It’s incredible how having a kid makes time go by so quickly. One moment you’re able to bring them to a matinee since all they do is breastfeed and sleep and the next thing you know they are running around a zoo shouting “gogogo” on the search for “Babar.” Lou had a weekend full of festivities in Seattle including 2 candle blowings and her first trip to the zoo. She partied hard (infinite toys at Luc’s house + sugar, no wait that was me + no napping) with her friends Luc, Adam and Max on Friday, hung out at Aunty Dana’s on Saturday night and observed an Orangutan hiding himself in a burlap bag at Woodland Park Zoo in Fremont on Sunday. Look out Papa, she’s growing (tall)!

Enjoying a sunny day in Seattle is finely celebrated by going to the beach. The water may be still be frigid in June but when the sun comes out, it’s GLORIOUS! Couple that with a sautéed prawn, garlic tapenade and caramelized onion sandwich from nearby Caribbean food outpost Paseo and you’ve got yourself a winning day.

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant – Ballard
6226 Seaview Ave NW

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day then to put Lou to sleep in the stroller before heading to Le Pichet in downtown Seattle for a generous plate of Charcuterie, baguette, house smoked salmon with a spiced yogurt bulgur salad and several glasses of rosé. It’s not everyday you please a French person with French food in America and the chicken liver terrine, pork rillettes, pork pâté, beef tongue and saucisse lyonnaise certainly did their tricks this afternoon. It was all so delicious and Lou gave us a break all through lunch up until we made it to the park.

There is something so beautiful about the way Lou smiles when she hears Olivier getting home from work. She squeals with delight for papa and runs to him before giving him the tightest hug ever and nestles her little head into his neck. They have such a special bond and it’s amazing to see, especially the way she cradles his head and plays with his face when he carries her on his shoulders or the way they spoon while sneaking in more rest on a weekend morning. Olivier is incredibly gentle, loving and patient and It’s not enough just to say thank you on just today (hope the charcuterie helped)! Tchin Tchin to our amazing papa!

Occasionally when we travel Lou naps in her car seat and instead of disrupting perfectly good slumber in the process of a stroller transfer, it's easier to hook her up to the wheels attachment. If she wakes, it's yet another perspective of a world so new.

 

Lou and I have followed Oli to Seattle, where he is shooting, like a wagon with creaky wheels.  Last Sunday, we hung out with my aunt and her husband who happen to live in the area and they took us around to see some of Seattle’s sites and famous graves – Bruce + Brandon Lee and of course, Jimi Hendrix, though we had no idea. We strolled through the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Capitol Hill and hung out in a theater in the EMP Museum (dedicated to Rock & Roll Music + Sci-fi + Pop Culture) that plays continuous Jimi footage. In nice Seattle fashion we concluded the day and began the night with a few oyster shots at Salty’s on Alki’s Beach.