while we were playing around on the beach, jack pointed and yelled "birds!" we turned around to follow his gaze, and spotted two huge bald eagles sitting up on a tower. they were probably less than 50 yards away from us. it was amazing! i've never been so close to bald eagles before. we just watched each other for a while and then one of them flew away. so cool.
another day, equally as cloudy as the eagle/lighthouse day (welcome to winter in seattle, folks), we met some friends at the delicious & quaint bakery nouveau in west seattle. that place has french delicacies as far as the eye can see and it is off the hook. after lunch, my friend sara and i took our kiddos over to alki beach for a quick visit. we were literally only there 20 minutes, but it was just long enough to toss some rocks into the sound, watch ferries crossing elliot bay, and get a quick recharge. plus jack and his little friend ashlyn were being totally cute.
whenever i start to feel grumpy about seattle's cloudy atmosphere, all i need to do is get near the water -- which is easy to do, seeing as how we live right between two giant lakes and there's a sound on the edge of the city -- and i feel a zillion times better. it is so gorgeous here, even when it's gray.