Ellie and I joined our PEPS friend Dana and her daughter Ainsley and nanny Emilie for a great morning in Ballard on Friday. A local indy radio station, KEXP, was sponsoring a day of free live music at several of the businesses in the area. We were able to go to two of the performances. We started out at Verite coffee house to see Arthur & Yu. I really enjoyed the music, and Ellie enjoyed the ceiling fan. Since it was a gorgeous day, we then went on a walk and ended up at Miro Tea for tea lattes and pastries. (Miro Tea is one of the few places in Ballard that has a changing table in the restroom. Love that!) After that, we headed up to Sonic Boom records for Throw Me the Statue. The music was great, but very loud. So we, along with several other parents and babies, headed out to the sidewalk to listen.
Friday night, Jeff, Ellie and I headed over to the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk. Dozens of the area businesses stay open late and display art from local artists. Plus, many of the business have some food set out such as wine or hummus or strawberries. So, you get to walk, look, and graze. We also ran into several friends along the way, some of whom hadn’t met Ellie yet. So we really enjoyed showing her off. It is obvious that Ellie is seeing better now because she stayed awake the whole time, and really seemed to be absorbing much of what was happening.