Photo Friday: Seattle Heatcation

Seattle Heatwave 2009
Seattle Heatwave 2009

Those of you following me on Twitter were treated to lots of whining about the record heat in Seattle yesterday. I finally fled the house in the afternoon, and snapped up one of the last remaining hotel rooms in the area.

This was the first time that we've slept in a hotel with all three kids! Now that there are five of us, it's essential that the "big kids" sleep in the same bed together. (Side Note: the mattress in a hotel crib is low enough to prevent a toddler from climbing out easily. That seems smart, until you try to put a 2 month old in and realize that you need to drop them the last two inches.)

Worried about bedtime drama, we wore the kids out with a walk to the nearby Whole Foods Market for dinner and a dip in the pool. There was no need to worry, though, after the heat of the day, the kids snuggled up and drifted off to sleep fairly quickly in the luxuriously cool air-conditioned room. They'll never do it again, I'm sure, but for now I'll count our first night in a hotel room together as a resounding success - I hope you'll all clear the way while I book our next big trip!

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  1. DimSum, Bagels, and Crawfish

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 a.m.

    Sorry to hear about intense heat. We deal with similar temps here in Florida but we have air conditioning so that makes it easier. Glad your heatcation is going so smoothly. Hope things cool down soon!

  2. jamie

    July 31, 2009 at 7:14 a.m.

    Oh, poor you! Hang in there. Once during a bay area heatwave, I took the kids to IKEA and hung out there aaaaall day.

  3. Debbie

    July 31, 2009 at 7:21 a.m.

    Mercifully it cooled down overnight and I have every window in the house open this morning. I'm hoping to move the warm air out before things heat up again.

    @jamie YES! IKEA is on my list, terrific idea - my kids love it there. So far we've spent a day at the library, a morning at a local shopping center that has fountains for the kids to run through, and a day at a local mall with an indoor playground. We've also spent tons of time holed up in our tiny nursery, the one room in the house that has a window air conditioner!

  4. Lorraine

    July 31, 2009 at 7:26 a.m.

    Classic! Yes, I must admit we have done the same thing during a Bay Area heatwave two years ago. We actually rented the room just for the heat of the day - desperate times call for desperate measures!

  5. RennyBA's Terella

    July 31, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

    Very nice photo and glad you all had a nice first day experience at the hotel!

    Could you please send some of yours over; we've had the coldest and wettest summer in Scandinavia for long.

    Btw: I'm following you at Twitter - here is mine:

  6. Dominique

    July 31, 2009 at 8:06 a.m.

    I wondered how y'all were doing with the heat out west!
    We get a good bit of hot and humid weather here in Detroit, so we've got the AC. I'd be the first to the hotel with AC if I didn't have it, though!
    We got back from Chicago about 2 a.m. this morning. Still hot and humid there when we left, and we spent as much time near the water as we could :)

  7. Jen

    July 31, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

    Wow! I thought that we were miserable hot down here in the south lately! I am glad you got to take a little mini escape from it all and that the hotel sleeping was successful. I have yet to perfect that!

  8. Debbie

    July 31, 2009 at 9:37 a.m.

    Jen, I'm just hoping that part of the recipe for successful hotel sleep isn't 100+ temperatures!

  9. Marisa

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 a.m.

    We did the same thing when I was pregnant! After we were forced to go to a hotel for the third time, we broke down and bought a portable airconditioner.

  10. Cate

    July 31, 2009 at 10:27 a.m.

    Nice ironic shot. I can imagine how bad the heat is without decent ac. It's about that here in West Palm Beach but I'm sitting under a cooling system. You have my sympathy.

  11. Jessiev

    July 31, 2009 at 10:37 a.m.

    CRAZY! i don't like being hot at all. i would have holed up in the hotel room, too. good thing for AC, eh? hope the heat breaks. eilan is the lucky one, eh?!

  12. Sharlene

    July 31, 2009 at 10:51 a.m.

    Sorry you are melting. I have been through that kind of heat with no A/C and it is absolutely oppressive!

  13. Corinne

    July 31, 2009 at 1:43 p.m.

    We're only just today having a summer-like day. That said, at least our hydro bills will be less!