July 11th, 2006


suggestions for activities with preteen and teen girls

Hi all,

I have two nieces from the Spokane area who I have come individually every summer for a weekend by themselves, and I'm starting to run out of ideas of things to do with them while they're here. I have set a parameter for my brother's five kids that they can come and visit once every year for a weekend starting the summer of the year they turn 10, and I'll pay for every visit before they turn 18. (I'm such a great uncle, right?)

This year, I have my eldest niece, Nikki, who will come the weekend of August 25-28, at which time she will be 14 years old. This year will be her fifth visit. Her younger sister, Becca, will come the weekend of July 21-24, and she will be 10, her second visit (she turns 11 in December).

So, by turns I will have a 14 year-old girl and a 10 year-old girl, both from a fairly conservative family (the reason, for example, I wouldn't have them over for Pride Weekend or take them to the Fremont Solstice Parade). I am looking for suggestions of things to do with these girls besides what I have already done or already plan to do, which includes all of the following:

*Monorail ride
*Space Needle
*Bank of America observation deck
*Picnic on Alki
*Picnic at Gasworks Park
*Woodland Park Zoo
*Seattle Aquarium
*Ferry ride
*IMAX Theatre
*Roller skating
*Ballard Locks
*See a play
*SummerStop Festival
*Enchanted Parks
*Mt. Rainier
*Mt. St. Helens
*Ride the Ducks
*Olympic National Forest

I'm actually not quite as concerned about Becca, as there are plenty of things I already did with Nikki that I can now take her to. The bigger challenge is Nikki, who will now be 14, and I'm starting to run out of new and interesting things to do with her when she visits.

If anyone has any suggestions for activities with a 14 year-old in the general Puget Sound area that are not in the above list, it would be most appreciated. I'd certainly appreciate suggestions for 10-year-olds too though. Thanks!

Seattle named one of 10 best cities in U.S. & Canada

Link to Article in Travel and Leisure Magazine

Seattle has been named the 10th-best city in the U.S. and the San Juan Islands are No. 5 on the list of top islands in Travel & Leisure magazine's 2006 World's Best Awards readers' survey.

It’s the second time Seattle has been included on Travel & Leisure's list of the Top 10 Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada. Seattle ranked No. 5 in 1999.
This year, New York is the Best City in the U.S. and Canada, while Florence was named World's Best City.

Top 10 list:

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Chicago
4. Charleston, South Carolina
5. Santa Fe
6. Vancouver, B.C.
7. Quebec City
8. Victoria, British Columbia
9. Montreal
10. Seattle

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So, I need to find a good DSL company. I DON'T have a landline, and if there's a way that I can get high speed internet without a cable hookup or landline, that would be awesome. Plus, I would like to consider television packages, too, but just basic cable, nothing extravagant.

What companies out there offer (again, if possible) 1) HSI w/out a landline or cable hookup and 2) of these companies, which have cable television packages available, also.

Thank you in advance!!

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(Also I need to designate a doctor pretty much today so I can get my current medical records released smoothly... I am happy to not stick with that doctor, but it would be neat too if I found someone who I loved right away, so any doc/midwife suggestions are welcome as well!)

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