Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Faces of summer

This time of year tends to get really, really busy and then it's fall.  And we look back and wonder where the summer went.  I'm trying to remind myself to slow down a bit, get off facebook a bit, and just soak up these sweet moments.  I just want to stare at the faces of my 3 loves and impress these memories and their features into my mind.  I sure do love these summer faces....

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fun in Portland

Peter had a work related training in Portland for 3 days last week, so we decided to tag along.  I only felt slightly bad that the boys and I got to play while he worked.

We left early Wednesday morning and dropped him off downtown before heading to the zoo.  We are definitely making use of our memberships!  We spent almost 4 hours there, then the boys napped for about 30 minutes in the car while I was driving.  We still had a bit of time to kill so we headed to Toys'R'Us where the boys played with toys and their train table for an hour and a half.  We picked up Daddy and headed to our hotel together!  We got our room setup then headed to Olive Garden.  Afterward we took the boys swimming at a local community pool since the hotel pool was closed for that first night.  The boys loved it!

Thursday morning Peter took public transportation to his training and the boys and I ate breakfast at the hotel then headed out to the local mall.  I had something to pick up for our EPIC girls retreat so I did that and then the boys played for a long time at the mall playground and those quarter ride machines (they prefer to play on them without the movement/money put in so it's great!)  We got a Sees chocolate then headed back to the hotel for naptime.  We picked up Daddy, walked around the downtown Portland waterfront, ate at the Cheesecake Factory, then went swimming at the hotel.

Friday morning Peter took the train again, we had breakfast and then I packed up the hotel room with the two boys.  Not.an.easy.task.at.all.  We checked out and headed to the Children's Museum.  We had the whole day to kill and there was nearly no one there so we spent about 4 hours there.  The boys loved it!  They were tired but I figured that instead of napping in the warm car that day, they could just nap in the stroller.  So I walked across the parking lot to the zoo again....might as well since it's right there and we're members.  Benjamin was so excited.  We walked the whole zoo, seeing most things pretty quickly in the hour and a half we had left before we needed to go pick up Daddy.  It was a beautiful day and so fun to be out and about.  We hit a Fuddruckers on the way home and I got home just in time to switch cars and head to worship team at church.  We were pretty tired that night, but it was such a nice change of pace from our regular routine.  We felt really fortunate to get to enjoy a bit of fun while our hard working Daddy learned a ton.

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