Trains, streetcars, buses, light rail, Mythbusters at OMSI, Oregon Zoo, Powell’s, food, food, and more food. Our Spring Break trip was pretty great. Well, mostly pretty great. That’s another post, though.
My baby girl is growing up. 3 more weeks and she will be done with elementary school. I’m in denial. This week she spent 3 days away on Outdoor Ed. with all the 4th graders from her school. I was a wreck – worried and anxious the whole time. She wasn’t. She had so much fun with her friends and loved her independence. I know I’m completely biased, but she’s amazing. I love how confident she is. I love how she manages to roll with the punches. I love how she walked into a new school at the end of the year and has managed to make new friends, do great in class, and thrive. She’s so much like her daddy it’s crazy. She came back from Outdoor Ed. looking older. Her teacher said she matured. I believe it.
I’m not sure if there is anything better than a weekend in Portland with Michelle and Andrea. Especially when it includes sleeping in until 10, two brunches at Mother’s, cocktails, movies, and a lot of shopping. Best. Weekend. Ever.
Best biscuits and gravy ever! Ever.
Michelle was pretty tempted to buy this jacket. You can’t blame her, really.
My sneaky friends got me this for my birthday.
I also have to give a shout out to Lindsey and the Kearney’s for letting me crash at their places. That’s how the best weekend ever becomes even better!
Let me just say that I love vacations. The vacations I normally love are the fly-somewhere-new-and-see-as-much-as-you-can sort of vacations. This year we drove north to my brother’s house. A went to summer camp with her cousin while J and Z spent the week running around outside with the other cousins. Mr. D and I spent the week sleeping, reading, eating, talking and laughing at the kids.
Best. Vacation. Ever.
My favorite things:
The kids running outside as soon as they wake up.
Hearing the kids playing and laughing outside until they collapsed at 9 or 10 at night.
Impromptu soccer games with the dads.
Sitting around and reading. And eating. And eating some more.
Uncle Jed taking the kids fishing.
The snowball fight in swimsuits after fishing.
Neville the Deer Stalker.
A (aka Miss Independent) having a fabulous time at camp.
The many hours the kids spent on Uncle Jed’s tire swing.
The kids riding the little Jeep until the battery died.
Z plowing over the plants and into a tree while driving the little Jeep.
Having the entire family together on Friday.
Staying up until 1 in the morning multiple times, talking and laughing with Jed and Casandra.
No RA for the entire week.
The amount of love I have for my family.
Seriously. Next summer I think we are just gonna move in to their house.
I’m waiting for the camera battery to charge so I can upload the hundreds of photos and post a few. Or twenty. In the meantime, here are a couple of the trip up and back:
4 days in Seattle…3 days on Bainbridge Island…lots of friends…good times with godmothers…I think I forgot to take pictures…so glad to be home…mostly glad to not be on a plane with my children anymore…2 of them are now sick…glad Mr. D is coming home early today…
Early morning flight to Seattle. Me. 3 kids. No Mr. D.
I’m kind of dreading it…
But I can’t wait to get there. Hooray for visits with friends!