Martina needed the three of us to be out of the house one weekend, so I took the kids and decided to take them geocaching. I had only done it once several years ago, but I thought it was a good opportunity to go exploring, give the kids a sense of accomplishment, and keep them occupied and having fun.
It was quite a successful morning. We went in search of 4 geocaches, and found two of them. The kids loved it when they found the geocaches and were really proud of themselves.
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Given that our first family camping trip ended in disaster, we needed a second trip to redeem the first.
A family that we’ve become friends with came along with us and they also have a daughter and a younger son. We went to Oxbow Regional Park, which is a really nice park, and we had a really great time together. The weather turned on the second day, so we decided to call it a day after the first night.
We’re well ready to take lots more adventures now that we’ve got our feet wet and feel confident in our abilities.
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One of the staple events of our year since moving to Portland has been Big Truck Day, where the Public Works Departments from the local municipalities, garbage and recycling companies, truck rental companies, crane rental companies and the emergency services all bring their vehicles so that kids can explore them and enjoy them.
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There’s something adorable about children wearing things designed for adults. I let Jack wear my glasses and they’re adorably enormous for his face.
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After a birthday party where each of the kids got an animal mask in their favours, I was attacked by these two adorable cats!
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One of Jack’s birthday presents was tickets to go to an event that we’ve been trying to for the last couple of years, but just haven’t quite made it.
It’s called Dozer Day, and it’s where kids get to sit in full-sized heavy machinery and operate them. Jack had a lot of fun playing with the equipment, and Ellie did too since she was along for the ride.
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As Jack’s grown up and he understands himself and the world around him more, he’s become a lot of fun to be around.
For people that meet Jack, they have the same general impression of him, that he’s goofy, silly, funny and fun to be around. He’s the life of the party and we’re glad to have him in our lives.
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One of our favourite activities each year is to go to the Tulip Festival. It’s a nice way to get in the mood for spring and see off winter.
When we went this year, they were offering face painting and Martina wanted to take them. They each chose their own design and I think they came out looking fantastic!
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We have certainly loved our move to Portland, OR and in that process, we have sought to get outside and explore as often as we can. So when a nice spring day came along, we jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house and try and see the early fruits of spring.
We took a little hike at Tom McCall Nature Preserve to see the wildflowers that were starting to bloom and the kids loved it. They love getting outside and exploring, and they do modest hikes and enjoy it. I don’t push them and we just go as far as we can before they start getting bored or crabby and then we turn back.
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Most mornings, the kids do their own thing, or they fight, or if we’re lucky, they’re on the same page and they’re doing something sweet together.
This morning, that’s exactly what happened. Jack had come to Ellie’s room and they were cuddled up in bed together, and Ellie was reading a book to him. We live for these sweet moments.
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