Monday, June 30, 2014

Cannon Beach!

We drove out to Cannon Beach today and had a wonderful day playing in the water, building sand castles, and running up and down the dunes.
More pictures to come from mom and dad's cameras....

Sunday, June 29, 2014

berry picking

We ventured out to Sauvie Island this morning for some berry picking at Columbia Farms - came home with 24 pounds of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, seven full bellies, and four tired and berry-stained children.*

Now we just have to figure out what to do with this bounty.... 
*All four children are asleep as I type. :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

calling in reinforcements...

Mom and Dad arrived to help out with the four chillens for a few days. Thank goodness! :) We went on a gorgeous 3-mile hike in Forest Park this morning, parking at Newton Road and wandering/running through some lush, green, dense forest of Douglas firs and cedars. It was magical.
an enormous earthworm!

Friday, June 27, 2014

adventures around town

On Wednesday it rained, but we went to the Oregon Zoo anyway. We saw lions and cheetahs, mandrills and monkeys, polar bears and otters and sea lions, giraffes and gazelles, and one little chameleon... I only managed to take a few pictures in the rain, and they're all bad photos. :)

there's a sea lion in there, honest!

On Friday we went to OMSI - they have a new special exhibit on dinosaurs, which was just fantastic, as well as the usual array of fun activities. The dinosaur exhibit included enormous sculptures of dinosaur replicas, complete with fur and feathers, moving parts, and sound effects. Liesl and Roxy were genuinely nervous, asking me to confirm that they were in fact just pretend.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

At the Children's Museum

We spent a few hours this morning at the Portland Children's Museum, enjoying their new outdoor exhibit, the clay studio, the maker garage, and the face painting station.

let the fun begin...

Carl and Kim are off to Machu Picchu for two weeks, and we are the proud (anxious) guardians of four little ones. :)   So far so good. The little ones are playing together beautifully and have formed a cabal against the big ones. They play with babies, they pretend to be the characters from Frozen, they curl up together and whisper.  The big ones are, as always, amazing playmates and have been building cities, racing scooters and skates, drawing, reading, and talking talking talking nonstop. Mealtimes promise to be a bit chaotic, and bedtime is giving me nightmares, but we are excited for the adventure and the children are thrilled.