We spent the entire day at Point Defiance Park. First we went to the zoo, they had a really cool kids zone with small exhibits and a playground. We saw the sharks being fed, we fed and brushed the goats, and Eli's favorite we watched them mow the lawn. It's a nice zoo, but a little smaller than what we're used to.
Eli loved the Beluga Whales. We sing the song and have a book about them at home, so Eli got to finally see them live.
We started the day at NW Trek We almost didn't get in because they weren't accepting credit cards due to a power outage (who carries cash anymore?) I guess a watermelon truck had hit a power line in the middle of the night and the surrounding area was without power. They took our credit card and we ran to catch the 10 am tram. The tram ride was fun and we saw Moose, Elk, Bison, Deer and Mountain Goats up close and in their natural habitat. Everything was great until the hour long ride ended up being 15 min too long for Eli. We had a baby melt down on a scenic nature tram, not too fun. We thought after we got off of the train he'd be more interested in seeing the other animals. The electric fence was up and running by this time, so they had let out the bears and big cats out. Eli was unable to recover and we had to flee the park. We did get to see the watermelon wreckage on the way out.
Later that evening we went to Salter's Point beach and Eli got to throw some more rocks in the water. There were railroad tracks close by and we got to see a huge freight train barrel through going top speed.
I bought Eli his first dress shirt and tie yesterday. I waited until now because he's been growing out of things so fast I didn't think it was worth it. He looks so cute (and he thinks the tie is hilarious) I wish I had splurged earlier!
We went to the Oregon Coast today! We checked the weather before we left and it said 85 and sunny. We didn't bring jackets, and regretted it. Ben had to wear a towel, but it wasn't like we were going to be using it for anything else on a day like today. We visited the Cape Mears lighthouse, and a giant Sitka Sprucetree. We headed to the Tillamook Cheese Factory for lunch. Eli was fascinated with the cheese assembly line, and of course who doesn't love German Chocolate Cake ice cream? We had fun, just not the kind of fun we envisioned when we left the house. Maybe we'll use the pail and shovel next time.
We went camping again this weekend! We stayed at Gone Creek Campground on Mount Hood, which is possibly the most beautiful place I've ever camped. The water was clear, the trees were green and the mountain was majestic. Our site felt private, our neighbors were quiet, and they have bathrooms. What more could we ask for? Eli slept better this time with the pack-and-play set up in the tent. I was impressed with how quickly he fell asleep, and he still slept 12 hours on both nights. That's right, we didn't have to come home early this time! It was pretty warm the first night, but last night was freezing. Eli spent a good amount of time chasing chipmunks around our campsite. He kept holding out his hand and saying "nice"(which means he wants to pet it). The rest of the time he played at the edge of the river, what more could a little boy want than water and rocks? We hiked a little bit around the lake, but Eli gets tired after a short distance and the umbrella stroller isn't all terrain. The Kelty Backpack won't fit in our tiny car with all the camping gear, I think we need a rooftop carrier for our next adventure.
Ben - Professional: Financial Analyst for The City of Boise Recreational: Tries to catch a movie or bike ride whenever he can, takes the kids on bike rides Church:
Michelle - Professional: Homemaker Recreational: Reading, cooking, bike riding Church:
Eli - Professional: Plays with Matchbox Car, rides his bike, plays with stuffed animals, memorizes names and functions of heavy machinery Recreational: Watches Mighty Machines, "fixes" things, swimming Church: Loves to sing Choose The Right
Lilly- Professional: Thinks she's Cinderella (without the cleaning), reading, and riding her bike Recreational: Follows Eli around the house trying to do what he does while wearing 10 necklaces Church: Goes to any nursery like she's been going there her whole life!