The rest of Spring Break!

On Monday of Spring Break, I had to work, so Dad kept everyone entertained!

 IMG_2047It’s been such a wet spring that it had been a while since they had gotten to ride their bikes!

IMG_2050Everyone had a good time!

On Tuesday morning we took off on a little adventure to Southern Oregon! With our Gilbert House Museum memberships we can get into a number of other museums around Oregon (actually all over the U.S. & a few international ones as well) for free! We decided to hit up the ones south of us during Spring Break!

IMG_2048The first one, The Science Factory, is located right next to the University of Oregon’s campus in Eugene. As you can see my kids are not shy about their feelings for the Ducks!

20170328_103020It wasn’t a huge museum, but they packed a lot of fun things into it!

IMG_2053The kids had a blast!!! Actually it kept mom & dad entertained too!

IMG_4742After the museum we were all ready for our picnic lunch in the park, followed by a little walk around the pond looking at all the ducks & geese!

The next museum on our list was the Museum of Natural & Cultural History. I thought it would be over my kids’ heads & that we’d breeze through it in 10 minutes! I was wrong! It ended up being super fun for my kids & quite hands-on!

IMG_2054Ezra, of course, was fascinated by the skeleton of a giant ground sloth

IMG_2056Audrey had fun playing scientist & examining “bones”

After that we headed to our hotel for some swimming & tv-watching for the kids & reading for mom & dad!

IMG_2057Can you tell that Audrey enjoyed her dinner???

The next morning we went swimming again & then stopped for lunch at the logical place to stop on our way to Ashland:

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In-N-Out has come to Oregon!!! (This picture was taken from online – it was a gray, cloudy, rainy day when we were there!)

IMG_2060Learning about pulleys at ScienceWorks! This museum was HUGE!!! And SO much fun!!!

20170329_145658Playing with big bubbles!

20170329_145919Really BIG bubbles!

20170329_152430Seriously, this girl!!! I guess this is her Pirate Pose!!!

Friday was an at home day! But Saturday we had another little adventure! This time to Silver Creek Falls! It was a rainy day, but we’re Oregonians, so it was still a fun time!

IMG_2061Beautiful view of the falls!!!

It’s always sad when Spring Break ends, but we had a lot of fun adventures & got some much-needed rest in as well!

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Spring Break at the Beach

We started our Spring Break with a fun weekend at the beach thanks to our friends, Uncle Jon & Aunt Vicki who invited us to come stay at their cabin on D Lake! It was such a great way to start our break!

IMG_4669A beautiful view from the windows!!!

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The next morning we decided to head out to do some whale watching as the “Whale Spoken Here” volunteers were out to help with spotting spouts! At the first location, Ezra put all the toy whales in order by size (even though a few of them were not to scale so looked smaller in the line).

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The volunteer immediately put his vest on Ezra & declared him their newest volunteer! He isn’t quite old enough to do it on his own, but if one of us were to come along to the training he could be a helper!

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Looking for whales!

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Coloring a whale picture!

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Showing Uncle Jon where to look! (Actually I’m not sure that Ezra can find the spouts very easily – it’s really tricky & take a lot of patience)

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A beautiful day at the coast!

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That afternoon we went to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area! There were some seals hanging out down on the rocks!

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And an eagle hanging out in one of the trees!

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The tide pools were incredible! You could touch everything except the sea stars!

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The cousins joined in the fun for our afternoon outing!

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So many fun things to explore!

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Ezra, of course, was in his element!

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Nothing beats a day at the Coast!

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Too cute!!!

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Colonial Times

Ezra’s class has been learning about Colonial times and last Friday they had a Colonial Day. They each had to pick an occupation to research, write a report, make a sign, dress in a costume, & then give an oral report with props. (Thankfully, we knew about this a long time in advance!)

Ezra chose Engraver and as he & Micah researched this occupation, they discovered that engravers were also usually silversmith.

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We lucked out & found a costume to borrow from a family that had gone through Colonial Days before! 

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Here’s his sign (his didn’t have the big smudge on it – I took his last name off)! 

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Report Time! He did a great job!

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In the afternoon, they did all sorts of different centers, including making luminaries! 

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Because I was helping corral kids from one station to the next, Audrey got to come along & got to make her own butter! I think we may have found her calling! It takes lots of energy & results in something eat!

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Today was a field trip to Champoeg Park!

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They did a great job of explaining life in the 1800’s! 

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Trying out what it would have been like to haul water! 

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Just Cuteness!

Just a few pictures of my kiddos being themselves (& being cute in the process!)

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Audrey working on her Valentine’s for her classmates!

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Ezra built a model of the tabernacle for Sunday School! 

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That’s my daughter! She’s all about the dress-ups these days!

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Ezra’s class did a superhero chapel at school. Ezra got to talk about animal facts!

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This was a common sight during Ezra’s basketball season! 

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Gilbert House

For Christmas we were given a membership to the Gilbert House children’s museum and we LOVE it!!! We got it at the end of January & have probably already gone 3 or 4 times. The kids enjoy it & we all get out of the house.

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There is a super fun park outside that is great for the non-rainy days!

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It helps get the wiggles out!

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This is a fun “build your own” structure! The kids always enjoy coming up with a new design!

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Even when they are leaving, they are still trying to play (here they are climbing on some sort of artwork!)

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Passport

I don’t know where the time has gone, but Audrey’s passport was due for renewal! (Kids under 16 only get their passport for 5 years)

 IMG_4652Such a huge difference!!!

I’m a little sad that the Baby passport is having to be retired, but at least we have an adorable smile to carry us through these next 5 years! I don’t even want to think about the fact that the next time we renew she’ll be into double digits!

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Dr. Seuss Day

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss Day for the kids! They were to dress up as either their favorite Dr. Seuss character OR a favorite character from any book by any author!

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Audrey was Sam, I am!

Would you like some green eggs & ham?? Would you like them here? or there?

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Ezra was Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes! An uncanny resemblance!

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