The kids and I ventured out into the deluge to Portland for a play at the NW Children’s Theater. We saw Sherlock and then stopped by Voodoo Doughnut. The donut shop has become a popular place but we’ve never managed to go before now.
The kids all agree it is above and beyond our usual place, so I guess they are popular for a reason!
Oh, and the play was good too. Although, with no singing and dancing this time, Lotus had a tough time staying focused. Mary Poppins is next and I doubt there will be any trouble paying attention to that one!
We bought this giant canvas for over the fireplace in the family/game room. Xander is having fun with it and learning a lot!
Isaac is all about the gaming and chatting with gaming friends online. He just finished Batman Arkham City and is now moving on to “I don’t know.”
Today I rode the last two sections of the Banks-Vernonia trail from Top Hill to Vernonia Lake. Now that I have finally ridden all sections of the trail (non-consecutively), I can say that the two sections into Vernonia are my fav!
It was a great, nearly flat ride and a gorgeous view at the end for lunch. Just me and the ducks…
I’d love to do the entire length in one go next, but no way I’m ready for the entire length AND BACK. Not with that 8 miles of incline from Manning to Top Hill.
silly string….err, “Goofy String,” had to be experienced in large quantities. I bought a three-pack for Jason’s birthday and the kids were bummed they didn’t get much of a chance to try it out because: A) there weren’t enough cans and B) a single can holds about two seconds of fun.
The dollar store sells even smaller cans, so I grabbed up the entire box. The obnoxious smell and obnoxious mess (and obnoxious waste of fossil fuels, I assume) happened and the kids deemed it to be AWESOME.
Simon first tried to make a stool with scrap wood and nails on his own. It was fun but the results were not very sturdy and, sadly, I think I thought it was a hazard and put it in the kindling box. oops! (It looked like three sticks swinging on some nails)
Jason helped him put together a sweet little step stool in the garage. It turned out great and looks nice in the bathroom…
Simon choosing the sides he wants to be seen…
Look at how proud he is! Lotus will appreciate the new hand washing stool. I think she’s the only one who needs it now and then we’ll probably move it to the kitchen.
As a side note, see the pile of cloth wipes on the counter behind him? We haven’t bought toilet paper since February and the family cloth is a complete success! Without going into details, let me just say using cloth instead of toilet paper is a luxury and I WOULD NEVER GO BACK! The homemade laundry soap kicks ass too, and gets all the wipes super clean.