We have been stuck at home for the past week with the plague. Okay that’s a bit dramatic but yes we are going through the fun cycle of sickness. Edith was sick with something I am guess was viral and had a low grade fever for a few days and now is just showing cold symptoms. Of course that means the rest of us are now starting to get sick as well. I’d say Alder is sick because of all of the snotty kisses from Edith and Neil and I are sick from the snotty kisses and the fact that we have probably had a combined 20 hours of sleep in the past 7 days.
In spite of all the sickness we decided that we all needed to get out of the house this weekend and enjoy the sun and fresh air. For those few hours that we found ourselves out of the house we had a really nice time and we seemed to forget about the sickness, at least until Edith decided to wipe her nose on my arm. Now we are back in the sickness groove – one I hope we fall out of by the end of the week. I am hoping for clear skies, sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend so that we might once again spend it at the park.
Neil’s birthday is coming up in just a few days and since it is so close to Christmas we usually forgo giving gifts and instead we do something fun. When it was just the two of us we traveled to snowy, beautiful Quebec City with a side trip to one of our favorite destinations Montreal. Another year we took the train to NYC for a long weekend where we found ourselves running around the city, quite literally (after eating a huge Indian feast) when I forgot our passes to Top of the Rock. We also spent Christmas at Disney another year and then this year we headed to the coast. We actually had decided not to a trip this year when at the last minute I decide that I just wasn’t ready to leave Alder for a date night (our original plans) and I ended up finding a deal for two nights at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, WA (just over the bridge from Astoria).
We decided that while we could really use a date night (still on the must happen in the next month list) that we also really needed a little bit of a getaway as a family. So we made the reservations and packed ourselves up and headed to the coast. Unfortunately heading to the beach doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny and warm, although I really think that should always be the case and Edith agreed as she insisted she needed to bring her bathing suit with us. (Side note her tankini bottoms did end up making their way to the beach with us). Anyways it ended up being super cold which meant that the time at the beach was limited but that didn’t matter because we had a beautiful view of the ocean from our room and we were able to explore Astoria aka our favorite travel destination.
The first evening of our trip was spent freezing at the beach, eating the most amazing pizza (currently deemed the best pizza we have eaten on the West Coast) and fries and veggies at [pickled fish], we watched a Baby Einstein movie from the DVD selection at the hotel and then once the babes were in bed we shared a beer, chocolate and watched …I have no idea something on TV. Then we spent the remainder of the night attempting to sleep with little help from Alder.
Monday morning we headed into Astoria for coffee and breakfast at Street 14 Coffee one of our favorite destinations. The drip coffee is decent, the pumpkin and apple bites are amazing and the other breakfast options are good. After properly caffeinating we headed to the Columbia River Maritime Museum one of our favorite spots to visit. We ended up getting a membership because it really is the best deal if you plan to visit a few times in the year. We are able to go to the 3-D movies as part of the membership so we watched Sea Rex, or rather we all watched the first 23 minutes of it before Edith and I made our grand exit and Neil stayed with a sleeping Alder to watch the remainder of the movie. We looked around for a bit after the movie before heading to Buoy Brewing for lunch and birthday beers. Then it was back to the hotel for naptime which ended up happening in the car so instead we had a little relax on the couch with tea and watch shows time because it’s too freaking cold to play at the beach. Once we had too much screentime we made the poor decision to head to Fort George for dinner because we had a gift card but dinner was kind of a bust so it was a less than fun experience.
We ended our trip with more coffee from Street 14 Coffee and a little more playtime at the maritime museum before making the trek back to our freezing home. While this wasn’t anything like our exciting city birthday adventures of the past we did enjoy spending time as a family in a place that we love. I have to say next year I hope we can maybe make the destination to a beach that is a little bit warmer *sigh* at least a girl can wish.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Any big plans this year?
Happy Daylight Savings! Yeah I don’t know how happy you are about it but I’m less than thrilled. I’m also less than thrilled that Neil moved our clock in the bedroom forward instead of back so he and Edith were up at 5am while he was thinking it was 7am (can we say daylight savings fail?) Anyways we made the best of our extra early morning and after breakfast and coffee we headed out for a hike.
We decided to start our hike at the Audubon Society so that we could first check out the birds at the bird hospital there. It’s also a great place to start and end a hike because they have bathrooms, it’s the little things.
>> We checked out the birds first and got to see this amazing huge raven. Edith had to snap a few photos of it was well. She has really taken to “taking photos” and even has to “take photos” while we cook and of her food. I think we might need to consider getting her a little inexpensive digital camera – any suggestions?
>> Neil started our hike wearing Edith and here they are looking at the water (sorry it didn’t make it into the photo) but of course Edith had to take photos of the water as well.
>> Alder fell asleep on our way to the Audubon Society and I easily transitioned him out of this carseat (seriously one of the best features of our carseat is that is rotates for easy in and out) and into the carrier where he peacefully slept for the first half of our hike.
>> Half-way through the hike and we stopped to eat a huge honey crisp apple and of course Alder wanted to eat as well so we took a seat and had a snack.
>> SWITCH! We switched babes and Edith wanted to ride on my back which I was thrilled about because it is so much easier to hike with a child on your back even if they weigh twice as much as the one previously on your front. I don’t get to wear Edith quite as much anymore so I was thrilled to have that time with her. I have to say she is a pretty supportive rider as well- when we hit a steep point and I slowed down a bit she would say “mama, make it?” and I’d say “Yes Edith, we’re going to make it” and then she would reply “mama gots this”.
>> Once we made it back to the top I convinced Edith to give me a break and to walk back to the car. She agreed but she needed to have her own walking stick.
>> After our hike we were all ready for lunch and so we headed to Harlow to refuel. Edith insisted on having a bowl of oatmeal (odd request for her) so luckily it was still brunch time and we ordered her a big bowl which she proceeded to eat almost all of it.
>> While we are feeling pretty run down after the early wake-up we had a fun and successful day. Edith made it to bed at the new 7:30pm and was asleep quickly after so here’s hoping that she wakes up at 6am tomorrow and not 5am!
What did you do this weekend? How did Daylight Savings go for your and/or your little ones?
Above is Neil finishing his 5k and below me because what’s a Sunday without a selfie? For a full post about Edith’s first race head on over to Running With Tongs.
I’ve been meaning to finish this post for about two weeks now. But with all of the changes going on in our lives lately, it got away form me. A couple of weeks ago, Lindsay had the opportunity to work with Ergobaby at Babyfest Northwest. Which meant it was time for Daddy Daughter day! With me working through the week, weekends are usually time for the whole family to spend together. And while I do spend a lot of time one-on-one with Edith, it usually comes in short spurts with trips to the park or walks to the park to see the ducks. I was excited to get some quality time with her heading into our summer of transition (staring a new job, having a new baby, etc.) as I hadn’t gotten to do that as much since her swimming lessons ended a couple of months ago.
Our morning started early with a family breakfast before we dropped Lindsay off at Leftbank Esplanade, where the event was being held. Lindsay had bought me a “Superpass” to attend the event, but admission was at over an hour out from when Lindsay had to start working. So, Edith and I drove around the Lloyd District and North Portland to find a park to pass time and burn a little energy. Despite the stern look in the photo below, Edith had a great time sliding down the slides with me and made friends with a really chatty boy who wanted to show us his toy trains and tell us his entire life story!
After the park, we had a pretty full schedule to manage. We headed to Babyfest Northwest to get in early with our Superpasses, but ended up having to wait in line for over an hour because of how poorly planned the event was and the fact that they oversold the passes for the event. There was no ramp or elevator access available for those with strollers (it was an event aimed at new mothers/parents, so you can only imagine the amount of strollers) and the staff wouldn’t even acknowledge my request for assistance to get the stroller and Edith up the stairs. So I had to take E out, collapse the stroller and shuttle everything/one up the stairs on my own. We wandered around the event for about an hour, visiting with Lindsay and checking out some of the exhibitors. At that point, Edith and I were both starting to get hungry and restless (they had a cafe at the event, but that was inaccessible seeing as it was on the second floor with no stroller friendly access).
I decided it was time to head out and take a trip to the Operation Kind Kids event put on by KIND and Sprout at OMSI. We said our goodbyes and made our way back to the car. Of course, as soon as we started to make the trek across town Edith fell fast asleep. When we got to OMSI, I spent an hour or so reading my book in the car while Edith napped. Once she woke up, we headed in to check out the Operation Kind Kids table. They had a great little interactive display/exhibit set up to help teach the importance of kindness to children (and I’m sure some adults, too!) There was a station where children could draw a picture of what kindness means to them (Edith drew a heart!); a fun sheet to count for the kind things you do for your friends, family and the community; and my favourite part, flowers that you could pick form to pass on to someone you care for. Edith took very special care to pick out the flower below to bring back to her mama. I thought this was a great little event and a great way to reach out to the community.
We were also pretty excited to be at OMSI while the Dinosaur Exhibit was open. Ever since we took her to Laughing Planet for the first time (they have plastic dinosaurs at their tables), Edith’s been obsessed with dinosaurs. For a while she insisted on having temporary dinosaur tattoos on her arms and chest every day. (Dinosaurs and tattoos like daddy’s!) The dinosaurs were animated and made noises and Edith had a blast. The loud noises and flashing lights didn’t bother her at all, she loved every minute of it!
Of course we had to head to another park after picking up Lindsay to get a little bit of family time before the day was out!
We spent our weekend running the roads and found ourselves in Seaview, WA at our favorite spot The Sou’Wester and then Sunday we were back in Portland for Neil’s 5k and then we headed up to Mississippi Avenue to visit the chickens. What did you do this weekend? Check out more about our trip to The Sou’Wester over on Running With Tongs.