We spent this last week out of our house and in a hotel. Our house is 107 years old, and needed lead paint abatement. Lead is especially hazardous to young children and nursing moms. That means we’ll all be healthier now that it’s taken care of…it also meant we couldn’t be around as they stirred up lead dust and finally cleaned things up.
So we took to the city. We rode the train downtown, and spent a day in the almost empty Oregon Historical Society. We got to see a woven sandal from 9,000 years ago found on Sauvie Island–the same place we pick blueberries and pumpkins. We went swimming at the hotel pool. We finished Little Britches by Ralph Moody and started Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery. We went out to eat. We took hot chocolate to go and spent a sunny morning running around the park. We went to the central library–the kids have discovered Where’s Waldo and needed new volumes! We read Greek myths and did a little drawing.
Finally, it was time to check out of the hotel and head home. We had time to kill before our bus came, so we walked over to the Moda Center where the Blazers play basketball. One of the few words that Joseph can say is “Blazers!” He uses a deep, loud voice when he says it–his announcer’s voice! Before we left home, I packed the camera, thinking of all the places we’d go. Turns out my hands were already full carrying the toddler + stroller + snacks + bus tickets. This cell phone shot is the only picture I got of our week of adventures.
So an out of the ordinary week, filled with ordinary moments spent reading aloud, riding the bus, drawing together…and some extra ordinary ones too!