Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Portland

waving from the cottage shed - portland trip travel
Last month Shannon and I drove to Portland with our kiddos. It felt quite adventurous to settle into our rental house without our partners to help! Good thing we had each other …

two kids on couch looking at screens - portland trip travel
… and screens and snacks. Ah, just like home!

toddler boy in viking shirt on dot placemats - portland trip travel
The kids loved playing together and sharing toys upon toys.

boy in viking shirt sticking his tongue out - portland trip travel
So sweet!

boy asleep in bed - portland trip travel
Solo parenting was not as hard as I'd feared, since we had other people around.

three kids on a bus stop bench - portland trip travel
Of course, we went on plenty of excursions into the city and met with friends — none of whom I have asked permission from to display their photos, so I'm not — but, trust me, we met with a lot of lovely people and their sweet kidlets! It was a kidstravaganza. We even got a moms' night out through the help of a partner and two nannies.

brothers playing with flubber at science museum omsi - portland trip travel
Look: siblings playing together calmly with one tray of flubber!

transparent see-through skeleton woman omsi breasts breastfeeding portland trip travel
OMSI was a lot of fun, and Shannon and I appreciated
this Transparent Lady from 1958.

pushing button for transparent see-through skeleton woman omsi breasts breastfeeding portland trip travel
Even though the 1950s had a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates,
this exhibit still matter-of-factly names the function of these parts.

toddler boy smiling in knit hat - alrik a1yo a20mo trip portland travel
Happy kids, good trip!

I've got my best tips for a successful road trip here
if you want some advice for traveling with little kids!

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You'll also love the charming photos of Expressions over at Natural Parents Network. My boys make a classy appearance.

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Masshole Mommy said...

Eeek - that transparent lady is creepy!

Unknown said...

wow! Mikko has really grown. He's not a toddler anymore ey! hugs to you

OrangeHeroMama said...

Looks like a GREAT time! :)

Unknown said...

what a cute purple house! I can't wait to try a little getaway with the twins. (Ok, yes I can wait. But I hope it will be something fun for the future!)

Aleksandra Nearing said...

Looks like you had a good time!

Quirky Homemaker said...

What fun! I love little trips like that.

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Looks like a really fun trip! I love Portland!

Faythe said...

what a fun outing, just moms & kids. I would of been a happy traveler too.
I would be happy to trade you weather too ;o) Faythe , latest post

Anonymous said...

How FUN! A friend and I have been thinking about doing a moms-and-kids-only sleepover one of these days. Maybe we'll turn that into an exciting vacay!

I actually live in Portland myself... Looks like the weather wasn't too horrible while you were here. :) Do you visit often?

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