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We made it home safe and sound and tired. Lia was happy to have all her dress up back…Dad with too much luggage in an airport.Toddler in Belle dress. Beauty and the Beast.

Oregon Adventuring – Day 9

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We woke up this morning to rain and gloom in Portland (it’s Portland, so we had to get rain one day, right?). We had planned on heading up to Mt. Hood for the day, but weather.com forecasted a 90% chance of rain. We decided to stay in for the morning and the kids had an epic Bakugan/Littlest Pet Shop battle.

After lunch, we headed to the Kids’ Club and Fitness Center. They have a HUGE indoor play area. We played and climbed for a couple hours. The kids thought it was SO fun! I spent most of the time trying to keep up with Lia… that kid is lightning fast in the play area.

After we attempted to wear out the kids, we decided to take them to Multnomah Falls. We made the pretty drive there and hiked partway up. The waterfall was gorgeous! The kids really enjoyed it and Max wanted to hike all the way up, but we decided that was probably not a great idea. I don’t think the kids would have made it all the way up and then back down.

After the waterfall, we headed to downtown Portland to meet up with the Sewells at The Canvas Art Bar & Bistro. A random facebook follower of The Happy Family Movement recommended it to us. We checked out their website and knew immediately that we had to hit it up for dinner. We ordered some dinner and the kids spent the evening painting, drawing & crafting their little hearts out. Then we headed back to the Sewell’s for bed! All in all, it was a great day 😉

Kids Club and Fitness – 4.5 stars: It was very affordable and the kids had a blast! The great part about the play area is there was only one way out and they had a worker guarding it to make sure no little kids escaped. Drew wanted me to tell you that if you’re taller, you’ll have to bend over or crawl through the tunnels, which hurts your back.

Multnomah Falls – 5 stars: It was a gorgeous waterfall! It was very well maintained and even though it was a steep hike, the path was easy to stay on and there were rails everywhere. We didn’t go all the way up because the kids wouldn’t have made it, but maybe next time we visit, we’ll do it.

The Canvas Art Bar & Bistro, Portland OR – 5 stars: I knew the kids wouldn’t eat the food here, so we brought them some pbj’s for dinner. They really missed out though because the chicken quesadillas were fabulous! The rest of the menu was a little too crazy for us (but we’re not too adventurous when it comes to food!). In addition to serving food, they also sell canvasses and paints/pastels. Overall, it was awesome and we’d be hitting it up often if we lived in the area.  Eco friendly art and great food, what more could one possibly ask for?

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Max painted Multnomah Falls

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Lia painted Belle (from Beauty & the Beast)

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Lia was super proud and asked me to take her picture again 🙂

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Ava painted Cannon Beach 🙂

Girl holding up her painting of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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Oregon Adventuring – Day 8

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Today was a lazy day… oh how we needed that on this trip! We got up and around and headed to downtown Portland with our friend Shannon and her kids Drew and Emmy.

We hit up Voodoo Donuts first. I expected it to be a little strange what with the name and all. It was definitely interesting! The place was decorated with coffins and voodoo dolls. It was an eclectic mix of… interesting.

The kids were amazed at the donut options. Max picked a glazed donut with pink and blue frosting and sprinkles. Ava got one with m&m’s on top and Lia got a glazed with bubble gum flavored icing and piece of bubble gum on top. Drew got a voodoo doll jelly filled long john and Emmy got the Oreo topped glazed donut. Shannon got a long john and I had devil’s food.

After our sugar rush, we walked a few blocks to the waterfront. The kids played in the fountain for a bit and then Drew suggested we rent a surrey. We were all for it, so we rented a double, loaded up, and did the 3 mile loop across the bridge and back.

We worked up an appetite pedaling around, so we headed for the Bridge City Bakery for lunch. We had sandwiches and cookies and the kids had bagels. After lunch, we headed back to Shannon’s house so Lia could take a nap. Boy did she need it!

The rest of the kids played while Lia napped. After her nap, we headed to Juliano’s for pizza (well, not Shannon… she had to work so Chris joined us). We all ate pizza and the kids had fun drawing pictures.

After dinner, we headed to a local park to burn off some energy. We ran and played and climbed and swung on the swings, played some mommy monster and chicken fight. And then we headed back for bedtime.

Voodoo Donuts – 4 stars: This place lived up to the hype. The service was mediocre, but the donuts were great! It’s definitely worth a stop… it’s a very interesting place!

Bridge City Bakery – 4 stars: The service and the food was very good. It’s a lot like a Panera, but with a little less chain-store feeling.

Juliano’s Pizza – 4 stars: The pizza was really good and so was the service. It was a fun place for the kids too.

Things I learned today:
1. My kids would be super happy if all we did was travel to visit friends with kids. They have had a blast playing with Drew and Emmy.
2. If only Lia napped every day, my life would be so much better.
3. Emmy and Drew are fabulous kids and Shannon is an awesome mom.

Drew really wanted to do a guest post for me, so here’s his post. I promised him a link to his youtube.com account 😉 (www.youtube.com/doru1199)

Today we hanged out with the Solars, We went to the Portland Water Front , We road Surreys (Me, My Mom Shannon Sewell, Josh, and Jenny did all the work while Max, Ava, Lia, and my sister Emmy Sewell where chilling. : P ) We tried the famous Voodoo Donuts, They where delicious : ).  We then headed home to rest and had dinner with Shannon’s husband and my dad Chris at Juliano’s Pizzeria. After that we went to the park, I was introduced to the “Mommy Monster” and the Solars where introduced to chicken fights!!! (stand on a beam and try to knock each other off ,Jenny won the Tournament.)  Portland is great!!! P.S. Ava thinks apple sauce likes the floor 😉

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