I took this because I was totally struck with how handsome this guy is. The pic really doesn’t do it justice. So spring break. I always get antsy around times time this because I feel like I should be off exploring new places and making adventurous memories with my mini-me’s. But in reality…. It is easier to keep close to home. Thanks twins. given that there is a million things to experience in Portland I am determined to throw my doubts of taking 4 young kids out in public to the wind and ‘do’ Portland.
Day 1- to nobody’s surprise it didn’t go as planned. I signed the girls up for a circus arts trapeze class and noticed that it was next to powell’s books and blue star donuts. Perfect. Powell’s books is the biggest book store in the US, maybe the world? And blue star donuts is reputed to have the best donuts ever… Both are Portland musts. So after lunch I set the gps to powell’s books and we headed out. We arrived to find the parking garage full and preceded to spend the next 45 minutes driving around in search of a parking spot. But we got one, an awesome one, right in front of the bookstore. We walked in…, and it was amazing… Books as far as the eye could see. I quickly referenced to gps to see how long it would take to walk to the theater where the girl’s class was held…. A 16 minute drive across the river. I somehow missed that it was a completely different area of Portland… And a different, smaller powell’s books was across from the theater. Which left us about 20 minutes to explore the bookstore. We made the best of it, the girls managed to ask me to buy them 367 different books, all of which I could say easily no to because we now had no time to stand in line. (Silver lining, perhaps?) any how, we moved on and arrived with plenty of time to hit the donut shop before class. As we started the two block trek, the skies opened up and it poured down rain. We all got soaked. But atleast we got donuts… Or not so much… They only had two types left. Serves me right for showing up for donuts at 3 pm. We got ordered those- Pb and j and creme brûlée, and ran back to the theater. Incidentally, the rain stopped as we walked inside.
The class was pretty cool- a far less structured version of gymnastics and the girls loved it.
After class we tried the donuts- even the dregs of blue star were delectable. One of these days we’ll try one of the famous flavors… While we were chowing down Kennedy said, “mom, the was a great day. The best ever!” Not sure if she was channeling her inner politician or if it really was the best day, but it was good to hear.
Day 2. Somewhat ambitiously, we drove out to the tulip festival. The high was in the 50’s and we arrived to find the tulips weren’t yet in full bloom. It was starting to look much like the previous day, but it turned out to be a serendipitious because almost nobody else was there and we had the whole festival to ourselves.
The cold, windy hayride.
Eventually it warmed up a bit and the layers started coming off.
We lasted until noonish, the twins were getting brave and people were starting to show. We headed home, but the day wasn’t over though. somehow I was talked into letting the boys fingerprint- a first for them. (Also- I’m loving my dining room these days!) the final products: Alex’s