Oregon Trip, April 2015

Posted by Amy O. , Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:54 PM

I decided take the kids up to Oregon, braving the airplane again with them on my own, to break up the "monotony" (hardly!) between Christmas and summer.  The flights went much better than I imagined and we had lots of fun with family & friends in between.

 Hanging out at ONT waiting for takeoff
Our usual first stop at the Blairs' house - the girlies wasted no time getting down to some art making!
And the boys got to play, too!

Lots of hugs for Grandma to make up for lost time!

Bedtime story at Mom's/Grandma's
The next day (Sunday) we went to Hope Fellowship and then had a Hsieh/Lincoln/Terwilliger gathering at a nearby park.











That afternoon we got to see Geoff & Vera & David - and meet Timothy (the newest Gustafson) for the first time!!




On Monday, the Blairs came down to Canby...



...and the we went to Woodburn to see the tulips!

(and to be the tulips)








Back at Mom's/Grandma's for the night





The girls had a special "Frozen Party":  although Emily's girls have seen it many, many times, this was Vianne's first viewing.  She has been talking about it ever since (and I'm still trying to heal the emotional wounds of what happened from letting her stay up two hours past her bedtime...sigh...)

The next day, we put that horrible night behind us and all the sisters took the seven youngest of the cousins to the Gilbert House children's museum in Salem.  
When Timothy arrived, Oliver said, "Let me at him!"

First stop once at the museum: oversized rocking chair!
Then the grocery store


 The ice cream stand
The panda room



  The submarine control room
Vianne's favorite was the farm room ~ she didn't want to leave!





While Aunt Jenny entertained Oliver, Vianne & I had lots of fun in the veterinarian room






Being a school day, we pretty much had the run of the place.  We lunched in the huge playground in the middle...
...and then did one last play stop in the train/building block rooms.



That night, Mom put Vianne to bed for me and I met up with Rebekah at McMenamin's where Oliver memorably pooped through his outfit and I hadn't thought to bring another.  So he wore my cardigan for the remainder of the evening...

Playing upstairs at Grandma's with toys I used to play with!


Beads!

 Visiting the Blairs again
 ...which quickly led to dress up and tea partying

 
 Three girls in a pack n' play!
A visit from Aunt Jenny

A spontaneous meet-up with some of the Terwilligers at The Place To Be in Canby...

Vianne had met these boys about 5 min. prior to this photo.  Somehow she corralled them into holding hands while watching the band set-up.  They complied without question.  (We're in trouble with this girl!)
 Vianne & Mama Date to Burgerville for fresh strawberry milkshakes!
 Doing the Milkshake Shake, like Toby from Sheriff Callie's Wild West



Fun sky!
Dinner with the whole family (sans Patrick) at the Storeys




Iron Fairy: That's our girl!


The last full day of our trip we had a delightful visit to Two Rivers in the morning.  Oliver got all cute...
And some more family bonding...
...until we flew off again on Monday.  (This is us hanging out in the plane in Oakland on a layover.)

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