Last Wednesday John took the day off work and we all drove to Portland for the day. We met John’s sister, Sherri, at the OMSI Museum for a full day of learning, (disguised as playing!) We had planned this for a month and yet I STILL forgot my camera!? Here are 2 images that came off my little pink cell phone. John loves OMSI. I love seeing my husband grinning and playing like one of his boys! Here, you see how he and Caleb worked together to build a machine gun out of airhoses. Gathering lots of little blue bouncy balls for their bullets…and the targets, you ask?
That would be Sherri, Sam and Noelle! (Josiah was a target too, but must have been off gathering more ammo…it took me forever to figure out how to use my phone camera. I have only had it for 2 years.) I’ll have to leave the following to the readers imagination:
–lunch at the cafe.
—dinosaur exhibit. With my little Creationists rolling their eyes at every mention of “120 million years ago…”
—petting a white corn snake, suprisingly soft.
—watching an Omnimax movie with Caleb in my lap, filled with terror the first 12 minutes.
—dinner and brownies at Sherri and Amy’s beautiful new home.
—visiting with Brian and Anne for an hour, keeping Caitlin awake past bedtime.
—chocolate milk to drink and a huge June moon to watch for on the drive home.
—pulling into our driveway about midnight and half-carrying lanky, sleepy boys to bed.
John has one sister. I have one brother. Both live in Portland, and both truly love our kids. We realize that is such a rare blessing and we try not to take it for granted. Sherri has always been a devoted aunt. When we lived in the same town and the boys were much younger she would offer to babysit and even take them on special outings. Now we live a few hours apart, and life is busier with school aged kids. That simply means we have to plan better in order to get those memories made! It is totally worth the time and gas to go-family is so precious. We all need to love on each other, every chance we get.
Thanks for a great day Sherri! We love you!