Here is (sadly very late) the conclusion of our amazing spring break trip. Friday the 5th of April (I know! Give it up ok!) we packed up, cleaned up the rental house a little bit, and headed north up the coast. Our first stop was OMSI - the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.
This is how Ellie chose to ride to Portland... Hat and scarf are always appropriate and fashionable when you're two and a half.
While he did that, Ellie, Grandma, (and eventually Steve and Mckayla) and I looked around at some of the fun contraptions and play spaces they have. Here Daddy and Ellie were using robots to play connect 4.
Ellie also really liked the ball room where they had different vents set up to shoot air and balls all over.
However, if there is one thing we have learned about Ellie, it's that she enjoys playing in the water. We spent A LOT of time at these boat tables as a result. You were supposed to create sail and paddle boats in them, but Ellie just enjoyed playing in the water with the boat parts and pretending they were actual boats. Who needs to build something when you have an imagination? This first photo is my favorite. The wind to push the boats catching Ellie's hair and it being obvious how into the pretending she was.
Next we stopped at an area with cranes and cars that were definitely a little too advanced for Ellie although she loved being around the other kids which usually meant she was in someone's way. And then we stopped at the table with different nano technologies. You could use magnets to collect and pull apart the particles in the viles and it looked pretty darn cool.
Then we headed to play with gears. Ellie is smiling and Grandma Bennett here who was her main playmate throughout the day and yet I didn't get any good pictures of where I was focused on trying to get Ellie's face all the time.
Next we had to grab some pictures in front of the famous Mythbusters shark. They had another exhibit from Mythbusters too, but Ellie was excited about the shark (sometimes called "teeth" for obvious reasons) as she really likes sea life right now and has been on a marine kick for a while now.
I almost wish we hadn't enjoyed so much of the rest of the museum because frankly a lot of it was too old for Ellie but she found things to like anyway. The reason I say that is because with only an hour or so left to play, we learned they had added a toddler area to the museum since our last visit almost 5 years ago. It was awesome. Ellie played a few musical instruments before heading to check out the bugs and magnifying glass. This girl is into bugs and spiders (except for the rare occasion where she's afraid of them) and she certainly gets that from Daddy, not Mommy.
Like I said - big fat recommendation if you're driving that way. It was seriously gorgeous. On a totally different note, that wrapped up our fun and adventures over spring break. We drove the rest of the way home and soon after Grandma and Grandpa headed back home as well. I have to say though, probably one of my favorite trips and spring breaks EVER. Thanks so much for hanging with us Lori, Curtis, Bridget, Grandma, and Grandpa. WE LOVED IT!