We took the kids to the Portland Temple to walk around on the grounds. They had never seen it before and it is the closest temple to us (about 30 minutes away). It is beautiful and the grounds are lush and green. They could all feel the special feeling that is around temples.
This time Seth and I went to the rocks and minerals museum for our date. He loved it! We had lots of fun.
We headed to Utah (just the kids and me) for a week to see my family. I was dreading the flight for obvious reasons (in case someone reading this can't figure out what they are, just picture flying by yourself with a baby, a 3-year-old who throws tantrums at random, and a 5 and 9-year-old who get along wonderfully 50% of the time and fight like mortal enemies the other 50% of the time with no real warning that a change is coming). But, to my surprise, the flight went great! Southwest let us have 2 extra seats since the flight wasn't full, so we had plenty of room, we got to give Liam his own seat and bring his carseat on, he slept for half of the flight and then was happy the rest of the time, Hailey threw no tantrums, and the boys had nothing but fun the whole time. It was actually the easiest flight we've ever had, and that includes every one we've taken since we had kids to begin with.
Our plane landed during sunset. The whole sky was pink and orange...it was beautiful! I told the kids I want to try and land at sunset more often. Alex took some neat pictures from the plane.
We went to Grandmother's house for lunch and enjoyed her famous tuna fish sandwiches (no seriously, they're way better than your Grandma's tuna fish sandwiches) and macaroni and cheese. Of course, there is always an endless supply of grapes, oreo cookies and fun!
Ashley and I took our older kids to Boondocks (an amusement park) for the day. We did laser tag, go-carts, squirt boats, the arcade, etc. We had tons of fun!
Seth got an early birthday present from Granny and Grandpa, which was an electricity science kit. He loves it!