Saturday, June 30, 2012

Portland, Day 7

 Our morning started at Sip & Play in Vancouver.  The place was very neat and I want one here (any business partner out there want to front the money for us to open one?).  Basically it is a coffee shop with soup, salad, and sandwiches; however, on the other side of the shop there was a half wall that divided the eating area from the playing area.  Inside the "wall" was four little rooms with toys (climbing area, reading/puzzles, train table and toys, and kitchen area) that the kids could run back and forth into without a chance of escaping. 
 The parents get to drink fancy coffee and gourmet food while watching the kids play on the other side of the half wall.  There is nothing they can get hurt with and as long as the bigger kids behave, parents don't need to get "inside" the play area at all.
 Andrew took all the toys out of the toy box and climbed in!
 The shopping cart full of baby dolls was a crack up. 
He put them in there one by one and pushed it all around the play area.
 They, of course, also had toddler friendly food. 
Andrew enjoyed milk, chicken nuggets, grapes, and oranges.
Aunt Nicole stopped by for awhile between helping Uncle Jesse and going to her job.
 We stayed at Sip & Play for well over two hours until Andrew was ready for a nap. 
As he slept, we drove to Washugal Fish Hatchery (my main memories of our family vacation to Washington included stopping at every fish hatchery along the way) in honor of Dad. 

 Although the sign was there, there were no fish to see. 
 It isn't salmon season, so all that was visible was fingerlings (as in the side of your finger). 
So sad...
 We were sort of out of things to do, so we drove around.
We stopped at the Pendleton Wool Mill a few hours after their tours stopped and there was no way they were going to bend the rules for us.  Oh well, Andrew sat on the big chair!
 For dinner, we headed to Beaverton to meet with Bri and Beth.  Bri, Beth, and I hung out all the time during CBU days, but we haven't seen each other since we graduated in 2004 and 2005! 
 Back then it was just the three of us, but now there are husbands and babies! 
Bri and Phong, Beth, Adam, and Steven (cute kiddo), and Dave, Andrew and I. 

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