Family Day

Yesterday was a new holiday for us, a day affectionately titled Family Day. A day where we chuck it all and go do something fun together all day. Things have been a little busy this autumn, with family rhythms a bit out of whack. In an attempt to reset priorities (and increase ice cream consumption), we took a day off. Sweetie arranged to be absent from work, I vowed not to check work email, and we taught PB all about playing hookie from preschool.

Hot beverages and knitting in hand, we set off in the car toward the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR. I respect the innovation of flight and think airplanes are amazing, but never thought I’d be spending voluntary time doing something like this. Even I was blown away by the sheer size and chutzpah of the Spruce Goose (or the Flying Boat, as Howard Hughes preferred to call it). That thing is massive! And you can go inside the cargo hold, which is pretty neat. There was plenty of room to roam, activities for little ones and, perhaps most exciting for a future trip, an indoor water park where you can slide out of a real airplane on the roof of the building.

"Plane" was one of her first words...

After the museum we went downtown for lunch and had an amazing view of  Mt. Hood and the stunning fall colors. And after that, I got to see the amazing view of PB devouring a cup of ice cream. It was a real treat for us all!

I’m already looking forward to out next Family Day.

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5 thoughts on “Family Day

  1. What fun!

    Your comment about increasing ice cream consumption cracked me up, as we recently had a family day at the beach, topped off by the most obscenely huge ice cream cone ever held by a 2-year-old. (I swear “child sized” was a foreign term to them.)

  2. I love this idea. I am going to steal it, but it will have to wait till it shows. In my book, “hookie day” should be spent on the ski hill!!!!

    Hurray for family time!

  3. We are scheming a family day for today. Chris has been gone a lot lately, so we are going to get Sofia out of school early and take off! Glad you had fun!

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