One of My Favorite Days so Far.

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend and that you mom’s had an awesome Mother’s Day!
We had a BLAST yesterday.
I know I said I wanted a poop-duty free day.
A day with clean clothes, craft time, and a nap.
None of that happened, but it was amazing despite that.
We started off with a delicious breakfast at home, cooked by Skyler.
By noon, we had the car packed and bike’s on the rack and headed South on I-5.
Skyler really was adamant about wanting to take Ezekiel to Enchanted Forest, even if for a couple hours.  I argued that it was naptime and he should really just nap for the car-ride to Corvallis, but ultimately Skyler won me over and I agreed to Enchanted Forest.  
For no nap until 3:30, Zeek did awesome!
(For you non-Oregonian’s, Enchanted Forest is right here in Salem and is the “amusement park” of Oregon.  Open for 6 months of the year. :))
We had so much fun reliving our childhood and letting Ezekiel experience the park for the first time in his childhood!  
Hansel & Gretel

Skyler coming out of Alice in Wonderland’s tunnel.  We couldn’t get Zeek to go through!  Too dark! πŸ™‚

Goin’ through the maze.

Enchanted Forest’s iconic witch slide.

Going through the crooked house!
Zeek saw the statue of the wolf from Red Riding Hood and BUSTED up laughing.  And woofing.  (Or “wolfing”. HA!)
Silly “dog” had a hat on his head!
  And apparently that was hilarious.
We couldn’t get him to leave. πŸ™‚

  The Old Lady Who Lived In the Shoe slide!

…Which Zeek hated.
But he made everyone else laugh. 

Thought maybe he’d do better going with mama.
Nope, worse.  He shrieked like a little girl. 

 Western Town.
Peeking on people from the Indian Caves.

After spending 3 and half hours at the park, we finally headed on to Corvallis, home of Oregon State University (my old hometown and one of my favorite cities!).
 We took Zeek to the Riverfront and let him run around in his swimsuit in the fountains.
He wasn’t sure what to think of it exactly – but watching the bigger kids sure made him laugh!


He loved climbing on the rocks!

This boy LOVES cups!  Some kids were playing with some and their mom was kind enough to offer one to Zeek to play with…after he stole one from their pile.  πŸ™‚

It started cooling off a little more, so we dried Zeek off and loaded up the bikes for a ride through town!
Corvallis has the BEST bike trails.  I love going there to ride bikes.
We took a pit stop in Cole’s Crossing – a neighborhood that the old company I worked for built.
This is the Kayla house.
The plans were named after me while I worked there, but I quit working there before it actually got built, so this was the first time I got to check it out in person! 
It’s dorky…but my dorky-self thinks it’s pretty cool to have a building named after you! πŸ˜‰

Covered bridge!  I LOVE the covered bridges in Oregon!
I want to plan a little road trip to stop and see them all sometime. πŸ™‚
This one goes right through the OSU farms.
We tried to stop at my favorite Corvallis restaurant – Nearly Normal’s – for dinner, but they were closed on Sunday. πŸ™  We settled for the next best – McMenamin’s!  They have great food but are known for their terrible service.  This time was no different – we were seated and then never checked on or even brought water to for at least 15-20 minutes, before I finally got up and asked someone if there was a waiter assigned to our table!  

It wasn’t a disappointment, because everytime we go there, we go knowing service will be crappy.  πŸ™‚
FOOD was great.  Turkey sandwich with sweet potato fries and some ginger ale (my new favorite!).
By the time dinner was over, it was almost 9, so we rode back to the Riverfront to our car and packed up and went home.
It was THE most fun day I’ve had in a long time.
Maybe tied with Cannon Beach.
But maybe in the lead by a little. πŸ™‚
And now, this mama is tired from a long day in the sun.
I’ve got a full day tomorrow too – gotta get 4 map art’s from Wood & Thimble out in the mail!
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and Mother’s Day!

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