Summer Vacation – Oregon Zoo

Week two of summer vacation we spent the day at the Oregon Zoo checking out the animals, enjoying a picnic lunch and taking it easy. It is so nice to finally slow down and enjoy some of the great things we take for granted with our crazy school year schedule.  I love being able to wander around, let the boys lead the show and just be at the moment. Too often during the school year, if I’m taking Oli places, we have to hurry to get home in time to get Carson from school, too often we can’t slow down and enjoy because of other obligations. This summer we made a promise that when we go do something, we’re all in. It’s a day trip, no other plans! We’re dedicating one day off a week to going and doing a kid-centric activity!Oregon zoo, top summer activities, best family activities in portland oregon, pacific northwest summer
I love being able to wander around, let the boys lead the show and just be at the moment. Too often during the school year, if I’m taking Oli places, we have to hurry to get home in time to get Carson from school, too often we can’t slow down and enjoy because of other obligations. This summer we made a promise that when we go do something, we’re all in. It’s a day trip, no other plans! We’re dedicating one day off a week to going and doing a kid-centric activity and it’s been amazing!

I love watching these two spend unplugged time together. I can’t be the only mom out there that somewhat dreads summer vacation with two kids close in age. Will they fight all summer? Will the bickering and whining drive me crazy?  I have noticed a lot less fighting and whining when we are out enjoying time without the XBox!

I highly recomend packing a lunch when you go on any all day outting with kids. Its budget and health friendly, With our goal of doing one awesome kid day a week this summer I have to watch how much money we spend while we are doing the activities. An easy was to save at least $20-$30 bucks a week is by not eating out. Packing a lunch can be fun, cutting up chunks of watermelon and fruit, little sandwiches or Lunchables are a quick and easy way to eat on a budget while still spending time enjoying fun summer activities!

Carson really enjoyed watching the birds of prey fly over head while we hung out on the grass!

We’re really enjoying the gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer right now and can’t wait to see what other advenutures our summer has in store for us!