This last weekend was a three-day weekend for many places of employment due to president's day holiday, and it also happened to be Valentine's day too. Joel asked me what I wanted for Valentine's day and I told him to take me away for a few days. So...We decided to head to Portland for the weekend. We usually go to Portland when we have long weekends, because Joel has family there and I love the shopping. (However - we did not shop much this trip)
It was just so nice to get out of town and relax. Plus we really wanted to get out of the cold snowy weather.
On the way to Portland we drive through the Tri-Cities, which is where my brother and his family live. We stopped by on the way through town to say hello. My little nephew Maveric is getting so big. They change so much at this age.
(Aunt Jen and Maveric - He is just the cutest thing ever!!)
Then after visiting with them - we were off to Portland. Driving to Portland is about a 5 1/2 hour drive, so the stop in Tri-Cities was a nice break. Once in Portland, we just relaxed at the hotel the first night. Then on Saturday we hung out with Joel's brother John and their family. We decided that it would be fun to go to the OMSI Center (the big science center in Portland). We got the kids ready and were off.
(Joel and Shade at OMSI)
(Echo and Lock in the stroller at OMSI)
There is just so much to see at this center. You could spend hours there, and the kids loved it. Then we went back to John's house and had guitar hero competitions. Joel and I are horrible. The young kids even beat us.
Then Joel and I decided to take off from their place and go out to dinner just the two of us for Valentine's day. It was such a fun day!