Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

For the random person who does not know, OMSI makes a grand family adventure with two wonderful children’s areas. One for the slightly older children (and adults) where you can interact with projects and experiments. The other for youngsters from newborn (okay really, what newborn is going to play?) to 8-9? year olds where they can play with balls and wind tunnels, sand and funnels, building blocks, water, puzzles and so much more!

Last year Marin seemed a little too young to benefit fully from the scientific playground, but now she is 1 1/2 and thoroughly enjoys trying to keep up with the other kids or just doing her own thing. Seth’s brother Andrew was kind enough to get us a family membership for this year, so we have tried to go a number of times already. Each attempt has been thwarted though by some means or other. Either Rinny falls asleep before we get there and I don’t have the heart to wake her up, or we just run out of time before having to pick Andrew’s daughter up from school.

Today we woke up early, had breakfast with Seth before he left for work, then I prepared Marin and I for a morning bike ride to OMSI. I thought I was doing well, but by the time we got to the museum Marin had fallen asleep again. I thought that this one time maybe I would wake her up and hope that she would nap later, but when we got to the doors I discovered that they were closed today. NO!!!!! After trying 6 or 7 times just in the last 2 weeks to get there, the one time I make it and they are closed! What a disappointment.

Try again later!


Telephones; Curse and Blessing

Sometimes these come in handy, and that's why we keep 'em around.
Sometimes these come in handy, and that’s why we keep ’em around.

Brother-In-Law and the kids are gone for the week, leaving the house relatively empty and no-one but me to answer the phone. That’s no problem really, except that it rings a lot and is never anybody interesting enough to write a message down for. That’s no problem really, except that now I really don’t want to answer the phone anymore!

Today it was a good thing I DID answer it though! Unlike all of the other times where the caller is looking to find Brother-I-L here, instead this caller knew perfectly darn well that he wasn’t here. She started by explaining who she was (as I have never met her before) as a relative and as the person with whom Brother-I-L and the kids are staying with for the holidays.

Me: ???????????

One set of house keys got left in the house, and the other was given to Brother-I-Law so they could go off on their own adventures. Of course the keys that had been in the house were now locked in, leaving the house owners out in the cold after coming home from their ventures.

With only one cell number to try, they were not having any luck getting in contact with Brother-I-L, so they called here, hoping to obtain another cell number they might try. Two numbers and some great laughs later, I think they were able to make the necessary connections to get back into the house!