As the end of the summer quickly approaches and back-to-school is closer than ever we are still trying to squeeze in some family fun while the weather is still warm. This week we decided to take a last minute trip to Oregon and ended up spending four days in Portland.  We live in Vancouver, BC so we are not too far. It took us about 6 hours to drive there, including several pit stops.

This was our first family trip as a family of four, traveling with two kids for the first time. I remember the days of going on vacation and packing a bag for just myself! Nowadays I end up packing clothing, toiletries and everything we need for two children and myself, thankfully my husband still packs his own bag!

Being on the road was easy. Both of my kids (almost 4 years old and 8 month old) love car rides and they actually sleep when we go on long trips. What we found a bit challenging was nap time and bed time. Sharing a room and getting both kids to sleep at the same time was hard! At home they have an early bed time and we have a routine but they ended up finally going to sleep at 10pm. They kept waking each other up, specially on the first night when the hotel and everything was new!


Other than sleep things were pretty easy and we had a great vacation. Portland has a lot of fantastic places to visit and we had a chance to go to the Oregon Zoo, Children’s Science Centre and hit some great touristic spots. We did a bus tour of the city as well and on our way back home stopped in Seattle for a day to visit the Museum of Flight, a bit hit with our pre-schooler. We had a lot of fun with the kids, ate some delicious food, explored some new places and enjoying some time off before the routine of school/work starts again.


Do you have any trips or outings left to do on your summer bucket list?

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