Just dropping by

I’m back from my one week hiatus. Testing, grading and report cards pulled me under, and I’m only resurfacing because I had a 4-day weekend and was able to catch my breath. Technically, it was only a 3-day weekend, but I took today off to recover from 16 hours on the road/work on lesson plans/prep for conferences.

Thursday evening the hubs and I drove to Yakima to pick up my brother, Jake. Friday morning we kept moving south, and wound up in Albany, Oregon to visit my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin.

We made a brief stop in my favorite tourist town, Hood River, for lunch.

Full Sail Pub has sound reducing tiles on the floor…I totally need those for my classroom!

…hold on to that feelin’…

Once we arrived in Albany, we spent a whirlwind 40 hours catching up, eating delicious food and checking out the Albany Carousel Museum. The Albany Carousel is a community wide project where volunteers are helping to build an amazing carousel. I first learned about the project during my masters program, where I watched a video for a civics class. (when I can find the link to the free curriculum I’ll update y’all!)

The volunteers were very informative and didn’t mind answering our questions.

Did you know that the decorated side of the animal is called the “romance side?” I didn’t until Saturday.

The hubs is checking out my newest addition to his honey-do list: a shelf to hold the kitchen aid that comes out of the cupboard. I want my aunt and uncle’s kitchen!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake (I’m still full)

Me, Grandma, Grandpa & Jake

Meal Plan Monday is postponed until tomorrow…possibly next week.

What did you do for the long weekend?