On this trip they stayed with Shaun's folks for a few days first. Imagine the disappointment for their son Dietrich when they came to our house next--we have no river, no real tractor, no toy trains. What we DO have are two rivals for toys and attention. With Dietrich at the "needs to learn to share" stage and Willem at the "needs to learn not to tattle" stage, our ears didn't get much of a break. But it was actually a pleasant change for me from the normal Nels/Willem conflict I usually get all day.
Shaun took half of Thursday and all of Friday off, which made it feel like real vacation. He almost never does that. On Friday morning we lazed about and Shaun cooked us a big, delicious breakfast. It was a really nice day. We played out in the yard, took a walk around our lake, and played at the park.
On Saturday morning we had doughnuts and, despite the rain in the forecast, headed for the Oregon Zoo in Portland.
On Sunday we all went to Shaun's folks' church to hear Eric and Josie give a presentation on their work and life in Ukraine. It was fascinating.
Later that evening we all had pizza together, and Eric and Josie snuck out even later to go have some dessert to celebrate their anniversary.