Portland

After two weeks, we said farewell to South Beach and headed to Portland.

About halfway, we stopped at our first Costco in over a month. We were thrill to be able to stock up again. Diapers, wipes, snacks – we got a lot

We spent the next morning enjoying the beautiful weather outside by pulling out the kids play table and tub.

Then we took advantage of the weather and walked to the nearby shopping area. When we pulled into our RV park, we learned we were within walking distance to a Toys R Us, Target, and several restaurants.

I’d been wanting to visit a Toys R Us since I learned of their closing. Unfortunately, there was nothing magical to be had. The store was unorganized and all you could hear we’re employees talking to each other over their walk-e-talkees. And forget about finding any deals – they hiked up the prices. When they add on the discount, the price becomes the regular, retail price.

After a quick lunch, we hit the local Goodwill’s. And man did we score! We found some great toys for the boys, including a tricycle for mini-man, a Crock-Pot for me, books, clothes, and some other stuff. It was an amazing trip.

The next day we realized that we needed to prioritize our plans. Unfortunately, when you spend a lot of time in small towns away from big stores, it means that a lot of your project stack up. So instead of trying to finish projects and explore Portland, we chose to just work on projects. While we were disappointed that we couldn’t explore the city, we definitely needed to work on these projects.

Fortunately for us, our boys love shopping with us. The love walking up and down the aisles, exploring and finding new things. We spent the next two days shopping and prepping for our upcoming projects.

Many are going to be completed over the next few weeks, but one we were able to finish was installing our new cabinet in the dining/play area. The original cabinet was triangle shaped and shoved into a corner. It took up. space but didn’t provide too much storage (it became cluttered very quickly). Our new cabinet, courtesy of Ikea, is twice the height and provides so much more space. Can’t wait to fill it up.

It feels like this stop flew by but we got so much done. Now onto our final stop of this leg, and one I’ve been looking forward too a lot – Port Angeles, Washington, the Buchart Gardens, and my first bath in almost a year!!

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