Kid-Parent Retreats!

Has it been six months already? Time for another weekend of one-on-one bonding time with kids!

Becky & Will

I found this adorable cabin on Airbnb, and it was just perfect.

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Will spent a lot of time in the sun-soaked hammock, reading old issues of Scientific American.

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While he worked on getting ahead on his homework, we made our way through the cabin’s record collection. ABBA, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond (Will’s a huge fan now), and many others.

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For our Saturday outing, we headed up to the Adventure Park at Mt. Hood Skibowl. First stop: the alpine slide!

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He loved the lift ride almost as much as the slide itself. We had unlimited-ride bracelets, so we must have gone down the slides 20 times.

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Next stop: mini go karts.

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Also on the docket: rubber-band-assisted trampoline! I did this too, and came home with a giant bruise on my arm. Worth it.

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There was much rock-climbing. I told him he was cheating by holding on to the top edge of the panel.

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So I challenged him to the real thing. He was pretty scared, but then quite proud when he made it to the top.

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This is what greeted us when we got back to the cabin:

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Supper and the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Will and I just finished reading the book together, and this was a great lesson on how movies and books are different. He realized that the book was better, which is huge considering how much he likes anything on a screen.

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Sunday morning, we set out for a short hike!

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I hate out-and-back hikes, so in order to make it a loop we took some logging roads, and possibly took a wrong turn. Our 2-mile walk turned into a 6-mile trek. We had lots of time to talk.

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Just one more magazine before heading home.

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Lucy & Ben

We were the “home team,” so we got started right away by setting up a giant pony-land in Lucy’s room. We set up this elaborate scene having something to do with a surprise party when someone woke up, so I let her keep it out all night.

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In the morning, we made breakfast (lower left), and finished our bone-broth project (the rest).

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We alternated playtime with Lucy getting ahead with her homework (it’s really hard to fit it in during the week). She served us tea as we played Flip Out.

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…and Ticket to Ride.

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At-home retreats with me always include a movie night and slumber party in the theater. Lucy chose Pippi Långstrump, and I chose to drink.

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The next day, Lucy finished her homework (!), so we had some adventures planned. First: snuggle time.

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Next: nail polish and ponies.

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Next: swimming! I learned later that this was a bad idea, and her nail polish pretty much just fell off. She wasn’t too broken up about it, though, so I sent her off to ride her bike around the block while I picked up some comestibles at our farmer’s market.

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