Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 24: Springfield

We've been having a lot of fun visiting with everyone here in Springfield, but I've noticed that we seem to be slowing down our routine in the morning. We still want to get out and about, but we're taking longer to get there. After Fred and Shelley did a little shopping at Costco, Fred took Elli and I to the Springfield Public Library to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Elli loves libraries, so it was hard to convince her to leave. We enticed her with a new book from the summer reading program cart and a promise to return soon. A quick stop at the farmer's market for a couple of pints of raspberries and we headed back to the house.

We ate a very quick lunch and packed up all the kids for a fun afternoon at Amazon Pool in Eugene. The place was huge and packed with people on this hot day. There were two large kiddie pools with a maximum depth of 3 feet, a tall water slide into one of the kiddie pools, an Olympic size pool with lap lanes, free swim area, and an over the water obstacle course, and a diving pool with two low springboards, a high springboard and a 6 meter platform tower with a short tube slide coming off it. Add some sprinklers, a huge sandbox, and a hot tub and there you have Amazon Pool. It was impressive and a lot of fun. The boys did the high springboard and the high tube slide, but we headed back to the platform dive too late for Jonah to have a go at that. He was pretty disappointed, but I assured him that we'd be back soon. It's hard to believe that the kid who was terrified of jumping off my parents' dinky diving board a year ago actually wants to throw himself off a 15-18 ft. platform into a deep pool of water. More power to him!

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