During the past several years of the EnviroMom journey, my family has worked hard to bring less stuff into our lives. We reuse. We craigslist. We hand up and down. Yet still, there is far too much stuff! We spent the better part of last Saturday clearing out the various toy stashes of our house. We've decided it's time to move on from the play kitchen. We hope some new toddler or preschooler will whip up pretend culinary delights with our pots, pans, wooden food and mini kitchenette. Coming soon to the Portland craigslist! Good riddance, um, I mean, what a glorious reused bargain! Any takers?
In lieu of less stuff, we've purchased or been gifted more experiences. Thus follows a tale of three experiences.
Experience One. Over the summer, we were given a family pass to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, and were very pleased to find out it also got us in free to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I can't count how many times we've now visited. We've seen the planetarium and introduced the wonder of the starry night to our children. We've learned about nanotechnology. We've examined and re-examined the gestation of a child in the womb. We've built block towers and then tested if they would withstand simulated earthquakes. We've made mini 'fireworks' in the chemistry lab. The list goes on. Our two kids are very naturally interested in science, and having this museum membership has been a wonderful, rewarding experience. Except for the one time we bought supplemental tickets to the planetarium, this has been a gift that keeps on giving almost freely for one year.