Happy 4th of July!
The girls have certainly been "pursuing happiness." In fact, they're out doing that right now while I'm, um, packing up our suitcases (and not blogging).
I'm amazed at the array of amazing playgrounds to choose from in America... It's not just Portland, although we've found some FANTASTIC spots here. Every city we've lived in America has great parks, playgrounds and places for children... Places that are cheerful, functional, safe and often eco-friendly. Places that engage children into the tween years.
We have some great parks in Moscow, too... But the top American ones are in a whole other league...
Here are some scenes from our favorite playground in Sandy, Oregon. My aunt and uncle were instrumental in getting it built and I thank them whole-heartedly!
You can't tell from my pictures, but the swing areas for small and older children are separated by a fence; there's no way little kids can inadvertently step in front of older ones who are pumping high. Genius!
Can't you just picture parents hanging out there, with some coffee and/or infants in tow?
Even Grandpa got in on the act!