At 26 gestational weeks, after an amniocentesis and genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare type of dwarfism.

Now 8 years old, our son Kai is happy, healthy, and enjoying life.

The purpose of this blog is to lend support and encouragement to others in similar situations and to share the tremendous experiences we've had and will continue to have as we raise our little, little boy.


Monday, February 27, 2012

The World Forestry Center

A few weeks ago we went to the World Forestry Center in Portland (it's the often-overlooked building across from the zoo).  We've passed by it at least a dozen times but have never gone in.  For one thing, it doesn't sound very exciting.  'Forestry Center'?  Really?  But then, thanks to Metro-Parent I found out that on the first Wednesday of every month, admission is only $3 and hey, for $3 you just can't go wrong.  So I told the girls we were going on a grand adventure and off we went.  

I was pleasantly surprised; not only was it a lot of fun (and very educational) but it was completely empty.  We had the place pretty much to ourselves and it was wonderful!  There was a bat exhibit where the girls did foil rubbings of different bats, an outside pond area that all three kids enjoyed even though it was cold outside), beautiful wood carvings and art pieces for ME to ooh-and-ah over and, best of all, a whitewater rafting simulation.   
First you put on a life jacket.  Then you get in the boat.  Then a video of rapids plays in front of you and on the screen behind you while the boat rocks a little.  Then it takes your picture.  Obviously we are an inexperienced rafting crew.  

The next cheap day is March 7th.  We already have some new good poses in mind.  Want to join us?


liseli said...

I wish, it looks fun!

Cassi @ Stop And Smell The Roses said...

LOL I'm sure you and I could think of some better rafting poses.... ;)