Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Tillamook Air Museum & Cheese Factory

{Tuesday, October 8th - Day 5 of our Oregon vacation}

Why does Peanut look so grown?!?
 The one thing Boyfriend said he wanted to do on vacation was go to the Tillamook Air Museum. "You know, 'cause the boys would like it." ...or, he'd like it and was gonna pass it off like it was for the boys :) I won Mother-of-the-Year there (but I'll get to that in a minute.) With Tuesday being the last day of expected rain, we thought that would be the perfect day to go.

I explained we were going to see airplanes and thought nothing else of it as I finished getting my shoes on until I noticed Bug was spinning in circles saying, "I wuv Papa's house!" over and over. Bless his heart, he thought we were going to my dad's work. It was the first time I knew one of the boys had a memory because we' haven't been to my dad's hangar since Father's Day.  It's kind of cool knowing they remember stuff now...and kind of scary at the same time.  And Bug still thinks the airplanes are my dad's, it's pretty cute.

The Air Museum is housed in an old WWII blimp hangar. Having only been in my dad's airplane hangar, I had no idea what to expect but it was pretty cool. There were all kinds of awesome planes, and the boys were more concerned with the "flack tire" on an old helicopter thing. (Bottom left pic.) Once I finally tore them away from the flack tire, we headed toward the end of a line of planes so we could make our way closer to the exit doors. On the way to the end of the line, the boys found cones.

"Dada! Wook! I found cones. I found cones, Dada. Dada, I found cones. Wook! Cones!" Bug repeated without inhaling. Peanut followed right behind yelling and pointing, "Cones!"

Even when we'd made our way half way down the line- you can see how long it was in the bottom right pic - Bug was still pointing out the cones.

The first thing we did was tour The Guppy. It's a funny little plane that carried other airplanes inside it. The way it was constructed was really cool but I was constantly worried the bottom was going to fall out. I know, it's totally irrational but I can't help it.
Look at all the buttons in that thing! I would hate to be the person responsible for learning how to drive it!

Right after I took this picture, Bug fell out of the cockpit. If he wasn't my child and he didn't tumble not only out of the cockpit but also off the platform it was stationed on, I would have laughed. See? Mother of the Year. I love when people fall (as long as they're not hurt) but I rushed as quick as I could to help him. B got to him first and after a few seconds of cuddles he was ready to jump right into another cockpit.

After getting swindled by Peanut in the gift shop (when I asked him to put back the small plane he'd picked up, he said, "No fank you," so I gave in and bought it. I'm a sucker for a polite toddler, apparently) we made an impromptu stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

One thing you should know is I LOVE cheese. I tell people all the time I could probably give up sugar, which would be hard because I'm a sugar addict, but I don't think I could give up bread and cheese.

I don't know why I didn't expect it, but the factory was packed. There was a long line for Tillamook ice cream, the gift shop area was busy...I was surprised by the amount of cheese addicts. And I realized that maybe I take for granted that all of our stores sell Tillamook at home.

I'm sure the factory part is cool, but it was just a bunch of 40lb blocks of cheese sitting on a conveyor belt. We saw only two workers in the whole factory.

But, the cheese tasting was "Dee-wish-iss," and Bug kept trying to cut in line to go back for more. Peanut carried his toothpick of cheese around until we got in the car and then finally popped it in his mouth with an emphatic, "Mmmm!"

Before we left I picked up some Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge (I'm a sucker for cheesecake too) and Salted Caramel Fudge I wasn't too impressed at first but it was gone the next day. It ended up being pretty good....and fudge is kind of a weakness because I don't get it often. (See? Sugar addict.)

Back at the timeshare, Bug invented this game where he jumps on B causing the air to be pushed out of B making him exhale a heaving sound. 
Both boys thought it was hilarious until Bug rolled off of B and hit his cheek on the dining chair behind him. Immediately, he got a shiner on his cheek and I felt guilty the rest of the week whenever I looked at it.

 After dinner and "hot chocwate"  (I might have bribed them with hot chocolate to get them to eat) we ended the night with story time and this view:

For a day supposedly filled with rain, it sure was beautiful.

In case you missed it:
Monday, October 7th - Sand Castles
Sunday, October 6th - Beach Day
Saturday, October 5th - Seaside Aquarium
Friday, October 4th - Welcome to the Goondocks

I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram for a free, custom silhouette from my shop. Head over there to check it out!
And Holly's having a giveaway for $50 cash money. Dollar dollar bills  y'all!


  1. HOW FUN!! And we are a cheese-loving famiy as well... so we would have so much fun at the Tillamook factory!!

  2. Such an awesome trip!! The cheese factory was pretty cool! Best cheese ever!! I'm so glad we live close, so we can hop over the line to pick some up! Your boys do look so grown up! It's amazing, but sad too!!


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