Right on the heels of our Disney Boat adventure, some of my family members came to visit us in Oregon and then we headed to the SmugMug annual retreat in Sunriver, Oregon.
Again it was a great chance for kids to play with cousins and we spent lots of time romping around the beautiful surroundings.
Proof we don’t always eat healthily. In fact, I think we relish treats more than most people because of their rarity. 🙂
My dad takes the title of “fun Grandpa” up to a new level. He’s such a picture of health and youthful enthusiasm that he attracts all nearby kids, not just his own grandkids. I think I count 10 kids in this picture.
And here’s one where he’s holding all my kids at once… plus a bonus child who begged to be up as well 🙂
I hiked up Mt. Bachelor with my dad and sister-in-law one day, along with a bunch of other fun SmugMuggers. I think foot-skiing down the snowy parts on the way down was one of the most fun things I did last year.
This pose is sort of a tradition for me and my dad, but he caught me by surprise this time:
My sister-in-law embraced the bum sled instead of the foot ski and won some style points.
Mackenzie dancing with her aunt and cousin. Priceless.
Later in the summer we went to the Portland Art Festival and hiked Multnomah Falls.
The gigantor “kid-size” burritos at Whole Foods were a highlight (loaded with beans and veggies and cheaper than art fair food1).
Being friendly to the burrito-maker and being adorable helps maximize the amount of filling, I think.
Parking was tight at the falls and Scott had to pull up close and personal to a tree to be sure our Subaru wasn’t jutting out into the busy road. Nicely done.
All our kids have loved riding in our Sherpani backpack:
We celebrated our tenth anniversary by staying at our friends’ beach house in Lincoln City, with all our kids in tow. 🙂
Spotting the ocean from the back porch:
I married a gem.
We drove out to Utah for Scott’s niece’s wedding, but wrangling kidlets at the wedding kept my camera phone in my pocket so here’s a shot of a picnic on the drive back. Scott flew back early and the kids and I stayed on some extra days. Here’s our loot from a grocery store and a shady spot in the parking lot where we ate it:
(Broccoli, carrots, hummus, grapes, and whole grain bread. Fast food what?)
One cute memory from the wedding: Caitlyn (3) begged to be able to stand next to “the princess” (AKA the bride) during picture taking outside the temple. 🙂
Fall of 2014 to come…