Today I’m thankful to live where we live. We have mild weather, very few (if any) bugs/snakes that will kill you (in our part of the state anyway), it’s green year round (my fave color), there is a ton of outdoor life & activity to enjoy, and we are within an hour’ish of a mountain and the coast….best of both worlds.
I’m also thankful we had the opportunity to staycation over Memorial Day weekend. Typically we are camping that weekend, but we waited too long to make reservations, and instead of trying to force a camping trip that was going to be difficult to pull off we opted to stay home and enjoy a few day trips instead.
We make a lot of trips over the mountains to the East side of the state, but rarely do we stop at parks/attractions along the way. Our goal is always getting to family at the other end of the drive. So, we took our staycation as an opportunity to explore the North Bend area, which we drive through a lot, but never stop. We wanted to mountain bike part of the Iron Horse Trail, which ended up being a bit advanced for Sky, but we managed 4 miles before she was over it. I mean Over. It. Since our ride was cut short we explored the area and a few parks and pretty areas. I kinda fell in love with the area, and can’t wait to do some camping and more exploring. (No pics of this outing, was too busy enjoying the family time).
Day two we headed to Bainbridge Island, which is only about 1 1/2 hours away, but you would think it’s much further given it’s only the 2nd time I’ve been there. We got lucky with the weather, sunny and warm, but not too hot, and the island was just perfect. We hit the beach, and the forest, and a few of the little spots in town, and of course a winery. I don’t know, there is just something about being on an island that feels so relaxed, like time slows down.
It was extra fun having our friends join us in our adventure. Sky loved having Grace and Kiera to hang with all day, always nice to have other kiddos around for her!
Here’s to staycations and exploring the amazingly beautiful area we call home. Thankful I have such great friends and family to explore with!
Today I’m thankful for walks at the park. Sky loves going for walks especially when there is no agenda. She loves getting to lead the way and pick every turn and every path. Little stinker though tends to pick the hardest hills she can find, which is super fun when I’ve run the day before or have done a leg workout…but I roll with it.
I have found that we have some of the funniest conversations, and some of the most serious conversations. I think it’s easier sometimes to talk about hard things when we are walking and there isn’t direct eye contact. Less pressure that way.
We are so lucky to live close to a park that has so much space that even when there are events going on we still find empty trails to wander. Bonus…with Ruthie she has someone to chase birds and butterfly’s with…which means I tire them both out and they don’t even realize what’s happening! 🙂
So thankful I get to wander the park, and life with this little girl, and her dog! 🙂
I think one of the hardest things about being a parent is how fast things change and how fast our kiddos grow. Each stage has been so enjoyable, yet so fleeting, and the stages I love best seem to be the shortest of all.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go backwards. Sky’s going to be 7 in a few days, and I’m all about having a 7 year old. But, man I miss baby Sky sometimes. Once in a great while I get a quick glimpse of my baby girl. Usually when she’s asleep, and her face is relaxed, I see that little baby face that I miss.
She’s such a good sleeper that once she goes to bed she’s out for 10’ish hours…and you know what they say…”don’t wake a sleeping baby”, that might be even more true for an almost 7 year old! Once her bedroom door shuts, we don’t see her again until morning, so I very rarely see her when she’s sleeping.
We had friends over a few nights ago, and were up late chatting, and Sky feel asleep watching a movie in our room. It made my heart happy to walk in our room at midnight and catch a glimpse of baby Sky face sleeping in our bed.
I’m thankful for the late night with friends (really that was so much fun!), and for Sky falling asleep in our room, and for getting a quick flash-back to baby Sky. It does my heart good to remember how much I enjoyed the baby stage. I’m guessing that in the next year or so, even when she’s sleeping that baby face will be gone. So thankful I got a little peak, and picture, to hold onto.
Today I’m thankful to have a new running buddy! I’ve been waiting for her to be old enough to start running with me, and finally it’s time. While we still have some training to do with each other…she needs to figure out that crossing in front of me while short leashed is a really bad idea, and I need to figure out how to avoid punting her like a football without tripping and hurting myself (because that totally did happen on our first run), but other than that she’s a million times easier to run with than any other dog we’ve ever owned.
Like people, dogs need training not only to get used to running on a leash, but to learn what is expected, and stamina! By the time we hit the 2nd hill, smaller hills mind you…I purposely avoided the big hills at the park, she was dragging, like all the way at the end of the leash behind me and pulling me backwards. Our first run ended up being more of a run for 60 to 90 seconds walk for 30 seconds type of deal, but still it’s fun having a little buddy to run with.
Just when I was reaching a point in my running life that I was kinda of done with running, here comes Ruthie. Mostly I’m just enjoying pilates, and yoga, and walking so much because they don’t flair anything up in my body (specifically my bad knee) like running can do, and I’m kinda over running in cold, wet, dark weather. But, Ruthie girl has a ton of energy, and she’s kinda making me want to keep at least a toe dipped into running. That, and Sky was very upset when I told her I may be done running races, “but mommy, I want to run with you”. That’s really hard to say no to. So I’ll run enough to keep my two girls happy. Hmm…I’m sure running with Ruthie and Sky at the same time would be very entertaining!
Very thankful that when I do run I have amazing human and dog friends to hit the trails with!
Happy Friday! Really the only reason I look forward to Friday’s so much, and in turn the weekends, is to spend time with my loves. I just want more time, because time goes way too fast. I LOVE my job, so it’s never really about wanting to get the heck out of work for a few days.
I’m so lucky that I’m off at 1:45, Sky’s out of school at 2:15 and that leaves us a few hours every afternoon to hang out, like the good old days when her and I were home together all the time. We miss daddy though, lets be clear about that.
It has been pretty sunny and temps are rising, so Sky, Ruthie and I headed out to the beach one day after school, and while Sky was super excited about a picnic on the beach (girl is all about picnics all the time!) she was also pretty vocal about how unfair it was that we were having fun without Daddy, who was still stuck at work. “I miss Daddy, I wish Daddy were here”…on repeat. Daddies girl!
No worries Sky, the sun is sticking around for a few more days, and it’s going to get even hotter, so we can hit that beach with Daddy over the weekend! We were pretty lazy lounging on a blanket, reading magazines and snacking. There’s more to explore though, so we totally need to go back!
Love, love, love everything about hanging with my girls in the sun! Looking forward to enjoying a sunny, warm weekend!
We finally did it…we broke in (literally in some instances) our new camp trailer! The trailer has been sitting in our driveway since purchasing it back in Dec, and it’s been driving us crazy not hitting a campground with it for 5 months!
Spring Break 2018 was the perfect opportunity to get a nice long road trip/camping trip in the trailer. We did our research (thank you NW Magazine for the destination idea) and booked a 6 night stay at Sunset Bay State Park near Coos Bay Or.
First off let me say we had an amazing trip! The beaches were wonderful, some of the best tide pool exploring ever, sea lions and seals galore, beach combing treasures found, sweet little towns to explore, sand dune adventures, and really good sea food. The weather was pretty great given it’s early spring on the coast. The temps were very comfortable, even on the drizzly or rainy days, it still felt pretty good out. Perhaps the best part was having very limited cell phone service. I loved having uninterrupted time with my two loves. And, I got so much reading done! So much so that the battery on my (borrowed) e-reader died every day (for my birthday Mark and Sky got me a brand new Paperwhite Kindle as my old one died on me. I had been borrowing Marks Kindle, but really did love it that much as it had a lot more bells and whistles, was heavier and the battery didn’t last more than a day…paperwhite charges last weeks!).
Anyway, all in all we had a truly lovely Spring Break, and none of us really wanted to head back to “real” life. But, remember when I said we broke in the trailer…the trip did have it’s share of “what the what is going on”!
The morning we were supposed to hit the road it appeared the refrigerator (full of camping meals) was not working. Great way to start the trip, not. So we delay leaving until the dealership opened and headed there to see if there was anything they could do. Turns out the refrigerator was working…the display panel wasn’t displaying because the trailer batteries were dead (they charge while driving). We were plugged into power at home, so I still don’t understand this issue at all, but the actual refrigerator was working the whole time. Just a nice little 2 hour delay on what was already going to be a long day of travel. And, yes we could have just used coolers, and were prepared to do so if needed, but we wanted to use the refrigerator in our brand new trailer for a 7 day trip.
Next on the hit list, after a day of eating out for lunch and dinner, and lots of treats in between, Sky threw up all over the dinning benches. Just too much good stuff in too short a time, but man did it stink up the place. We had to pull the covers off all the cushions in the dinette and find a dry cleaner the next morning. No way did we want to risk that smell settling into the covers. Thankfully there was a dry cleaner that could clean the covers and have them done for us the morning we left to come home.
After that the dog decided to chew on a corner of the slide out and messed up the upholstery on one corner (she also chewed part of the wood framing around the seats back when we ate dinner in the trailer a few months ago). I guess Ruthie is just making it her own.
By day 3 I wanted to take a shower, only to discover there is no hot water in the shower. There was scalding hot water in the bathroom sink, and warm water in the kitchen, but cold, cold, cold in the shower. I was already ready to jump in the shower, and didn’t have quarters, so opted to take a cold shower rather than use the campground showers. Turns out Or. State Parks don’t require quarters…would have been nice to know that before I tried shaving my legs in stone cold water. Whatever, it woke me up! We later found out from a fellow camper who owns the same trailer brand that there is an anti-scald setting for the shower that needs to be bypassed. He had the instructions how to do it, so we can totally fix that thankfully.
Perhaps the most frustrating, and expensive, thing that happened was the DVD player broke. I’m not going to get into the how or why so as to protect the innocent who may read through this blog when they are older, but it’s an all in one unit that controls the sound for the entire trailer, and will now have to be replaced. There are a few other “little” things that need to be fixed after our trip some due to the trip (6 yr olds and dogs are hard on trailers!) and others due to things that were not working from the start and will be fixed by the dealership.
Like I said though, we had a blast exploring that area of the OR Coast, we love our new trailer, Ruthie is an excellent camping/exploring dog, and we can’t wait for more camping adventures for Team Yeatman!