Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a seriously fun weekend with friends!

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Fall colors…so pretty down in the valley. Not a bad camp view at all!

Last weekend Michelle and I headed to White River Amphitheater for the Luke Bryan concert, and it was so perfect! The weather, the hamburgers we ate while tailgating, the wine, the trucker hat I got, our seats (reserved lawn seating is so worth the $, as would be reserved parking…next time I’ll get the parking as well!), and the concert.

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From concert to camping!

Loved everything about Luke’s show! So much fun! Last time he was here Sky was a baby and I was newly out of a job so I’ve been waiting a very long time to catch him and am thankful I got to see him this time around.

From the concert we headed to our friends camping property. The guys took the trailers, dogs, and kids up ahead of Michelle and I, and since the amphitheater is already about half way to the property we figured it would be a pretty easy drive after the concert to camp. Sadly we were not prepared for a two hour wait just to get out of the lot, and then to be detoured the opposite direction we needed to be driving. Made for a very late night arrival to camp. But it was worth it for a weekend of camping!

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Using the winch on the truck to do the hard work.

Seriously can’t believe how perfect the weather was for mid October! Bonus, the burn ban was lifted so we were able to burn through a huge pile of branches and limbs. The girls had a blast on the zip line and building up their fort in the woods. Bonus, was the harvest fest at Suncadia. The kiddos had fun and the adults enjoyed drinks and corn hole (girls won!).

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Burn baby burn!

I’m just so thankful to have good friends to have good times with. Last weekend felt like a mini vacation! And, the sun has stuck around, this week has been lovely!

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Re-hydrating their skin after camping!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a girl and her dog. I’m pretty sure Sky drives Ruthy crazy with her over the top displays of affection. But, Ruthy takes it all in stride (until she retreats to her crate).

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For the most part, it’s mutual love and playing together. While I’m not always as patient with Ruthy as I could/should be I am thankful she’s part of the family, and that she’s so good with Sky. Sky adores her and those two run the house, literally running through the house!

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for friends that turn into babysitters! It’s hard for me to believe that I used to babysit Grace when she was a baby and now she’s babysitting Sky for us! So crazy how fast time passes.

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It was a happy accident that Friday Night babysitting turned into Grace spending the weekend with us…but it was perfect timing. We didn’t realize how nice it would be to have someone to do all the rides with Sky at the State Fair. It’s a hard no for me when it comes to fair rides, and while Mark can do them he prefers not to. Originally we planned on going just the 3 of us, but having Grace with us made it so much more fun for everyone, especially Sky!

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Over the years Grace has been such a joy in our lives. When she was little we’d get our baby/toddle fix when she spent weekends with us. And, during our 3 year+ wait to adopt she was this little voice of support and comfort talking about how amazing the baby we adopted was going to be. It makes my heart happy that she’s such a good friend to Mark and I, and Sky. Plus, it’s always nice to have another trusted babysitting option!

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Grace and Sky are up in the air on that swing thing…Mark and I were waiting in line for them at the next ride. It actually worked out well waiting in line for them, they were able to go from ride to ride pretty quickly that way.

We’ll be booking Grace for fair weekend every year! 🙂

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Ended the weekend with a Tree House slumber party! Grace said she slept really well up there.

What are you thankful for today?

 

Cuddle Bug

Sky – Mommy I just need a day to cuddle.

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I love that’s she’s a cuddle bug! 

That’s what I heard when I woke her up for school this morning. And, you know what…I need a cuddle day too!

This first month of school is rough, for everyone. I’m not totally back into the school thing for her, or me (working in a school). It doesn’t help that the weather is changing, and while it’s been an easy weather switch so far, still the rainy/grey days we have had don’t help.

It’s getting darker and darker on my way into work in the mornings to, something I’m not happy about. I do love the temp this time of year though, something about sweatshirts with my summer capri pants and shorts just works for me.

But all in all…I think we could all use a cuddle day. Thank goodness for Football Sunday’s! I have no problem cuddling on the couch all day Sunday!

Happy cuddling!

Biker Chick

I think we have an official mountain biker on our hands! She is getting to the point where she wants to ride in the woods and down single track trails. Trails that give me pause btw. But, she’s all for it!

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She wanted to take on a “hard” trail in the woods. Had to hop off a few times and get going again, but her sense of adventure is so strong!

She still has trouble here and there, had to hop off a few times on the trail in the picture, it was more technical than what she’s been riding on.

Our summer bike rides have been the highlight of summer for me! For one I’m enjoying being on my bike way more than running (although I’m getting back to running as well) it’s way easier on my bad knee. Second Sky has made huge progress from the beginning of summer to now. She’s so much more self sufficient, getting pretty good at her gears, and willing to take on pretty much anything the park has to offer.

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Mark gets all the bike riding credit…he is the one that has taught her how to ride her bike, and how to adjust to her new bike with hand brakes and gears. 

Now we just have to get her some cold weather gear so we can keep up the skills during fall/winter. I hate to start over again in the spring. The winter wind chill on the bike though…that can be pretty cold. For now we are getting in as many family rides as we can while the weather is still accommodating.

Happy Biking!

Goodbye Summer

I’m not going to lie, when it came down to my last day of summer before heading back to work I wanted to cry. It doesn’t help that I went back to work 5 days before Sky started school. I wanted those last 5 days with her to soak up all the Sky time I could.

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Cheers to Summer!

But, real life…bills…savings you know. The job has a purpose, so back to school I went.

Mark had the best idea to make the most of that last evening of freedom though…Hydro Flasks full of wine, and an evening playing on the beach in the sun.

Sky managed to make a friend to play with and we got to settle in and relax.

Peace out Summer…on to Fall, or what I call Football Season!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for revisiting my childhood! Growing up my family spent a lot of time on the OR coast…I may live in WA, but OR beaches are where it’s at! For real!

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Every few months, year round, we’d visit the coast and camp, or during the winter stay in a hotel. I remember several trips to Lincoln City, over Christmas Break, and we’d be the only, or close to it, family in the hotel. My sister and I loved having the indoor pool to ourselves!

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I think my most favorite memories though are camping at Ft. Stevens. There are miles of paved walking/biking trails that take you all over the park and various nearby attractions. My sister and I would get up in the morning, hop on our matching BMX bikes and we’d be gone for hours exploring to our hearts content. So many great adventures were had! Plus the ranger presentations were always fun and we learned a lot.

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My sister and I had some epic kite wars on this beach! 

This summer I was really wanting to find some time to camp on the OR Coast and was so excited when a week opened up in August. I figured what better time to go to the coast than August! You stand a pretty good chance of having sunny warm weather (it didn’t totally turn out that way, but it was nice enough for sure).

It’s so interesting to revisit things from childhood. It’s never exactly as you remember it. The bike trails that in my mind took us hours to ride only took me about 20 minutes as an adult, and while the campground is big, it didn’t seem as huge as it did when I was a kid. But, that didn’t take away from the magic of Ft. Stevens at all. I loved it just as much as an adult as I did back in the day. I particularly loved being there with my own kiddo (and her friend).

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I ran into (almost literally) Elk on the bike path past this area…talk about wild life viewing area! 

My heart was happy watching Sky and Faith enjoy the things I enjoyed when I was a kid. I think exploring the batteries is almost more fun as an adult than as a kid…we’re old enough to have fun with it and toss a few scares in there as well!

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Some serious hide-n-seek went down at Battery Russel! Sky and I scared some kids while we were hiding and Mark’s creepy whistle scared all of us, me included. So much fun!

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I’m very thankful I got to revisit such awesome memories from my childhood, I was close to tears of joy and memory a few times during our trip, and just so excited to share such a special thing from my childhood with Sky, and thankful she enjoyed it!

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Best little campers…and those mosquito bracelets worked! Us three girls wore them the whole time and not a single bite…Mark on the other hand got several bites. 😦

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The girls wanted to ride in the back of the truck so bad, so we found a safe area to let them do that. Like how I covered up the plate? Was the best option I had available while editing. 

Also, super thankful for our new camp trailer, we’ve camped a lot this summer, and it’s a joy to have such a lovely camping home!

What are you thankful for today?