Today I’m thankful for the beautiful place we call home. I love that we are only a few hours from the ocean or mountain depending on which way we feel like driving. The PNW is beautiful (even with gray sky’s and rain now and then).
I’m super thankful that our house is located close to several parks and some amazing views, and that we have easy access to green spaces and outdoor activities. My heart is happiest when enjoying the outdoors, and I’m thankful it’s easy for me to do so weekly!
Today I’m thankful for a Team Yeatman Fall adventure.
We took Sky to her first corn maze! It was my first non-scary one, and let me tell you I enjoy the kid friendly corn maze much more than the scary one with clowns and chain saws jumping out at you!
There were 8 trivia questions to answer and let me tell you it was a challenge navigating all the circular paths and dead ends to find all 8. But, Team Yeatman worked together and made it out!
I don’t know why we waited 7 years to do a corn maze with Sky, but we had a blast. New Fall tradition!
I’m always so thankful when we can do stuff just the 3 of us and have fun. Having friends join in is great as well, I’m just happy we enjoy being Team Yeatman, and can just be us and still have so much fun.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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!
We’ll be booking Grace for fair weekend every year! 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
Today I’m thankful for camping trips with friends. We spent last week in Winthrop WA at Silver Line Resort with the Beckham family, and had so much fun!
This is seriously the summer of camping for us. We didn’t plan any other summer vacation other than camping, and we are having so much fun!
Thankfully Silver Line is on a lake because it was hot! Really hot, so we pretty much hung out in the lake every day. We even sprung for a jet boat rental one day, and had so much fun. The kiddos in particular liked being pulled behind. I gave it a go a few times, but let me tell you that is a rough ride! Easy to stay on, but pretty bone jarring….I was more into finding a quiet spot on the lake to cut the engine and take swimming breaks.
We had so much fun we booked an even longer stay at Silver Line next summer! I love that we already have a fun camping trip booked for Summer 2019!
Today I’m thankful for Pit Stops. It’s so easy to get caught up in the go, go, go of road trips…the goal is the end destination after all. Even though a pit stop may delay the end goal, it’s sure nice to take a breather, enjoy a hidden gem along the way, stretch your legs, and just be for a bit.
Who am I fooling, the real hidden benefit is finding yummy wine along the way! 🙂
One of the best things about becoming parents…the requirement for pit stops along the road. We have discovered so many cool places along our journeys, places I don’t know that Mark and I would have found on our own, because we can power through a long drive. But, thanks to Sky, we have really taken to exploring all the “little” things along the way, and yes a lot of wineries. Cheers!