Thankful Thursday

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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).

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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!

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a Team Yeatman Fall adventure.

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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!

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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!

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I don’t know why we waited 7 years to do a corn maze with Sky, but we had a blast. New Fall tradition!

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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.

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What are you thankful for?

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?

 

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?

 

 

Thankful Thursday

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!

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Not a bad mountain biking view of the lake…campground is behind the trees in the upper left of the picture. 

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!

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Don’t you eat ice cream while sitting on a saddle?

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.

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Sky taking her turn on the tube…she loved it! 

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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!

What are you thankful for today?

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