:First, may I just say, ":Thanks a lot," to the candy fairy who gave my 2-year old chocolate and peanut butter candy for the car ride to Oregon. :That wasn't messy at all.
:I know. :I know. :In your defense, he could have had the candy earlier while he was still at Grandma and Grandpa's house, and we parents are really responsible for what we let him eat (or in this case melt all over his fingers and seat) in the van.
On the way to visit family in Oregon, we stopped for a few hours to visit friends we went to college with when we were all young(er) and newly married.
The kids had fun playing and we adults had a great time chatting. Three couples with our children. So nice.
The last few times we visited the Pacific Northwest in the Summer, we didn't get much rain. This time, we did. It was so nice. Both Washington and Oregon gave us rain.
Sometimes it was a nice light rain.
We got to visit the coast. We stopped to see elk... and birds.
We stopped to see seals and sea lions... and birds.
We went to a garden to see flowers... and birds.
When my parents asked what we wanted to do while visiting Oregon, Jeremy and I told them three things. We wanted to go to Shore Acres (garden and beach), we wanted to go hiking (at a waterfall), and we wanted to go birding. Oh, yeah. We also wanted to watch "The Big Year" with my mom (comedy movie about birders). We watched it and she loved it.
Jeremy and I got an early morning birding trip (several hours again) to a nature park just down the road from where my parents live. Lovely.
We also saw mammals again- this time, nutria, which we don't get in Utah.
We went hiking to a waterfall like we wanted. All but one of my siblings were there. Our kids enjoyed seeing three of their cousins and most of their aunts and uncles. Fun fun. Picnicking and hiking around the waterfall. So nice. And such nice relatives to help our kids with the hiking when Jeremy and I fell a little behind while watching birds.
We got together with one of my friends from high school and her kids. Every time we visit Oregon, we get to see her. Love it.
Besides watching birds, we went out and watched bats a couple nights. Jeremy had a lot of fun trying to take pictures of them in the dark.
One morning, Jeremy and I got out for a walk together. In Utah, we have to take turns going for morning walks so this was very relaxing.
Nichole had excitement in Washington with her punctured heel. Lucky had excitement in Oregon. His temperature seemed a little warm for a couple days and then he broke out in hives. He went back and forth between clingy and energetic but with tylenol, benadryl, and time it all went away. It also meant that he got to sleep with Mommy and Daddy one night and take a nap with Daddy another time.
Before we left Oregon, we made sure to get a family picture with a beautiful backdrop. Two of my brothers came out to entertain the kids and get their attention toward the camera and we bribed Lucky with a cookie if he behaved for the picture.
And Lucky got his cookie.