Cowboys and Horses

It has kind of become a tradition once a year with my parents that we do a little photo shoot. It is definitely challenging with the kiddos who don’t sit still, let alone try to get them to look at the camera and smile, AND at the same time.  But we lucked out this year and got some good ones, thanks to daddy entertaining the boys while standing behind the camera.

And yes, food is another bribery technique.  However, it doesn’t always mean that the food won’t show up in the picture.  In this case we give you Grandma, Grandpa, Jane, Jacob, Dylan and a lovely pretzel in Dylan’s hand. But look at those smiles!

More pretzels…

And it wouldn’t be a cowboy photo shoot without a horse

It is going to be fun to put all these pictures side by side as the years go on.  We actually did not do much riding around with the horses this year, so on our last full day we saddled them up and rode around the arena. 

And Dylan grew into the vest and chaps that my parents got in Texas when Jacob was two years old.

Then it was time to go home.  We had a longish layover in Portland, so we made the best of it.

We did a lot of walking around, and riding the moving walkways back and forth.  And there’s a history behind the carpet at the Portland Airport, and I know lots of people who take pictures of their feet/shoes on the carpet to post on social media… Instead, I give you my overtired two year old rolling around on the carpet while waiting to board our plane.

Then, God heard my prayers again and Dylan slept the entire flight from Portland to San Diego!

That is a wrap on our 2017 Oregon vacation. It was such a fun trip and I can’t wait for next year!

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Celebrations

We had quite a few occasions to celebrate while we were in Oregon.  The first one was grandpa’s birthday! We started off the morning going out to breakfast with my parents friends.  Then we went to their house to pet their miniature donkeys,

and play on their tractors,

and ride their new toys!

That evening, we sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed some Apple Pie for dessert!

The second part of our trip the weather was much more summer like.  It was warm and sunny, so the jackets got left inside and we enjoyed some sunshine. There was T-ball practice with grandma,

playing in the hay barn

Climbing more fences to say HI to the horses

One of Jacob’s favorite movies is Cars.  So when Cars 3 came out in the theaters, we thought it would be a good first movie theater experience for the boys.  Jake loved having daddy and grandpa watch the movie with him!

Dylan watched most of it, but then started getting restless and just like the airplane, I had to walk up and down the stairs with him a few times and he crawled over our laps for a while.  But he really liked his popcorn!

And three days after grandpa’s birthday, we celebrated daddy’s birthday AND Father’s Day!

Since the sun had come out, the hay fields were finally dry, so the last few days we were there grandpa and daddy were out on the tractors cutting and raking the hay fields. The boys would watch and wait for them to come by and wave.

One day, my dad and Justin had planned to be out in the hay fields all day, and it was going to be a warm day, so my mom and I decided to take the boys and escape to the coast where it was cooler.  We packed lunch and grabbed our sweaters and headed out to Florence. It’s a couple of hours away, so Dylan took a nap, while Jake chatted the whole time, asking about everything he saw as we drove by.

When we arrived, we found a little park to stop and eat lunch and climb trees.

Then we drove just north of town to the Sea Lion caves.  It was cool and windy.

We walked down to the observation deck where we could see them lounging on the rocks.

Then we took the elevator down into the caves (or as Jacob was calling it, Batman’s cave).

When we came back up, the sun came out, but it was still so windy so our pictures came out like this. But the scenery was gorgeous!

We drove along the coast on our way back to the main part of town and admired the beautiful sand dune coastline.

Back in town we walked around the shops, and ate at Moe’s.

On the drive home, it was Jacob who took a nap, while Dylan kept busy taking off his shoes, talking and eating pretzels.

Another day we made a trip out to Lone Pine Farms to feed the goats.

When we finished we went inside to get some produce and ice cream.  Of course, my sweet tooth kid is all about the ice cream, where Dylan preferred a banana. We will see how long that lasts…

Then it was off to the playground for a while before heading back to the ranch to help grandpa with the evening chores.

The boys climbed trees and logs and hunted for ladybugs, we made forts with barrels and tarps, we visited with some neighbors.  Justin even got to play golf one day.  Every time we come, we stay longer and do more, but it never seems like enough time.

I have one more post about our trip, be back soon.

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The BIG Ranch

Today is the first day of school…BOTH of my boys are at school right now for the first time ever! And my goal is to get caught up on all our summer activities here on the blog, or at least get started, school is only 3 hours.  So here goes…And please disregard any typos, grammar errors, etc… I am past being a perfectionist at this point.

We made our annual trip up to “The BIG ranch up in Oregon” this year in June.  It was a fun filled 2 week adventure.  Our early morning flight meant breakfast and pre-flight drinks at the airport.

The first half of our flight to Seattle went pretty smoothly, the boys were well behaved and excited about our adventure.  Then Dylan started getting restless and wanted to move around.  So I walked up and down the aisle with him a few times.  When I got him to stay where our seats were he wouldn’t sit in his seat but wanted to stand in front of it and use his seat as a desk for his toys, coloring, and etc. items I brought to keep him busy.  The seat belt sign was not on so I let him stay where he was happy.  Then he started saying “poopy diaper…poopy diaper” in a normal quiet voice, so I checked him and he did not have a poopy diaper, but it was wet.  So we walked back to the bathrooms to change him and back to our seats.  Again he wouldn’t sit down.  A few minutes later he started saying “poopy diaper…poopy diaper” again in a louder voice.  I tried quieting him down and checked him and he did not have a dirty diaper.  But he kept saying it, getting louder and louder every time.  He climbed over my legs and started off for the bathroom again.  He did not have a dirty diaper, he just wanted to move around the plane and check out the bathrooms, again and again and again….After getting back to our seats yet again…a few minutes later the seat belt light came on and the pilot made the announcement that we were preparing to land.  And Dylan chose that moment to start screaming “poopy diaper…poopy diaper”.  I checked him and this time, he did have a dirty diaper.  There was no way this kid was going to sit in his seat and wait until we landed to change his diaper. So when we were supposed to be buckled up preparing to land I was in the tiny bathroom trying to clean up my two year old while he pulled and pushed and flipped every knob, handle or switch he could get his hands on.  And while we were in there, we hit some pretty good turbulence which made him stop and throw his arms around my neck to hold on for dear life.  I was able to get it done and back to our seats, sitting down and buckled up in time for our landing.  So if you were on a flight from San Diego to Seattle in June where a little boy was yelling “poopy diaper” for the last part of the flight, that was us and I am sorry….

In Seattle, we walked around the airport and the boys watched the planes.

And on the short flight from Seattle to Eugene, God heard my prayers and Dylan slept…so I got to breathe and relax for a bit!

Once we arrived at the ranch the boys were more than ready to run around and rediscover everything and climb over all the tractors and get out all the toys.

The first part of our time there it was overcast and cool and we had a little rain here and there.  On the rainy days we did some shopping.  Jacob needed some new cowboy boots and Dylan needed a belt, so we took care of that.  And one morning we drove into Eugene and stopped at a fun toy and hobby shop. The boys made out with a pile of Legos, nerf swords, baseball bat and balls and other things to play with.  After putting everything away in the car we walked down the street a few blocks, following directions and our noses to the best doughnut shop in town.  Voodoo Doughnuts.  After waiting in line for about 30 minutes, we walked out with 2 pink boxes and found a spot to sit down and enjoy some really amazing doughnuts.

We will be going back there again!  We spent time working around the ranch.  This year Dylan joined in on helping to scoop the horse poop. And while he did lug around the pooper scooper, he was much more fascinated with picking it up with his hands and squeezing it through his fingers first. No picture of that, just a video.

Jacob was more interested in doing bigger boy chores, like riding in the back of the cart and pushing the hay out to the cows, and helping grandpa with his tools while working on the tractors.  One day, while daddy and grandpa were working in the barn the boys were playing in the stalls.

And climbing the fences.

Justin got a rocket while we were at the toy/hobby store.  So one day we shot the rocket off a few times. In between doing chores/playing around the ranch.

We played in dirt piles that grandpa had delivered to fill in and the grade the corral.

Right now Dylan is in love with dogs and is more than happy to spend his time throwing a ball for Jane.

We had dinner one night at the best pizza place in Eugene, Track Town Pizza.

One day we drove up into the mountains and on our way we stopped to walk around the “office” covered bridge that was built in 1945.

We explored the park next to the bridge.

And then we kept driving up to Salt Creek Falls. It was COLD (40 degrees to be exact), and the wind and spray from the waterfall added to the chill.  But it was beautiful! And we can’t wait to come back when it is a little warmer and the boys are a little bigger so we can hike down and back up.

On our way back to the ranch we stopped and ate at Brewers Union, the place we visited for the the first time last year that has some pretty amazing fish and chips.  That afternoon, back at the ranch, grandpa and daddy got busy hanging the tree swing.  My parents have lots of giant trees on their property, but this one is just off the side of their house and it has the perfect branch to hang the swing.  And who needs a ladder when you have a tractor to get the job done!

It is safe to say the swing was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.  The boys loved swinging around and we kept hearing “higher…higher!” And the adults had some fun on it too!

The sun doesn’t set until around 9:30 at night, so it made for some long action packed days, with a little bit of downtime.  The boys love running around, helping grandpa with his tools, helping feed the horses and the cows and driving the cart all over the place.  After getting their sleep at night, they woke up every morning ready to go back outside.  There were actually a few times when we couldn’t find Dylan while we were making breakfast, and he had gone into the mud room, put his boots on (on the opposite feet) with his PJ’s and was walking down to the barn to meet grandpa. They love being at the ranch!

I think that’s enough pictures for this post and I need to get ready to go pick up the boys, will be back soon with more!

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