Okay, I’m attempting to wrap up the rest of our time in Oregon, so this may be a bit of a long one…
Even though the reunion events were really just two full days, it was nice that some families came a couple days earlier, and some families stayed a couple days later. So I feel like we got to spend time with everyone. After the 4th pretty much everyone left, except for 2 family camps. And as a parent of young children, the beauty of our set up was we didn’t have to entertain our kids all day long. They all got along so well and they had plenty to do to keep busy. They played in the arena, they went to the pond to catch frogs, they hiked up the hill behind the barn to find turkey feathers, they flew kites and played games and had snacks together and I felt like I could really sit down and do nothing. Which is exactly what we did that day. We sat in the shade and talked, we set up two marble board games and and played all afternoon, we moved the tables and chairs to the front porch and had our meals together. It really felt like vacation!
The next day, we drove up to the fish hatchery and had a picnic lunch and explored the area.
And Jacob has really taken an interest in taking pictures with my phone. And these two that he snapped are pretty good!
Before we left we went into the small museum they have and I couldn’t resist taking the boys picture in front of the fish tank, to compare to the last time we were here two years ago when Dylan was just learning how to walk!
Then it was back to the ranch for some more marble games before they left the next day for the rest of their camping adventure.
When we got back to the ranch, I was realizing that I was taking more pictures with my phone rather than my camera. It obviously is more convenient than carrying around a heavy camera, and I was too busy just enjoying the moments over the last few days that I didn’t want to leave to go get my camera so I kept pulling out my phone to snap pictures. And yes, the recent models of cell phones do have some pretty great cameras, but I also know that nothing beats the quality of a picture taken with a good camera. And while that may not matter to most, it is a passion of mine. So back at the ranch, I got my camera and we set off for the arena to play. The boys got these pop guns at Cabelas so Jacob was pretending to shoot the bad guys and working on his bull riding technique.
My dad and Justin were busy cutting up the logs on the hill behind the barn. I love our mantle so much, Justin started making some shelves for our bathroom with one of the logs. So my mom and I filled up the back of the cart with hay, loaded up the boys and drove out to the hay field to feed the cows.
After we finished, we drove up the hill to my parents neighbors house to say hi. The boys love being out on the ranch, doing their chores and riding and driving all the equipment, I am so glad they get to have this experience.
And this one is always in his happy place with the dog.
Then we went up the hill behind the barn to see the logs that the guys cut up which turned into another hunt for turkey feathers.
And Justin made some walking sticks with all the turkey feathers the boys collected along with the big sticks they found.
We met up with my parents friends for breakfast one morning and went back to their house afterwards so the boys could play on their tractor bikes like they like we’ve done every year for the past few years.
After they took turns climbing on all the equipment and riding the tractors, we went back to the ranch. My dad and Justin kept working on the shelves and made some new marble boards.
And this little monkey got his tree climbing fix in
And we played around in the barn after feeding the horses. I love these silly boys of mine!
And for the reminder of our time, we played the marble game on the new boards!