We planned our yearly trip up to visit my parents in Oregon a little bit later this year. It is usually pretty warm when we go in the summer and since we have had such a hot summer in San Diego, I was longing for some cooler fall weather, so we planned our trip for the end of September through the first week of October. Justin already had a business meeting planed in North Carolina for a couple of days, so we were able to arrange flights leaving within 50 minutes of each other on the same day to avoid multiple trips to the airport. Justin left for North Carolina and Jake and I flew to Oregon. Jake did great on the trip, when our 1 hour layover turned into a 3 hour layover at LAX I was a bit worried that I didn’t have enough stuff with me to entertain him for that long in one place, plus all the air travel time. But it seemed to go by really fast and he provided lots of entertainment for the frustrated and weary travelers at our gate. By the time we got to my parents house it was dinner time, then bath and to bed. The next day is when the fun began! And I will warn you in advance this trip is going to span over a few posts heavy with pictures…
First up on the agenda was feeding the cows.
And while seeing real live cows that close was fun and all…Jake was much more interested in driving the Kubota around. So Grandpa let him drive all over the ranch, and he was one happy boy!
After all the morning chores were done, we had lunch and a nap before heading into town to find Jake a pair of real cowboy boots. Our shopping trip was a success and he loves his new boots and wore them every single day we were there.
The next day my mom and I took Jake to the Children’s Science Museum in Eugene. They had lots of hands on things for kids to do. Jake was immediately drawn to the floating boats in the water.
Then he found this contraption that had a powerful suction that pulled these balls into the tubes and spit them out at another station at the other side of the room. At first we couldn’t figure out where the balls were going, but once we did, I sat at the other station for a bit and Jake and I sent balls back and forth to each other.
There was an area that was full of these red balls and he and my mom played in there for a while. He loved the pulley system and kept winding up the bucket full of balls
One of his favorite things to do is shout the word GO after counting to 3. Here my mom was lining up balls on a slanted track
And she would count 1…2…3… Jake would yell GO and chase the balls down the track
It was a fun place to go and let him run around and play. Late that evening after Jake went to bed, Justin flew in from his meeting in North Carolina. The next morning he was happy to see his daddy! That day my parents invited some of their friends over to practice cow sorting. This was something new to us, but apparently it is a pretty big sport among some parts of the country. Basically, there are two round pens set up side by side with an opening between them. There are 10 cows in one pen that have numbers on them and two people on horses. A number is called out and one person/horse is guarding the opening while the other person/horse is trying to get the cow with that number away from the others and into the other pen without letting any other cows in as well. It is actually pretty entertaining to watch. First everyone saddled up the horses and rode around to warm them up. Jake didn’t like being on this side of the fence, he wanted to join the big boys.
After the cows were rounded up in the pen the games started.
We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Dexter Lake Club. Jake was really loving all the new sights, sounds and things to play with. He quickly learned how to pick up the grain bowls from the horse stalls and where to put them. As you saw from the picture above, he loved pushing the broom around the barn and fell in love with the barn cat! I have lots and lots more to share so I’ll be back soon.