home again.

ahhhh…home.

yes, Emmett & I have been away from our three children for four nights. how many nights did I miss them? four nights. how many bedtimes did I miss? four. how many meals did I miss with them? zero. how many baths did I miss giving? ummmm, maybe two. how many mornings did I miss with them? none (well, except for the sound of karis’s feet running across the kitchen floor to get to me). how many hugs did I miss? a bazillion. how many kisses did I miss? a trillion. how many car seat buckles did I miss? zilch.

how many meltdowns happened within an hour once we all got under the same sweet roof? three.

welcome home!

so where did we go? and why? and what did we do? welllll, we had a lot of sky miles, and Emmett asked me to pick a place. and I picked Oregon. I’ve never seen the west coast (minus my trip to San Francisco with my parents when I was 6 months old), and there is so much to see out there in the way of outdoorsy stuff, so we went. and it was sorta for our 8th anniversary, too.

the first two nights we stayed on the coast here:

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we took short walks on the beach because it was so.cold.and.windy. but we really enjoyed biking around like this:

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the real fun came when we hiked this:

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and saw this at the top:

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then we drove 7 miles down the road & saw this:

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those are some humongous rocks that create pretty cool pools when the tides are low..these pools are full of neat things like starfish & weird crabs & other creature-type things. we were the ones who turned our backs on a ‘sneaker wave’ and seriously almost got sucked under one rock in particular in an attempt to see a pink starfish.

it was worth it.

thennnnn, we went to town & had THE BEST caramel macchiato I have ever had in my entire life. emmett and I really try to steer clear of the touristy areas full of shops & over-priced everything you can imagine. when we do find ourselves in a tourist trap, we try to play it cool & do one of two things: buy coffee or look for a taco truck. in this instance, we bought coffee.

from there, we went and saw this:

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and that’s where this happened:

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which needs no explanation whatsoever.
and then we saw this:

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THE GOONIE ROCK, in case you couldn’t tell, and this:

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and then went & had a fabulous meal & watched this from our balcony:

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on day 3 we went to the big city which was both very cool and very diverse. but in keeping with the outdoorsy theme, we rode bikes a LOT. and I only managed to take 2 pictures, since I needed two hands on my bike at all times. the second one you can tell I was also trying to steer.

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that night was another awesome meal in which I was not saying ‘sit on your bottom. put your feet in front of you. eat three more bites. drink your milk. are you done? say excuse me..’ it was glorious. day 4 dawned bright and warmer, and we headed East to see this:

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and this:

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and this:

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and then we had to do this:

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off the beaten path, of course.
later, we went & saw this:

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and we played in the snow a bit before seeing this:

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and that was that! amazing trip! amazing family & friends with the kidlets…

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