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We found ourselves with some free time this morning so we decided to go on a little hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

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After picking up the kids from Grammie and Pop Pops in Corvallis we headed out to Yachats for a few days.  We got there a little before sunset and took some nice family photos

The next morning everyone was excited to head down to the beach

Mia led us down the short little trail to the beach

Time to chase waves

Mia insisted on wearing her swimsuit and as you know Mia does what Mia wants

Everyone had lots of book time

 

and rock time

and of course bike time

Before heading back we stopped by Devil’s Churn, Spouting Horn, and Thor’s Well 

After all that you’re going to need a montage

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Ready for our spring break trip to Sunriver!

After a four hour drive (including vomit all over the carseat on the way over the mountain pass) we made it!

First thing was to test out all of our fun gear with a bike ride to the park

The next day we went to Mount Bachelor for snowboarding, sledding, and in Mia’s case, lots of snacking (see previous post)

After the inevitable exhaustion following a trip to the mountain with three kids, the following day we decided to keep it low key with some time at the swim center

We rode bikes everyday, rain or shine

We also explored the nature center

Luca was pleased to see a real red-tailed hawk, his school’s mascot

There is also a small observatory, and we were quite impressed with their set up and knowledgable staff. Chris and Luca went back the following evening for some night-time star and planet gazing. They could see Jupiter and its moons!

Although it was still pretty cold most of the time, it was actually quite comfortable in the afternoon sun. Mia tried out a bit of a nap on the deck.

Later in the week Grammie and Pop Pop joined us for a couple of days. After their long drive we decided to get the legs moving with a walk to the park.Autumn conquered the firefighter pole all by herself for the first time!

Then it was off to the local brewery for a yummy (and silly) dinner

The next morning started off with everyone’s favorite breakfast – Grammie and Pop Pop’s blueberry wafflesFollowed by a nice long bike ride along the Deschutes River

Two little munchkins snuggled quite cozily in the Burley trailer

The grandparents offered to watch the kids while mom and dad went on a date in Bend – woo hoo!

The next day we went on a hike along the Deschutes River to Benham Falls

And among all of the many fun things we did during our vacation, we also found plenty of time for silly snuggles and selfies

and the hot tub!

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It was HOT today in Portland hitting 100+ so Luca and I headed out on an adventure

Sample Time

 Watching the cheese being made was fun and interesting

Luca loves his samples

Hiking in the coast forest

 Luca’s favorite part the lighthouse

Beach fun

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Bikers

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Nice day to hit up a local pump track on the eastside

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It was a nice day today and with everyone watching football the roads and parks were clear so Luca and I headed out to the bike park

Shredding remix

We had a lot of fun. There were a few crashes

and even dad took a spill

sigh… seriously thanks YouTube 🙁

But along with some dirt and a few scrapes we came away from it with some memories

p.s. For those of you who know how particular Luca can be you’ll appreciate that after I drove to the park I pulled out his helmet and he quickly realized it was NOT his spitfire helmet.  He said this helmet does not have anything cool on it.

When we were leaving he said.  Dad you need to never grab this helmet again. You need to put a sticker on it that says THIS IS NOT LUCA’S HELMET…DON’T GIVE IT TO HIM, and don’t make the sticker red like my spitfire sticker.  Make it…. make it yellow.  I’m going to put this helmet at the bottom… underneath everything else so you never grab it again. (ok Luca geez message received)

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A while ago Auntie Kimmy and Uncle Kyan stopped by and watched the kids while Kitty and I headed out for a date.  Uncle Kyan’s caught the action with his Go Pro.

 

My favorite part…pure joy

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