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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.
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
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!
It was HOT today in Portland hitting 100+ so Luca and I headed out on an adventure
Luca loves his samples
Hiking in the coast forest
Luca’s favorite part the lighthouse
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
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)
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