I've got so much to blog about I've been too overwhelmed to start. But today I found some time to make it happen, which is a good thing. My photos just keep piling up!!
In July I flew out to Portland and spent a weekend with Bethany. It was so special and therapeutic to visit my roots and family I hadn't seen for so long. It was wonderful to get so much time with Bethany!! She and Josh were both excellent hosts and we had such a great talk about all the work they have done on the farmhouse. The day I arrived I got a tour and Bethany and I spent a few hours walking around the farm property as the time just sped away. I was able to see Aunt Jill, Uncle Kevin and Aunt Janet that day too; all wonderful times.
Saturday before we headed to the beach I took some time to walk around the property and take some photos. I'm not able to post all my photos right now (computer/phone problems), but I took several and was able to think about all the memories I had made there.
Bethany and I spent the day in Newport, exploring beaches, the Sylvia Beach hotel, candy shops, lighthouses and more. My favorite part of the day was when we sat down at Nye Beach and just took in the sand, the sun, and great conversation. I couldn't believe it was such a beautiful day; I enjoyed every minute.
Then we met my old pal Sheri up in Portland for the afternoon, where we lunched and talked about the good ol' days. Before I knew it it was time to hop on the plane and head home. Thanks for a wonderful trip Bethany!
Swimming in the hot springs
The view from the front door. Some of these are a bit dark.
The view from the backyard looking out onto the green space.
Their visit was super short but really wonderful. Every one of my siblings and both of my parents came to stay with us this summer, which was a treat.
To prove I was there....
Eric taking it in.
We stayed for two nights, but because we hadn't planned ahead we had to stay at two different campsites. Luckily Eric and Matt were able to pick up both tents and carry them down the campground to our second site. We all had a good laugh about it.
Eric brought his hammock and the kids LOVED playing in it.
I'm posting this photo below of Leslie and me because it makes me laugh. Not sure why I chose this specific moment to ask Eric to snap a photo of us (we had both just taken a plunge underwater to show our awesomeness), but there you have it. Next time I'll pull my hair back ;)
out the boats; the kids really wanted to paddle boat but we hadn't planned ahead :( They were quite disappointed. We'll have to make that happen next year.