Days 2015

Days 2015

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oregon: It wasn't hot and dry

After a whirlwind week of moving in, driving kids up to school, and going to a fetal medicine specialist to find out that our baby boy will need heart surgery for tricuspid atresia, we decided to bump up our vacation to Oregon a few weeks, partly to give us something fun to do while we internalized our scary news and waited for more doctors appointments, and partly because Mark's partner wanted to go on vacation at the end of the month (and they really shouldn't both be gone at the same time.)   We pulled Leslie and Boston out of school as soon as their end-of-year programs were over and started driving, having decided pretty much the day before that we were going to do it.  Darcy and Perry were great to let us change up their calendar, as were "Unca" George and Aunt Kelly for letting us crash at their place with so little notice.

Walking along the Boise River, on our Boise stopover.  Poor Leslie, I forgot that she had worn my cowboy boots for her school program, and since we picked her up from school, she was stuck without tennis shoes the whole trip.

On the giant "kindergarten tree" by the Boise River.

Our first experience with the ocean.  Leslie kept egging it on, and I warned her not to turn her back.  It is much colder than it looks.  My ears about froze off from the cold wind.

Macy knows how to spell her name.  She even corrected me at one point during our stay, having accidentally handed her someone else's labelled paper cup.  "Mom, that doesn't say MACY on it."

Leslie, still taunting the ocean.
Mark, Darcy and Kids went to the top of the lighthouse.  It was awesome, apparently.  Jackie and Baby Dill sat in the nice warm van and ate goldfish crackers.

Cooper at the tide pools.  Is he reminding us that he is not the center attraction? 

Days on the boardwalk.

Perry took us crabbing on a long pier right under the gorgeous Newport Bridge.  (Guess I didn't snap a shot of that.)  This crab scuttled out of the trap when it got pulled up and I was the one brave enough to pick it up.  The kids were screaming.  Very fun afternoon, and I was relieved about the abundant railing with all those little kids.

Our first victims.  We caught way more than this--too many, really, since Darcy doesn't even like crab.  Good thing they had a pregnant woman appetite at the table.  I was just too wussy to crack many of my own crab legs so the menfolk ended up feeding me the last...several.
Macy discovered a new coping mechanism on the drive to the coast.  She would self-mummify and conk right out.


Darcy and kids on Agate Beach (?)

Cash, Kyler and Macy could have played in the sand all day.  I would have let them.  (Of course, I was the one asleep on the picnic blanket, not the one watching the kids...)

Boys in the dirt.

Days on the beach.

Four boys on the tire swing.  Sorry we finally broke it, but it was worth it laughing at Kyler's plumber pose.


I think all of these sea lions are pregnant.
Cash learned a whole bunch of new silly songs from riding in the van with Boston and Cooper. 

Speaking of silly songs, here's another one my kids are fond of.  Can you guess what they were belting out as I took this shot? I'm sure by the time we left Darcy was wishing we all lived in a yellow submarine.  Deep under water.

We had fun at the Hatfield Science Center, especially watching the octupus' feeding time.  Here is Leslie and an albatross.


Yes, this is a cute shot, but...
This one is even cuter.  What am I supposed to see, Mom?

Mark held Macy's hand, I held the railing.  And of course, poor Mark got to be the parent when Boston decided he needed to make a trip to the bathroom.  Ever seen Kung Fu Panda II?  Our kids' favorite line is, "My old enemy...stairs."

Seeing the tide pools was really fun.  I guess it was the best time of the whole year to go.  There were park rangers roaming around and pointing things out (and keeping the kids off the dangerous parts).  Very cool.


Macy loved all the bright purple and pink starfish and even pet a few.


I think Leslie could have stayed all day.  Darcy was extra nice and took her on an Auntie Adventure early the next morning to hunt for sea urchin shells at her secret spot.

Here is a pretty good shot of what we were seeing under the water, along with a few little fish and hermit crabs.  I liked touching the anemones and sea urchins and have them squeeze onto my fingers.

Daddy's girl.
Cooper making friends with some sort of wet, squishy creature.

Cash and Cooper were equally fascinated by the adjoining Cobblestone Beach.  They are stacked up so deep that it sounds very--cool and weird, like an enormous jar of marbles a mile deep--when you walk on them.  The boys had fun just banging them together.

The view from the tide pools park.

The kids would also have liked to explore all the crevices as the rocks and cliffs got bigger and deeper, but that would have been too dangerous.  Check out Cash's galoshes.  All of my kids needed some of those puppies--our shoes and pants were constantly soaked.

My camera ended up without much space, but it also would have been fun to get a shot of all of us hooligans at the fancy oceanside restaurant.  Haha.  That was yummy yet chaotic.  I'm sure everyone was glad when we left, especially whoever got to clean the massive mirror we were seated in front of, that all of our kids kept touching.  I think I'm not quite ready to take the fam on a cruise.

It was a great trip at the perfect time of the summer for us, and our kids did really good in the car, so maybe we'll try it again in a few years.  Thanks Darcy and Perry and kids!

1 comment:

Brooke and Jared said...

There are some really good pictures on here. I especially like the one on top of the blog. Its such a fun place, huh?