{Explore Southern Oregon} Howard Prairie Camping

Our family took off for a 4 day camping trip this weekend.  We decided to only go up to join them for a day.  It was heavenly to get away, be outdoors, walk around the lake, explore, catch bugs, eat camp food, and the best was spending time unwinding with family.  Brandon remembers when he was a kid, going camping almost every single year.  Its those memories that bring him so much joy now in life… remembering fishing with his brothers, his dad teaching them how to do it, bike riding, and chipmunks.   We want our family to make memories that last and that Shiloh and Capri can one day sit around and remember the fun and joy together.

September 6, 2013 - 7:42 am

katie - i grew up camping several times a year with my family and they are some of the BEST memories that i have! i’m excited to pass on my love for all things outdoors to my boys. 🙂 glad to have found your little space!

Friday Photo Dump

Hey!  Its Friday!  Fridays are slowly becoming my favorite days.  I meet up with my cousin and we take the girls for a long walk in our strollers while we catch up with each other.  I look forward to it each week.  But that has nothing to do with these pictures.  They are just random ones taken lately.

{Explore Southern Oregon} Bonanza Chili Cook-off & Car Show

Yesterday we attended the last day of Bonanza’s Chili Cook-off and Car Show.  It was an unexpectedly fun day.  I mean, we knew it would be fun, but we had no clue we’d enjoy it as much as we did.  Since Brandon grew up here, I think its easy to forget how great some of the annual and local things truly are.  The Cook-off was decked out with bounce houses, Civil War Society reenactments, crafters, a bbq, local booster clubs, live music, cars, and of course, chili.

And apparently my youngest has an insatiable appetite for chili.

Independence Is Exhausting

Shiloh has turned a new corner and spread her wings some.  She insists on doing a lot of things all by herself.  As her mom I know it gives her confidence and she feels valued when she does things on her own.  Sometimes it is hard, but lets face it, with Capri moving around so much, most of the time having Shiloh be able to do more on her own is amazing.

Many afternoons I still make her lay down and rest.  Some days she’ll just quietly play and sing to herself.  But others, like yesterday, she’ll fall asleep within minutes, exhausted from the day of doing everything all by herself.  I have to remind myself that she is only three.

With her zipper pulled up all the way, because she had to do it herself.

I love to lay quietly next to her and watch her sleep.  For that brief moment, she is my baby again.  And just when she wakes up, for those first few minutes, she is too tired to be independent and she’ll crawl over to me and snuggle.

Babies, Babies, Everywhere

Saturday we packed up and headed south for the day.  We drove down to Sacramento, California.  It was bittersweet to be headed back in that direction but not actually be going back down to Pismo Beach.

Capri had some friends to meet.  9 other mommy friends of mine, with 9 sweet babies all Capri’s age.  Families drove from southern California, Nevada, the Bay Area, Napa Valley, and us from Oregon all to meet together in person for the first time.  We are part of a group of many more mommies from around the States, but this was just the families from the West Coast getting together.  It was pure baby fun and pure baby chaos.

One of the mommy’s made a onesie for each of our babies that read, “West Coast Turkey Babies”.  She even made shirts for the big sisters that came, and hair bows for the girlies.  So fun.  ‘Turkey Babies’, meaning, all of our babies had due dates the week of Thanksgiving (thus Turkey), so most of them have actual birthdays towards the end of November.  Funny thing is Capri’s first birthday will be on Thanksgiving day this year.  Anyways, back to the babies.  It was impossible to capture 9 babies looking perfectly at the camera… but its way more adorable to see them let loose to cry, stare, worry, check each other out, and just be babies.  I also would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed holding and snuggling the chunky-monkey babies.  At less than 15lbs, Capri was majorly outweighed, out-rolled, out-thighed.  I lurve me some chunky babies.

It was so fun to finally meet these women in person.  I hold them dear to my heart.  They are all so kind, so loving, and I am very thankful to have gotten to go and spend the weekend getting to know them more.  And thankful for all the daddies for coming along also!  It was a great weekend, full of sun, swimming, mommy-time, laughter, babies, and more laughter.  🙂

It will be fun to tell Capri about this all when she is a little older.  And who knows?  Maybe we will make this an annual thing, I hope so!

The road trip home was super fun also.  Shiloh never fails to keep us entertained.  Brandon even stopped at the casino to win us some free gas money.  Spontaneous and random.

I’ll leave you with this last picture, on the right is California, and on the left is Oregon.  Isn’t that cool?


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