After two very long days of driving we arrived in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. This is one of the most beautiful spots I have been to and spent about a week here every summer growing up. It has changed a little, there's a coffee shop across the street now, but mostly it's the same. I'm seeing it all over again for the first time through my kid's eyes.
The wedding is this Saturday, Friday will be spent putting together flower bouquets for the bridal party. In the meantime, we enjoy the river, the trees, the clean air, and time with the grandparents.
Our last week at home was a bit of a blur. I ran crazy with errands and last minute packing and so many goodbyes.
We squeezed in the Detective Party that Greta had been asking for since New Orleans. Dress up was optional and of course I was so impressed by the costumes.
Left to right: Daphne (from Scooby Doo), Nancy Drew, Mysterious Spy, and Sherlock/Poirot.
I also made a few things that helped give me some calm amidst all of the stress. A computer bag, the outside blue is a beautiful wool, the lining is cotton, I sandwiched a double layer of fleece in between, and button ties. I regret not taking a photo of the finished project. Now it's off in the mail.
We have a tiny little house with a loft where the kids and I sleep. We walk just a few yard to the river, at night we open the window and fall asleep to the roaring of it.
The very first day the caretaker's grandchildren were there, two girls, 6 and 4. They were a couple of characters, Greta got on with them really well. They spent the day running wild as if they had known each other for years.
At night Greta was dying to roast marshmallows despite not having much of a taste for them, it was really just an excuse to be by the fire. About five times this day Greta said, " This is the liiiiiife!"
The following day was spent with Grandpa, my dad, Seaweed Pete. There was a serious game of Chinese Checkers.
And lots of basketball.
We're looking forward to a few more days before the wedding. For now we feel so relaxed and at home in this beautiful spot. I would love to live in Oregon. I'm hoping that when we get back to Los Angeles, it will just be to get our things.
I've been a little out of the loop, I missed last week's Drawing Challenge, but look forward to being back for this weeks Metamorphosis!