Westward Ho!

It has been six weeks since our trip west, but summer is not over yet, so write about it I will!

Our trip was a tad…intense, I guess.  It involved a lot of hauling around two tiny kids and all the junk that goes with them.  Good.  So fun.  Love it.  But oh, we were tired when we got home!

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First was cousin Kaylee’s wedding.  Brides are always beautiful, but she was vibrant.  She and Jordan couldn’t keep their happiness from spilling out into laughter during the ceremony.  Quite sweet.  And it turns out Lucy is a dancing fiend.

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Then we headed up to McCall for some lovely cabin time.  It was 108 degrees down in Boise, so the high 90’s up in the mountains felt like a relief!  It was unexpectedly relaxing.

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Mornings started at sunrise with delicious coffee in the sturdy cabin mugs.  We sat by the pond while the kids played in the water on a perfect blue-sky day.  Jason and I again dominated at corn hole.  I devoured two books on a chair on the deck.

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Finally, we followed the Oregon Trail west until we hit the coast, where we celebrated the Fourth of July with the Bunn family—the way I did every year growing up and the way we all do every five years now.

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There was lots of catching up.  I loved watching Henry become fast friends with my cousin’s boy.

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There were traditional festivities.  A record-busting 76 people were there for the lap sit.  The family talent show was littered with return favorites, including a ridiculous skit revived by “the girl cousins.”

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There were games on the beach and a hot dog roast and s’mores and too many people in the old beach house.

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There was the most amazingly transcendent day of kite-flying.

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There was just. being. on the beach.  The damp, salty air.  The cozy feel of a sweatshirt in July.  Henry saying, “The sand sure feels good on our toes, doesn’t it, Mommy?”  Walking down the edge of the sea at low tide and feeling my heartbeat slow down.  I love the Oregon Coast.

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And then we flew home, and for a short time our two tiny kids both slept.  And we flew over the National Mall as we landed, with the Washington Monument shining brightly.

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