We had a wonderful trip to Oregon and were able to see a lot of family. We started off with Carl's side and a fun camping trip for his mom's 70th birthday party. We camped at Camp Alpine and had a lot of fun eating good food, swimming and zip-lining at the lake, watching and participating in a talent show, and getting
to visit with everyone. Uncle Ken created these cool bugs that sing to each other and their eyes light up. The kids were able to decorate them and the blue one was Laura's while Grace created the red one. We then went on to Carl sister's Brenda's house for dinner and fireworks with there friends and learned a new game called Ticket to Ride (one that we would like to own one day). The girls of course had fun playing with all of there cousins and want to live in Oregon so they can see them all of the time.
We then moved on to my side of the family for a week at Mercer Lake in Florence, OR. It is along the coast and we couldn't have asked for better weather. We went Kayaking on the Siltcus River which pops you out at the Ocean. It was hard work and windy but the girls really enjoyed it; although Kate slept through almost half of it. We then went on a dune buggy ride, rolled down the dunes at Honeymon Park into the lake, saw the Heceta Head lighthouse, and ate at McDonalds! The girls had a great time swimming at Mercer and Grace actually swam by herself (with the help of her life vest) across the swim area to the dock. It was a great day when she accomplished that and Laura got up the courage to try it the next day. They are now excited to start their swim lessons this week. After an 18 hour day of driving home we were glad to be back and return to normal. It was good to see everyone and they are being missed by us already.