Sweet home Oregon.....

It's Monday evening and our house guests {all SIX of them}
have left after their 10 day visit......it's really bittersweet.
I am completely pooped but in such a good way.

I feel blessed that our family has friends who
are like family, that despite moving a great distance, these
friends spent their precious time and resources to come
visit us.  Our children get along like cousins - with just one
lone boy in the bunch who happens to match up nicely
with my big girl - they create all sorts contests to compete
against one another in and rib each other about girlfriends and
boyfriends and growing up and being a teen and who can do the most 
push-ups and run the fastest......

We covered lots of miles in the beautiful state of Oregon.....
from the gorgeous beach to the majestic mountains......

I love watching visitors experience the Oregon coast for the first time.....
it's such a magical landscape and breathtakingly beautiful....
and on the day we were there, quite chilly!

I wish I could write a post about how to successfully have another whole big
family visit for 10 days and keep your sanity and your house clean....
but no can do..........

I learned to love every crazy, insane, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants dinner, cluttered
house, buying the 10th gallon of milk for the week moments......
watching our families enjoy one another so much was 
priceless and wonderful.  

Now, back to real life with homework {yuck!}, ortho appointments,
laundry, work and added to it - a pooch with cancer{boo, hiss!}..... this
last bit of news was delivered on Friday by our veterinarian and I sort
of put out of my mind while we were still in the midst of 
entertaining our guests.....

I have lots of stuff to show ya - just need to get projects
photographed.....be patient with me......

11 comments on "Sweet home Oregon....."
  1. Oh I could so relate to this post. We have friends like this that make annual vacation trips to our home and our children have grown up considering each other as adopted cousins. It is really special and moments that you cannot replace. What beautiful images. Hmmm...Oregon is on my list.

  2. What a wonderful visit with your friends. Your pictures remind me of my summers visiting my grandmother in Portland and going out to Cannon Beach and Rockaway to stay with my cousins.

    Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

  3. I hope to get there some day. Glad it went well.

  4. So glad you have a lovely/crazy busy/fun filled/memories made visit. Also, so sorry about the diagnosis for your fur baby. Hugs.

  5. Jill, what a beautiful coastline you have! So different from our coast here on the other side of the country. I'd love to visit Oregon one day.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your house guests. I'm very sorry to hear about your dog's health issue, though. I can relate. We have one with cancer. It's not the kind that spreads to organs, but a nasty tumor that's growing rapidly. I'll be thinking of you ...

    1. Thank you, it's tough...our pooch is almost 10 years old and has two mast cell tumors...no signs of being sick though! Decisions to be made....sometimes it's no fun to be an adult!

  6. Although I live in a neighboring PNW state, I do believe Oregon has some of THE most beautiful beaches (shh don't tell!).

  7. Cannon Beach is the best!
    Very sorry to hear about your dog.


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