Cari’s wedding

We just got back from Cari’s wedding in Utah. It was a short Wednesday to Sunday trip, but worth the effort. The is Cari and Wylder outside the Provo City Center Temple.fullsizerender-1

Our family unit while we were waiting for Cari and Wylder.  Raven gave me those cool socks.

Ashley made the wedding cake. It looked fantastic.

Sean, Kev, Matt, Ryan, Steve, Craig, Reed.  Cousin, brother, cousin, brother, me, brother, brother.

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Train engine

I went walking at lunch this week and found this locomotive engine at Stewart Park. It reminded me of a park I went to in California when I was a kid. It had an engine like this and a military jet. It was so fun to play there.

I took the kids here after Jaxon’s soccer game this morning.  They liked it as much as I did.

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Today is Sidnee’s birthday. I’m still trying to figure out how it got here so quickly. Kenny Chesney is one of my favorite country singers, and I can’t hear this song without thinking about Sidnee. Dad always calls Sidnee his gypsy, and this song fits. That wild spirit is a strength to me. I’m glad she’s here with me.

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Throwing rocks in the river

I took the dogs to Colliding Rivers again this morning to throw rocks in the river. I used to love doing that as a kid. I remember doing that on the Truckee, American and Russian Rivers.  I remember one time, but not the location, when we were with Rod and Janine and we tried to hit a small hole in a big rock across a river.  I like to skip rocks and just throw them in the river.  I like hearing the sound of the rushing water, seeing the white water and just relaxing.  It’s a good thing I moved so close to a cool river.

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Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat

We had our fathers and sons outing at Steamboat last night. We went with Shawn, Seth and Sam. It was fun to have boy time.img_1369

This is our camping area.

This is the North Umpqua River.

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I still remember


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North Umpqua Trail at Swiftwater

I tried a new section of the North Umpqua Trail system yesterday.  This section is seven miles from the house.  The trail was really smooth, so Mason and Jaxon should like it.  I saw this tree on the way back.  I don’t have the luxury of riding from the house like I did in Eagle Mountain, but the scenery is worth the compromise.



This is Fern Falls.  There are several waterfalls along the North Umpqua Trail.  I look forward to seeing this one in the Spring.


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Catch up post- Cavitt Creek

We originally went to Cavitt Creek in July when we were visiting Shawn and Jill. On Labor Day we took the Hull’s before they headed home. This is Mason jumping off a rock.img_1330

This is a picture of the swim hole. We were there pretty early on Monday, so the sun wasn’t out yet. That made it a little cold, but we prevailed.

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Catch up post- Bandon Beach

Erick and Tami Hull came to visit us over Labor Day weekend. We took them to Bandon Beach, and it was also my first time there. My selfish family went in July after I went back to Utah. This is on the pier.fullsizerender-1

The kids had fun in the water, even though is was cold.

Bandon is a beautiful beach with large rocks like these ones.  This will definitely be a frequent spot for us.img_1291

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Catch up post- Roseburg, Oregon

We finally got internet access, so I can catch up on the last two weeks. I left Utah two weeks ago, headed for Roseburg, Oregon. It was me, Max and Bay for 21.5 hours. img_1250

Penske and the biggest truck for the least amount, so we crammed everything we have in the moving truck and van.  Thankfully we got rid of a lot of stuff before loading the truck.img_1253

I was in Burns, Oregon this time of night two weeks ago.  I stopped at Washington City Park to let the dogs have a break and write in my journal.  I saw this deer as I was pulling back on to the main road.

I got to Roseburg at about 4:30 am. That part sucked, but luckily I was able to take three days off to unload and unpack before heading to my new branch. More to come.

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