It was fun to go crabbing and fishing this weekend, but the real reason for the trip was for Jaxon to get the Priesthood. Mom and Dad flew out from Utah to be here and support Jaxon. It was a great show of support.
Me, Jaxon and Grandpa.
Jaxon will now get to pass the Sacrament at Church, and he is very excited. The hardest part about living in Oregon is being apart from family. This weekend was a chance to be together again and try some new things. Through the sealing power we are able to be together as families beyond the grave. It is the reason we live the way we do. Death cannot keep us apart if we live true to our covenants.
Gavin took us to Diamond Lake to go fishing yesterday. We left our house at 4:30 am. That sucked, but everything else was great. I knew going with Gavin would be the only way to go. Here he is with Jaxon.
Mason was tuckered out after catching so many fish.
Showing off before we started to clean the fish.
Mason pulled in the biggest fish.
Cleaning the fish at the Diamond Lake cleaning station. We limited out and left with 25 fish. It was a great way to spend the morning.
Mom and Dad came out from Utah to spend the weekend. Gavin took us to Charleston to go crabbing on Friday. We ended up with 3 Dungeness and 11 Red Rock crabs. We ate them tonight. It was great.
Proof of our success.
After crabbing we went to Bandon for seafood at the blue shack and agate time on the beach.
It’s hard to believe we have reached this point, but we traveled to Utah for Raven’s wedding. This is us before Raven took out her endowments at the Draper Temple.
Outside the Salt Lake Temple on the west side.
I was asked to choose the father/daughter dance song. I chose It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker. It has always reminded me of how fast Raven has grown up. We are excited and relieved that Raven found a great guy in Bryon. And she has great in-laws. It was fun to get to know them.
This trip was also a time to see old friends and spend time with family. It gave us time to reflect and evaluate what we need to change individually and as a family. This week was full of many great memories.
Gavin took me and Sidnee to the Umpqua River for free fishing weekend. This is looking downriver, about 102 miles from the coast. We went upriver to try for salmon, but the water was too shallow.
We went downriver and switched poles to try and catch shad. Sidnee was the first to catch a fish.
Sidnee ended up with four fish.
I think this was my second and biggest fish.
This was my last fish. It wasn’t the biggest, but it put up the biggest fight. It was fun to try fishing from a drift boat. We expected more boats on the river, so we were pleasantly surprised. We ended up with eight fish and at least that many that got off the hook. It was a great fishing day.
The sea lions at Newport were a big hit. Some of them had a big bubble, so they didn’t like others trying to take up dock space.
This was one of the ships that was visiting several cities along the Oregon coast.
We spent time at the Hatfield Science Museum in Newport. It was definitely worth the visit. We had a great time with Steve and Amy and the new locations and adventures. We are all looking forward to the next trip.
We spent the weekend at Yachats with Steve, Amy and their three kids. This is us after we were attacked by waves getting down from a big rock at Smelt Sands. We spent hours looking for agates. This beach yielded the best results.
Most of these were green, so this pink one caught my eye.
This is Bob Meyer, a glass blower in Waldsport. We had a great time watching my make glass balls and vases.
I found the Bat Cave.
My uncle Paul died on March 9th, so I headed down to California for the services. This is Paul and Debbie at Cari’s wedding in Utah in October.
Paul was buried at the Oakmont Cemetery. It was a warm sunny day.
We think this was the first time the 24 cousins have been together. We think Jacob wasn’t born the last time we were together.
Jacob and I are the bookend cousins. This was at the family lunch after the memorial service on Saturday.
Shalene and I drove down together from Oregon to California. We had a great time. This is at Russ and Sue’s house after the burial on Friday night.
We found a little time to hang out and be Smith boys.
We spent some time at the rope swing in Pleasant Hill being awesome. It was a sad occasion, but it was a great opportunity to see family.
Mason went to Eugene for a birthday party and the rest of us went to Bandon. This is the covered bridge on Highway 42. There was a 50% chance of rain, but we lucked out.
We saw eight seals. They followed us as we walked along the beach. And they ducked underwater when I tried to take their picture. That’s fraudulent.
It felt weird to only have four of us today. Six if we count the dogs.
There was a seal right over Sidnee’s left shoulder. After this we headed to the blue shack for popcorn shrimp, calamari and clams. It was fantastic. It’s nice to live so close to the coast.