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.
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.
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.
It is almost 2017, and customary to reflect on the end of the current year. “Change” would be our theme, and we were able to do some great things.
-Snowboard with Mason at Sundance
-Raven’s St. George softball tournament
-Riding JEM and Bearclaw Poppy with Mason and Jaxon
-Provo City Center Temple open house
-Riding at Trailside in Park City with Mason and Jaxon
-Anniversary Inn in SLC
-Raven graduated high school
-Cascade Springs and Squaw Peak
-Roseburg, Oregon trip to visit the Clark’s
-Cavitt Creek swim hole
-Heceta lighthouse in Florence, Oregon
-Moving to Roseburg, Oregon
-Mountain biking and hiking the North Umpqua Trail
-Seeing Megan Asregadoo before she finished her mission
-Bandon Beach with the Hull’s
-Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat
-Sidnee’s 16th birthday
-Going back to Utah for Cari’s wedding
-Adventure day with Jeff K
-Seeing the elk herd near Singleton Road
-Feeding Nash’s animals
-Having Raven come home for Christmas
-Fish tacos at Bandon Beach
-Swimming in the ocean with Raven at Bandon Beach
It was stressful at times, especially moving to a new area, but it has been a year full of growth and new experiences.
Raven wanted to take Max and Bay to the ocean since they have never been there. Bay loves to stick her head out the window.
Sidnee bought me a fish taco and Fish & Chips Chowder Shack. It was really good.
This is a bench on the pier. Max is our black male and Bay is the chocolate female.
Raven and I are brave. It was 42 F outside.
Raven and Sidnee got me crazy socks. I only wanted two things this year- to have Raven come home and crazy socks. I got both. It was nice to go to Church and spend the rest of the day playing games and visiting. This was a great Christmas.
Raven flew in on Thursday, and Shalene and Danny came down to hang out yesterday. This is the combined Smith clan on Tioga bridge.
We took them to Colliding Rivers. You can see the mud coming in from the left on Little River.
We were hoping to find something to replace the lights on Temple Square, so we went to Festival of Lights in Roseburg. They use 500,000 lights.
This is the world’s largest Nutcracker. He looked kind of creepy.
The best one ever. Penguins rule.
Jeff K and I went on a manly adventure on Tuesday. It’s Saturday, but I’ve been a little preoccupied this week. We took the logging road above Cavitt Creek. We found ice on the rocks before we hit the snowline.
This is the lake with no name.
This is the frozen lake near Red Top before we dropped down to Myrtle Creek. It was a manly day filled with chainsaw action, grouse and broken snow chains.
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.
This is our camping area.
This is the North Umpqua River.